Neediest Cases - 2020

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

Laurel (4/30/20)
Too Sick to Fight


Poor Laurel was an older girl in poor condition who was taken in from an animal control facility in Tennessee. She was very shy and we could tell she wasn’t feeling well. Laurel was badly emancipated and tested positive for heartworm and ehrlichea. She came in with a terrible cough and then unfortunately she started to have seizures. She was rushed to Nashville Veterinary Specialists where they kept her for a few days and ran a multitude of tests. All of the diagnostics were very poor. Even with meds and great care Laurel was not able to recover. We are all heartbroken that this sweet senior did not make it.


Rascal (4/20/20)
A Very Sick Baby

Rascal is a young boy who had vaccinations and then the following day, he refused to eat and developed diarrhea. We started him on fluids and medication at home, but by the next day he had serious congestion and nasal discharge and was taken to the vet. Rascal was running a high temperature and was treated for the canine flu, however he did not get better. He was taken to the emergency vet where he was hospitalized for a few days. After several diagnostic tests it was determined that best the vets could tell, he had viral gastroenteritis, that went systemic. Rascal is doing much better but is receiving antibiotics to make a complete recovery. This poor pup's hospital stay cost $3500.



Ariella Again (4/11/20)

Ariella has had such a sad start in life but we are determined that she will have a happy ending. She was a neediest case in 2019 but her situation just keeps getting worse. This poor girl sat in at Georgia shelter for weeks before we even found out about her. They said she had a hurt jaw and was missing some teeth. Turns out someone shot her in the face and she was missing part of her jaw. Sadly that was almost the least of her worries. She was loaded with parasites and also had a lipoma, a tumor wrapped around her leg. She was moved in a foster in New York and has been doing so well in foster care. Her facial wounds were taken care of and she just had surgery for the tumor. Sadly they had to remove her entire leg and she now needs radiation therapy to ensure the lipoma is neutralized. Her vet bills have added up to $8,000 so far.  It is absolutely heartbreaking how many Livestock Guardian Dogs come into rescue in such poor condition. So many of them end up shot and at death's door.  You couldn't find a sweeter Pyrenees anywhere on the planet. This lovely girl is such a fighter and she is trying so hard.

Baby Sherman (4/15/20)
Poor Puppy

Baby Sherman needs our help. Just 10 weeks old and had a seizure. He was  hospitalized at Blue Pearl in Lousiville undergoing diagnostic tests to determine what is wrong. Ot is likely acute rental failure or Addison's disease or both. Sherman came into rescue when his very young mom was pregnant and delivered 3 pups. One stillborn, one passed away and Sherman had to be bottle fed as mom did not have enough milk. He has been thriving in foster care  but he recently took a turn for the worse and we are all so worried about him. He is the sweetest little boy and he deserves every chance. Please say a prayer he can be treated and have a good recovery and a chance. 

Update: Sherman came home a few days later and is running around ruling the house! He does have Addison's. He is also being treated for renal failure and has a pending urine culture. He will have his values tested again and we hope  they improve. We can't everyone enough for your love, support and help with donations. Sherman is sending your all smooches!!

Sunshine (3/31/20)
Momma Dog Left to Die

Sunshine (formerly Poo Poo) never had a place of her own. She was used as a guard dog for a property in the Tennessee mountains. One neighbor felt bad for Sunshine and let her feed alongside her own dogs since the owners didn’t live at the property full time.

Sunshine’s owners never took her to the vet or had her spayed, so she ended up pregnant and delivered pups, and subsequently developed mastitis and could not nurse the pups. Because she was not contained on the owners’ property, she roamed on nearby properties and one of the neighbors shot her because they didn’t want her on their property. Sunshine crawled under a house and was left to die.

The only thing that saved her was the neighbor that was feeding her took care of her pups and she called NGPR for help with the pups. We asked where the momma dog was and all she said was that she had been shot and retreated under the house. With her help, we got Sunshine to University of Tennessee Medical Center where we learned she had pneumothorax due to the gunshot wound and was having trouble breathing. She is now recovering with a loving foster couple. Donations help NGPR care for dogs that otherwise would be left to die.

Oakleigh, Winter and Ice/Ohio  (1/26/20)
A Mother Too Soon

We were notified of an owner surrender situation in Michigan on 1/21 but the little family did not come into rescue until the following weekend. The Mom, Oakleigh, her two pups, Ice and Winter, and the Dad, Gunnar, were transported to the Springfield OH kennel on Saturday 1/25.  Unfortunately, Winter, the little girl did not make it and Ice, the boy, ended up in IC for a few days at MedVet.

They were suffering from "failure to thrive" caused in part by the very young age of the mother, less than a year, who probably had pups in her very first heat. They were not nursing and required bottle feeding. The litter should have been much larger, as Pyrs have litters usually numbering ten or more, so we suspect other puppies died as well.

Ice and his Mamma are now with our experienced puppy foster, Denise. He weighed in at 1.9 lbs. recently (inset) and opened his eyes so we know he is thriving in his new home.  Volunteers Melissa and Ray transported Oakleigh and Ice to Denise and a tender moment with Melissa (left) shows how much care young puppies require.


Maggie/Tennessee  (1/23/20)
Trap Tragedy

Poor Maggie was only 12 weeks old when we learned that her right paw was caught in an illegal animal trap. Teresa, our Ops Manager in Tennessee, was contacted by a vet in the Knoxville area when Maggie's owner brought her in with a mutilated paw that had festered for days. The owner could not afford to treat her and the vet recommended euthanasia.

Teresa ran to pick Maggie up that same day and brought Maggie to the Univ. of Tennessee's emergency clinic. We hoped to save her precious paw but learned that it had been crushed and the growth of necrotic tissue necessitated the removal of Maggie's entire leg.

Although reluctant to take such drastic action for a young pup, we followed their recommended protocol and amputated Maggie's leg. Maggie has been recuperating with Knoxville area foster, Deborah, since her operation. She is a young dog, doing great making the adjustment from four paws to three and will be ready for her furever home soon. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about Maggie.

Snoopy/Kentucky (1/6/20)
First HBC of the Year

Snoopy Update, 2/6/20: Snoopy had some TLC, rest and FHO surgery in January. He's doing remarkably well although he's not very happy with his cone or donut! Snoopy will be ready for adoption soon; please contact us if you're interested.

Snoopy was our first disaster of the new year. The preliminary diagnosis for dogs like Snoopy is HBC (Hit By Car). This guy is under a year old and was hit by a car and severely injured. He has a broken back and his hips will need FHO surgery once his back heals a little bit. Despite all that, he is somehow able to walk and he is incredibly sweet.

Katie, his foster Mom, writes "He was seen as a stray along highway 110 in Tennessee and had a collar but nobody claimed him. A week later he was found hit by a car by the side of the road. Somehow he's alive and able to walk a little. He was brought in to a local vet who was optimistic about his prognosis. We've had him contained and calm in our kennel and we are hoping to get some opinions from specialists on the orthopedic and neurologic aspects of this injury. We are hoping he will recover. We realistically know that he might not. We can't let him loose in the house with three rambunctious kids. He's had snacks and treats, pets and lots of rest. He's very sweet."

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