The neediest cases are rolling in again this year. We are seeing gunshot victims, feral Moms, injuries from car accidents and serious cases of neglect. We try to limit our fundraising to a few times a year but neediest cases come in all the time. Frequently we are the "rescue of last resort" who will help a dog that other groups have passed by. NGPR is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and your tax-deductible donation helps save our neediest cases who can also be found here, here and here. The dogs needing help never end and we will never stop helping them!
Conquering It All
Brave Brayley survived the distemper that took her brother but that wasn't the end of her suffering. She was rescued in Texas by the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society and sadly once she recovered from the distemper, they found there was another hurdle to conquer. It was discovered that Brayley needed surgery on both rear legs. She was born with a congential condition of luxating patella on both her knee caps which had slipped out of position. This was so bad the femurs (thigh bones) had curved due to the kneecaps being out of position for so long. Brayley had her surgery on her first leg December 19 and is doing great. Thanks to all our generous donors and everyone who cares, this brave girl is having surgery on her second leg in January so she can regain mobility and live a painfree life.
A Cruel Break
Hunter is on day six after her surgery to repair a fractured femur. The plates and screws have stabilized the break. Hunter is a little stronger walking each day and can move her leg a little farther… she even used it go for a walk in the rain and scratch today!!
This beautiful girl is Hunter who we received on Friday night from two ladies in Pulaski Tennessee who picked up the slack when the shelter there closed. It was not mentioned but when our volunteer went to pick her up she noticed right away there was something horribly wrong with Hunter's leg. Sadly, she must have been hit by a car and left unattended. Poor girl is under a year old and must be in tremendous pain. We got her to the vet's office to have x-rays done and discovered that she will need emergency surgery. She was transferred to Veterinary Specialities in Nashville and the cost of emergency care will be around $5,000.
The $1000+ cost of her emergency visit and stay was covered by our Facebook Fans last night but we have a way to go to raise the $4,000 surgery needed to fuse her left femur. Please donate if you can. And say a big prayer for Hunter that she has a good recovery. We will also need a foster home in Tennessee for this sweet girl to recover in. Please let us know if you can foster her.
Leopold was rescued in Louisiana and came up to Connecticut in August to a woman who had adopted from us before. She couldn't make things work with her resident dog, so poor Leo ended up in boarding. Happily another adopter of ours, who had lost her dog recently, stepped forward to foster 3-year old Leopold to help fill the hole in her family's life. Leo was there only a short time when a mast cell tumor was discovered on his rear left lower leg. Testing was done and it was determined that the cancer hadn't spread so Leopold had the operation to remove his tumor before Thanksgiving. Testing and surgery were expensive but so far, Leo's doing fine. His foster home could be his adoptive home so we're hoping that Leo's luck has finally turned in the right direction.
So Sad, So Neglected
We are seeing more and more dogs like Amari. She came into rescue from a shelter in rural Kentucky. It was freezing outside and they left her in an outdoor pen and because she smelled too bad to bring indoors. She has a bad case of mange and her skin is literally falling off, causing blood to ooze out of her pores. Armari was given a miserable 1 rating out of possible 9 body condition score by the vet who saw her; she weighs 67 pounds and believed to be 2-3 years years old. We expect her to recover with medication, TLC and groceries.
Just a Guy On the Lam!
Handsome Mookie is happy to be out of the vet's office in Mississippi where they had to drain an abcess he had (twice). The vet thought his infected wounds were caused by an attack from coyotes or other roaming dogs. This handsome fellow is a stray found in Arkansas who was brought to a Mississippi vet. He weighs around 80 lbs and is a 1-2 year old.
A Reason to Smile
When Moki saw the vet it was determined that she was hit by a car and her hips were damaged. Over time she appears to have healed up as best she could. Moki was also riddled with buckshot and had an open wound in her side that was infected. She is a stray who was found in Mississipi, now being fostered in Tennessee. The vet who saw her thinks Moki is around five years old. If you would like to know more about this delightful girl, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just A Pup
Can mange and parasites kill you? Yes, if you are young enough and small enough. Poor Cassie (top right) came to us from a high kill shelter in Georgia. Her skin was bloody and raw from mange and she was loaded with parasites inside and out. After being in rescue for three weeks, she looks so much better (bottom left). Cassie is a purebred Pyr pup around five months old who is going to make it despite her rough start in life.
