We need your help to fix our neediest cases. National Great Pyrenees Rescue is an all-volunteer, 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. We are called upon frequently to rescue special needs dogs and support other Pyr rescues by fundraising for and contributing to their neediest cases. Please click the donate button below if you would like to support our work and past and future neediest cases. Or, if you would like to help Pete or Rico, click on the buttons below to donate to their cases.
Shotgun Pete 1/30/14 Click on the yellow Donate button below
We'll never know what really happened to this boy but we call him Shotgun Pete. He is an amazing big dog but almost didn't make it. His survival is a "tail" of good intentions, miscommunication and ultimately cooperation between rescue and a caring emergency vet and a boarding facility in the same town, Columbia, TN. Our thanks to Wayne Ratner of Animal Awareness and the Veterinary Wellness Clinic in Columbia, TN. Without them, Pete would probably not be alive today. Read Pete's whole story here.
Rico 1/30/14 Click on the yellow Donate button below
Meet Rico… happiest when lying in the grass or at your feet…. Extremely loving companion and all around fantastic boy! That was when his ACUTE LEAD POISIONING had not yet debilitated him.
RICO NEEDS YOUR HELP…. Lead Poisoning still exists… it is not just a human problem. Many older homes still have lead paint. If a dog (or any living being) chews, licks, or inhales the dust of that paint, they ingest the lead. Lead does not pass through their system. It adheres to tissues and also travels to the brain. The following excerpt from EHow.com outlines a few of the Causes and effects of lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning can often be attributed to exposure to pesticides that contain lead. Another common cause occurs during home renovation. Use of lead-based paint can create dust that can easily contaminate the dog's food, be inhaled, or even settle in the dog's coat. When the dog grooms himself, the lead is ingested, resulting in the poisoning. Exposure of this kind can take years before it reaches dangerous levels and is commonly seen in older dogs.
If the dog is being fed or watered from a lead-glazed ceramic dish, this can easily lead to toxic exposure. The dog may also be poisoned if they chew on or ingest items containing lead such as batteries, linoleum, golf balls, fishing sinkers, bullets or pellets. Exposure can also occur if the dog chews on or ingest anything covered with a lead-based paint, such as toys.
Lead poisoning affects many organ systems, particularly the gastrointestinal tract. Dogs with lead poisoning may display a lack of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, and constipation followed by diarrhea.
Nervous System Symptoms
The nervous system is also heavily affected by lead poisoning. Dogs with lead poisoning may display behavior changes, coordination problems, blindness, seizures and muscle spasms, and exaggerated circling.
Read more here.
RICO is currently under the care of Dr. Glazer and Dr. Lloyd at New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA. Rico’s weight has plummeted from a healthy 120 lbs. to 98 lbs.; He has experienced 2 seizures which thankfully, have left no signs of neurological damage. The Doctors have started Rico on Succimer (Chemet) to clear the lead from his system.
Here is the dilemma, this medication is not widely carried by pharmacies or hospitals; Dr. Glazer was able to find a source and is having it shipped overnight to continue Rico’s treatment. Rico’s medication alone will cost close to $1000. He has been hospitalized for 4 days adding to his medical costs.
PLEASE help Rico clear this medical hurdle and return to the healthy, loving, amazing animal, smiling and laying in the grass or on the couch at your feet!
ANY DONATION LARGE OR SMALL IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND WILL HELP RICO ON HIS WAY TO HEALTH. HE NEEDS TO GET HEALTHY SO THAT SOME LUCKY PERSON CAN ADOPT HIM INTO THEIR HOME AND ENJOY THE LOVE OF AN AMAZING FRIEND & COMPANION!
