August 11, 2016
BENEFITING: CENTRAL ILLINOIS GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG RESCUE
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!