Life Is Not a Game
Rugby is one of several pyrs we have taken in recently from Kentucky with serious neglect and abuse issues. This poor boy is 110 lbs and 8.5 years old. He was shot in the leg and has sarcoptic mange. Rugby is headed to the cardiologist for further evaluation as he has been diagnosed with a gallop rhythm, which is not a good thing. He will need an ultrasound to evaluate and determine treatment. Rugby is currently being cared for at a foster home where he was shaved down due to severe matting and more wounds were discovered. If you can help by fostering Rugby, please email email@example.com.
Rainy and Sunshine (9/17/18)
The Weather Girls
Update 12/15/18: These two girls were at one time intolerant of other dogs and each other. Just look at them now (left)! Rainey the senior is waiting for transport to upstate NY as she now has an adopter. Sunshine, the tripod, is still waiting for her forever people to find her. If you can help by fostering Sunshine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just three days after Destiny was found, we were called upon to help Rainy and Sunshine. They were together at the same Tennessee high kill shelter but for different reasons. Sunshine was found as a stray. Her leg was badly injured at some point in her life and the injury was never addressed. She chewed off part of it before she was found. The rest was amputated and at only three years old, Sunshine has many years to live as a tripod. Rainy is a senior Pyrenees, around eight, who was surrendered as part of a cruelty case. Both girls were released to us and put into medical boarding before moving to a Tennessee foster. They are friendly souls who deserve a life much better than what they had.
Destiny Update (9/16/18)
She had a heart attack and died at the vet office in Louisville early Sunday morning. Our thanks to everyone who cared enough to help and donated. Donations received so far will be applied to her expenses to date, refunded or applied to our other neediest cases.
This poor Kentucky girl is breaking our hearts. She was found late Friday night by some EMTs, likely hit by a car. Badly broken leg with bone exposed and broken in five or six places. Broken pelvis. She was absolutely filthy, covered in flies and maggots. She dragged herself from the road after being hit, just trying to survive. Destiny was brought to the local emergency vet and we found out that the poor girl is pregnant, just 10 days out. She will need emergency surgery and will likely lose her leg. Pilots and Paws flew her up to a specialty vet in Louisville on Saturday and she has now been stabilized. Prognosis is mixed as she has been injured for an unknown amount of time.
Tripod at Two
Emma is two years old. Unfortunately, her owners in Mississippi left her leg untreated after she was hit by a car and we had to have her leg removed. She had her surgery and is doing well. Fortunately, she is heartworm negative and was up to date on shots and already spayed before the surgery. She was picked up by a local rescuer in Mississippi named Summer, who reached out to us for help. Emma will need a foster. Summer will hold Emma till we can move her. She needs a foster, let us know if you can help. Emma is a smaller girl who lived indoors- she is housetrained and good with other dogs and cats too.
The Greatest Spirit
We offered to help a badly neglected, wounded Pyrenees from the Horry County shelter in South Carolina. Thankfully he was able to get out on transport today ahead of Hurricane Florence. Sadly he collapsed so they had to stop and get him to the emergency vet. To say he is in horrible shape would be an understatement. Poor guy is covered in wounds, riddled with infections, pus from draining wounds, urine scald, feces and maggots. The pads of his feet were completely raw from being burned or scraped off. His ears are an absolute nightmare. He was badly neglected and left to suffer for a long time and now at the vets office in Jacksonville, FL receiving wonderful care. We will find out what else is wrong with him. They thought he was about 10 years old and sadly turns out he is a young boy in horrible shape. Every dog we have taken in lately is an absolute mess and the vet bills are piling up… we are so thankful he is safe now. There are so many people that helped him along the way today; we are so very grateful for their help. The vets who were helping him could not believe how sweet he was after all he has been through. Such a nice boy and he deserved much better. They all do.
Not for Target Practice!
Update 10/25/18: Trent (left) has been adopted to a wonderful home in North Carolina where he is king of the castle. He is the only male with two females and having the time of his life.
