Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee
* * * 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.
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!
* * * Jasper Is Home! * * *
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 www.heartwormsociety.org .
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).
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