Sasha's Hope and Lucille's Parvo Pups
Organized by: Rachel Duke
Lucille's Parvo Pups
March 18, 2016
On February 26, volunteers pulled Lucille's eight pups from underneath a house in Carbon Hill, Al. We transported the family to their foster home where they received vaccinations and were dewormed. They were slated to leave for FL to A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue on March 18.
Saturday, March 12 came and one puppy would not come out to play or eat. Her foster mom, Angie, immediately started meds and subcutaneous fluids as we have been trained to do as soon as we notice symptoms. Monday, March 14 little Sarah tested positive for parvovirus.
Tuesday, March 15 came and several more were exhibiting symptoms. We knew we had to take them to the clinic because we just aren't equipped to care for eight sick puppies at home and Sarah needed IV fluids. We admitted all eight pups to Animal General in Jasper, Al on Tuesday. Sarah died later that night.
So far, we have a couple of pups eating but they all still have diarrhea and need in patient care. Any overnight stay is expensive so you can imagine the added expense of parvo treatment for SEVEN puppies. We are humbly asking for your help to pay for their care. If you would rather donate directly to their vet, you may call 205-387-8842.
We are a nonprofit, volunteer, foster home and donation based rescue located in Jasper, AL. Though we focus a majority of our efforts on dogs in Walker County, we are committed to helping any animal in need. After all, they are unaware of their zip code. All of our partner rescues accept animals outside of their home states so this is our way of paying it forward. In addition, while our hearts lie with the stray living with mange by the roadside, we also regularly commit to puppies and adults found “Free to a Good Home” on Facebook, Craigslist, and community yard sale sites. They are at risk for being irresponsibly discarded when not re homed, used for disingenuous purposes or left to languish while tethered to a tree in the backyard. Our mission is that no animal ever experience one of those fates.
We rescue, foster, and aid in adoptions. The purpose of a foster home is for them to acclimate to living with other animals and children, teach manners, and get a jump start on potty or crate training (which makes for a higher rate of adoptions). The average time in a foster home before transport is 2-4 weeks.
We are often asked why we transport animals out of state. Simply, the laws are not on our side in Alabama. There are more stringent laws that support animal welfare in our partner states. We partner with out of state rescues that are also foster based where each animal is spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations before being adopted to families that submit an application and have a home visit. We have worked with groups in FL, MN, MA, PA, WI and Ontario, Canada.
We utilize a program called Pilots N Paws which involves pilots whom volunteer their time and planes to fly animals all over the US. We do place some of our adult dogs with local furever families on a case by case basis.
Sasha lived at a 4 way stop in Parrish, AL for at least 6 years from local accounts. She had one of the worst cases of mange that I have seen in 10+ years of volunteering in rescue. She and her two 6 week old pups had sarcoptic and demodex mange, secondary bacterial infections, malnutrition and dehydration. February 13, 2014 our co founder, Angie James, took the pups in to foster and nursed them back to health. They went to A New Beginning Rescue in Orlando, FL. They have both been adopted into furever homes! February 28, 2014 we constructed a 10x10 kennel in Parrish, tied a rope to the door, baited it and waited. We finally had her! Sasha was also fostered by Angie while continuing to heal and gain strength. She lives with me now and is continuing to gain confidence while adjusting to having a family. She has advanced congestive heart failure due to untreated heart worms. So, we will make her comfortable until it is time for her to cross The Rainbow Bridge.