Zeus belonged to an older woman who could not care for him. He came to the attention of Blount County Animal Welfare Society (BCAWS) and volunteers began going to feed him and clean his water bucket. They realized his ears were in terrible shape. The volunteers took Zeus to the vet. They got his basics done – neutered, vaccinated, and heartworm tested, as well as meds for the current ear infection. The ear infection would not clear and their vet recommended a proceedure to help heal his ears. At that time, they had no place for Zeus and were at the end of what they could do without a placement for this boy. Enter East TN Pit Bull Rescue, who took him into their program, and that’s when we were asked to provide sponsorship. Zeus will be adopted once his condition is under control.
Ozzy was left behind with a formerly adopted pit bull, Titan, when their owner was arrested and incarcerated. When Titan’s former rescuer, the East TN Pit Bull Rescue, got word of this and went to retrieve Titan, they just couldn’t leave without taking Ozzy, too. The rescue asked us to sponsor Ozzy’s neuter, and we were glad to do it! Ozzy will be adopted into a new home soon!
DJ was rescued by the East TN Pit Bull Rescue even when there was no room at the rescue. She spent a while in boarding and received basic vet services. Unfortunately, DJ tested positive for heartworms. Once she was out of boarding and into a spot at the rescue, the heartworms could be treated. We sponsored the treatment for $156.
Lucky for Shayla, she got out of a shelter where her chances were slim to none, due to having heartworms, and landed in the care of the East TN Pit Bull Rescue. Sadly she has been sitting in rescue for a long time awaiting a foster willing to let her bunk out during treatment and recovery. Heartworms multiply and grow over time, so the rescue decided she’d have to remain with them through this required treatment and time of rest. We paid for Shayla’s treatment, and we are hoping a forever home will step up for her soon!
Gus came to the East TN Pit Bull Rescue with eyelids turned inward to the point that his eyelashes were scratching his cornea and causing pain. A simple but expensive surgery can fix it, and Gus is worth it, so we kicked in about half the cost.
Sadie has been with the East TN Pitbull Rescue for months. She came in with heartworms, and now that it’s time to address the issue, we paid a large portion of the bill so she will soon be ready for her own home.
In January, the East TN Pit Bull Rescue was contacted about 19 dogs on a shelter euthanasia list and 12 of them were pit bulls. They agreed to take in DJ, Sadie, and Riley, who have been in boarding since January, and the fees keep adding up. We paid the $423 boarding fee so these dogs have a chance at adoption.
Then there’s Slick, a cruelty case forced to enter a shelter, and a large, young, deaf pit bull. They pulled him with promises from another rescuer, moved him to a boarding facility and had him neutered. Slick has been sitting there since December. Turns out the other rescuer backed out. We kicked in $300 on Slick’s boarding fee so he can be available for adoption.
Lastly, there have been so many puppies. They have caused ETPBR to amass quite a large vet bill. We kicked in a few hundred dollars to help pay for basic and not-so-basic vetting.
Boomer was found running in traffic on a busy Knoxville street. He was riddled with heartworms, as was Bella who was pulled from a Tennessee shelter. East TN Pit Bull Rescue took both into their program and asked if we could help, so we paid for their heartworm treatments, and they are currently recovering.
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.
Xavier the shelter dog caught a break by being pulled in by the East TN Pit Bull Rescue (ETPBR) after multiple shelter workers went to bat for him. He wiggled and snorted into the hearts of so many. After the shelter neutered, vaccinated, and chipped him, they learned he had heartworms. ETPBR did not let that sway their commitment to Xavier. His treatments have already started at Butler Animal Clinic. We chipped in $300 to help with the costs.