URGENT help needed!!
Please Help Misty
UPDATE: Misty had her spa day on Friday. She is so happy to be all nice and squeaky clean. It only took 2 bottles of shampoo and one huge bottle of conditioner.
She was such a good girl in the tub and with the dryer. We are going to work on all the mats but didn't want to overwhelm her. Now Misty will be ready for her heart worm treatment soon.
We pulled Misty from Animal Care and Control of Brooklyn last week. Such a beautiful and majestic girl, so sweet and full of love. We immediately took her to our vet to make sure she was OK only to find out she is HEARTWORM POSITIVE!
Seems life has not been kind to Misty. She was emaciated, filthy, matted and very neglected. Through all of that, she is still a happy girl and is loving and gentle. Now we need to help Misty and give her the life she deserves.
We need your help; our wonderful friends and supporters to raise money for Misty's medical costs. We need about $1,200 for her treatment. Won't you open your heart to this beautiful angel??
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A Second Chance for a "Throwaway Dog"
The stories of K-9 Winchester and K-9 Rex
WINCHESTER, one of our GSD's that we saved from the local shelter was scheduled to be euthanized. He is now a K-9 in Philadelphia and has now become a celebrity. We wish Winchester and his handler a Very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year. We are so proud!
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REX was at a shelter in CT and was scheduled to be euthanized. In order to save him, there were so many people who worked extra hard to make this happen. First, there was Julia, his foster mom, who immediately went to the shelter to evaluate him after we called her. Upon meeting Rex, she couldn't let him stay there for one more minute, in fear of his being put down. Julia called us and asked for our help in pulling him. We told her to take him immediately and that we would find a good place for him. Next were the police officers in NY who drove to CT to evaluate Rex and see if he was a candidate for K-9 work. Then, there were all the phone calls and rejections we got because there were no spots open at the time for Rex, but we would not give up. This led us to Bill V. and his team at the Parks Dept. who stepped up to take Rex and worked so hard training him. Rex was truly a group rescue project. He touched so many lives and everyone saw the potential and the goodness in him, enough for them, too, to want to help him.
One year later, we got this beautiful e-mail from Jacquie, Officer Knapp's wife thanking us for saving Rex. Rex’s story is even more amazing because he had been attacked by a vicious dog while living with his first owner. Rex required emergency surgery to save his life. Physically, he recovered rather quickly, but mentally, he was left with many scars and became highly dog aggressive. The K-9 trainers worked with him, training him to be dog tolerant but only under close handler supervision. This is what makes this story even more amazing. Please read Jacquie's letter and look at the wonderful pictures she sent:
It has been a year now since Rex became my husband's K-9 partner and member of our family. It was a rough start, but he has adjusted well and I am writing to you to thank you for rescuing Rex. As I sit here typing this message to you, he is sitting at my feet and it breaks my heart to think that he was deemed unadoptable by a shelter. We were sent your Christmas newsletter last year a day before my husband was to pick up Rex. Of course, we were very concerned about how he would behave and adjust to living with our family. My husband was about to retire his K-9 partner (Noris) after working with him for several years. Noris became a part of our family in 2005 when our son was 3 years old. He loves Noris and they have been best of friends ever since. He was expecting the same to happen with Rex. Unfortunately, after reading about his behavior and past we weren't so sure. Even as my husband picked him up, he was told he did not get along with any other dogs in the unit and growled at other officers. Once he trusted us, he was fine.
That was last December, so let me tell you about Rex now. He is best briends with our 10-year-old male shepherd, Noris, who suffers from degenerative myelopathy. They play every day and Rex looks out for him. When they go outside, Rex waits at the top of the stairs for him. When neighboring dogs bark at Noris, Rex is there to protect him. The first thing Rex does when he comes home from work is look for Noris. Unfortunately, Noris is sometimes standing at the door and Rex knocks him down. We just went on vacation for the first time since we have had Rex and we boarded both dogs at the animal hospital, a place where Noris has always gone. We we arrived to pick them up, the ladies at the counter asked who we were there to pick up and when we said Noris and Rex, they said no. In fact, one of them said she wanted to keep Rex. He even was given a bath there. The same worker said she would go into the kennel that Rex was in and just sit and play with thim. Anytime Rex goes outside, we dry his feet before he comes inside. He now stands there and lets us touch his back legs with no problem. My son hugs and kisses him and plays with him all the time. Again, it breaks my heart to think that he might not have been here if not for your organization. Also, whoever came to the conclusion that he would make a good police dog was absolutely correct. He is also so excited every day to go to work. As soon as he sees my husband get ready, you can see Rex's excitement.