He was rescued a month ago with a terribly wounded leg. Some neighbors were shooting at him with rock salt and he was so frightened he was grazed by a car trying to get away. A kind neighbor and her children helped this very sweet boy get the care he needed to get out of a bad situation. Huge thanks to Celeste Estes for jumping right in the car and driving several hours to get him safe and thank you Cyn Mobley and Susan DeBili for all your help getting one more urgent guy safe and to rescue. He had surgery to help close the wound where the bone is exposed. He came in incredibly emaciated but is very sweet despite the pain he was in. There are some really great people out there that offset the horrible things that people do to these poor dogs.
Sadie Mae (8/17/18)
Update 10/26:/18 Happy news for Sadie Mae, her foster Mom Claudia is adopting her!
What a way to end the week! Someone posted a picture of Sadie Mae in Ohio on Facebook saying she’d been running around their house. They wanted her gone and someone to pick her up right away. A kind-hearted person answered the call but when she got there Sadie was gone. She kept looking and finally found her about a mile in the other direction. She says "It took some convincing to get Sadie into the car but she wasn’t aggressive at all. Her teeth are rotting and some bottom teeth are gone. Her ears have a horrid smell to them; they’re swollen and red. She has raw patches or mange on the backs of her legs. Her tail looks broken. She’s a sweetheart and she’s very laid back but I believe from age."
Sadie was taken to our vet on Monday. They are doing a blood panel for liver and kidneys. Her right ear is badly infected and the eardrum may be compromised. She had to be sedated so they could get a good cleaning. The left ear is better than the right but probably infected. She may have a skin infection going on and they did a scraping for that. She had an enema for impacted stool and they found tapeworms in the fur around her anus. They said Sadie is in the worst shape of many dogs they have seen. Foster Mom Claudia found she does have a good appetite but sleeps a lot so she got her a new kennel bed to make her as comfortable as possible.
Bo and Luke (8/6/18)
What a Mess!
Bo and Luke came to us from a Kentucky shelter early August. Bo had a gaping hole in his neck that will have to heal. You couldn't find nastier smelling or looking dogs. Their foster said that their stench could knock over an elephant. Dogs like these are the true test of a foster. Happily they both appear to be sweet and docile despite their horrible condition.
Their coats were like a hard shell on the back area. There was no saving it, we had to get it off to get to their wounds. Didn't see any fleas and only 3 dead ticks. We estimate they are about three years old.
Ouch, My Shoulder!
Snowball is a 6-month old owner surrender, pulled from a Kentucky shelter in May. We brought her in for x-rays in June as she had been limping, and learned she has OCD in left shoulder. Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) is an excess of cartilage and deficient bone growth that occurs in large breed dogs. This problem could be the reason why Snowball was surrendered to the shelter. Once she was diagnosed, NGPR got her scheduled for surgery at Medvet in Ohio and she was operated on in July. Cost of fixing Snowball's shoulder was $2200.
Update 10/20/18: Gus found a wonderful adoptive home in NY.
Poor Gus! His injury was caused by a human who decided to use a shot gun to punish Gus for some Pyrlike transgression like chasing chickens or trespassing. Gus, who is from Tennessee, was shot in his right elbow and the shelter who picked him up had a local vet operate on him. This didn't work and Gus ended up with a nasty infection and now could lose his entire leg.
We have transported Gus to Medvet in Ohio for evaluation and surgery by a board certified surgeon. Unfortunately the verdict was that the leg must come off. It was too damaged to save. Gus has been released and is going to an Ohio foster who will care for him and help him adjust to life as a tripod.
It Hurt So Bad
Update 10/15/18: Magnolia was adopted by a wonderful family in NJ and has her own couch to hang out on!
This poor Kentucky girl was found wandering and taken to the shelter on Saturday. The shelter lady said she stunk so she put her outside all weekend. Thankfully a rescue person found out and contacted us on Monday. We were able to pull her and get her to the vet. What more than likely started as a hot spot, went untreated, became infected and had maggots in it by the time she was found. Shame on that shelter worker allowing this girl to go untreated for two days and simply throwing her outside. She has been named Steel Magnolia for her stoic personality. We are estimating Magnolia's age at six.