Hollis and Dakota 11-17 Click on the blue Donate button below
The chipin for Hollis and Dakota is now closed. Our deepest thanks to everyone who made donations. Hollis and Dakota are two visually-impaired Pyr Pals. Hollis lost his eye in an accident before he came into rescue and Dakota is blind. Poor Dakota, who is eight, was tied outside on a deck in West Virginia for much of his life. After his owner went into a nursing home, her son came by every few days to feed him and fill the water barrel next to him. That was all the human contact he had. The neighbors took pity on this dog and NGPR was contacted so Dakota could be freed from his miserable existence.
here. Please click the donate button above to help fund a better way of life for our two Pyr Pals, Hollis and Dakota.Dakota has undergone multiple tests for diabetes and the cause of his chronic diarrhea but the root of his problems has not yet been determined. Hollis, who at the tender age of two was diagnosed as being heart worm positive, has undergone treatment for his condition. Together these two friends in adversity have incurred over $2,000 in vet bills to date. You can see the video of them together
Sampson's Chipin is now closed. We thank everyone who has donated; he is back to walking on all three legs. If Sammy was a human he would probably throw himself a pity party but he’s not. He's one brave dog who keeps hanging in there. This sweetie was a livestock guardian dog. He lost his left back leg in a farm accident, then his owners dumped him in a high kill TN shelter. With not a minute to spare, NGPR rescued him in April and found him a foster home that loves him and wants to care for him. Things were looking up for Sam until last week--when his other leg failed. Now he cannot stand and has completely lost mobility. You can see him struggling to walk here. Sammy had surgery on 9/10 at the Univeristy of Tennessee Veterinary Center. His TPLO surgery cost $4,000 to fix the onlygood knee he has left. This type of surgery will allow his knee to heal faster than other types of surgery. He should be able to resume his normal activities with no post-operative complications and without the need for any long-term pain relieving medication. We can’t let him down.
Sage's ChipIn is now closed. If you would like to help our neediest cases -- and there are many more than can fit on this page, please click on the blue donate button above. Thank you to everyone who helped us meet our goal for Sage. We will continue to update as he goes through his operation and recovery. Sage was found wandering in the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho, a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered cinder cones and sagebrush. Searing hot by day and cold at night, there is no water or shelter from the elements. Not a friendly place for a Great Pyrenees to be hanging out alone. Luckily, Sage made it out alive only to be placed in an Idaho kill shelter. Our rescue friends in Oregon were contacted to save him, and said yes immediately upon learning of his terrible condition and gentle, loving nature.
Sage was 105 pounds of mats and filth...emaciated, dehydrated and unable to put weight on his left, front paw. Transport was arranged and upon arrival in Portland it was discovered that his injury was quite serious, not minor as indicated by the shelter. He has a fractured elbow and needs a complicated, lengthy surgery to save his leg and walk again. We don't know if his injury happened prior to getting dumped in the desert or when he was out there. He could have been kicked by livestock and then abandoned, gotten hit by a vehicle or even been thrown from a truck. We will never know for sure. But as much pain as Sage was experiencing, never once did he growl or curl a lip at his rescuers. He has only smiles and wags for every adult, child and dog he encounters, including the kind trucker who volunteered to drive him to his new beginning. He just wants to rest his giant, matted head in your lap and soak up all the love you can share.
We are now faced with paying for his X-rays, his ulna fracture repair surgery (plates and screws must be implanted), plus physical therapy to help him walk again. The estimate for all of this is $3800. Recovery time will be about three months if everything goes perfectly. Here's a video of Sage trying to walk to go potty. We are asking lovers of this wonderful breed to please make a tax-deductible donation to honor the spirit of this amazing dog and help bring him to a much deserved state of health and beauty.
We want to thank everyone who donated to help Derby. The little guy didn't make it. He died during surgery of heart failure but his brave spirit lives on through rescue. At four months old Derby was dumped in a KY shelter. NGPR pulled him in May and found him a forever home in NJ. At seven months old his new Mom noticed that he was acting sluggish. She took him to the vet and learned he had a heart murmur.
He had acute stenosis, a hereditary heart condition that got worse as he grew.
We authorized a new procedure, balloon valvuloplasty, to try and change that to give Derby a normal life again as a puppy who can play and take walks. He needed the operation as soon as possible before he deteriorated more, so we started a fundraiser for the little guy but it was too late. NGPR has picked up the costs for Derby's surgery and helped Derby's family obtain a new puppy from rescue a few months later.
