Homeward Bound Dog Rescue (HBDR) takes in a lot of needy dogs from our local area. They are known for taking in pregnant momma dogs and moms with litters. They always adopt out the puppies after they’re certified healthy and all “fixed” up. They never leave the mom dogs behind; they get good homes, too. HBDR requires two rounds of vaccines before adopting out the puppies. Recently they had 10 puppies break with parvo, even after the vaccines were administered. Merck, the vaccine company, said the vaccines must have been ineffective. They will never know for sure, but what they do know is that it is EXPENSIVE to treat parvo. One pup can run into the hundreds of dollars very quickly. HBDR has amassed a huge amount of debt caring for these 10 puppies. One thing we know is that debt stifles rescue, so we contributed $2,000 to HBDR’s enormous vet bill so they can continue to rescue in our area.
Maci the Beagle was labeled as being aggressive toward other dogs, so she was being passed over at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter week after week. Homeward Bound Dog Rescue (HBDR) decided to give her a chance, and lucky for Maci, HBDR has a foster who loves Beagles. HPAN gladly paid the $55 pull fee, and the rescue is paying the transport fee, wellness check, etc.
Sophie is a little senior gal found running the streets of Oak Ridge. After failed attempts to find her home, she was pulled into rescue by Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. It turned out to be a huge blessing for Sophie because of her medical needs. She needed to be vaccinated, dewormed, spayed, and microchipped. Plus, she needed several teeth pulled, a dental cleaning, tumor removal, and bladder stone treatment. The rescue and Sophie’s foster paid for a large part of this, and they only asked us for $200. In early January, Sophie will ship to HBDR’s headquarters in New York, where she will go into a fabulous foster home while she awaits the perfect forever family.
Secret was found abandoned in a home with a litter of brand new puppies. She was fearful and insecure. A neighbor knew she was there and contacted authorities. The owner was found and agreed to give up Secret and the pups, so they immediately went to the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter for evaluation and onto foster care with the Special Needs Rescue of East Tennessee. Homeward Bound Dog Rescue (HBDR) agreed to take ownership of Secret and all her little “secrets,” who have since been weaned, vaccinated, and transported to HBDR’s NY headquarters. It’s now Secret’s turn, but first, she needed to be spayed and get a health certificate. That’s what HPAN sponsored for a total of $150.
Homeward Bound Dog Rescue pulled a surrendered momma dog and nine of her puppies from the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. One puppy didn’t make it, and the momma turned on some of the pups, so HBDR had to bottle feed them. We sent about half the funds needed for vetting needs for all ten dogs.
Stanley and Scooter are eight week old pups that were found on the side of the road. They came to Homeward Bound Dog Rescue when they were about five weeks old. Because they did not come from a momma dog and may have been lacking in basic antibodies, they had their vet prepare a blood serum from a healthy mom, dewormed the pups, and gave them two rounds of shots. HBDR’s expenses on these little guys were up there, and when they reached out to us to help with the remaining costs ($125 per puppy) for final exam, neuter, and health certificate, we were happy to pitch in and help.
Shelby was pulled from the Blount County Animal Center by Homeward Bound Dog Rescue (HBDR). She’d had five puppies, and only two, Peter and Paul, survived Parvo after much supportive care, paid for by HBDR. Once the three were well and ready for rescue, they needed to be spayed and neutered and given booster vaccines. That’s where HPAN came in. We paid for these services for all three.