Neediest Cases 2019

The rescue year is moving along and the neediest keep coming in. We try to limit our fundraising to a few times a year but neediest cases appear 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, here and here. The dogs needing help never end and we will never stop helping them!

Many of the neediest cases below are in temporary homes. Please consider helping a neediest case by fostering or adopting one. If you have a question, please contact us.

Fluffy Nutter (8/16/19)
Too Young to Be Blind

Fluffy Mutter was one of five Pyrs at a Tennessee shelter last week. He was picked up wandering in the woods in May. They kept him at the shelter a longer time than usual because he was so nice but then they contacted NGPR. They were so full he was in danger of ethanization and became urgent. Fluffy was one of the most urgent because they thought he was a senior. As it turns out, he is a younger boy around three with bad eyes. The shelter said he had one cloudy eye but we can see that both are cloudy, one more than the other. It's so sad to have cataracts at such young age. Fluffy seems to see a little; he was not running into things--yet. NGPR will be bringing Fluffy in for an exam to see what can be done for his eyesight.





Ozee (8/13/19)
A Big Fat Lie

We were alerted to this Pyr in Ohio by a friend of hers. The sherrif was present at the surrender to NGPR because the dog was in such bad shape. The woman claimed she went away for a week and when she came back the dog looked like this. Yeah, right. We brought her into a vet immediately for emergency care and found she was running a temp of 104.5. She is in critical shape and the vet felt this has developed into a systemic problem. They ran tests and checked her protein levels. Although she has a fever, her heart rate was normal.  She may never grow her hair back and could need a consultation with a dermatologist. This situation had to have been going on for over three months. When she was picked her up, her skin actually split on her leg and bled.




Finn  (7/27/19)


Finn was pulled from an Oklahoma shelter late in July.  He was doing well so Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma brought him into an emergency vet who wasn't quite sure what was wrong with him, although distemper was known to be present at the shelter he came from. The emergency vet held him for three days while they did tests, waiting for the results to come back.  The initial estimate of $2,000 soared to $5,000 by the time the test results came back.  He was moved to the University of Oklahoma veterinary hospital where he was kept a few days until he improved, where close to another $2,000 was billed for his care. He was released to a foster and after a few days of slow improvement once he left the hospital, Finn took a drastic turn for the worse.  He was euthanized Monday August 14 at the recommendation of his medical care team. Although he did not survive, GPRO is grateful to everyone who helped Finn and all the others Pyrs in need.





Norman (6/26/19)
A Dangerous Situation







When Norman came into rescue he was in bad shape. He was too skinny to be neutered and had lyme disease. We thought he was over the worst and it would be smooth sailing for him after that.  But at 1 am Norman's foster Mom, Helen, noticed he wasn't feeling well. Suspecting bloat, she rushed him to the emergency vet. NGPR volunteers responded in the wee hours to get Norman the immediate help he needed. Bloat is frequently fatal and this fast action saved Norman's life. The lucky guy was well enough to go home the next day. The cost to rescue for saving Norman's life a second time? An enormous $4,000 bill. If you can help with Norman's emergency care, please click the donate button above.

Betty (6/20/19)
A Mom and Her Pups







Betty is as sweet as can be even though she came from a terrible life with terrible owners. She was bitten by a snake and not taken to the vet, so part of her foot came off and she lost a toe. Her mangled foot is now disformed but if that wasn't enough she had a litter of pups at the tender young age of 1.5 yrs old and then was hit by a car. She was left on the side of the road with 10 three-week-old puppies. That's when Great Pyrenees Rescue got the call to come and get her and her pups because the owners couldn't afford a vet and couldn't take care of the pups. After three days Betty was released from the vet office with with a lot of plates and screws holding her front legs together. Just another day in rescue when the GPRS wonderful network of drivers and volunteers moved heaven and earth to get Betty and her pups safe and into rescue!

Molly (6/8/19)
I Fell Down, You Picked Me Up

Our road warriors were out in force last weekend moving Molly to a foster home with Claudia in Ohio. This brave girl went went through six transport legs to get there and everyone was amazed by how calm and stoic she was through all the transfers. Molly, a senior estimated to be around seven, was pulled from a Mississippi shelter last week, obviously not a minute too soon. Someone found her collapsed in their yard and contacted the Creature Comforts shelter in Quitman, Mississippi. They got her right into the vet and raised $400 to help cover the bill and then contacted NGPR for help.

