DPS Rescue's Intensive Care Canines
Here are some of the past and present TLC dogs' stories:
One of these dogs was my foster dog, Clover the Maltipoo. Clover came into rescue with sad eyes, a broken leg (an injury the child in her former family gave her), and no way to expel all that fun-loving puppy energy. Since the family waited so long after her injury to contact DPS, she needed an extensive surgery. But DPS took her in, paid for her $2000+ surgery, and got her on the path to recovery. It was wonderful seeing Clover blossom into such a happy, playful little pup.
I want to make sure that DPS is able to continue rescuing highly-adoptable dogs like Clover who is absolutely thriving in her new home after receiving medical attention and getting adopted!
This little terrier mix had surgery to realign her broken leg (broken in multiple places) and was put in a cast. This is an amazing dog who will have a full recovery thanks to a wonderful vet and surgeon that DPS Rescue works with. Vet bills are at $1849 and counting.
A shelter called DPS about a healthy 10 year old Shih Tzu who needed only minor dental work. After rescuing, they almost immediately received a call from her foster that something was seriously wrong with her jaw. Tallulah Belle had a broken jaw! Their regular orthopedic vet was unable to fix her jaw and she required a dog dental specialist. Her total bill totaled $4,000, but Tallulah Belle is now happy and comfortable in her new home!
A high-kill shelter called DPS about an Old English Sheepdog who needed rescue...and she had a tumor. They removed the tumor, did the biopsy and she received a clean bill of health! If they hadn't taken her she would have been euthanized, and that would have been so tragic for such an awesome dog. Her vet total: $1200.
Louie: DPS took in Louie knowing he had a hip or leg issue. Turns out that Louie was suffering from bullet wounds. He was shot - and not just once! From the trajectory pattern of the bullets, he was clearly running away and being shot at as he ran. He has several rounds from his chest area, through his abdomen, all the way to a cluster in his leg and hip area. None hit major organs, and surgery to remove would be ill advised. Although he'll always have some discomfort, DPS is getting him all the treatment they can to keep this mellow boy happy and enjoying life.
Murray: A family surrendered Murray, saying he was 3 years old and healthy. Turns out, he's 5-7 years old. He has a grade 2 out of 6 heart murmur. He had a double crypt orchid surgery which means neither of his testicles descended - so he had to have exploratory surgery to find the testicles and have them removed. He also had 17 teeth removed!
Sadie: This poor grey Poodle had a mass on her forehead. But with DPS' help, it was removed and her biopsy came out fine!
It truly means the world to me to help keep DPS Rescue open to dogs with critical medical needs. Thank you for your support!
The first case involves a Chow named PotSticker. Coming from the shelter, he had an eye condition called entropion where the eyelashes turn inward and poke into the eyes. For four years this beautiful dog was in constant pain with his eyelashes rubbing against his corneas. His eyes were terribly infected, which DPS addressed, and then the rescue paid for the surgery to correct his eyelashes. After a long healing period, PotSticker is finally happy and healthy and goes up for adoption this week!
Another case is that of Gizmo, who was rescued from the shelter and seemed to have a little hop to his step. After DPS realized he was having more and more difficulty putting weight on his leg, they took him in to the vet. He had a severe luxating patella where the knee cap slips in and out of place. It was so bad he required surgery. This is the worst case of luxating patella the rescue has ever seen. Poor pup!
DPS also has 5 dogs battling demodex (non-contagious) mange. This condition can take months to fully heal. But the dogs are in treatment, being fed premium food and being given lots of love and attention. DPS expects them all to have a full recovery!
As always, thank you for your support! These dogs would not be getting the treatment they need and the chance to find their furever homes without you.
Well, the DPS volunteer team recently took in Spirit, a pup from the shelter with a life-threatening eye injury.
Spirit needed an operating ASAP or he wasn't expected to last through the night. Despite the shelter's desperate plea to area rescues, DPS was the only rescue who would take him!
The DPS team was short on volunteers as weekend adoptions were already underway, but the wonderful shelter staff and vet agreed to continue care for him if DPS would pick up the cost of his care and bust him out of the shelter on Monday.
DPS took this little guy when no one else would - but again, we need your help!
Eye surgery, neutering and grooming all added up to a big bill for the rescue. Please assist the DPS team in covering the costs for Spirit's care. Without DPS, he wouldn't be where he is right now - happy and ready for adoption!
Despite Holiday being scared and trying to bite, Brian braved being bitten and rescued him.
It's been a rough few weeks for Holiday. He's lost significant weight, as he now only weighs 9 lbs. He has multiple broken teeth and was covered in over 200 ticks.
He's been to the vet, he'll be recovering at a foster home, and DPS will be rehabilitating him not only physically but also emotionally.
DPS is so grateful first to Holiday's hero Brian and secondly to Kathryn D., who drove to pick him up and then to the vet, and also spent the entire evening with Dominique and Patty shaving and then picking off every single tick.
It was quite a day for everyone at DPS and especially for Holiday. But Rachel, another DPS volunteer, is lovingly fostering and taking on the challenge of rebuilding this broken spirit.
If you'd like to help cover his ongoing vet bills, please donate here or via the DPS Rescue website for tax deductible donations!
Wow, DPS Rescue has been awfully busy even after taking in the Rugrats litter and getting those adorable survivor puppies adopted. They've taken in new litters from the shelter (no place for 1 week old puppies!) as well as their mothers, and also have some updates on medical needs dogs and new medical needs dogs they're helping that I wanted to tell you about. I'll keep everyone updated as I get more information in!
Today, I'd like to tell you about Ella.
Ella is a fun-loving, energetic terrier mix who jumped out of someone's arms and landed wrong and...OUCH! Next thing she knew she was at the vet's office.
She had surgery to realign her leg (broken in multiple places) and now is in a cast. She goes in every 10 days to have the cast changed. As you may be able to see in pictures, despite the "cone of shame" she normally wears, she manages to chew on her cast ;)
This is an amazing dog who will have a full recovery thanks to the amazing surgeon and vet that DPS Rescue uses.
Ella's vet bills so far are at $1849 - yikes! Any support is much appreciated for this sweet girl!
More updates soon!