Lost My Eye!
Update 10/25/18: Willy has been treated and adopted by the family who rescued him.
Willy is an Arkansas dog who was shot in the head at close range. Hw was found lying in a ditch, bleeding from his blownout eye. A kind family rushed him to a vet and saved Willy's life. Although he lost his eye and the bullet remains lodged deep inside, Willy has bounced back and is making a good recovery at his foster home; he's back to being a Pyr and patrolling every inch of the perimeter fence.
This is the boy who was running around Nashville for so long and nobody could catch him. Turns out he is super, super sweet, too. Unfortunately when he was finally captured and brought to the Nashville Metro shelter, a large tumor was found on his penis. NGPR turned to Nashville Veterinary Associates to help with this delicate operation. Fortunately, they were able to remove the large growth and neuter Nash at the same time. The cost of Nash's pre-op work and surgery totaled $3k.
Lost My Leg!
Poor Mickey. He was shot beause he peed on the neighbor's tire. He is the nicest dog! Never a growl out of him no matter what they did for him! He was gone for three days, then showed up on Monday night with a huge gaping wound which is when his owner brought him to ER. Malise Saucier of GPRS picked him up the next day and rushed him in to the GPRS surgeon. They tried to fix the wound and keep his leg but it didn't work.
Mickey's leg was shattered and could not be saved, it had no feeling in it. It is amazing that he is alive and the vet staff was shocked that he was walking! He did not fight for xrays or any treatment. He must have known he was being helped. Amputation was the only option for poor Mickey but at last he is with people who care about him and want to help him.
With a Little Love
When Tunica Humane Society volunteers responded to a call from the local police department about a large white dog in town, they did not expect to find a sad bundle of dirty, matted fur on a porch. Pearl collapsed at the front door and was so neglected, so ravished with heartworms and so close to death, she could not move. The Tunica Humane Society found her condition so deplorable that they are offering a $250 reward for information to anyone who calls 662-519-1700 and leads law enforcement to her owner. They want to see the person responsible for allowing Pearl to get to this stage of suffering held accountable for their crime.
Pearl is now free from dirt and mats and has been moved to an NGPR foster who will continue her life-saving care. Hope has replaced despair and Pearl’s future now holds promise that was unthinkable in her condition a few days ago. Pearl is ready for adoption and her pooch profile can be found here.
Ollie is happy boy, probably less than a year old. A family saw him wandering and thought someone had dropped him off and abandoned him at the fire department. They eventually caught him before he escaped again for another few days. He was filthy, matted and covered in ticks. The Humane Society picked him up and when they got him, found that his leg was hanging loose, obviously broken. That's when they asked us for help. There was no time to waste as his injury had already been sitting too long. We brought him to an orthopedic surgeon in Louisville the next day who inserted 13 screws, a plate and pin to stabilize his femur fracture. Cost to rescue with discount was $3,200. Ollie is an extremely sweet boy. Poor guy only weighs 50 lbs. but we will fatten him up as he heals. Ollie is available for adoption and you can learn more him here.
The Long Road Back
Update 8:15: Victory was moved to a KY foster who brought him into Louisville Metro Vet Specialities. They determined that Vic was not in need of surgery although we will continue to monitor his progress. He was
was one of the dogs in a horrible hoarding case in South Carolina that NGPR took last November to help out the local Pyr rescue there. Both Victory and the female we took were malnourished, unsocialized and traumatized by their experience. It has taken a long time to get them in any condition to be moved.
Earlier this year, Victory's foster noticed that he had mobility issues as he seemed to experience difficulty getting up. His legs and spine appear to be out of alignment and he spends a lot of time lying down. Victory was x-rayed and needs TPLO sugergy to repair his torn cranial cruciate ligament to allow him a more pain-free existence. This is a congenital issue caused by bad breeding and the cost is $5-6k to alleviate his pain. We are hoping to do his surgery soon.
It's Going to be Alright
Update 6/15: Otis has been adopted in Ohio!
