Special Needs Dogs

Here are a few dogs that came in needing some special care.

Nanu is a 10 month old Xoloticuentle. She was brought to the Atascadero Emergency Vet on January 1st 2010. X-rays showed that both front legs were badly broken. Her owner did not have the $$ to properly fix her legs with surgery, so her legs were splinted & she was released.

Unfortunately for Nanu, her owners could not afford her follow up care, so they did the re-wrapping of her splints themselves. Her Right leg was wrapped too tightly & her blood flow was restricted. This led to some of her skin cells dying. Her owner noticed the foul smell & called the vet. They advised her to bring Nanu in immediately. Again, because of finances, they decided that they could not help her, so they called us. We picked up Nanu on January 18th 2010 & rushed her to the vet. X-rays revealed that her left leg was healing even though it was no longer aligned properly, but her right leg is not healing well yet. Worse though, her skin is dying off on her right leg & paw & she could lose ALL of the skin from mid shin down.

Nanu is receiving daily hyperbaric treatments & twice daily re-wrapping of her leg using honey to try and save some of her skin.

Nanu’s ongoing treatment will be quite costly, but we are doing everything we can to help her. If you would like to donate to help defray her medical costs, please Click here

If you are able to view graphic images, you can click on the link below to see daily updates of what her skin looks like under the bandages and how she is doing. Please, only click if you can handle some pretty disturbing images Graphic Images of Nanu’s leg

Nanu had to have her right leg amputated on 3/3/2010.  She did fine & is now home.   For details (no gory pictures) please Click here

AJ is a very striking dog! She is 1/2 Jack Russel Terrier & 1/2 Border Collie! She came from a very loving home, but unfortunately she developed a fondness for playing with their horses & was kicked. Her left front leg was shattered & needed surgery to pin it back in place. Her owners made the decision to euthanize her as they couldn’t afford the surgery & knew that she would not be safe at their home with the horses.

The vets and office workers took up a collection & raised $$ to pay for her surgery & then turned her over to us for her reabilitaion & re-homing. She is doing great & should get her pin out sometime mid-October. Aj is house trained, crate trained, loving & all round is a great dog.

AJ has been adopted & is loving her new life with her new family! Stay safe AJ!

Karen and Dennis adopted Lewis, renamed him Colby, and gave him what might have been the best months of his life. In spite of all their love & care, Colby continued to have medical problems. He finally lost his fight & went peacefully to the rainbow bridge.

He enriched so many lives with his selfless love. What a great boy he was & shall ever be in our hearts. Lewis was old. The animal shelter decided that Lewis would not be adoptable. Not only was he “old” his mouth was terrible. His teeth were so terribly rotten that the infection had traveled up into his jawbones. The law requires the shelter to hold all “strays” for 5 days, so for 5 days Lewis sat in his cage without receiving antibiotics that would at least stop the infection. We agreed to take him in & he immediately went into the hospital to receive the much needed antibiotics & fluids. He weighed about 1/2 of what he should weigh because it hurt to eat & with the infection raging through his body, all of his resources were consumed.

Miss Muffet, A 3 or 4 year old Chinese Crested, was discovered sitting in urine & feces in a southern California Animal Shelter. She was completely paralized in her hind end, unable to move out of her own waste.

She is now able to walk with assistance & is likely to make an almost complete recovery. Please click on her picture to read more about her therapy & reabilitation. Miss Muffet has finally found her absolutely PERFECT home!!! Under her new family’s diligent care & love she is walking better than ever & can even begin to lift her front feet up a few inches balancing on her previously useless hind legs… now strong & getting stronger by the day! Before they know it she will be jumping on the furnature!

This gorgeous Shetland Sheepdog puppy was purchased at a local petshop. At 3 months of age, she was supposed to be the “pet” of a 4 year old boy that had no prior experience with small animals. Left alone with his new “toy” the boy stepped on her foot with enough force to break 4 bones in her right paw. The parents did take her to a vet, but refused x-rays and treatment of the obviously broken paw.

Realizing that their son’s toy was broken, yet not willing to put in the time or money to fix her, they surrendered her to our rescue. after 3 weeks in our care, “Whim” is a happy bouncy (too bouncy she is supposed to be taking it easy) puppy. The procedure to set her paw was close to $300.00. We have now spayed her as well, so before we are done, we will likely have close to $500.00 in this darling girl.

Whim has been adopted and will now answer to the lovely name of “Jasmine” Here is a picture of her with her Sheltie brother in her new home. Her cast is off & she is using her leg very well.

Eve is a sphinx cat. She is totally hairless & in her prior home she had surgery to correct her lower eyelids because they turned in, causing her eyes to be scraped every time she blinked. Unfortunately the surgery was not sucessful on her right eye. This is a very painful condition & her owner could not afford to have the surgery done again, so he turned her over to us. She has now had her surgery & will be recovering for the next two weeks.

3 days post surgery & she is holding her eye open more…. all looks good so far! Eve has been adopted!

Here I am with 4 special girls. Muffet (whom you met above) in the center, BooBoo in my left arm, Christy in my right arm & Comet talking to us on the floor!

All four girls came into our rescue paralyzed or partially paralyzed. Christy has been adopted. Miss Muffet has been adopted, BooBoo (chihuahua) has also just been adopted leaving only Comet (Poodle/maltese) still looking for special people that would like to welcome her into their homes.