Heartworm Treatment Fund for Melrose
Organized by: Casey Carter
Casey Carter via Crowdrise
June 17, 2014
Melrose was found on January 31st, 2014 after getting a call from a concerned business owner in downtown NLR. He heard puppies barking and seen a momma dog moving puppies around near his warehouse skate park in an unsafe part of town. She was living right by a railroad yard in an abandoned homeless camp. The man thought she was at least a medium sized dog and she'd barked at him, so he was afraid to try and catch her. He'd kindly bought her food from Hollywood Feed and set out water for her though because he knew she had to be hungry.
The highs that month varied between the 20s to the 60s, but the lows every night were 31-32 degrees. This poor momma was out in this freezing weather trying to feed herself and protect her babies from the bitter cold. I left as soon as I got the phone call to head out and see what I could do.
When I arrived, I saw a blanket hanging from a tree and the man told me she was in there with her baby. I approached slowly through all the brush, on guard because I had no idea what might happen. When I was about halfway to the homeless camp, a tiny little head popped out and started barking at me.
I slowly made my way over to her, speaking gently. She kept peeking her head out to see where I was and barking. I finally got over to where she was and decided to see if she'd make friend with me for some food. I opened a can of smelly, wet foot and Melrose was definitely interested in saying hi! Success!
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Melrose came out cautiously to take a bite of food and then went back to check on her baby, after a few times, she felt comfortable to stay out with me and started inhaling food. I quickly got a slip lead around her neck and got her baby out. They both went in the crate I brought and I we went to the vet immediately. At the vet they said both were very healthy (baby boy was only 1 week old!), but Melrose had heartworms with no microfilarie present.
A couple months after little boy, who I'd named Chandler, was starting to wean. Melrose was warming up and loving the warmer weather. One day, a stray dog jumped into the foster's backyard while Melrose and her baby were back there. The stray dog attacked Chandler and instantly killed him by shaking him. We aren't really sure if Melrose really knows what happened.
Since that day, Melrose has learned to relish love and affection. She's just recently started learning how to play with toys after being in foster for months. She is a wonderful little girl that really needs her chance at finally having a forever home.
Rock City Rescue has taken in several dogs recently that are heartworm positive besides Melrose, and there are not enough funds to treat all of them unfortunately. But, we're not giving up on Melrose! We still want to get this sweet girl heartworm treatment, which is why we're asking generous donors like you to please contribute to her heartworm treatment fund. Once she is heartworm negative, she'll be available for adoption and will be the perfect best friend. But first we need to raise the funds for her treatment so he can have a chance at a healthy life.
If you would like to learn more about Rock City Rescue, please visit their website (www.rockcityrescue.org) or their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rockcityrescue)! Donations towards the care expenses of their other dogs can also be made here. Rock City Rescue's 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit status is pending.
All of the money raised through this fundraiser will go directly towards Rock City Rescue to pay for Monroe's medical expenses. Thank you for your generosity!