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* * * NILES IS LOST !! * * *

Thanks so much to everyone that came to our recent adopt-a-thon at Pet Quarters at 7811-A Oak Ridge Highway in Karns on Saturday, December 11, 2004 from 11 am - 2 pm. Pictures from the event are now available.

If you have any information on a male, brindle boxer missing from the Oliver Springs area, please contact Jennifer at 755-3627.

Holiday Tips for Pets!

Foster Homes Desperately Needed !

Cookie loves her pet pillow! Visit the Diversity-Colorful-Creations eBay store for pet pillows, custom people/pet sketches, and many more items. Traci and Sarah adopted Cookie from SBRET some time ago and wanted to support our rescue efforts by donating a portion of the profits from their eBay store. Their e-store is still under construction, so be sure to check the site again in a few days to see if any new items have been added. Thank you so much, Traci and Sarah, for supporting animal rescue!

Please help us find Niles!

Have you seen Niles?

Niles was lost on October 19th on Lonas Dr. in Knoxville, TN. Niles is a male Yorkie mix. He's reddish blonde, neutered and weighs 8 pounds. He's lovable, friendly and very much missed by his family! Niles is wearing a green harness with tags. If you've seen him, please call Sandy at 865-584-6028. Be sure to ask about the REWARD!

If you have any information on a male, brindle boxer missing from the Oliver Springs area, please contact Jennifer at 755-3627.

Shaggy Update Available!

* * * Jasper Is Home! * * *

Medical Emergency Fund Established !!

N E W !   Are you looking for news or pictures of an SBRET activity in 2003? There's a new activities page just for activities from Dec. 2002 to Dec. 2003. Listing the older activities on a separate page will help the main Activities page load faster.

Medical Emergency Fund Established !!

SBRET has had several very sick dogs these past few weeks! As a result, we are in dire need of donations. We have already tried to save one poor baby (Blossom) with parvo, and another (Lacy) that became suddenly ill after a routine spay. Unfortunately neither of these poor dogs survived. We also suffered another tragic loss on 3/26/04, when Lucky, our dear boy with heartworms, passed away exactly two weeks after heartworm treatment.

However, we have five other dogs in our program (Happy, Cassie, Gertie, Freddy, and Gidget) that have serious medical issues, but can hopefully still be saved! The first is Happy, a Border Collie mix, that was diagnosed with heartworms. An unexpected trip to the Pet ER depleted our bank account ($715.90), but due to the generosity of SBRET supporters, we have almost recouped this amount. However, we still have a long way to go as we still have to pay for Happy's heartworm treatment. Luckily we are allowed to run a small "tab" at our vet, but this amount still has to be paid. Please check Happy's page for updates regarding his progress.

The 2nd dog in need of medical attention is Cassie, a 1-2 year old, 22 pound, female Wirehaired Terrier mix. She was found living in front of a grocery store, surviving on deli scraps. Although Cassie's had a hard life, she is very sweet and loving and is adjusting very well to being a house dog. Cassie also tested positive for heartworms and needs treatment - this was the third case of heartworms in a two week time period!

The 3rd dog in need of serious medical treatment is Gertie. We rescued her from an area shelter on the same day that Lucky passed away. We rescued her in his memory, as we already knew that she was heartworm positive (and also thought to have a broken jaw and broken pelvis). Further evaluation at our veterinarian confirmed the heartworms, as well as the broken jaw (which may or may not heal itself). We also discovered she did not have a broken pelvis (which would have healed itself). What she does have is two back knees that are in serious condition. If she survives the heartworm treatment, she will definitely have to have surgery on both knees for her to be able to continue walking in the future.

Finally, on 3/28 we were called regarding another severely matted Cocker Spaniel (Freddy) that was a stray. Even our vet was shocked that we have encountered yet ANOTHER case of heartworms! That means we have a total of FOUR dogs in the program RIGHT NOW needing heartworm treatment. Including the necessary x-rays and bloodwork that are required, this treatment runs about $200-$300 PER DOG. As a result, we are definitely in need of help to save these dogs lives!

Finally, our cute little girl, Gidget, was diagnosed with bladder stones on 3/29. We had no choice but to schedule the surgery immediately, and figure out how to pay for it later. Because of the pain these stones can cause, this surgery could not wait! Therefore, she had her surgery on 3/30, and a VERY large bladder stone was successfully removed! The cost of this much needed surgery was $301.10, which increased our steadily rising account balance at our vet.

Please don't let a lack of funds be the reason we cannot do everything we can do to save these dogs. If there is ANY way you can contribute to the emergency medical fund for these dogs, PLEASE do so. ANY amount, no matter how small, will help and the dogs REALLY need it! You would be amazed at how quickly several small donations can add up. Thank you so much!

You can find more information about heartworms at .