Poor Molly is heartworm positive and needs to gain quite a bit of weight. She is shown (bottom left) traveling with her Lamb Chop stuffie. She is also on medication for her liver so additional blood work and testing is needed to determine what she requires. So awful to see how thin and neglected she is, and yet she is so sweet. The MS vet who saw her alerted us to an orthopedic issue, so we will be checking this out, too, so Molly can move on to a healthy, pain-free life.

June Bug (6/6/19)
Get Me Out of Here!

Our Virginia state coordinator, Julie, saw this post on Facebook and contacted the shelter. A woman said she saw this dog being surrendered to the shelter and said it was "totally heartbreaking" and that the dog was very depressed by the abandonment. We were told that the guy who owned her broke her leg. Then he moved out and abandoned her so the roommates turned her in to the shelter. We pulled her and named her June Bug. She is 2-3 years old and only has three legs. She lost her rear right leg to an accident before coming to the shelter. June Bug has a severe cases of mange and a severe infection due to the lack of treatment and she is currently receiving medical care.

Five days later her foster, Liz, writes: "Her transformation is nothing less than amazing! She is no longer fearful of everything! She loves it when I go into the office and talk to 'her' on the phone. She just loves to hear a pleasant voice in calm tones. Junie is hesitant of new folks but with a quiet approach, she is intrigued. She had a crate in the office with a fan blowing on her. She has access to the entire room though feels most comfortable on her bed in the crate. A plug-in Adaptil is nearby and that is helping. Vet also prescribed some calming meds, more for the itching but helps overall. Her skin is much less red so the mites are dying off. Her secondary yeast infection is clearing up. June Bug is on the road to recovery." Thank you to everyone who donated to this sad case.


Rosebud (5/22/19)
A Valiant Fighter

Rosebud started limping last week and after seeing her, the local vet advanced theories that she might have been bitten by a snake or a spider.  She was treated with anti-snake venom but continued to decline. The skin on her leg turned black with lots of necrotic issue in evidence, her temperature zoomed up and down and she could hardly raise her head. Despite antibiotics and an overnight monitoring at the vet's office, her condition worsened. Late in the afternoon her foster, Hannah, rushed her to the University of Tennessee Emergency Veterinary Clinic.

Since then Rosebud has had two surgeries to remove the necrotic tissue and heal the 12" incision on her leg where tissue was removed. She is getting wound vac treatments to remove fluid build up and continues on IV antibiotics. When she first arrived at U Tenn we were hoping to save her life; she is doing so much better, we are now optimistic about saving her leg. Thank you to everyone who helped donate to Rosebud's care which will approach $10,000.


Farrah, Jaclyn and Katie (5/4/19)
Too Young to Die

Our newest angels, Farrah, Jaclyn and Kate, were found wandering around northern Alabama. They are shown on the deck of the person who reported them.

They are 5-6 months old and someone set them loose, probably because they were getting bigger and couldn't be sold as puppies anymore. There were numerous local posts on Facebook but no one claimed them at the Alabama shelter that picked them up. Kate has been diagnosed with parvo and is under treatment at a vet's office. Jaclyn has tested positive for parvo, too. Farrah has lucked out so far, testing negative to date for this frequently-fatal disease.

We are hoping for the best for these girls and will do whatever it takes to treat them. But we have to wonder, when will the irresponsible breeding end? How many dogs have to die before negligent owners who set innocent pups loose are forced to stop? It cannot be soon enough for us and all the other rescues who witness the sad results of this criminal behavior every day.


Whistler (5/1/19)
Wandering No More

Denise, our Kentucky Coordinator was contacted by Animal Control in Washington County Saturday night. This boy was wandering the neighborhood and they were trying to catch him. On Sunday he was captured on a porch by shutting the gate and easing a slip lead over his head. Once he was leashed, he stopped taking hot dogs, felt the pressure, panicked and almost chewed through the leash. They were able to get him in a crate and carry him to a vehicle where he was brought to the shelter.

He has been wandering for quite some time but people have been feeding him. They didn't notify the shelter sooner because they were afraid he would be put down. For some reason they thought leaving him in the shape he was in was better than being putting him down.

Our foster Katie stepped up and offered to help him. He has demodectic mange, severe skin infections, ehrlichia  and ingrown embedded dew claws. He was pretty shut down at the vet but we hope with treatment Whistler will be feeling much better. Thank you to everyone who donated to his care.


Spirit (4/29/19)
So Full of Life

Spirit came into rescue late last year at about 6 months old and was treated for mange and coccidia. He weighed only 27 lbs. He was drinking large quantities of water and would drink his own urine if he found it on the pee pads. It was like water; not concentrated at all.

