Avery - A Special German Shepherd

$1,775 of $950 goal

Raised by 19 people in 45 months
Jim Dascoli
for Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary
We were contacted by Hempstead Shelter about Avery, an 8 year-old female German Shepherd dog. Avery had been found as a stray by the local police department and turned into the shelter. No one had claimed Avery and the shelter was looking for a rescue organization to take Avery.

After spending some time with the spunky little shepherd, it was clear that Avery was up against some long odds of anyone from the general public coming in to the shelter and adopting her. Avery’s back end and hips were wobbling, she was listed as 8 years old, and she would need to be the only dog in the household. Those are tough odds for any dog in a shelter environment.

We kept in touch with one of the shelter managers and cross-posted Avery’s picture and story to help generate some interest in hopes that Avery might be adopted from the shelter. There were no takers for Avery and no other rescues available or that had the resources to take in Avery, a dog that with a low probability of being adopted, a dog that might possibly need surgery or some other type of rehabilitation program for her weak hips.

It didn’t take any strong engineering or financial skills to do a cost analysis or probability tree to realize that we would be taking a risk bringing her into our program. We knew that there was a high likelihood that she would be in our program permanently. The cold hard facts are that each rescue, big or small, has finite resources and sometimes has to say “no.” The shelter had gone above and beyond for Avery, especially given that she had no takers for a number of months.

Avery was out of options and soon to be out of time. Despite knowing the odds were stacked against her, to turn our back on Avery would be to turn our back on our mission. In rescue sometimes you just have to believe. Our mission at Sedona is to take that leap of faith on a dog like Avery. Since being in our care, Avery has responded well to her acupuncture treatments, though she still continues to wobble in her hips when she is active. She has a little motor in her that never stops and Avery just loves to chase her tennis ball, or soccer ball.

Like all dogs, Avery has her little quirks that only make her more adorable to us. In the first month in our program we had three potential adopters or foster homes, but each fell through for different reasons. We are still looking for her guardian angel to provide her with a home to play in, sleep in, enjoy her retirement years and provide her new family with companionship and joy. Please help us make Avery’s story complete and allow us to take leaps on faith with other dogs like Avery.
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Update 5
Posted by James Dascoli
15 months ago
October 6, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of Avery, one of the earliest dogs saved by Sedona Shepherd. Avery was a remarkable dog. She was feisty and friendly, lovable and intense. Avery first came to our attention from a worker at the Hempstead Shelter in Long Island. She had been found as a stray and was not kenneling well. Her back legs were a little wobbly, she had bloodied her tail from whipping it back and forth so hard against her kennel walls, and she wasn’t particularly friendly with other dogs. All in all, Avery didn’t have much of a chance of getting into a home.

When we met her, we fell in love with her spunk. Despite eventually being diagnosed with wobblers syndrome, degenerative myelopathy, arthritis, and a prior broken tail, Avery had a motor that kept on running. We knew it would be difficult to find a home for her, but we knew our mission was to help dogs like Avery. Over the years in our program, Avery received acupuncture and other treatments, medications and supplements for her muscular-skeletal and back issues. In the fall of 2015, we caught up with an old rescue friend who had recently lost her dog and did not have any other animals. She was moved by Avery’s story and spunk and agreed to be her permanent foster mom.

Avery’s prior life was most likely a difficult one. Her foster mom did everything to make Avery’s last two years of her life rewarding and full of joy. Avery was a constant companion, whether it be on the tennis court, trips to conventions, client visits, shopping or family trips to Michigan, Avery got to do it all. When her back legs gave out, we set up Avery in a cart donated by one of our supporters, extending her life for another year. Even the cart didn’t slow Avery down, she still played catch, took trips to the beach and was a constant ‘rear view driver.’

There is a saying, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” Avery’s foster mom, truly made sure that Avery’s life changed for the best. We know that Avery was forever grateful, even during her feistier times. Avery’s journey could not have been completed without help from so many people and organizations. Hopefully we do not forget anyone, but we would like to thank (not in any particular order):

The staffs at American Animal Hospital, Crown Veterinary Hospital, Fanwood Animal Hospital, Animal Clinic of Morris Plains and Animal Emergency & Referral Associates.

