Well, we are only 4 days into 2016 and we are already in over our head. Well, not really, but it certainly did start off with a bang. In just 4 days we have taken in more than a dozen dogs and several are pretty ill. 2 requiring emergency services.
Most of these dogs are from the same pack of dogs we have been monitoring for several months. It’s a pretty bad neighborhood in Detroit, and sadly human life isn’t valued very much there, let alone a dog’s life. So this pack of dogs was never looked after by anyone, never really fed by anyone and certainly not loved by anyone. Well, no one but us.
When we got word about these dogs we went and checked it out to see what we could do. To check to see if there was any sort of pattern to their day and see if there were any needing immediate medical assistance. It was pretty obvious that these dogs had quite a radius they traveled and it would be difficult to track their moves without all hands on deck. Luckily, we have several volunteers that have been able to check on these dogs over the past several months, so we did make some headway. Making several trips to the neighborhood over several months, we were able to save 14 dogs and 10 cats.
First on the list to be rescued were a couple of puppies. They were fairly easy to “grab” and transition into loving, healthy, happy dogs. Their foster mom named them Kellin and Kamrin. 2 very handsome pups, by the way.
The parents and their friends proved to be a little more difficult. They knew where to dart, where to hide and how not to be seen. It was several months later when we picked up the next dog we now call Prairie. Another dog taken off the street, and won’t reproduce. Prairie is a very sweet girl and is making so much progress into being a dog, a pet, a member of the family.
It would be another three weeks before we were able to “grab” the fourth dog from this pack. This guy was in trouble. He had some type of severe injury on his leg that created a massive infection and prevented him from getting around very easily. We decided to call him McNichols. He put up one heck of a fight, but man oh man did he come around. He is now at the vet and is pretty sick. He has eye infections, the massive infection, a high fever and may lose his leg. The vet doesn’t know if he was shot or if this was from a bite wound. We are trying everything we can to save his leg, but we are in a holding pattern. We are now waiting for the cytology to come back to see how we can better fight his infection.
The last 10 dogs were much more of a challenge. It was mom, dad and their 8 newborn puppies. Where in the world were we going to put 10 dogs? Mom and dad are so bonded, we couldn’t possibly remove them from the only thing they know and separate them. That would be so cruel. But we had no where for them to go. So they had to stay out in the cold until we could find a place, even a temporary place for them. The neighborhood at this point was letting us know that we were no longer welcome there and things were becoming desperate.
After several sleepless nights, one of our amazing foster homes stepped up and offered her basement to this family. They are now safe and warm. Their babies won’t freeze to death and no one will starve or get hit by a car or shot. None of these dogs will add to the pet overpopulation. None of these dogs will suffer another day in their lives.
We are so grateful that not only do we have such an amazing group of volunteers, but we have an amazing group of supporters that help us along the way. We can’t thank you enough for your generous financial support and your kind words of encouragement.
We are still trying to raise money for McNichols care. You can purchase of our Love… Tees and a very generous donation is made toward our vet bills. Click the link below to take a look.