Fighting for the Bullys Rescue has had some serious medical cases lately. Slim Shady had a spinal stroke, which required immediate vet care, and Liberty was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia. We were able to chip in to cover almost half the need.
This sweet kitty, Sooloman, showed up as a stray and was lucky enough to be taken in by the Humane Society of East Tennessee. They’ve had her at their vet clinic for a while now because she was so tiny and weak. She’s had many weeks of treatment and Procrit injections. HPAN paid $300 toward her bill. The vet is believing she can live a happy life, so the plan is to get her on a maintenance plan and into a forever home.
Melinda and Max are two standard donkeys pulled from auction by the East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue. Melinda became sick first with a very bad cough and probably a viral infection. Max did not have a fever at that time, but by the evening he had a very high fever of 103.4. Their vet was able to get the fever down to 101.8, and both beasts were transported to UT vet hospital. Melinda was not allowing Max to nurse either, only to find that her milk was almost dry. The rescue reached out to us for help on life saving treatment. We chipped in $600.
Betty was surrendered to RescuesForJoJo with her brother Buster. They were living in a small dirt lot that had never been cleaned. Their only shelter was a stack of blocks with a board on top. When they took her in, she would just cling to their legs, like she was hugging them, grateful for human interaction. Unfortunately, Betty tested positive for heartworms when she saw the vet (Buster did not). We sponsored her treatments so she can begin living the GOOD life for a change!
The Loudon County Friends of Animals (LCFOA) is doing miraculous work for needy cats. They asked us for $200 to be used for 10 tubes of Terramycin and $50 for antibiotics for Roane and Rockwood Shelters. The shelters have a lot of sick kittens with upper respiratory infections. LCFOA has pulled kittens, pregnant momma cats, momma cats with kittens and adults from four shelters (Loudon, Roane, Rockwood, and Blount) and taken from the community. They have taken more into foster care than any other year and have 97 currently. Only 27 have been spayed/neutered and are ready for adoption. They asked us for $1,250 to vet some of the remaining cats. Hopefully, adoption fees will fill the remainder of the funds needed. Pictured are some of the babies that are now old enough for surgeries.
Homeward Bound Dog Rescue has been hit hard with parvo pups lately. The latest case was a momma dog and her four puppies in Roane County that were taken to the shelter. They were going to euthanize them, but a foster/volunteer wanted to give them a chance. They are on now at the vet being treated. Parvo is hard to treat and very expensive, at around $500 per dog. We contributed $1000 to help with this huge need.
If a dog can’t eat, she dies. Peaches, an owner surrender to Roane County Paws, had such bad teeth that she could barely eat. Their vet had to extract most of her teeth. Peaches will be on a soft food diet for the rest of her life, but at least she’s no longer in pain. We sponsored the required dental work on this little old lady. She has a few good years left in her, and we thought she was worth it.
Suzy and her three puppies were in need of rescue in Morgan County, where there is no shelter or animal control. Roane County Paws (RCP) graciously took her and the puppies. The pups soon found rescue with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley where they received needed vetting. RCP asked us to sponsor Suzy’s initial vetting (vaccines, deworming, and parasite screening). She will be spayed soon and up for adoption.
Neither Macy nor Lion knew what it was to have a good life before being rescued by Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue (FFTBR). Macy had never been vetted and was allowed to have litter upon litter. FFTBR took her and her puppies in. Lion was found wandering the streets emaciated (see before and after photos). The rescue needed to work on his nutrition before anything else could be addressed. Unfortunately, both Macy and Lion tested positive for heartworms. They are both now healthy enough for treatment to the tune of $250-$300 per dog. An ounce of prevention would have been way less expensive, but their lives are worth saving, so we sponsored their treatments and hope they do well and go on to lives the long lives they deserve.
This sweet girl is Scarlet. After being found injured and abused, Roane County Paws pulled her into rescue and took her to Admiral Vet for treatment. Her injuries, they believe, are due to being dragged by a vehicle. Scarlet was put back together and is at the vet for a two-week recovery period. At that point, they will determine if her leg can be saved. We spared you the graphic photos.