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CENTRAL ILLINOIS GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG RESCUE's Fundraiser:

Pay the Veterinarian Fund

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Tough Year
August 11, 2016

2015-2016 has been a rough go for humans and dogs alike.  Both our Retired Seniors passed away, Leiah in 2015 and Kooper in 2016.  Precious  See more

THE STORY:

We have ton of skills, tireless willingness to do hard work, boundless love, and a really, really good vacuum. However, none of those things pay the bills. German Shepherd Dogs that come into rescue have a lot of expenses. Veterinary care is our biggest expense (if you don't add all the rest together!). We are willing to do the work, we just need help to pay the bills.

Precious was successfully treated for heartworm.  The week before her spay appointment, Rick found her in a pool of blood in the morning.  Our primary suspicion was pyometra, a serious uterine infection in older intact animals.  Our vet was out of town, so we rushed her to the University of Illinois Veterinary Small Animal Clinic.  She actually had a very large mass in her uterus!  When rescue doesn't follow business rules, we had just recovered her from starvation and heartworm and couldn't imagine ending her life now.  We authorized emergency surgery.  Her uterus, the mass (completely contained within the uterus) was removed, and her stomach tacked.  She recovered like a champ!  She now awaits a very special home for her golden years.

Shortly after Precious's emergency, Rick picked up a shelter transfer, Roy,  and called me right away and said this dog is very sick and needs to go to the vet immediately.  Poor Roy had a terrible intestinal infection, was heartworm positive, had a huge anal fistula, he could not urinate, and was as skinny as a living dog can get.  We had to take him to the University of Illinois also.  He had xrays, ultrasound, urinary catheter and started treatment riight away.  It has been an incredibly slow and difficult road, but no one who met him originally, would recognize him today!  He can't wait to find his forever home now. 

We are dubbing 2015 as the year of the intact male German Shepherds.  People were giving up their intact males, because they all had behaviors related to being intact.  Some males came around readily, especially a few month after their neuters.  It was a busy summer and fall.  So veterinary care, tons of neuters, and  our special pups that required a lot of recovery and care have run the bills up.  

All of these things are treatable and provide a high quality of life for these dogs who deserve nothing but the best. They do, however, cost real dollars and not just Milkbones. If you have the heart, but would rather watch us be the ones sweating, cleaning, traveling, and exercising all these beasts; please consider donating to the Pay the Veterinarian Fund so that she still agrees to continue to be our vet!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,250

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nancy Smith

    $25

  • Levi & Brie's Mom n Dad

    $500

  • Rita Wempen

    $25

  • Diana & Michael Kittle

    $50

  • Earl, Kane and Leebah's mom

    $500

  • Lacey and Her Mom

    $100

  • renee and wayne schuld

    $25

  • Libby's mom

     

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10% Raised of $12,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Libby's mom

Libby's mom

1 year ago

renee and wayne schuld

renee and wayne schuld

DONATION: $25

and Serenity (Reni) who is happy and grateful you rescued her six years ago 1 year ago

Lacey and Her Mom

Lacey and Her Mom

DONATION: $100

We remember Cooper the "noble" one. 2 years ago

Earl, Kane and Leebah's mom

Earl, Kane and Leebah's mom

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Diana & Michael Kittle

Diana & Michael Kittle

DONATION: $50

For Stix, the best rescue dog EVER & Apollo, the best purebred German Shepherd EVER! 3 years ago

Rita Wempen

Rita Wempen

DONATION: $25

tribute to Tazzy 3 years ago

Levi & Brie's Mom n Dad

Levi & Brie's Mom n Dad

DONATION: $500

Thank you for providing a great rescue! We love Levi and super hyper Brie :) 3 years ago

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

DONATION: $25

We're in the process of rescuing a heartworm positive mixed breed who also needs to be neutered so I'm sorry I can't donate more! 3 years ago