Pam, Hollie and the staff at Tip Top Kennels. Suzanne and the staff at Elizabeth Ann Kennels. The staff and volunteers at The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

Dr. Aleda Cheng for her acupuncture and alternative treatments. Dr. Frantz for easing her way over the rainbow bridge.

Cecile and Joe for donating Avery’s cart and items. Arlene for helping out on those occasional short term overnights. Lisa, Maggie, Kim, Cindy, and all the volunteers who spent time with Avery. Mark for taking some amazing photos of Avery. Everyone who donated to Avery’s Go Fund Me page, especially Monica for being ready to adopt Avery from all the way out in Colorado.

And an amazing thanks to Kimberly for being Avery’s guardian angel for 2 years. Although it is a sad time, there is a joy in celebrating Avery’s life and an embrace of the goodness that so many people showed in saving Avery.
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Update 4
Posted by James Dascoli
32 months ago
We stopped by to say hi to Avery at her foster home this past week. The degenerative myelopathy has taken it's toll on Avery's legs, but not her enthusiasm or spirit. She gets around the tennis courts on sunny days in her cart and then has many toys to choose from once she heads back home. She does need constant help getting up and going outside. Her foster mom has been taking great care of Avery and has given her the loving home that she sorely needed. We don't know how much longer Avery will be with us, but thanks to everyone who has helped support us and support Avery and her story.
So many toys to choose from.
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Update 3
Posted by James Dascoli
38 months ago
It's been a while since we sent out an update on Miss Avery. In addition to maintaining her own Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AverySedona, Avery has been busy showing up at events and just showing off her good looks. We were excited to bring her to her new foster home last month, where she is quickly learning to retrieve tennis balls being served to her.

In the beginning of the fall, her legs and joints really began to bother her and we switched her over to a new protocol of rimadyl and tramadol. Since then she has been moving much better and is always anxious to get outside and patrol her home or just play with a toy.

Additionally we recently signed her up for 6 treatments of cold laser therapy, which has helped her joints loosen up and increased her mobility. While the acupuncture treatment she received earlier this year was successful, Avery doesn't always easily sit still. Consulting with her vet, we felt that the laser therapy would be more therapeutic. She is still looking for her animal free forever home, but in the meantime, she is enjoying the comforts of her foster home.
Avery - tennis star
Avery at her new foster home
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Update 2
Posted by James Dascoli
44 months ago
Avery had her stitches removed. The removal of the cyst was successful and she is up and about without any issues.
Avery backand ready to play
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$1,775 of $950 goal

Raised by 19 people in 45 months
Created May 10, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary
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Millburn, NJ
EIN: 471880670
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Mary Kay Ludden
7 months ago

Durango is my 4th shepherd and 2nd black one. I rescued him at about age 7 and he is now 11. When he crosses over, the only dog I would ever consider adopting is another shepherd. Thank you for your sanctuary for these wonderful dogs.

michael de marco
12 months ago

Thanks again for all the great work you all do.I have a best friend Clyde because of your work.Happy new year and god bless.

Beatrice Dascoli
15 months ago
Lisa Petersen
32 months ago

Best wishes for sweet Avery...

Kimberly Scully
33 months ago

In loving memory of Jiffy and Aidan. Your back legs may have failed, but your spirit never did.

Colin Weir
34 months ago

I hope Avery can stay at her foster.

Monica Taylor
43 months ago

My heart has always been for the German Shepherd dog having been raised with them. I am contributing my love gift on behalf of Avery's medcial needs; I hope she recovers soon.

Denise Kearns
44 months ago

Great job Jim, so proud of you!

Throw Away Dogs
44 months ago

The Throw Away Dogs Team wishes you the best of luck with Avery. We look forward to working with Sedona in the future! www.facebook.com/throwawaydogs

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