May 28, 2021

Puppy and Kitten Season Is Here

Marigold's 6 Babies
Marigold's 6 Babies

Dixie Adoptables has been very busy these last few months.We have again taken in over 200 animals since our last report. Of these, 5 are very old seniors. It is always sad to see these older guys end up in a rescue. 

We have had to trap a lot of skittish dogs, 3 of which were only days from giving birth. It was such a relief to get these girls into our care just in time. Eve gave birth to 11 puppies and 9 lived. Marigold gave birth to 7 puppies and 6 lived. We also took in an abandoned dog, Junebug, that gave birth to 4 puppies. She had a fractured pelvis from being hit by an ATV and had to have a cesarean because of her injuries. All 3 moms and their pups are doing wonderfully.  

Another of our skittish dogs that was trapped, Nikki, is very fearful. We don’t think she has ever had human interaction, but we are working with her to teach her love and trust. She is also pregnant, and in foster care and will soon give birth.

Dixie Adoptables has treated 14 heartworm positive dogs in the last 3 months. One of them, Damon, had an episode a few weeks after treatment, and spent a few days at the vet. He is now back in our care, but the poor fellow has a lot of pills he has to take for now.

There has been no shortage of kittens coming in either, especially those that need to be bottle fed. Between all the kittens on bottles and all of the nursing mother dogs, we have quite the nursery at Dixie Adoptables. 

Another litter of puppies that came in were almost starving when they arrived. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they also tested positive for parvo. They are in the care of our veterinarian and it looks like 4 of the 6 will pull through. We are sad that 2 didn’t make it.

Dixie Adoptables also took in 2 puppies that were born without front legs. Unfortunately, they were brought in after one had taken a turn for the worse. Despite the vet’s best efforts, that poor baby didn’t make it. The other one, Nola, is thriving. She is fat, happy, and isn’t letting her disability slow her down. 

One of the best adoption stories from the last 3 months is Nova’s. She was hit by a car and then abandoned at our veterinarian’s office. She was very fearful of everything and everyone. Fortunately a family up north heard her story and wanted to make her part of their family. She is now living a great life. We are so happy for Nova! 

We have successfully transported over 90 animals up north in the last few months. On our last trip, our bus broke down after the animals were unloaded. Some wonderful mechanics in Connecticut got it up and running well enough for our team to make it back home. The bus is now in the shop and will get everything fixed up so that we can continue to adopt and transport animals to other parts of the country. The ability to transport animals is a vital component of Dixie Adoptables’ ability to make a difference in our community.

Your support continues to save lives and make our work possible. Thank you! 

Junebug
Junebug
Damon
Damon
Nova with her new family
Nova with her new family
Hungry Baby
Hungry Baby
Nola
Nola
Mar 22, 2021

If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

We are saddened to report that Dixie Adoptables’ “big news" from our last update has been postponed. To say we are devastated is an understatement. The city informed us that for financial reasons, they would have to delay construction of the new building. We have been told that they will revisit the discussion in October of this year. This means that the kennels that we purchased for the new building which would be much better for our animals will have to stay in storage for now. 

 

We need your support now more than ever. Although the city has postponed the new building, if enough money can be raised, Dixie Adoptables still has the option of purchasing or building something ourselves and not having to wait on the political whims of the city government that we work with. We know it will take a lot of money to make this happen but with your help, we have already been able to do much more than we ever thought possible. Two years ago the idea of a wholly independent animal transport seemed beyond our reach, yet we were able to get Dixie Express up and running to save hundreds of animals’ lives by transporting them to the northeastern United States. If we have learned anything, it is that with hard work and the help of our supporters, we can do the impossible and save lives despite setbacks. 

 

The last few months have been a trying time for our organization. The news of our building being put on hold was only one of the many trials that we have faced. This month we were robbed in the middle of the night and our safe was stolen. The thief climbed through a kennel that housed puppies and broke down a door to get into our office where the safe was located. He only got our petty cash since we never keep other money on the premises, but it created a mess for our hard-working team. We had a door destroyed and bank account information was compromised which required that we close the old accounts and create new ones. This delayed payroll and caused a lot of extra work for our staff. 