The Hungriest Cases (6/14/13)
Many of our Facebok fans were moved by the photos of the emaciated Bones (center) and expressed their horror at his condition. This was when we realized that photos of Pyrs who look likes Bones come into rescue nearly every day. So much so that as rescuers we do not realize anymore that this is news to other people.
Many times we can only get a glimpse of the starvation through the thick fur. Sometimes it is only afrer a Pyr is shaved that you see the bones sticking through the skin. These are rescue's "everyday" neediest cases and their numbers are growing.
The effects of starvation like this are not transitory or solved simply by giving the dog food. The dog must be given small amounts of food at first, because their shrunken stomach cannot process the food and their system cannot properly absorb the nutrition. Starvation can lead to auto-immume disorders and stress-related diseases like mange. A dog who has been starved is a prime candidate for bloat--one of the most dangerous and nearly fatal diseases for large breed canines. It took six months for the emaciated Abby and Ella to be healthy enough to be spayed and their food and medical needs had to be met by the Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma that entire time.
Pyr rescue needs your support, not only to feed the large number of emaciated dogs coming into rescue, but to deal with the long term medical needs of our hungriest, neediest cases. Please click on the donate button above or go to our contacts page to support the efforts of the Pyr rescue in your state.
Mr. Butler (2/25/13)
Thank you tderbyo all those who have donated to Mr. Butler. We have made our goal.
We saw Mr. Butler's picture and heard about his leg injury when he was in the Bossier City shelter and wanted to help. Pulling from Louisiana is a bit of a stretch for us, so we were very grateful when Saving Pyrs in Need (SPIN) in Dallas was able to pull him. We promised we would help.
His femur was broken a while ago and it healed twisted, causing pain in the knee. It was unfixable so his left rear leg was amputated. Now SPIN has a $1,000 bill for his medical expenses. We are asking members of the Pyr community to contribute to Mr. Butler's ChipIn which gives this deserving boy a second chance.
We lost Lily today. Her valiant fight for life ended. Her second knee surgery did not take, and healing on both her knees did not progress due to her Addison's and the prednisone medication she was on for it. RIP sweet girl.
Bad news on Lily. She fell on the stairs and has blown out the ACL on her other knee. She is not using the leg at all and the other leg (see below) is non-weight bearing yet. On Friday Lily had Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery to correct the injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). She will have six weeks of leash walks only and six weeks of rehab (2-3 times weekly). Lily is only two and we made the decision to invest in her future health and happiness. Karen, her foster Mom in Ohio, has been extremely supportive of Lily throughout the months of fostering her with all her problems and we truly appreciate this.
Lily has been one of those neediest cases where the true extent of her needs "crept up" up on us over the several months since she was surrendered and fostered. Lily came to our attention last May when we received an owner surrender form for the two-year old from Oak Lawn, IL. Her owner was moving and couldn't take Lily with her. Lilly had Addison's disease and required expensive medication. After an extensive search, a kind-hearted foster in Ohio was found who offered to pay for Lily's medication out of her own pocket. Then on November 5, Lily hurt herself and was diagnosed with a torn cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCL) in her stifle joint (knee). She had TPLO surgery costing $3,000 on Nov.9 and the stitches were removed on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Unfortunately, the incision area broke open on Thanksgiving Day and Lily was rushed back to the vet, requiring another $600 to repair it. We are praying that nothing else goes wrong with Lily and that someone will contact us about adopting this sweet, special needs girl. If you would like to contribute to poor Lily's care, please click the donate button above. Thank you.
Holiday Horror Show (12/21/12)
On Friday, 12/21, NGPR volunteers descended on the home of a Finger Lakes, NY Great Pyrenees AKC breeder. The visit was necessary as the woman is no longer able to care for her dogs. Volunteers went to the house where they found six, totally unsocialized dogs who were kept in appalling conditions. Large adult dogs were imprisoned 24/7, some in crates where their backs touched the top. Their fur came up through the wire tops, and they were unable to fully lift their heads. More pictures of these horrible conditions are here.