Thanks SO MUCH to Dana Huskey, Tina Overby, Suzanne Garnmeister, Diane Clarke, Gregory Webster, Clara Jessup, Danielle Long, Joan Lacey, Jenni Rosen, Daphne Lorincz, Mike Inscore, Katie Holley, Whitney Minor, Lynn Payne, Silvia De Los Santos, Linda Budash, Marilyn Stone, Gail Jorgensen, Linda Ray, Lynn Anderson, Randy Hodge, and Michelle McGaughy for your generous donations and your concern for Lucky, Happy, Cassie and Gertie! Although listed together here, donated funds are kept separate when a specific dog is mentioned in your email (PayPal donations) or letter/card (donations sent to our P.O. Box).

How young is your dog?

Take the Dog Age Test at today and get helpful tips for making your dog younger.

Find great pet care tips at also. This week's tip is:

Does your dog like to curl up by the fire? If so, use a fireplace screen to keep your pet safe and warm.
Using a screen and monitoring your dog when in front of the fireplace will help keep your pet's coat and skin from being singed. Be sure he or she stays a reasonable distance away from all heat sources, including fireplaces, wood stoves, and portable space heaters. And before retiring for the evening, completely extinguish all wood and hot coals.

Foster Homes Urgently Needed!

SBRET is in DESPERATE need of foster homes! We have been inundated with requests to take in WONDERFUL dogs, but we cannot take many of them in, simply because of a lack of foster homes! Won't you please considering fostering a dog? It's a short-term commitment with long-term results - you end up knowing that a simple action on your part has saved a life. Yes, the actions of one person CAN make a difference, as anyone who has read "The Starfish Story" can tell you. And we'll make it as easy as we can for you. We provide all needed medical care, and even loan you a crate if needed - all you must provide is a safe place to live, food and water, and lots of love! So if you're interested in fostering, PLEASE contact SBRET or complete our online Foster Application!

Holiday Tips for Pets

  • Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. Just as a car can act as an oven in hot weather, it can act as a refrigerator in the winter...holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
  • Those soulful eyes begging for a bite of the holiday fare are tough to resist, but for your petís sake, keep to his usual diet as much as possible. Large amounts of fatty foods can cause digestive problems, even pancreatitis, and the risk is greater in smaller animals. Bones (especially poultry) can splinter and cause an obstruction in the esophagus or may puncture an intestine. Instead, offer nutritious treats made especially for animals.
  • Other foods to keep out of reach are: chocolate, onions, grapes/raisins, coffee grounds, yeast, and macadamia nuts.
  • Evergreens, poinsettias, lilies, amaryllis, holly, and mistletoe are all hazardous and potentially lethal. Place plants well out of your petsí reach or use imitation/silk plants.
  • Other hazards include artificial snow and angel hair (which is made from spun glass); batteries, which contain corrosives that can cause illness if bitten, chewed, or swallowed; and bows and ribbons, which, if swallowed, can cause choking or intestinal obstruction.
  • If you're decking your home with candles and decorative lights, keep them in a high place. Placing lit candles on high surfaces minimizes the risk that your dog's wagging tail will knock them over. Arrange decorative light strands at an elevated level so that when the bulbs heat up they won't burn your pet. Also, be sure to hide electrical wiring wherever possible to deter chewing pets; a deep bite into the cords could cause your dog to be shocked or electrocuted.
Get more cold weather tips at

For more Holiday Precautions for Pets, check out Holiday Precautions - Part I, Holiday Precautions - Part II, and Holiday Houseguests. All are featured articles in Wegmans Pet Gazette.

Make your pet's home "Poison Safe" with the ASPCA interactive home tour (requires Flash player).

For a list of other potentially dangerous plants go to ASPCA's List of Toxic Plants.

Small Breed Rescue of East TN, Inc. (SBRET) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced or abandoned small breed dogs. We are also dedicated to educating the public about pet overpopulation, the benefits of spaying/neutering, and the horrors of puppymills.

We accept online donations via PayPal: . Although we are a non-profit corporation, we are not yet a 501(c)3, so at this time donations to SBRET are not tax deductible. However, these doggies still need your help! Donations by check can be sent to SBRET; P.O. Box 4661; Oak Ridge, TN 37831. pays for 1 month of free pet insurance from for any dog adopted from SBRET, but if you use this ShelterCare link and order any coverage (NOT including activation of free insurance), ShelterCare will donate $25 to SBRET.

N E W ! -- If you shop at and use the link below, 10% of your purchase will be donated to SBRET. Please DON'T bookmark to return and shop later - SBRET only gets a donation if you use the link below and order your pet gifts at that time. If you bookmark the page and return later, SBRET will NOT receive a donation. Supporting dog rescue couldn't be easier...Happy Shopping!

Earn 10% for Our Group -- Shop at The Inky Paw!

Please, don't shop ... adopt !! Don't shop at stores that sell puppies!
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