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.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue has been busy! They’ve been pulling dogs left and right, which comes with a lot of vet bills. Specifically, both Esther and Soloman need tumors removed and screened. They have dogs needing heartworm tests, puppies needing vaccines, and they have a big boarding bill from a special case. Our $1,000 grant will pay their bills and ease their burden just a little so they can focus on taking care of these babies.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue asked us to help with a few of their dogs. George required emergency boarding to the tune of over $800. HPAN kicked in $200. Eros has an appointment for neutering, etc. HPAN kicked in $125. Other dogs have had illnesses requiring treatment, leaving the rescue with a large vet clinic balance. HPAN kicked in another $125.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue (ETPBR) has been hammered with medical cases this year. Joey came to them in scraggly condition. You could see the defeat in his face… His skin was a mess. His bones were showing thru the skin. Worse… he was high positive for heartworms. For six months, they fed him good groceries and supplements to strengthen his immune system and improve his general health. During this time, he was given medicines to stop the growth of the heartworm larvae. Once his overall health was improved, they had him retested and he was still high positive but had no symptoms. Joey received his first treatment in February; he has one treatment to go. We sponsored the remaining cost of $100.
Sushi had skin issues, was terribly skinny, and a limp. X-rays show a badly broken elbow with a lot of scar tissue and floating fragments requiring amputation. The estimate for surgery Butler’s is $625; we sponsored $300 of the cost. Anything to help Sushi can be paid to Butler’s Animal Clinic at 865-531-7311.
Lastly, Squeak, a new rescue at EBPBR needed to be spayed, dewormed, vaccinated, and microchipped. We sponsored the cost at $100.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue has been hit hard lately with some big needs in the thousands of dollars. Two immediate needs are heartworm treatments needed for Handsome and Joey, so we contributed $500 to their vet to get those boys on the road to recovery.
On Christmas Eve, Angus began vomiting all of his food back up. He passed a piece of a blanket early in the day. When his water and chicken broth came back up…the panic settled in. The East TN Pit Bull Rescue had no choice but to take Angus to Animal Emergency Critical Care and Referral on Kingston Pike. Later that night, he required bowel obstruction surgery to the tune of $3,800. HPAN kicked in $300, and the fundraiser is still ongoing, but at least Angus is alive and recovering well.
East TN Pit Bull Rescue’s Denali was out exercising and taking a potty break when she decided to have an adventure AND JUMPED THE FENCE! Her fosters tried really hard to catch her, but she was FAST! For several days they spent any spare time hunting in the area. One week later, after many searches and social medial posts, Denali was spotted hiding in the bushes! Her fosters left work and headed straight for the location! As soon as Denali heard her foster mom’s voice, she came LIMPING to her. Denali was taken straight to the vet’s office where it was determined she’d been hit by a car and sustained a seriously broken elbow. Surgery was in order with an orthopedic specialist, which isn’t cheap. This ordeal is costing the rescue $2,500. We chipped in a little to reduce the burden.
The East TN Pit Bull Rescue recently reached out to us for help with their kennels. Over the years, the kennels have lost their grassy bottoms, and each time it rains, they become mud holes. The kennels have tarps over half of the kennel to offer shade and protection from moderate rain, but the shade over the kennels makes drying difficult. They asked if we could help them purchase some good old crush and run. We sponsored a delivery of 23 tons for $225 to help them with this issue.
Freida was pulled from the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter by the East TN Pit Bull Rescue. Before leaving the shelter, she was vaccinated, spayed, and heartworm tested. Unfortunately, her heartworm test came back positive, but that doesn’t stop a rescue in progress. The only thing to do was forge ahead. Thankfully, we were there to help the rescue with $300 of the $500 needed to get sweet Freida well again. She is currently in loving foster care and onto a better life. Her new name is Honey!