2017 Foster Photos

CARRIED OVER FROM 2016

Jamie Fraser was in foster care for several weeks.  The shelter tested him positive for heartworm and this positive test repeated while in foster care.  He was kept on heartworm pills while in foster care and his most recent test came back negative.  Another test will be done in six months but in the meantime he has been adopted.

Gabriel, age 14, came into foster care based on a court order.  He is one of the sweetest guys you will ever meet.  Gabe has found a new family that will give him love and “walk him  home”.  Best Wishes, Gabriel!

 

2017 RESCUE DOGS


Leia, age 9, came back into foster care when her dad got sick and passed.  This girl needs some good luck and love.  She lost her previous family the same way.  She is now being cared for and will be looking for a new home.  She is very nice but is a natural “alpha”.  While she has been able to adapt to a new home with other dogs, she prefers to be an “only” child.  She very much wants long and attention, and she DESERVES it!!!   Note: Princess Leia’s adoption is in progress.

 


Sheldon, age 2-3, came into rescue because he “wasn’t getting along with the other dogs”.    After some time in foster care, he was in the process of adoption when the potential family changed their mind.  Some time after that, he escaped the  yard and was lost.  As of now, we have not found him despite microchip and ID tags.

 

Rudy, age 10 weeks, arrived in foster care.  This puppy had a strong heart murmur so the breeder would be unable to sell him.  Many breeders would put a puppy down but this breeder agreed to surrender him to us so we can do the testing and hopefully give the puppy a chance at a good life.  We did not pay the breeder anything for the puppy.  He is 4.1# and was 10 weeks of age last Friday. 

Rudy has Pulmonary Stenosis.  This means that the right side of his heart has to work extra hard to pump the blood out through too small an opening.  It could be the flaps are stuck or there is some band above the opening that is blocking the blood.  There is a surgery for this but she doesn’t want to do it right away.  She wants to see him in 3 months when he is older and larger.  She will then redo the testing and see if there are changes.  In the meantime she is trying medication called Atenolol (which is given to humans for high blood pressure).  She says it might slow him down some.  He will be seeing our vet regularly to check his blood pressure to see if it is making a difference.  The main thing is that if the pressure is lower the right side of his heart may not thicken as much.  If it appears he will need surgery, we will be making the trip to MSU for further evaluation.   There is no long term prognosis yet ! but I’m much more hopeful than I was before the ultrasound. 

Rudy has  been adopted by parents with medical backgrounds and is very much loved.  They are continuing the medical care.

 

Zeke, age 6, is back in foster care. The placement didn’t work out. It just wasn’t the perfect match. He is now in a foster home where we will again work on his skin issues and let him “decompress”.  After 7 months of foster care, we were forced to make a very hard decision for him.  He was wonderful when he was good but he had occasional spells where he just lost control and was not a safe dog.  We could not place him again despite all of the work done by so many.

 

 

Griffin, age 8, is in Rescue because he has some allergy and skin issues.  His family could not afford his medical care.  This has been especially true since they are expecting their second child.  Griffin gets along with dogs, and people … he even got along okay with the toddler in the family, although mom took extra pains to be sure he was protected from little hands.  Griffin has been adopted.

 

 

Gibbs, estimated age anywhere from 10 to 15 years, was found as a stray.  The shelter chose not to adopt him out because he had several health issues to be investigated and treated.  Gibbs is a wonderful, loveable little boy who is totally undemanding.  He does have some issues we will treat:  kidney infection, arthritis, hearing loss, heart murmur and possibly Cushing’s.  His adopter will be someone who wants to give love to a neglected little boy in his final years.  He definitely deserves all the love he can get and will return it.  Note:  His Cushing’s test was negative.  After a few days in care, and with antibiotics and pain meds, his personality is coming out.  He is starting to play and even ask for petting.  he is a very easy boy to care for.

Gibbs has been adopted by a family who will give him the love and attention he needs.


Toby, age almost 11, came into foster care because the grandchildren came to live in his home.  The children are toddlers and do things that toddlers do and it just wasn’t going to work out.  Toby has been a nice dog with humans although a bit headstrong.  He has not done well with other dogs.  We will be working on behavior issues with Toby.

 

Spike came in at age 14.  His owner loved him but could not afford medical care.  When he began having issues, the own tried various home remedies which didn’t work.  When he was surrendered to a shelter, he had a lot of hair loss and skin issues, an eye infection and ear infection.  We have had him to the vet and he is on various medications.  Spike is very laid back.  He ignores other dogs and enjoys a lot of long naps.  Now that he is feeling better, his personality is starting to come out.   We continue to work on his medical issues but he has made a lot of progress.

 

Lucy came out of a shelter.  She was a stray and needed a lot of help.  She was covered in fleas, very itchy and a lot of hair loss as a result.  She is being treated and feeling better.  Lucy is a very small girl at 13#.  She is friendly and doing well.