After an ultrasound was performed, Spirit was diagnosed with a congenital condition, kidney/renal dysplasia, where the kidneys are not formed correctly. Dogs with this condition are prone to infections and kidney failure and there is only so much that can be done for them. There is no cure for him but Spirit is on a special diet to help prolong his life. Right now he weighs 70 lbs. and is strong and full of energy. He's enjoying his life and we hope he can be happy and playful for a lot longer.


Kurry (4/8/19)
Keeping Kurry Alive

Kurry is a  beautiful 5-year-old Pyrenees girl from Mississippi with a gigantic tumor on her left front leg. The mail carrier on her owner's route urged him to surrender this neglected girl to rescue. so she could get help. She came in emaciated, ehrlichia and heartworm positive and loaded with parasites. We were all worried about her and spent a few weeks getting her healthy enough to survive the surgery she desperately needed to save her life.

She went to Nashville Veterinary Specialists who did an amazing job helping her. Unfortunately they had to remove her leg as the tumor was entirely wrapped around the bone. The vet believes they got all of the margins of the tumor, giving this sweet girl a great chance to survive. Her surgery was $2,400 which is reasonable given the hours they spent on her working to save her life. She is learning to get around as a tripod and doing very well. Kurry needs a foster, so please email if you can help her.


Lucky (3/2/19)
She's Gone: Updated (3/5/19)

We had to let her go. Lucky had heavy breathing and seemed uncomfortable so her foster Mom, Melissa, brought her to the emergency vet Saturday morning.  When a diaphragmatic hernia was diagnosed we had her transferred to the University of Tennessee Emergency Vet Clinic. They hoped to operate on her to repair the serious hole in her diaphram but her condition continued to deteriorate. We were told on Sunday that this was a congential condition she had been living with all her life and in her weakend state she couldn't survive an operation. On Sunday night  Melissa went to say goodbye so Lucky knew how much she was loved when she passed. Thank you to everyone who donated to Lucky. She was a brave girl and her sad story touched many hearts. She washed up on a river bank during the flooding in Pulaski, Tennessee late in February. No one was looking for her and the shelter there had closed down, so some kind ladies took her in. Volunteers put the word out everywhere that Lucky was in great need of rescue help. She was at least 35 lbs. underweight with labored breathing and green discharge coming from her nostrils. Lucky was seen by a local vet on Monday. She was heartworm and ehrlichia positive with a chest filled with fluid. Her lungs were barely functioning although she improved after the fluid was drained. The vet thought she was only around six years old and against all odds we continued to hope for the best for this poor neglected soul.


Patches (2/25/19)
Barely Pieced Together

This senior is an owner surrender from Alabama. Poor old girl came into rescue two days ago; she doesn't look very good. At 12 years old, she had a litter of pups in December and they all died. The problem with her nasal passage could be cancer or a bad infection. We are taking her to a vet for the first time in her entire life to see what is wrong and how it can be fixed.  She needs our prayers.


Bart (2/20/19)
What's Right?

Barts's had a number of issues since he came into rescue in December and Great Pyrenees Rescue Society has been trying to tackle them all, one surgery at a time. His eyes were operated on in January and his latest surgery in February was for bilateral elbow dysplasia with secondary osteoarthritis.

His foster Mom Terry says "Bart is home. Was a long surgery where they arthroscopically cleaned/smoothed out both elbows and had to cut his left ulna. Snoring next to my feet now on pain meds. On a bright note, his eyes look great with the stitches out from his last surgery."


Findley (2/6/19)
A Long Road from a Chain

It’s taken over 1-1/2 years, but Findley’s long, painful journey from a chained and malnourished 12-week-old pup in Tennessee with congenital orthopedic issues is now in the first part of a happy ending. Rescued from being chained outside on a trailer landing in Tennessee as a baby, she came to rescue with a history of urinary tract infections, so had surgery for a recessed vulva at six months, along with a canine tooth extraction since she probably was eating what little she was fed off the ground. While observers noted her wobbly hind legs, her condition initially was dismissed as her “conformation” and malnutrition, then misdiagnosed by vets. She was adopted and then returned to rescue for not getting along with their other dog, which may have been due to her painful condition, torn cruciate ligaments on both hind legs that were so severe she couldn’t even really squat to pee.

