Our group is a non-profit that survives on donations. Donations come to our group in the form of adoption & individual donations. When we accept a dog into our group, we do all we can to ensure their health including treating heart worms & other medical conditions, updating vaccinations, getting dogs current on heart worm prevention medication & flea medication, and micro-chipping each dog. Here is a story about how your money helped save a life.
Our group was contacted by the Town Lake Animal Shelter to see if we had a place for Ryder. He had been at the shelter for a few weeks and they were desperately looking for a place for him in rescue. Ryder was an older pup who needed some medical work, but the shelter staff knew he was worth it. He was such a sweet boy and eager to please.
Ryder was found living in deplorable conditions with several other animals, and he was one of only a couple of survivors. He endured being chained up without food, shelter, or water. Our group was touched by his story and his sweet disposition, and we knew he would make a wonderful companion for some lucky person or family.
Ryder was picked up from the shelter and taken to his new foster home. He loved the car ride home and took in all the new sights and smells. I’m not sure that Ryder had ever been in a house before, so you can imagine how he loved having his own soft bed and a nice air-conditioned place to sleep. He was in heaven.
The next stop was the vet clinic to have him checked out and schedule the surgery to remove the large tumor. The surgery was a complete success and the pathology report showed the tumor to be non-cancerous! This was wonderful news! After making a full recovery from his tumor surgery it was time to treat his heartworms. Ryder when through his heartworm treatment and recovery period and was finally starting to feel better. He was now able to run and play with his foster home doggie friends and take long walks in the neighborhood.
Ryder was still a bit shy, which was understandable given his prior living conditions. His foster mom took him on a little road trip over Thanksgiving to visit her family & her in-laws. Ryder was able to experience new people and gained a lot of confidence. He even visited Texas A&M University where Ryder had a great time exploring Research Park. He also had a lot of fun making new doggie friends and hanging out in the country.
Ryder is adopted and now has a wonderful home. He went to his new home happy and healthy. Ryder was now tumor free, heartworm free, up to date on all his vaccinations, current on heartworm prevention & flea prevention, and micro-chipped. He is such a happy little guy that clearly loves his new life. Ryder’s foster parents still meet up with him a couple of times a year to say hello and celebrate his success. All of this would never have been possible without the help of donations.
Today the City of Austin proclaims first Love Your Rescue Pet Day! The Austin City Council Thursday, June 20, will recognize the more than 100 animal rescue partners in the Austin community that have worked tirelessly to save more than 14,350 pets since the City reached its no-kill status in 2011.
Ryder's Dad sent us this message: Now this is a proclamation I love! Ryder the Super Dog came from the great folks at German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas who in turn got him from the City's shelter because he was tooooo sweet to euthanize. I still find it unfathomable that someone would abuse and neglect this wunderdog. He's been my little pal, companion and virtual shadow for nearly 4 years, has a variety of expressive smiles and now, never meets a stranger. Cheers to all the animal rescue partners!!!
Our four-legged friends love going on their walks, but please use caution during the summer. If the asphalt is too hot for you, then it is too hot for your dog!
These bottle fed pups are just too darn adorable! They lost their Mama at only 7 days old.
Some crazy ladies - committed to bottle feeding them every 3-4 hours 7 days a week until they could be weaned. But guess what's even more special about them.... Because they didn't have a 4-legged Mama, their Mama was a 2-legged one and when they opened their eyes they saw their Mama for the first time and immediately became drawn to her. When their ears opened, they heard the soft crooning voices filled with love (and yawns from lack of sleep) so now they follow their peeps around because they associate the humans with love, food, safety and care. These little boogers are going to make an awesome family member.
First, I cannot tell you enough what a FABULOUS dog she is! She is fitting in very nicely to our home. She is good buddies with Bones, they roll around and play most of the day either outside or in the house. They are rougher outside than in…but it's cute to see the pair play. Bells has now gotten to where she likes to come in the house first so she can pounce on Bones as he comes inside, which is very amusing to the two of them. As bones, will now stop right before hand and then jump on Bells…it's quite the
game. But she actually kisses on him all the time and they've grown very fond of each other. She has shown no aggression towards him at all in anyway.
She loves to chase squirrels!
And she chews through bones in no time. So I invested in a large flat
rawhide, which I'm happy to report took her 5 hours.
We just got called by ATA from the orthopedic vet who looked at Itsy's X-ray. He says the bone has completely healed and she should come out of the cast. We called the adoptive mom, with this wonderful news. She told me that Itsy gets along with their 9 yr. old pug and their 7 yr. old cat. She already knows to go out for potty. Yay Itsy!