Kuma, a 6-year-old female, who had been bred every heat, lived 24/7 in a dark, windowless cupboard. On the day after her release from these squalid conditions, a Pyr volunteer who is a groomer, started to gently work on her and was heartbroken at the unemotional, blank stare in Kuma's eyes. She said that, hopefully, with great patience, much understanding and loving care, this poor, sweet, timid girl will eventually be O.K. All the dogs were very badly matted, filthy, flea and tick-ridden with toe nails curling under. They were only allowed water once a day to limit peeing in their crates. The volunteers were told that two of the males were too aggressive to be rehabbed and would need to be euthanized. There was great joy and relief when these two dogs, once removed from their confinement, just wanted to sniff the volunteers, trees and grass.
The dogs were brought to Lollypop Farm in Rochester for vaccinations and were the center of attention in the lobby. All were calm and well-behaved--quite a feat for totally unsocialized dogs who had just been removed from the only life they had known. One woman cried when she met them and saw their horrible, filthy condition. Given the short notice at holiday time, these dogs will be boarded in a kennel this week or until fosters and homes can be found for them. Boarding for the dogs will be $102/day plus their medical costs. One dog has significant rear-end issues that need to be addressed. We need your help to care for these neglected dogs at a time of year where the options are limited. If you can donate to their care, please leave a present under our virtual tree by visiting our Annual Pyr Appeal or click on the donate button above. Thank you for helping these poor, negelcted dogs.
Freddy Bruno (11/25/12)
Sad news today. Adorable Freddy Bruno crossed over the rainbow bridge this morning at 3 am. We hope all his Pyr pals were gathered there to meet and welcome him on the other side. We will never forget the happy, invincible spirit this sweet eight month-old pup showed when he bounced off transport a week ago and greeted his foster Mom with a big hug. R.I.P. big guy. We hardly knew you but will always remember you.
Freddy Bruno (11/21/12)
Bruno has landed at the emergency vet for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. He came up from Tennessee to be fostered in Brooklyn on Saturday, 11/17. You have to watch his video to see what a huggable bundle of love this big guy is. After being at the vets twice since Saturday, this love bug is now at the emergency vet because he has been diagnosed with parvo. Only eight months old, this is one big, sick puppy.
Foster Mom Denise, shown left, has already paid out $200 for the first two vet visits. Now Bruno's vet bill for the weekend is estimated at $1,800 to $3,000. We need to kick off the season of giving early this year to help Bruno, now called Freddy. If you can donate to his care, please click the donate button above. We always expect the unexpected in rescue but this is no way to start the holiday weekend. PLEASE help us get Bruno well and home for turkey leftovers. Thank you.
Bess Update (10/15/12)
Bess had her operation and is doing fine. We know she is on the road to recovery since her family reports she is acting just like a Pyr!
Getting picked up and brought to a shelter was the best break Bess ever had. She was skinny and covered in fleas and ticks. The shelter thought she was much older because it appears her teeth were filed down to keep her from fighting with the other breeding females where she lived. After she was rescued, we found she had an ear infection which was treated. But just before her adopting family claimed her, the vet who examined Bess noticed a small lump in her ear. When we told her new family, they didn't falter in their commitment to her. Two weeks after she was adopted after the infection subsided, it was discovered that Bess's tumor was the size of a walnut and most likely caused by a history of untreated ear infections. Bess had surgery to have an ear canal ablation on her bloody tumor. Bess's treatment cost was estimated at $2,300. NGPR matched Bess's ChipIn and auctioned off two necklaces donated by Marcia Siemsen to raise $1,760 towards Bess's medical costs.
Al Update (11/1/12)
Lucky Al found a home in NJ with a massage therapist who will work with Al's physical therapist to complete his rehabilitation.
Al Update (9/22/12)
Al had his big operation on Thursday 9/20 at U Penn and came home on Friday. He is shown Saturday 9/22 at 6 pm (left) doing great. His operation stitches are visible (right). Foster Mom Barb C says: "He slept a lot yesterday. Up more today. Eating well. Hops around the back yard to do his business. I help him up and down stairs. He does not appear to be in any discomfort. I am to keep him quiet for 2 weeks till stitches are removed. He returns in eight weeks to UPenn for xrays. He is a perfect patient and happy to be home. They loved him at UPenn!"
