Tuesday both RESCUE dogs Ellie and Piper went to visit the vet. Ellie has some cracking on the ends of her ears which need a bit of cream to help those heal. We ran bloodwork on her as well and it all came back normal. YEAH!!
Piper health on the other hand continues to elude us. You'll recall that
Piper came to us in dire straits. She had to have a portion of her tail removed due to previous injury of some sort. Additionally her teeth were in terrible shape and had to have two remove. And not surprisingly Piper was not spay. Unbeknownst to all of us, Piper was pregnant when we spayed her. So Piper had a lot to deal with right away. After surgery she had terrible diarrhea and a problem with incontinence. So back to the vet she went. She had an infection in her tail from all the diarrhea, which we treated and we also discovered that she had a terrible urinary infection. Piper was placed on medication for both conditions. Unfortunately by Friday we had not seen any improvement with the incontinence so we placed her on a medication called DES that helps strengthen the muscle that control urine. We managed to get the diarrhea under control but discovered another issue, although I'm not sure at this point what the cause of this issue is. Piper does not appear to have control of her bowel movements in addition to her urine. This is a very rare condition. I was hoping that as I typed the weekly recap of RESCUE events that I would be able to tell everyone that we had Piper on the road to recovery. Unfortunately while we have her tail and her mouth under control these two new conditions are not under control and what is causing them is a mystery. She will most likely be going to a specialist next week for further evaluation and testing. Fingers crossed.
I am happy to report that the two RESCUE cats that we were treating - Anastasia and Tristan are doing fantastic!!! Anastasia or Annie was the kitty that was returned to us severely overweight with a massive infection in her entire back end. The RESCUE volunteers had to thoroughly clean the area and apply a cream to the area, twice a day! This was no easy task but RESCUE has the most dedicated and loving volunteers! And today
Annie's condition has improved by about 75% in 2 short weeks! Now we'll start to work on her weight loss. I'm sure Annie will not be happy about that as most cats tend to be content with doing nothing much at all! :) Unfortunately weight loss with cats is a much more challenging task to accomplish as they are not nearly as motivated to move around and if they don't like the reduced calorie food, there's not much we can do about that because cats have to eat. If they go longer than 3 days without food they can get a condition called fatty liver disease which can kill them. It will take some time, a lot of patience on our part but eventually we'll get a pound or two off our big girl!
Tristan is the RESCUE cat that we saved from the east side Animal Control back in January. He was given up by his owners on New Years Eve due to moving. They had adopted him from that same facility four years ago to the date. :( Tristan sat at Animal Control for 17 days, shaking and terrified. Then we arrived and took him into our care. Tristan was already neutered but his teeth were in back condition. His fur was matted to his
skin as well. We brushed and cut off the mats but since he had a cold we had to wait to take care of his teeth until he was healthy. Tristan continued to be terrified while he recovered from his cold. The volunteers would have to pull him out of his "hidey-hole" so that he would eat. Once in your lap he felt so much better and adored being brushed. I visited with him this week and am thrilled to report that our handsome boy Tristan is now much for social and animated. He still loves to be brushed, or rather he prefers if you just hold the brush and he will rub and rub himself all over the brush!!! :) He loves to be pet and to chase after a feather wand! It was so wonderful to see him blossom. I'm sure Tristan's true personality will continue to flourish in our care as we search for his permanent loving home.
RESCUE was on local channel three promoting our upcoming Beauty to the RESCUE event. Big thanks go out to RESCUE volunteers Tanja and Debi for allowing us to "make them over" on TV. We will have another appearance on Tuesday on local channel 10 also to promote the Beauty to the RESCUE event coming up on Sunday, March 1st.
On Thursday, Odie moved from foster care to boarding while his foster parents are away for a couple of weeks. Odie has learned so much in foster care and the volunteers were happy to spend some more time with this goofy boy while his foster parents are away. He was at our Noble Beast event and had a couple of people interested in him so maybe he will be adopted soon!
Willie (left) and Nicolas (right) we're both neutered on Friday. They both are doing very well in foster care and are now ready for
adoption. We've learn a lot about these two boys while they are in foster care, thanks to their foster parents Teri and Alissa. Now RESCUE will search for a wonderful loving home for each of these cute boys.
Buster moved into foster care on Friday afternoon with RESCUE volunteers Kat & Jim. Kat & Jim have two other RESCUE dogs, Fred and Otto. Otto is a bit particular with which dogs he calls friends so we weren't sure if Buster would meet with Otto's "requirements." As I type this, things are going well so he will stay in foster care for a bit and hopefully we can learn more about him.
On Saturday, RESCUE was at Noble Beast Pet Market with several RESCUE dogs. They all got a lot of attention and hopefully some of those in attendance will fill out an application for adoption.
On Saturday I received a call from the adopters of the RESCUE dog Addison. Addison is a 6 pound Chihuahua that was adopted to a semi-retired couple in north Scottsdale. Addison got away from her parents and the neighbor dog, a MUCH larger dog attacked her. :( Unfortunately the adopters were having some financial difficulties due to a recent job loss and were looking for advise on a low cost vet. I gave them suggestions and thankfully Addison had only two bite wounds and neither were life threatening. Thankfully Addison seems unaffected by the whole situation and is happy to be back home.
Today we moved the RESCUE cat Lelah from one foster home into another foster home with fellow RESCUE volunteers Teri and Pat. Lelah is the FIV positive cat that we rescued in January. Since Lelah is an FIV positive cat she cannot be in a household with other cats as she could infected them with FIV. Lelah is a healthy, happy, very loving cat. Since this disease has a lot of mis-conceptions about it, it will be nearly impossible for us to get anyone to fill out an application for Lelah and most likely she will be adopted by her foster parents. This condition is not contagious to humans or dogs and most likely Lelah will live a long healthy life and eventually pass away from something other than FIV.
This week we sent emails out to all our RESCUE contacts asking for support of RESCUE's Beauty to the RESCUE event this Sunday, March 1st. We have raffle tickets available online for anyone wishing to help support our efforts!! 100% of the proceeds benefit all the RESCUE dogs and cats within our care and the ones we have yet to save.
The last two weeks adoptions have dropped off drastically. It seems that everyone is concerned about the economy. Hopefully things will stabilize soon for everyone and adoptions will pick back up. More and more dogs and cats are loosing their homes every day and with less and less adoptions taking place it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that means more animals will be killed due to lack of available homes for them. :( I'm optimistic that things will get better soon. In the meantime, if you have the ability to help with volunteering, adopting or donating to our efforts, we would greatly appreciate the support.
Thank you again for following RESCUE's journey and here's to a great week!