 

Because of this we were reminded of just how vulnerable the animals and employees are in a building that can’t be properly secured. Unfortunately, because our facility is located directly beside railroad tracks, it is impossible to secure it with fencing. Anyone can walk in down the tracks and gain access to the facility. We lock the kennels, but this doesn’t prevent someone from climbing over the gates. The thief wore a mask and gloves so we were unable to learn his identity. 

 

We also had an electrical fire in the shelter office which was caused by the antiquated wiring in the old shelter building. Fortunately it was during the day and our shelter manager noticed the fire soon after it started and shut down power to the building, likely saving the lives of our animals. 

 

In times like these, we are especially thankful for all of our supporters who make it possible for us to keep giving our very best for the animals and to keep working towards the goal of providing them with a safe, sanitary facility despite our inability to properly secure it and the challenges we face with unsafe wiring. Please continue to support us in our effort to build a new, safe, secure facility for the needy animals in the community! 

Jan 29, 2021

Long time residents adopted and more!

Foxy Adoption
Foxy Adoption

It has been a busy 3 months, and we have lots of updates. We have taken in so many animals and once again, many of the dogs are heartworm positive. The good news is that these sweet guys have completed their treatment: 

  • Foxy AND she has been adopted to a loving forever home!
  • Marnie AND she has been adopted and lives in Maine
  • Lacey Lou AND she has been transferred to a rescue partner in Connecticut to be adopted (there are numerous applications for her) 

Currently there are 7 in treatment, and without your support we would not be able to treat so many heartworm positive animals. Thank you! 

We continue to see many seniors coming into the shelter. 2020 was a rough year and senior animals were no exception. At this time, we have 10 senior dogs and 8 senior cats in custody. Many are on medications for heart problems, bladder problems, dementia, and some are even on special diets. One sweet boy passed away this past week from kidney and liver failure.. Rest in peace sweet William Earl!

 In our last report, we told you about Bernard, our senior who among other things was going on a diet. The good news is that he has lost the required weight and he got a great report from the vet. He has been taken off one medication and another has been reduced, all because he hit his weight loss goals! Congratulations Bernard!

 In the last few months, we have had over 60 adoptions and over 100 animals transferred to rescues up north where most of them already have homes waiting for them. Three of the most amazing stories are: 

  • The adoption of Brutus, who was with us for almost a year. He is one of the sweetest guys ever and we are so thrilled that he has a loving family. No one deserves it more! 
  • Our assistant director Cherie found homes for nearly 50 cats in just the past few months. She implemented a cat adoption program and it has been a resounding success! She has single handedly adopted out more cats in 3 months than have been done in an entire year, EVER!! This is a game changer. Many of these cats had been with us for so long and it was heartbreaking: 
  • Over 200 days: Lyric, Eliza, Eloise
  • Over 250 days: Rolo, Felix, Pandy, Josie, and Prince
  • Over 300 days: Karter and Finn (365) 
  • 449 days: Boo
  • 564 days: Triscuit 
  • Over 650 days: Anastasia and Bailey
  • 832 days: Pizzazz 

She also drives round-trip over 2700 miles to deliver these kitties to their forever homes in the northeastern United States. Let’s all give Cherie and those kitties a big round of applause!  

  • Solo, who we told you about in our last report, now lives in New York in a home with other scared dogs and one amazing lady that works with them. She teaches them to trust, shows them unconditional love and gives them a chance to eventually be adopted into a loving home. Another fearful dog named Loki who went through heartworm treatment was adopted and now lives in Maine. 

Dixie Adoptables has another upcoming transport that will take approximately 15 dogs and 14 cats to their new homes in Connecticut. We also have some dogs scheduled to go to Maine very soon. 

 

Your support makes all of this possible. Heartworm treatment is expensive, as are special medications and foods. Driving to the northeast to facilitate adoptions costs money and time, but to see these great pets finally get the homes they always wanted and deserved is worth everything we do. We are so thankful that you care enough to help these wonderful animals by supporting Dixie Adoptables. 

Brutus in his new home
Brutus in his new home
Felix in his new home
Felix in his new home
Triscuit in his new home
Triscuit in his new home
Solo in his new home
Solo in his new home
Loki in his new home
Loki in his new home
 
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