Al's surgery was done by a specialist in angular limb deformities at the UPenn teaching hospital. He said this was a great teaching opportunity for his residents to observe Al's surgery since this is not an opportunity they would have had otherwise. NGPR also consulted with specialists at Angel Memorial in Boston and Garden State Veterinary Specialists. We want to voice our appreciation to all those who contributed to Al's ChipIn which raised $1,910, volunteers who paid for his various consultations and xrays and our generous major donor who matched the ChipIn donations to complete payment for Al's surgery. It takes a village of dreamers and believers to make these miracles happen. Thank you!
Al's video says so much about him. Al is a 14-month-old surrender from a farm in Alabama. When Al was 5 months old, he fell off the back of a pick-up truck and severely damaged two legs. One leg was repaired but the family could not afford a second surgery to correct his other leg. If he does not get surgery the doctors recommend amputation to avoid further damage to his hip. Al is a playful, loving, gentle boy and will make a wonderful family pet.
Cloud Update (9/23/12)
Cloud has healed from his operation and is doing great. We are happy to report that his foster family did adopt him, so Cloud (now known as Wrigley) has found his furever home.
Cloud just wandered up to a house in Arkansas one day where they have four other dogs. They couldn't keep him and noticed that he was limping on his right front paw. Xrays were taken of the leg, and his left front foot is severely broken (you can see the leg dangling in the pics and how the bone is bent). This is due to some type of acute trauma – it was not a tear or some other injury that worsened so he needed surgery to repair it. Doomed Dogs Club has taken Cloud under their wing with NGPR as the sponsor for donations to him. He had his surgery in July and has made an excellent recovery. We are still raising funds to pay the bill for his $1,000 surgery.
Ice Update (8/15/12)
Ice's story has a happy ending. Following her surgery, she was fostered through her treatment and a few weeks of rehab at the home of Phyllis and Greg, a kind couple who stopped to help her on the road. When Ice was on the way to recovery, she was transferred to Holly, the daughter of one of the women who found her on the road the day she was hit. Holly had a Pyr and was the person who contacted us about Ice's accident shortly after it occurred. Ice now lives with her Pyr sister in Louisville, KY. She survived her traumatic ordeal through the kindness of strangers and will live a normal life.
Ice is a stray, young female Pyr who was struck by a vehicle on I-65 near Jemison, AL on Mother's Day, May 13. A carload of ladies from KY and a couple from the area, Phyllis and Greg, stopped to help her. The car that struck her never stopped or looked back. There was no assistance for the dog, other than an officer who stopped and offered to put her down. That was not an option. She was loaded onto a blanket and put into a truck. One of the ladies from KY rode in the back with her in the pouring rain to Montgomery. A vet was called and agreed to come see her after hearing about her situation. Ice is a beautiful, brave Great Pyrenees. She never tried to bite and never complained. She has a broken right femur and a dislocated left hip with a large laceration. She has a high white blood count and is receiving antibiotics until the infection is better and they can perform surgery. NGPR is fund raising for Ice's medical costs which are $1300 as of Tuesday, 5/15. Surgery to repair her leg and hip could cost an additional $2-3,000. Please ChipIn to help Ice get back on her feet.
Archie and Veronica Update (11/1/12)
in a home with another dog, a cat and two kids. One of the most amazing things about rescue is how someone's neglected backyard dog can be transformed in a few months to a happy contented pet. Veronica hasn't found her furever home yet but she is having a ball at her upstate NY foster home. Click here to see her online listing.
Archie and Veronica Update (9/23/12)
Archie and Veronica have gained weight and are thriving in their foster homes. Both are learning how to be house dogs and loving pets and Veronica is overcoming her shyness. Archie has been adopted and Veronica is listed on our Rescue Dog page.
Archie and Veronica (5/5/12) Archie and Veronica lived on a farm in Eastern Tennessee where they were starving them to death. Archie was in better condition than Veronica as he was housed near the back door. He got more food than she did as they wouldn't walk the extra distance to feed her.
When Veronica came into rescue at the end of March she was only 40 lbs. The farm housed fighting roosters and the dogs were the protectors. A dead Pyr was discovered under a shed on the property, so Veronica was in danger of dying there. When she came up the NY State Thruway a few weeks later she still only only weighed 48 lbs. Out of kindness, one of her drivers bought her an Egg McMuffin to eat on the ride up.
