New Leash on Life is committed to providing second chances to people and dogs in need by rescuing dogs and reducing recidivism. We always look to save dogs who are considered less adoptable for a variety of reasons and show the world that they are truly loving pets who just needed support and training. Through this mission we often pull dogs from shelters who are in need of extensive medical care - above and beyond the healthy pet care that is provided to all of our dogs: microchips, vaccines, preventatives, and spay/neuter surgery. These special medical cases often require extensive testing, ongoing treatment, and can quickly become high cost cases. Here are just three of the dogs we are caring for so far in 2018 who will benefit from your donation:
Rosie was initially pulled from Animal Care and Control in Philadelphia in 2015 with what was thought to be mastitis and an ear injury. She was in such poor shape that she was not being promoted for adoption and was slated to be euthanized. New Leash stepped up and took her to prison to begin her journey to wellness. Unfortunately it was quickly determined that Rosie had more serious medical concerns than initially thought and she underwent surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to remove extensive mammary cancer masses and have her ears formally assesed- this would lead to the start of many ongoing ear issues for Rosie as we found embedded fishing line from a home crop job and massive scarring to her ear cannals. Rosie would later undergo a Total Ear Canal Ablation procedure to remove the damaged tissue and close off her damaged canal. In 2018 Rosie has already undergone a second TECA surgery and has had recurring urinary tract infections that require daily medication and a prescription diet. Rosie is an amazing ambassador of the ability dogs have to recover from depravity and she has maintained a happy and friendly attitude since the day we met her; we are comitted to her care for life though the costs mount.
Early in 2018 our staff and volunteers went to Animal Care and Control to select dogs for our 20th prison program class and were quickly made aware of a small Shih Tzu who had been thrown from a car. Stella was not using her rear legs and it was thought she may have spinal injury. Though she could not go to prison, our team could not leave her behind where she was slated for euthanasia at 5pm. Our vet tech agreed to take her home as a foster and her medical odyssey began with xrays and testing. Luckily Stella had a less severe injury to her discs and recovered the ability to walk and eliminate on her own. She has since found a forever family and will be monitored for any future injuries as a beloved pet and family member. While we were at ACCT to select 5 dogs for prison, we are so happy we also left with a little stowaway in need of a second chance.
When looking for dogs for our 20th class, we stumbled upon an emaciated and scared looking black dog hiding in a kennel at the PSPCA - we had to take her out! We quickly learned that Zeta was found in Lancaster PA with a body score of 1-2 out of 9 and sores covering her body. She was also suffering from entropion, a painful condition of the eyes that would require future surgery once she was strong enough for anesthesia. Zeta was a sweetheart from the first moment we walked her outside and has continued to show us how resilient she is - she doesn't hold any of her past injury or pain against anyone and loves to cuddle. While it has taken a few weeks for her body to begin to heal, she is gaining weight and muscle tone and will soon be ready for surgery - she will need to be spayed and have her eyes corrected. Please consider joining us to raise the funds needed for her future procedures.
New Leash is uniquely comitted to rescuing dogs who may not have any other options, this aim often leads to our taking on major medical cases with mounting costs and ongoing care. Please join our campaign to help us provide second chances to dogs in need and continue to care for their medical needs.