A wonderful foster volunteered to take her through her long steps to recovery in Ohio, where she was evaluated by orthopedic specialists who finally zeroed in on the source of her pain. She had her first surgery on January 24th, and her foster is thrilled with her recovery: “Finn is doing great! She must feel better than before the surgery—she’s been so happy and goofy. I have to slow her down on the walks. She’s even squatting to pee now—something she had difficulty doing before. Can’t wait to see her in a few more weeks!”

Findley will have surgery on her other leg as soon as the surgeon gives the okay. The cost of her surgeries and orthopedic consultations will total around $8,000. With the help of great fosters  and generous donors, we can help dogs like Findley get back on their feet to a pain-free life.


Lucy (2/10/19)
My Tummy Hurts

Lucy was surrendered in Oregon to the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society, partly because she had a "nervous stomach." She got carsick, had bouts of diarrhea and indigestion and was on a special vet food. When she stopped eating she went to the vet and after x-rays and a barium swallow test they saw what they thought was a blockage and performed surgery. She had enlarged lymph nodes and an inflamed colon. The vet thought she had  gastrointestinal lymphoma, which turned out not be true.

Following this procedure Lucy got worse and when examining her the vet thought he felt an intussusception (a condition when the intestine folds up inside itself) in her lower intestine. In her case it was inverted about 6 inches, creating a total blockage and very painful. Lucy improved remarkably after her surgery in mid-February and it's likely she's had a smaller fold or kink for a long time. NGPR picked up the tab for a $2,400 vet bill for Lucy's surgery. She's doing much better now and went to her furever home at the end of March.


Brayley (1/29/19)
I Wanna Walk

Poor girl in Texas, rescued by Great Pyrenees Rescue Society, had a congenital issue with angular limb deformities of her femur and severe (grade 4) patella luxation. Her knee caps were totally rotated out of place. Dogs with these severe issues exhibit a crouching, bowlegged stance with the feet turned inward and most of the weight transferred to the front legs. She had the first operation to correct this condition in December, then her second in January.  She is walking better now and having physical therapy to continue her progress. The cost of Brayley's surgeries totaled $6,000.


Kurry (1/26/19)
Life on the Edge

Poor Kurry is new to rescue. This poor girl is one of the saddest dogs we have been asked to help in a while. She is a stray found in Oxford, Mississippi. Since the shelter there closed down, a single small rescue in the area is trying to help the multitude of dogs who would have been saved by the now defunct Humane Society. Since she didn't have a lot of options, NGPR stepped up to help her.

Kurry is completely emaciated and has a large tumor on her leg which was aspirated today. She will likely need surgery but at five years old, she is in such poor shape she is not even well enough for that. Thankfully we have a foster who will care for her and help nurse her back to health. Please send good thoughts, prayers and wishes to Kurry in Mississippi.


Randy (1/16/19)
Hit by Car

Update 1/18: Randy has had his surgery and is recuperating at a foster home in Kentucky.  We have raised about $2,000 to pay his for his medical costs which total $2,800 to date.

Randy is our first HBC (Hit by Car) of 2019. He's the one who unfortunately didn't get away. He was hit by a car in Kentucky and badly injured. We got the call about him about 10 pm Tuesday night. His owners surrendered him to the vet's office as they could not afford the surgery to fix him. He has a displaced humeral fracture on his front left leg. The last Pyr we had needing this surgery cost $3,800 to fix. We are getting Randy in for a surgical consult now.

Randy has been described as friendly, calm and stoic even though he is in a lot if pain. Sadly, we can't believe how many Pyrs we have seen hit and killed or very badly injured lately. Or, how people can still question the need to keep these dogs in securely fenced yards.


Moose (1/9/19)
Close Call

NGPR gets the call to help injured Pyrenees who are found every week. Moose in Tennessee (left) is one of the lucky ones. After a close encounter with barbed wire he has been to the vet, stitched up and resting in his new foster home.

Sadly this week there was another boy in Tennessee who was hit and killed in Greene county. Our volunteer Celeste picked him up and is giving him a proper burial at her home. What some people do not know about Pyrs is they are tremendous escape artists and need secure fencing or they will wander.


Maggie (1/5/19)
Dinner Is Served!

Poor girl weighs just 40 pounds and she is a 2- or 3-year-old adult Great Pyrenees rescued in Georiga. She is loaded with every kind of parasite imaginable, likely has mange, and she was starving to death and matted to the skin. She is the sweetest girl and whatever crappy owner she had belongs in jail. We see so many people selling puppies daily on Facebook livestock pages and Pyrenees Puppies for Sale pages. We wish people had some idea where these guys are really ending up ... it absolutely breaks your heart.




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