The change in Rex over the last year has been amazing. Love and trust is all it took for him to let down his guard and be happy. In fact, he wakes me up in the morning by nosing my pillow and when I pet him he moves to make my hand move down his back and scratch him right up above his tail, his favorite spot. Amazing for a dog who didn't like to have his back touched, right? He is definitely high strung and will lay right in the way, but he is part of the family. Rex worked the Presidential Inauguration last year and continuously checks the monuments in DC. A long way from where you found him.
Thank you for saving Rex and donating him to US Park Police. We love him and couldn't imagine life without him. Noris never had a friend before and when you see them, you would think they have been best friends for years. I have even had people ask me if they are brothers. I have attached a few pictures of Rex for you to see. The first one, he is enjoying his Christmas present this year. The next, is of him and my husband at work. They were training that day. Finally, a picture of Rex and Noris playing. Rex is on the left.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Rex with his Christmas Present 2013
Officer Steven Knapp with Rex
Rex (left) with his brother Noris (right)
God bless you all.
Please help Jazzy
'Jazzy Still Needs a Home of Her Own'
It's been almost a year since Jazzy came to us abandoned and needing medical care. She has come a long way and is now happy and healthy but would love a home to call her own. Jazzy is a great girl with a sweet personality. Won't you open your heart and adopt her?
JAZZY NEEDS A HOME!!
Many of you have been following the story of Jazzy, or Jazzelle, as her foster mom calls her. Jazzy has recovered so well from her extensive surgery and is now looking for a loving home. Lauren, Jazzy's mom, says that she is very loving and sweet. She craves attention and loves being pet. She is a calm girl although when she hears that leash she gets very excited. Jazzelle has become quite popular on her walks in the neighborhood and likes everyone she meets. She really is a wonderful girl, very gentle and extremely alert. All the things a great German shepherd should be.
As we mentioned before, her foster parents were affected by Sandy and will need to be moving to temporary quarters while the rehab is being done on their home. We don't want to have to put Jazzy in boarding, we don't think she would do well in a kennel after being in such a loving foster home. Jazzy had such a horrible life before we rescued her, we don't want her to experience any further sadness.
Won't you please open your hearts and your home to this wonderful girl? We didn't work so hard and Jazzy didn't fight to get well so that she could spend the rest of her life in a kennel. This amazing girl deserves better. Give Jazzy the loving home she has always wanted and deserves.
Jazzy also wants to thank all her wonderful supporters who sent their donations and good wishes. Without you, we could not have helped her. Your generosity and kindness for Jazzy was overwhelming. God bless you all!!! Please help us make the last step of her journey to a loving home a reality!
See Jazzy's story below...........
Jazzy was abandoned at an industrial site. Six days
passed while people watched her wander around. No one tried to help her. When
Peter and Lauren heard about her they went to the industrial site to find her.
She wasn't hard to find, she just stood there looking blankly at them, confused,
filthy and barely able to walk. They brought her home and at first she was too
scared or in pain to eat. But with a lot of coaxing and some very yummy food,
she began to eat a bit. Lauren called Shepherds Hope and asked us to help. How
could we say no? We brought her to our wonderful vets and they had very little
encouraging news except to say that she is very sweet and gentle but she needs a
lot of help.
Where to start? She is emaciated, half her coat is gone
and she is covered with scabs and sores which she scratches and chews on
non-stop. She is in a lot of pain. Every rib sticks out so that you can see her
rib cage. She is has several mammory tumors and will need to be
spayed. We are hoping the tumors are not cancerous. Her skin condition is so
bad and she is so frail, that the vets would like to hold off on the surgery and
get her in better shape. They are giving her IV fluids and small amounts of
food to get her stomach used to eating again. She is responding well and in
better spirits. We'll keep getting her stronger and hopefully her skin
condition will not be so painful. He back legs lack muscle tone and she is
walking a little better. We think she must have been confined in a very small
place and never allowed to exercise. And if she did want to walk, she wouldn't
get very far because her nails are so long that they are almost curled under so
her toes must be in a lot of pain. We did an emergency nail cutting today but
they will need more work when she is under anesthesia. In the meantime, we are
asking for donations to help pay for lab tests and her very extensive surgery to remove the tumors; not to mention the medications and medicated baths she will need.
She is such a beautiful and sweet girl. We are estimating
that she is around 7 years old. She has been in pain for a long time and we
can't let her suffer any longer. We are hoping we will be able to give her a
wonderful quality of life for years and to learn that not all people are bad...and to
show her what a loving and good home can be like.
Won't you please help us help Jazzy?....
Jazzy's Guardian Angels
In memory of their beloved dogs,Hilary and Adam
Mom and Dad
Jim Ellerton, Sefton Resources, Inc.
Francine & Leonard Goldstein
In Memory of Hillary & Adam
Karen & Richard Lanzetta
James & Leigh Ann Russo
Tracy Wolak & Bully Baby Rescue
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