04.20.07

APRIL 20 NEWSLETTER – KULA PARKS/EASTER LILY HARRIS/ADOPTION SUCCESSES/CHARO WORTH

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Great news for you all today.

You can read these stories, and the updates, on the BLOG.  I try to update every couple of days so keep checking!!

 

KULA PARKS

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Kula started physical therapy yesterday.  The hope is that we can build back up his muscles so that he can use the bad leg at least partially.  We may later need to have the bones in the foot fused so that he puts the pad on the ground.  Right now, because of neurological damage, he often walks with the top of his foot dragging the ground.  It is possible that this physical therapy will help.

Here are a few pictures from his day yesterday…

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What a sweet kissy face boy Kula is.

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One exercise to build up the muscles in his back leg is to make him walk over small hurdles.

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Kula getting his “life jacket” on so he can get into the tank.

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Hey, the water is rising.  Help, get me out of here.

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Ahhh, finally, after 30 minutes of the water walking, I can rest and go home!!

 

Thankfully, the physical therapy is not as expensive as orthopedic surgery, but it does cost.  The cost is $350 for five hour-long sessions which include the water tank, hurdles, etc.  Once he gets done with these five sessions, we will re-evaluate his future needs.

If you can donate for his fund, please donate HERE via paypal or go HERE to send a check(specify Kula Parks)!!!

 

EASTER LILY HARRIS

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This one is soooo sad.  We went to pick up a little shih tzu at the shelter last week (turned out to be a Maltese so we turned him over to Maltese rescue), and they asked us if we wanted this matted, broken girl.  They thought she had been hit by a car and of course no one would adopt her from the shelter.

Well, we thought she was a mess when we picked her up, but it’s even worse than we thought.

She has not been hit by a car – just has a horrible very old back injury.  She can barely walk but thankfully, is not in pain. 

Here you can see her crooked back.  And how totally wasted away her back end is.  Almost no muscle at all in her back legs.

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And how her back legs don’t “work right.”

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Here, she’s cleaned up and resting.

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She LOVES these little beds.

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She also has a horrendous heart murmur – grade V – and is on meds for congestive heart failure.  We don’t think she has long, but will give her a place to stay as long as she wants to stay around.

Consequently, we aren’t going to ask for a monthly sponsorship for this beauty.  Just for help with vet bills as she incurs them.

To date, she has $365 in vet bills.  If you can donate for her fund, please donate HERE via paypal or go HERE to send a check(specify Easter Lily Harris)!!!

 

AN ADMINISTRATIVE EDITORIAL

You know, someone asked me yesterday why it cost so much for us to treat these dogs.  I really appreciate people asking me the questions that are in their minds.  This one, in particular, was interesting, so I want to address it here.

First, most of the dogs we ask for help with are “last call” dogs.   Easter Lily, Kula, etc.  These dogs are typically in really rough shape.  As you recall, one that we took in just a few weeks ago, Otto Harris, died unexpectedly.  That was tough.

When we get these dogs in from shelters, there are several things that we have to do and we lump it all together into their medical fund…

First, we have to run minimal diagnostic tests – not all rescues do that – we do.  We want to know whether this new dog is having kidney or liver trouble and certainly want to know if it has heartworms, immediately.  These diagnostic tests often run $75-$150 depending on the level of tests needed.  We also remove and biopsy any lump, bump, tumor,etc that our vet thinks looks suspicious.  Surgery to remove a visible tumor can run $20-$100 again depending on where it is.  The histopath runs around $75.  Then, of course, if the dog has heartworms, we start treating it.  The cost to treat one of our dogs has doubled this past year because we adopted the American Heartworm Society’s recommended “slow” treatment for our small dogs. Once one of our vets showed me a small dog heart with just a few worms clogging the pulmonary artery, she absolutely convinced me that we were putting our dogs at risk when rushing heartworm treatment.   So the cost of heartworm treatment went from between $125-$200 to almost $400.  This, of course, includes all the followup testing.

Additionally, when we take in shelter dogs, we typically isolate them at the vet for 7-14 days.  This, too, we have to pay for but need to do it to not only protect our foster homes’ dogs, but also to reduce the potential for cross-contamination.

And, to top it off, these little poots come with ear infections, eye infections($20 a month), dry eye ($30 a month), and frankly it just adds up.  We do a lot of additional fundraising to cover some of the little things, and typically only need your help when there is something fairly large come up.

And, remember that all of the members are volunteers.  Many actually donate large sums themselves.  In 2005, less than 1% of what we took in was spent on administrative expenses. We did pay our accountant $400, our attorney $500 and another $500 was for dog show event fee and other event fees, supplies for printing brochures, and fees for pulling dogs out of some of the shelters.

But if you EVER have a question about any specific dog, please just let us know.

 

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