Another driver said "among the Pyrs she has transported so far, Veronica was themost traumatized. She wouldn't drink water. She wouldn't eat. She was skin and bones and her hair was matted. She tried to escape during the transfer, so we had to be very attentive. She was constantly quivering and looking for a place to hide." A third volunteer driver took the picture.
Thanks to all who got her out alive. If you would like to donate to Veronica's extended care and help other neglected Pyrs like her, please click on the donate button above. Thank you and please share Veronica's smile--she knows she was lucky to make it out.
Montana Rescue Emergency Update (4/15/12)
Montana Pyr Rescue writes: "Of the adults on the ranch, 18 were saved and placed on other ranches as LGDs. The owner kept between 5 and 7- not sure exactly, and she was under a mandate to have them spayed and neutered, which she did. Three of the 11 pups I received here have been happily adopted out. Others are still here, currently being treated for Coccidia. We were able to help many of these dogs but others are still roaming the area...I hope I will NEVER encounter a situation like that again."
Montana Rescue Emergency (3/15/12)
Read their story, see their video, please donate to help them.
Thereare 30+ unaltered Great Pyrenees/ Akbash mix dogs and 11 unaltered pups on a Montana ranch. They have overrun the ranch's borders and are spilling out on adjacent properties where the neighbors have shot at them. We have found a veterinarian willing to hold a spay/ neuter event on the ranch for the adult dogs. She will charge $1,700 and devote an entire day to spaying/ neutering as many dogs as she can- hoping to get them all. Once that is done, we will place them on ranches as Livestock Guardians, as that is what the dogs were raised to do- these dogs are not pets. We will need to raise the money for this event.
In the meantime, the eleven pups will arrive at Great Pyrenees Rescue of Montana on Tuesday, March 13. We need to raise $500 to enlarge the existing shelter and enclosure, and the money to vet, spay and neuter them. They all need immunizations and worming medication. We will then find good homes for these babies.
There are an additional estimated 30 dogs running in packs throughout a 10-mail radius in the area, where the ranch is located,. These dogs have not yet been located and are reported to be feral. We will attempt to help these animals as well.
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Montana is overwhelmed with this situation. We have no choice, we have to become involved, to avoid further breeding, but are in desperate help for additional funding. Thank you for your assistance."
Parvo Puppy Update (4/12/12)
All the pups are adopted and have homes.
Parvo Puppies (2/2/12)
This pup and his three brothers came into rescue in February from Tennessee. They all came down with Parvo and spent the weekend at the emergency vet. Our Louisville, KY volunteers have put their credit cards on the line, hoping to get paid back through ChipIn. Our goal is to raise $1500, half of the estimated $3,000 vet bill. NGPR will match the $1500 raised through ChipIn to pay the Louisville volunteers back. Even though the ChipIn is now closed, if you think these little guys are worth saving, please click on the blue donate button above to help pay down these adorable pups' vet bills.
Spiro Update (5/15/12)
Spiro has healed from his surgery and has been adopted by a family in Lookout Mountain, TN who read his story and wanted to care for him for the rest of his life.
"Time's Up" Spiro—Saved Just in Time (1/12/12)
The shelter called him "Time's Up" because they thought nobody would ever rescue him. He limped—the shelter said his right dew claw was torn. He was filthy—he looked and smelled like someone had poured a quart of oil over him. The vet estimated his accident happened three weeks before and he has been in constant pain since then. No one examined him, treated him or cared about him. Until we did. We found him just in time, picked him up at the shelter on Saturday, did our best to clean him up and brought him to our vet. Our volunteer named him Spiro, which means "Hope" in Latin.
He was x-rayed on Monday, put on pain medications and referred to an orthopedic surgeon. We found his injury was much more than an injured dew claw, the metatarsal bones in his foot were fractured. When he was operated on on Wednesday, we learned his bones were so damaged they required a bone graft and plate to repair. When his dirty matted hair was shaved, you could see how thin he is.
Spiro was released on Thursday, January 12 to start his recovery and rehabilitation.