The Power of Love and Sharing
In 2012, Shepherds Hope was honored to receive a grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to help with heartworm prevention and treatment of HW+ dogs. There were two dogs that we were able to use this grant money for. Our Leika who who had a PERSISTENT RIGHT AORTIC ARCH which involved extensive testing to determine the best course of treatment for her. She is now very happy and loving her new home with her big brother Rocco. Our second candidate for this grant was Banjo, a shepherd mix who was rescued from a shelter down south. He has made a full recovery and is living happily in NYC.
As with all grant monies received, there are strict guidelines and time
deadlines that need to be adhered to and not having any other heart worm
cases to help in our group, we reached out to a wonderful German
Shepherd rescue organization in North Carolina called German
Shepherd Rescue and Adoption. Knowing the huge problem they
face with heart worm positive dogs, we wanted to help. Working
with Andrea, the president of the group, Shepherds Hope sponsored
5 German shepherds for heart worm treatment; Weber, Sadie,
Lincoln, Laska and Ellie. We are happy to report that all of these dogs
have been successfully treated for heart worm and recuperating and
will be looking for a home very soon.
SADDIE ELLIE LINCOLN
We were so blessed by Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
for this grant and so happy that we could help German Shepherds in
need with a partnership with German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption
in North Carolina. Shepherds Hope's mission has always been and
will continue to be to help as many German Shepherds as we
can. With this grant and the help of all our wonderful
supporters, we will continue our mission with love and care for the
breed we love so much. Thank you all for your kindness and support.
God bless you all.
Please help Jazzy
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
Denotes a minimum$500 donation
It is with deepest sorrow that we share with you the news of the passing of one of our dearest adopters and most generous supporters, Jay Alverson.
Some of you may know Jay because he and his wife Joan adopted our Reign. He was the most wonderful dad to our Sophie and Reign.
Jay exemplified what we would like all our adopters to be: kind, firm, loving, gentle, and never wanted to stop learning how to be a better fur dad.
Our hearts go out to Joan, his wonderful wife, who supported Jay through his terrible illness of ALS, and to our Sophie and Reign who we know will miss their dad very much. We hope our beloved fur babies were there to greet Jay as he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and now they won't be alone. We will miss you, Jay. You helped us learn about the best part of being a wonderful parent. We love you.............