“We’ve had a rough start from neglect and abuse, but we’re safe, warm, and loved now. Our friends at GDFRL are going to help us get healthy too!”
The medical cases below are cases for which we need help to pay for medical bills. They vary in severity from deadly heart worms to urgent injuries requiring surgery. Each dog has been evaluated by veterinarians and will get their happy ending! They will all go on to live normal, comfortable lives, but the expenses to get them there can be steep. All donations are tax-deductible.
GDFRL rescued Amos from a county shelter on the same day he was scheduled to be euthanized. He has no eyes, is on antibiotics for infected eye sockets, has intestinal parasites, was covered in fleas, needs to gain weight, is beginning heart worm treatment, and his chest xrays to evaluate the health of his heart and pulmonary vessels showed us that he also has been shot before with a shot gun. You can still see the shot inside of him in the xrays! He has healed since the shooting and is doing just fine, and the vet does not expect any complications to his health from that.
It’s possible that when he is neutered, we may also need to have his eyes surgically closed to prevent future infections, but we will consult with a specialist on that.
Despite what it appears this boy has been through in his life, he is a dream! He is a truly gentle soul who loves people and other dogs. He is a cuddler!
Because of all his medical needs, which he is already being treated for, we could use a little help with his expenses. After his health improves a bit, he will then have surgery for his neuter. He will also require several months of being on doxycycline for his heart worm treatment, which adds up quickly. Donations are tax-deductible.
Would you like to help with Amos’ medical care? This amazing boy is worth every penny!
Lucas is new to the rescue and is 7 weeks old. He came from a breeder that couldn’t get rid of him because he had a bum leg.
Right now, his left shoulder joint is very swollen and he limps when he walks. He has had x rays and gone to our specialty vet, Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory & Rehabilitation. They did a joint tap to see if it was septic arthritis. The cultures have come back negative so no infection. The other possibilities could be a birth defect, trauma or very early OCD (osteochondrosis dissecans) which is a joint disease that affects cartilage formation. Right now our vet thinks it was trauma and he is going to need some physical therapy to help it heal so Lucas USES it, and it doesn’t freeze up and cause more problems.
He is an awesome, spunky puppy who is such a fighter!!! So far we have about $800 in him and he still needs the rest of his shots and when ready has to be neutered so we’re looking at $1200 or so to tend to all of Lucas’ medical requirements to get him ready for adoption in a few months.
As a nonprofit organizatoin, we rely on donations to meet the needs of the dogs we rescue. We are proud of our high standard of care – that we don’t turn away dogs who have injuries or health problems. We believe they all deserve the chance to live pain-free.
Help us help Zelda!
Zelda is about 5 yrs old and an absolute doll, but she has had a rough life so far. She is white, blind and deaf, 30 lbs underweight, was COVERED in fleas, heart worm positive, has a severe UTI, and the day after we rescued her and got her to a vet, she bloated, which is a matter of life or death that requires emergency surgery. Good thing she was at the vet’s office when it happened!
This poor girl was surrendered to animal control after living her life on a chain in her previous owner’s yard. She was emaciated and obviously neglected. Despite her circumstances, she is the sweetest girl with a great temperament! We just adore her.
So far, including the emergency surgery on October 1, we have about $2500 in vet bills for Zelda. Yes, she’s totally worth it!
sanctuary: a place of refuge or protection; a place where animals can live for the duration of their livesƒ
Theo is our “sanctuary dog”. He came into our rescue in 2012, surrendered by his owners, struggling with some painful health problems, but just as sweet and happy as could be.
Our vets diagnosed him with a spinal infection and severe degenerative arthritis in his hips and knees. We treated the infection and that cleared up nicely, but the arthritis will just be a matter of doing what we can for as long as we can to keep him feeling good each day.
Theo’s medical issues will be ongoing, and we don’t know how long his quality of life will last, but we are aware that the likelihood of him being adopted is very slim. He is happy and enjoys his days now, though, and that is all that matters to us! Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love is Theo’s sanctuary. He will remain within our rescue and will not lack for any medical or daily care for as long as he is happy. We’re committed to him, and we love him.
Because of his medical requirements to keep him from being in pain, we do have some monthly expenses that are associated with keeping him happy and comfortable. We’ve spent a lot of time with his veterinarian developing a plan for him and are seeing good results with water physical therapy, monthly injections of Adequan (which lubricates and provides relief to joints in the body), and some anti-inflammatories and joint supplements.
As a nonprofit organization, we rely solely on donations to support the medical care of our rescued dogs. If you’d like to contribute toward Theo’s medical care, we would truly appreciate it!
We have set up the option to make one-time donations or to make monthly donations. Those who set up recurring donations will receive a special thank you from Theo! You will see the price break-down of his monthly expenses, but feel free to donate any amount you choose. All donations are tax-deductible and immensely appreciated.
Heartworms are deadly. And here in the Southeastern region of the U.S. they are especially common because they are transmitted by mosquitoes. Very frequently, adult dogs come into our rescue with heartworms because their previous owners did not give them monthly heartworm prevention. It then falls to GDFRL to have them treated because we pledge to see to all the medical needs of dogs in our care.
Heartworms may not seem urgent, but they are! They infest the heart and blood vessels of the lungs which gradually kills animals. There are a couple of different treatment methods, and, together with our veterinarians, we choose whichever is most appropriate for a dog on an individual basis. Both options generally cost us no less than $500 per dog, and that cost is on the rise because the cost of the medications required for treatment has been increasing across the nation.