“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.
We just learned that sweet Miss Nora is pregnant! Apparently, she was bred and conceived shortly before coming to rescue, so we are expecting a litter of puppies soon! The vet thinks that she is about 45 days along, and since we’ve only had her for 39 days, this is quite a surprise.
Obviously, we’ve had a priority change in terms of her medical care. Prenatal care and healthy puppies just jumped onto our list, then later down the road we’ll be able to tend to Nora’s own mammary issues and spay surgery.
This surprise also significantly increases our medical expenses. Each puppy will require it’s own deworming, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgery in addition to any additional medical care that Nora may need in the interim to be sure that she is healthy and has a smooth delivery.
Nora is about three years old. She is very underweight, has heartworms, a painful case of cherry eye in both eyes, and mammary tumors that need to be removed and biopsied. She came to our rescue having been used by her previous owners for breeding, but when all of her puppies died, they just put her outside to live indefinitely.
Now she’s warm and enjoying her regular meals. She loves other dogs, and even gets along with the cats and chickens at her foster home. She is a kind soul who deserves the chance to live pain-free and have a warm place to sleep.
Would you like to help? Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love is a nonprofit organization, so we depend on donations to fund the medical care of our rescued dogs. Every dollar counts!
Nora’s medical expenses will cost about $3000 including her spay, tumor removal, cherry eye surgeries, and heartworm treatment, and now the additional expense of a litter of puppies!
We truly appreciate your support! So does Nora. She sends wags and kisses!
GDFRL rescued Amos from a county shelter on the same day he was scheduled to be euthanized. He has no eyes, was on antibiotics for infected eye sockets, had intestinal parasites, was covered in fleas, needed to gain weight, is being treated for heartworms, 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.
When Amos was neutered recently, we had his eyes surgically closed at the same time because his sockets and surrounding tissues constantly irritated and inflamed from exposure.
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, we could use a little help with his expenses. In addition to his surgery, he will also require several months of being on doxycycline for his heart worm treatment, which adds up quickly. Donations are tax-deductible.
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.