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Wow, what is going on in the little abandoned doggie world? We are blessed to have all of you following us and just could not handle what happens to these dogs without your support. But, right now it is getting a bit out of control.
You know, our philosophy is that we cannot let any of them die. Our volunteers are fabulous – often working 8-10 hours at a real job and then spending the rest of their day working to save just one more.
But, right now, we are a tad overwhelmed.
Typically, we have one, or maybe, two URGENT or very expensive cases a quarter. One broken leg and perhaps a case of bladderstones. This year, 2012, we are only two months into the year, and we have already had SIX that had to go to GCVS and now a seventh, little Sleepy, a hit-by-car who had to have emergency surgery last night to remove his bleeding speen. Yes, SEVEN. GULP. What in the world were we thinking, taking all of these sick dogs in?
Well, we just were not thinking with our heads, just our hearts. So, we have a HUGE problem. We have incurred . . . . are you ready? Wait for it . . . . . $22,190 on these seven cases this year. Now, we have raised some funds – thanks to all of you – about $5800. But, we are still hung out there by over $16,000.
So, right now, we need to do some serious fundraising.
First, we are doing an online auction. We need high end items for this auction. Restaurant gift certificates, hotel stay certificates, artwork (shih tzu and lhasas), nice jewelry, high-end purses and other leather items, etc. If you have anything that we can auction off to raise money, please email me at AUCTION@shihtzu-rescue.com so we can get it in the auction. We need to get all of the auction items in by MARCH 31.
Secondly, please don’t be upset, but we will be hitting hard to get intake sponsorships for all of the dogs we have getting ready for vetting – we are tapped out so have no backstop to vet these dogs without sponsorships.
Finally, we will have to really push to get intake sponsorships before we take in new dogs now. I apologize for that, but I am just trying to keep our ability to help the next little dog alive. We are willing to take in any dog that needs us, we just need to have a foster home and the ability to get him vetted!
So here is the rundown on the urgent cases of just the last two months.
First, Daisy May Montgomery.
Daisy May came to us extremely obese. She weighed in at almost 30 pounds. We put her on a diet, which was going well for a while and then she got pneumonia and ended up in ICU at GCVS for several days. Ugh.
She is now recuperating and on the mend. She still is not eating well – insists on mighty dog – but at least she is alert, lively and engaged with the rest of the crowd. That’s her picture at the top of this message.
Poor little Flounder sat for 10 days in animal control with a badly smashed pelvis. We were finally contacted by a rescuer in the area and made aware that he was hurting. We made arrangements to get him and sent him to GCVS to see the amazing Dr. Brian Beale. Flounder has had his surgery and it was a success. I am pretty convinced that he will not even need rehab once he heals.
Joy came to us from the Harris County pound. She had a badly broken leg.
We sent her, also, to Dr. Brian Beale who fixed the leg.
She also has some neurological problems, but is slowly working through those.
This adorable little young man was rescued from the BARC shelter and soon after, started having seizures. Turns out he is in end stage kidney failure. After all of the diagnostics, we are providing him supportive care – his wonderful foster mom is maintaining him with subq fluids daily. We will continue this approach as long as he feels good!
And then, there is Sleepy Ranger. A little pup that a good samaritan saw get hit by a car. He started bleeding internally this weekend and our fantastic vet, Dr. Moore, had to do emergency surgery Friday night.
Dr. Moore took him home over the weekend.
This morning, Sleepy is doing well. Eating, drinking and much more alert. Whew.
Bronte and Gavin
We also had extreme expenses with Bronte and Gavin, who we lost. I am so sad at both of them because they were fantastic little dogs.
We have a lot of expenses to make up so please consider a small contribution. We didn’t have time to raise the entire needed funds for any of these dogs before we had to treat them, but we know we have a wonderful following so I am certain we will soon be whole again!
CLICK HERE for a paypal link set up just for these extreme expenses.
Donations can also be mailed to
PO Box 218075
Houston, TX 77218-8075
Thank you for everything. Thank you for considering us.