Sometimes rescue groups need us for more than just basic vetting. That was the case recently for Almost Home Animal Rescue (AHAR). Over the last several months they’ve rescued some dogs that came with complicated issues and steep medical bills. Ali came to AHAR as a puppy from a backyard breeder. She was undernourished and sick. She was diagnosed with parvo and spent a week in the hospital and racked up a $1,200 bill. She’s now healthy, happy, and ready for adoption. Frederick came to AHAR as a stray. His initial vet visit revealed a urinary tract infection and leptovirus, and he has a pre-cancerous tumor. His bill was over $1,000. Then there was Sierra, who was surrendered after being neglected by her owner. She was found to have heartworms, leaving the rescue further in debt-over $1,300, in fact. Thankfully, Sierra is now heartworm-free and in her new home. HPAN contributed $300 per dog, so $900 in total to AHAR!
Pet Path took in two chihuahuas from an owner surrender situation. They had already been neutered, but needed updated vaccines. We sponsored their rabies shots and heartworm tests. They also took in four pups that were offered up for free on Facebook. They vaccinated them, and we sponsored their deworming. Other services will come when they’re a little older. Another advertised pup on Facebook they took in is Beacon. We sponsored his neuter and vaccines. Lastly, Rocky came to Pet Path from Memphis Animal Services. We sponsored his only needed service, a heartworm test. All of these are or will be available for adoption from Pet Path in Roane County.
Buttercup came to The Stray Connection from a shelter. She also brought six kittens with her. When they were weaned, her job was not done. Seven orphans came into the shelter, and they needed nourishment from a nursing cat, so Buttercup raised all of them, too! Unfortunately along the way, she got an eye infection that turned nasty. Her eye ruptured and could not be saved, requiring removal. We sponsored this needed surgery. Buttercup will be adopted to a loving indoor home as soon as she has fully recovered.
When the operator/trainer/caretaker of Dogwood Dogcamp in Kingston, TN passed away unexpectedly, rescue stepped in to pull dogs that were left behind. Roane County Paws took seven dogs, but they had no place to house them. They reached out to us for help. We purchased two 10 x 10 kennels and tops for them for approximately $800.
The Roane County Animal Shelter currently does not have enough money in their budget to cover vaccines needed for the number of animals coming in. They specifically need canine 5 in 1 vaccines and asked for our help. We sent $260 for the purchase of 50 vaccines.
Ms. Fancy Pants went to Sweetwater Valley Dog Rescue after being rescued from a hoarding case in East Tennessee. She was undernourished and had not been cared for. She appeared to have mammary tumors, which necessitated a thorough exam. We sponsored her exam, spay surgery, vaccines, dewormer, and heartworm test. She is now living up to her name!
Ellie was rescued by Smoky Mountain Animal Rescue of Tennessee (SMART) from a notorious location known for puppy mills and backyard breeders in Sweetwater. She had been dumped, and someone found her and dropped her off at the nearest vet’s office. It was obvious that Ellie had been used as a breeding dog before she found sanctuary at SMART. Lately, Ellie has been having problems with one of her back legs. Her doctor saw something concerning in her x-rays, so she was referred to a specialist at the Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville. Further diagnostics revealed that Ellie likely has bone cancer. HPAN covered Ellie’s consultation, exam, and x-rays. She will get a second opinion and hopefully be treated.
Baby is an 8-year old Chihuahua mix who was surrendered to Pet Path when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. We sponsored her complete vetting, so now she’s dewormed, free of parasites, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and ready for a new mom!
The East TN Miniature Horse & Donkey Rescue took in two donkeys recently. BellAssondra was not healthy and unable to feed her baby, AlAsster. Both were taken directly to UT large animal hospital where AlAsster received plasma transfusions that he lacked from being unable to nurse. Both equines got whey the needed, and we chipped in $600 on the $1,300 bill.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue (ETPBR) has had some tough cases lately, causing a pile-up of vet bills. Mary Kay was a shelter dog scheduled for euthanasia due to her extensive skin issues when ETPBR had mercy on her. She spent 23 days in boarding with specialized medicine and medicated baths to address her problems. Olaf came into their rescue with every bone showing, a severe skin infection, and was heartworm-positive. The rescue continues to rack up expenses for his treatment. Zeus is a 6 month old pit who lived in a low spot in a yard on a tie out with a plastic crate for a dog house. Every time it rained… he would be huddled on top of that crate because there would not be an inch of ground showing and the crate would be full of water. He had a nasty skin infection and ear infections as a result. He was bone skinny and full of parasites. He is now fully vetted, microchipped, and ready for his forever home. We are happy to help ETPBR by paying their vet for these needed services.