Otis came out of a Kentucky shelter in February and it wasn't long before his foster realized there was something wrong with his gait. X-rays were taken in March which revealed he had experienced compression trauma which resulted in the femoral head of his femur being pushed into the socket of his pelvis.
On May 3 he had an FHO (femoral head ostectomy which removed the ball of the ball-and-socket joint, leaving just an empty socket. The muscles of the leg will hold the femur (thigh bone) in place and, over time, scar tissue will form, creating a 'false joint.' Although this joint is anatomically very different from a normal hip joint, it will give Otis pain-free mobility.
Sweet AL Senior
Last week we took in an urgent girl, Josie from Alabama, when we were contacted by a hospice nurse about some patients of hers. One of Josie's owners died; the other had a foot removed and can no longer care for her. The owner was living in a motel with this dog and had no ability to walk her.
Josie is a super sweet 11 or 12 year old girl. She came into rescue fully vetted but her coat was in horrible shape. She went right to a foster home and she is a great old girl; super friendly with everybody and great with other dogs.
When she went in to be groomed she had to be completely shaved down due to the condition of her coat. When her fur was removed that's when we discovered some some unusual sores on her skin. We think these sores may be cancerous but in any case she has a hospice foster who will hold her for whatever time she has left.
We Gotcha, Girl!
Gwen Update 6/20: Gwen had been adopted by her fosters, Carl and Sandy!
Gwen is a real sweetheart of a dog with a mild-mannered temperament, possibly a Pyr-Golden mix. She is four-years old and came into rescue last Fall but has been on medical hold due to mobility issues. She had TPLO surgery to fix a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) problem with her right leg in April at Ohio State University and is doing well. Gwen likes to smile at people which brings an answering smile from everyone who meets her. The cost to rescue to fix Gwen was $4k but we believe this sweet girl is worth every penny.
A Big MS Mess
This is one of those Facebook posts that is not to be believed except for the photos and video. A Mississippi rescuer writes: "We got three Great Pyrenees in very sad shape. They were destined to be sold at the Carthage market & we were able to save them from that with permission from the family." Other dogs were left at the property "I haven't stopped thinking about them since I stumbled upon them. And I won't until I at least try to help them. There are at least 8 small dogs- one with a leg that is just hanging, at least 3 chained up, and one roaming that needs help now. They all need medical care asap.There is also a mom dog that is starving. Literally every bone is protruding out of her skin." Rescuers are working to save the other small dogs. The Mom Pyr and her two pups are safe now. All three have demodectic and sarcoptic mange and after treatment will be going to NGPR fosters.
Leo Update 6/23: Leo is being adopte by his foster Mom, Sharon.
Leo was found as an underweight stray, and then kept on a back porch that was filled with urine and feces. It was early March when NGPR brought this 18 month old boy in to rescue where he was vetted, neutered, and sent to a foster home where he could recover, gain some weight and find his forever family.
Unfortunately, while at his foster home, Leo developed an emergency case of bloat-his stomach flipped and twisted which cut off circulation to his vital organs. Emergency surgery was needed immediately to save Leo’s life. Fortunately the foster parents got Leo to the vet in time where he was able to receive the medical care he needed. We all held our breaths and the $4,000 surgery was successful. Leo is now on the road to recovery.
Feelin' Better, Thanks
Roy has been released from rehab and has his final check-up with his surgeon today. He was Great Pyrenees Rescue Society's first surgery of the year and has recovered well from the surgeries on his left and right shoulders. He was diagnosed with OCD Osteochondrosis (excess cartilage and deficient bone growth) at the end of December and is now 6.5 months old and ready to start his new life. Roy still has a small limp due to his right shoulder, but that should go away with time and using his legs running and swimming. He was a dream to work with in rehab and he loves hugs & attention!
When Ghost moved to a foster home in Michigan last December (Before) we thought he had a brand new life and so much to live for. In January he started acting like he wasn't feeling well so NGPR arranged for him to have an echocardiogram. According to the specialist, Ghost is at high risk of congestive heart failure due to congenital heart issues and preventative measures like surgery would only be a temporary/short term fix. His fosters still want to adopt Ghost and love him for however long they can.
