Oct 26, 2017

GG Contributions Made Major Medical Help Possible

Petal upon intake feeling horrible
Petal upon intake feeling horrible

Almost daily Warrick County Animal Control gets animals into their facility.  Many are in need of minor preventive medications such as flea meds or dewormer.  However, multiple times a year a few animals will enter in dire need of emergency medical care that can often times reach hundreds to thousands of dollars.  As many of you know the animal control facility doesn’t even have a food or litter budget much less one to help animals in need of veterinary attention.

Two such dogs, Hippo and Petal recently found themselves in need of some major medical care.  Each case was well over the hundreds anticipated and Hippos was into the thousands.  Everyday we try to raise funds to cover the cost of treating these dogs, as we cannot recoup the cost into an adoption fee.  It is our choice to save these dogs and could easily euthanize them but choose not to do that.  With the help of GlobalGiving donors we have been able to save more animals each year with the contributions coming into Warrick Animal Guardians! 

Hippo a beautiful and tolerate Pit bull was found as a stray.  She was having trouble walking and it looked like she had been drug behind a vehicle...wearing and breaking her toenails off.  Many were completely gone and infection had set in causing her much pain and discomfort.  She would need hospitalization to be kept in a clean and dry environment, pain medications, antibiotics, and radiographs.  Not to mention she was flea infested, not spayed and had double ear infections.

Petal was also found as a stray. The person that found her fed her but she couldn't keep it down, so she contacted the animal control facility.  After her arrival it was determined she most likely had parvo and would also need immediate hospitalization, IV fluids, anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea drugs, pain meds, and antibiotics.

Both dogs could have been euthanized immediately, but thanks to caring individuals and the commitment by WAG together we were able to save them both.  Both dogs went to a local rescue and Petal has already found her new home.  Hopefully Hippo will find hers soon too! 

Petal mid-treatment
Petal mid-treatment
Hippo at her first vet visit
Hippo at her first vet visit
Hippo's toes
Hippo's toes
Hippo now!
Hippo now!
Jul 28, 2017

Helping stray animals get a second chance at life!

Bowzer
Bowzer

Warrick Animal Guardians has the main mission of helping reduce the euthanasia rate at Warrick County Animal Control.  One of the many ways we have accomplished that goal is by providing not only preventative medications, surgery for spay and neuter, heartworm treatment but also adoptions! Strays really need this help to not be seen as throw away and considered as a great adoption option!

Almost daily animals come into the local animal control facility that have been lost, dumped or unwanted for some reason.  Most of the animals have not be spayed or neutered, have fleas and worms or in some cases even worse!  To help these animals become MORE adoptable we usually fund the treatment for diseases and issues on these animals.

Dogs and cats that are healthy can be altered quickly and put up for adoption either thru animal control or thru WAG's program with Petsmart Pet Partners.  Dogs like Bowzer or Egypt that are heartworm negative are usually adopted quickly after providing the necessary medical.

However, there are small kittens that need to gain weight and have to go into foster care until they weigh enough and are old enough to be fixed.  Kittens like Suzy Q had some medical issues that prevented her from going home right away even though she was adopted.   Or the litter of momma cat and her 5 kittens that needed a safe place to go until it was their turn and needed life saving treatment as well.  

A back yard breeder that had used her and then threw her away when she wasn’t giving more puppies probably dumped Nana, an older English Bulldog. She was found on a back road in Warrick County.  She has mammary tumors and was unspayed.  Scared and unwanted WAG came to the rescue and paid more than $850 for her surgeries.  She took a couple of weeks to recover, but happily was adopted to a wonderful family.

All of these animals may have had little to no chance without your donations to Warrick Animal Guardians.  It is amazing at all the animals we have saved and will continue to save with your support.  Thank you very much!

Egypt
Egypt
Suzy Q
Suzy Q
Momma and 5 kittens
Momma and 5 kittens
Nana
Nana
May 15, 2017

Heart worm Treatments Saves Lives

Suey~Heartworm Positive
Suey~Heartworm Positive

Warrick County Animal Control gets stray and owner surrender dogs in weekly.  Usually 1 to 2 dogs per week are heartworm positive.  Heartworms are transmitted by a mosquiot bite and can be prevented.  Howver, in our small rural community many people do not provide heartworm preventative much less visit a veterinarian for other normal care.  

Heartworm disease will eventually damage the dogs heart and needs to be treated immediately to prevent further damage to the heart.  Depending on weight this can cost a minimum of $300 dollars for smaller dogs and upwards to $750 for larger dogs.  This is NOT including antibiotics, steroids, boarding or a second treatment for advanced cases.

Warrick Animal Guardians raises the much needed funds for these dogs to get them healthy again!  Without your donation dollars they could not treat any dogs much less an avergae of four a month!

Dogs like Suey, an owner surrendered, female unspayed Aussie mix that lived her life in a backyard on a chain for years.  She is a wonderful dog and we found a rescue that will take her in Illinois.  However, we have to get her spayed and treated for heartworms before she can be transported.

Or dogs like Reba, another owner surrender, female Labrador Retriever that has been outside her entire life that is High Antigen Heartworm positive.  She is experiencing side effects of advanced heartworm disease and will also need radiographs included in her treatment plan.  She is currently waiting for a rescue or adoption. 

Then there is Grunt.  He has been at our facility numerous times and he family finally didn't want to pay to get him out this time.  He was always reclaimed before we had heartworm tested him but this time we did it.  He was positive as well!  Luckily a vet tech has adopted him and we will split the cost of his treatment.  

Or lastly dogs like Otis Spunkmeyer that came in as a stray.  We dont know what his story is other than a sweet boy!  He was rescued by a local rescue after we treated him!

Raising funds can be difficult for many groups, but thankfully we have donors from around the world via Gloabal Giving and we thank you!

Reba~Heartworm Positive
Reba~Heartworm Positive
Grunt~Heartworm Positive
Grunt~Heartworm Positive
Otis Spunkmeyer~Heartworm Positive
Otis Spunkmeyer~Heartworm Positive
 
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