I know sound like a broken record, but where on earth are all these dogs and cats coming from?
Probably due to our Animal Planet TV show, "Pit Bulls & Parolees", we continue to be the target of more dropped off and dumped dogs and cats than we ever experienced when we were in California.
We get over 100 telephone calls, e-mails and Facebook posts PER DAY asking us to take dogs. Of course, we can't take in even a small percentage of those dogs. We try to focus on the Louisiana dogs because their potential is so dismal without our help. Sadly, we disappoint most people who call for help. We try hard to e-mail them back and give them other options, but we know and are sad that most of the dogs that we can't take won't make it.
People often wait till the last minute, then they think that there's a rescue group on every corner who will be able to take their senior dog with health and/or behavior issues, OR BOTH. It's very sad and I think to myself "Why would anyone want to give your dog who is an older dog and has 'issues' in your home? Most people want a puppy, just like your family did who is giving him or her up."
Among the sadness, we do get the occasional good news like when someone adopts a dog who is older and is a special needs dog. That's rewarding.
We now have OVER 400 dogs to care for. Vet care is so expensive. Almost every single dog we take in is heartworm positive. That's a long treatment process and requires the dogs staying even longer in our care, even if there was a suitable home who wanted that dog.
It's very painful to watch a dog who has lived in a home their entire life live in a dog run and is only taken out several times per day for walks. That's why we have some of our employees who live in a home with a few of our dogs. It is less stressful on the dog and makes our dogs happier.
Until next time...Jamie
When our rescue moved to our new location two and a half years to Louisiana we had no idea one of our BIGGEST expenses would be heartworm treatment. Where we are originally from in Southern California, heartworm was not a big problem yet, although we hear it is becoming a problem there as well. We are spending more money than ever on heartworm medication and treatment, but there aren't a lot of options because if we don't, the dogs will die a lengthy and painful death.
People don't realize how expensive it is to have a dog with heartworm. It can cost over a thousand dollars to treat a heartworm positive dog. Almost all the dogs we rescue have heartworm disease and need treatment.
In one of the rare occasions when we have a dog that is heartworm negative (the vet has to do a test on each dog) we are able to put the dog on a very simple heartworm preventative regimen.
The treatment protocol is time consuming and very expensive. Each dog has to remain calm during the process of the treatment which takes several months.
It's for that reason that we are keeping a separate kennel building JUST for the dogs (nearly all we rescue have this problem) who have heartworm disease. These are dogs who already have been bit by a mosquito that carries heartworm. That's how the dogs get the disease. It's not a communicable disease amongst humans and/or dogs, but rather a mosquito that carries the virus bites a dog.
Given the humidity and the vast amounts of water and swamps in Louisiana, our new favorite state is a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Please help us continue to help the many worthy dogs in our new state.
We continue to have dogs who need help with the deadly disease dumped on us, or found by employees and some are even brought in by good samaritans.
Vet bills, in addition to rent for our eight locations of the main kennel and other buildings we rent/lease to house the animals continue to be out of control.
The heartbreaking stories of dogs we can't help overwhelm our staff members, but we keep on plugging on along knowing the ones that we can help, are helped with a quality pet food, medical care, love and warmth.
Please consider helping make a dent in our vet bill specifically in regard to the cost-prohibitive heartworm treatment for heartworm positive dogs which is astronomical.
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