More bad news the day after Valentine's Day. Stormy is an older female whose owner took her to the vet because her leg was bothering her. The vet put her on antibiotics but she continued to limp. He then brought her to another vet who told him if he couldn't afford surgery to euthanize. The owner's daughter didn't want to see Stormy euthanized so she contacted rescue. Stormy's leg was extremely swollen. She was holding it leg up and couldn't bear any weight on it. We were told the swelling was caused by an infected dew claw but when NGPR brought Stormy to the vet, we learned she had bone cancer. Stormy was obese and because couldn't bear her full weight on her remaining rear leg, the decision was made to euthanize her.
Now Life Can Smell Sweet
Skunky is the second young Pyrenees this year who is HBC (hit by a car) in Tennessee. His pelvis is broken, his leg is hurt and he has road rash caused by abrasion with the road surfaces. Skunky (he really needs a new name) was hit on the highway while investigating a dead skunk. He weighs in at just 60 lbs. so he has not had a great life up till now. As you can see in the photos, he looks tremendously happy to be in transport and out of the shelter and we are so happy to welcome him to rescue. Despite the tremendous pain he is in, he is a very sweet, sweet boy. Welcome to rescue, Skunky. Huge thanks to Kim Bradley for taking him in and to everyone who helped him along the way. We will take great care of him and give him the medical help that he needs.
The Painful Price of Neglect
Update: 3/6/18: Samson's infection has subsided and he has been examined by the vets at the Univeristy of Tennessee Small Animal Hospital. They believe his growths are benign perianal adenomas, which often occur in unneutered males. Samson is being neutered, the growths biopsied and if benign they should shrink on their own over time. Samson still needs a foster or adopter. Please read about him here.
One of the worst cases of medical neglect we've seen lately was pulled from the Marysville, Tennessee shelter. He smells terrible and has a mass coming out of his rear. Very sad for an old, nice dog like this to be so completely neglected. We may have to make some tough decisions about him, but he will be given every chance to go on and live out the rest of his years in peace. His name is Samson, and he would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Upon examination Samson is probably only 6-7 with very white teeth and few changes to eyes. The two masses found around his anus are probably adenocarcinoma. They have ruptured and are massively infected. This is a very difficult area for surgery since damage to nerves in that area can lead to complete loss of muscle tone and incontinence. The plan is to get the infection cleared up first and then see what we have. The unbelievable stench is from the infection, not gangrene. He will be staying at the vet for now to get a handle on the infection.
Our Other Feral Mom
Kona Update 6/25: Kona is being adopted by her foster Mom, Katie.
This is Kona, the Pyrenees mama we took in from Tennessee now at the vets office. She was wandering around outside in the freezing cold of January trying to nurse a large litter of puppies. She dug holes and buried them to keep them alive. Kona is positive for ehrlichia, has mange and has started treatment for both. She also has a heart murmur. Her foster mom Katie is taking great care of her. We're all hoping she will be looking and feeling much better soon.
A Feral Mom
Lady Update 4/24: Lady was adopted by a family in Massachusetts.
The last week of January was crazy. We were asked to help with two different feral moms with large litters both in Tennessee. The weather has been cold so all have been in great danger of freezing. This lovely Momma dog was on the run long enough to have had at least two litters of pups born outside. The volunteers at Giles County Humane are worked hard to capture all of her babies. The great news is that Mom is not feral; she is a sweet and gentle soul. She is a little shy but is letting the ladies touch her. She is a pretty 2-3 year old girl who we are calling Lady. She did an amazing job caring for her babies and keeping them alive through the freezing weather. Lady is shown being moved to our foster Frederique in New Jersey, where someone else can take care of her for a change.
Jake Update 5/27: Jake was adopted by a family in Alabama.
Jake is our first HBC (Hit By Car) of 2018. He was injured in Pulaski, TN. Both of his front legs were badly broken. His owner left him untreated until he couldn’t move. Jake was taken to the Giles County Animal Shelter to be euthanized and the kind volunteers who work with the shelter contacted us for help. They paid for Jake to have surgery and plates and screws were put in both legs and NGPR reimbursed them for half the cost. Jake is being cared for by a new foster, Dee, in the Birmingham area. He's doing great and has a good prognosis for recovery.