Homeless pets need your help with medical care!

by Warrick Animal Guardians INC
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Homeless pets need your help with medical care!
Prada
Prada

Recently, like most facilities in our country an influx of abandoned, feral and stray cats are without homes.  According to an article at Nationalgeorgraphic.com "Some feline experts now estimate 70 million feral cats live in the United States, the consequence of little effort to control the population and of the cat's ability to reproduce quickly."

 

This is the situation for us as well in Warrick County.  At this time, we do not have a low cost spay or neuter clinic and it can cost up to $100 to fully vet a cat.  This makes it very difficult to find homes for feral and semi-feral cats that most people do not want to pay to have altered. It’s one thing to offer a healthy, friendly, adoptable kitten for $100, but most folks don’t want to pay that for a cat they cannot touch.  

 

Warrick Animal Guardians (WAG) has to find alternative methods to place the difficult to home cats. This costs money!  With so many rescues in our area overloaded with cats looking for a home our community is often full with no potential adopters.

 

Not long-ago WAG was given an opportunity to save several cats.  An adopter reached out that knew we had multiple hard to place felines in need of good homes.  He happened to know of a person looking some barn cats for his equine training facility. The first trip we sent 3 cats to go live their lives as working barn cats, including one named Prada.  They had room for more but it was going to take time and money to get the rest of the cats fixed and vetted for their turn at this chance.

 

The following two weeks consisted of us raising money and made appointments to get another 16 cats spayed and neutered, rabies vaccinations and all the rest of the medical they would require. 

 

Two volunteers this time made the 6 hours round trip to get all the cats safely to their finally home.  They have lots of friends including horses, goats, and other cats.  The large training facility has multiple barns so all the cats will have plenty of space.  

Some of the Cats we Raised Fund for.
Some of the Cats we Raised Fund for.
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Remington
Remington

When owners don't pay attention to their pets mouths it can become a major issue.  This recently was the case when an owner had to relinquish their two cats to Warrick County Animal Control.  When pets need any type of medical care Warrick Animal Guardians has to raise the funds or the animals do without.  This will only allow the pets to remain in pain or continue with problems.  Thankfully, even if the donations don’t come in for that specific animal Warrick Animal Guardians can often pay for the vet care.

Meet Remington and Ruger.  Both these boys were surrendered at 10 years old by their owner.  The owner was moving back home after a divorce and his family didn’t welcome the cats back home with him.  Because of their age no animal shelter or rescue would help him.  The owner sadly thought it was a bad thing to surrender his pets to WCAC.  But in reality, they got some much need relief.  They both had really bad mouths and a lot of pain.  

After they had been surrendered, we noticed all the medical issues they had and they promptly went to see the veterinarian.  The low estimate was going to be a minimum of $250 and ended up costing $600 between the both of them.  They both had several broken and missing teeth, Grade 4 periodontal disease and had to have sutures from the multiple extractions.   They were on pain medications and antibiotics for a week after.  Once they were healed, they went on to both be adopted. 

Thankfully, due in part to Warrick Animal Guardians both of these boys had a happy ending!  This is just one of many examples of the ways your donation dollars can help the animals that are in need.  We are thankful for every dollar and appreciate all the care and concern given for our organization.

Ruger
Ruger
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Gretchen
Gretchen

Warrick Animal Guardians has been called on once again to help a dumped dog in need.  Dumping animals in Warrick County has always been a problem.  However, recently it seems that there has been an increase in frequency.   Beagles and Coonhounds seem to be the most likely breeds in our area that get dumped.  Over half of these dogs test positive for heartworms.  Gretchen an English Coonhound was a sad case.  She was dumped in a far region of the county and in bad shape.  She had blood on her, a huge mass on her throat, and was limping.  She seemed very old.  Once she came back to the animal control facility she was tested for heartworms and sadly she was positive.  This gal seemed like she had a rough past.

 

She needed help with funding to get her seen ASAP.  Warrick Animal Guardians donors have come through on her first leg...She has been spayed and had her mass removal done.  You can see a picture of her recovering in a foster home.  She is doing well thus far.  But the next step is to raise the funds for her heartworm treatment.  She is currently getting medications and her treatment will begin soon if we can get it covered.

 

WAG appreciates the continued support of the animals in Warrick County. Without you we couldn’t continue to save as many animals as we do and reduce the euthanasia rate at our local animal control facility. Thank you!

Gretchen recovering from surgery
Gretchen recovering from surgery
Gretchens checkup
Gretchens checkup
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Parvo Puppies
Parvo Puppies

Warrick Animal Guardians has paid for hundreds of vaccines that are given in hopes to prevent deadly diseases to the animals entering Warrick County Animal Control.  One disease in particular called Parvovirus or Parvo for short is a highly contagious virus. It causes an infectious gastrointestinal illness in puppies and young dogs, and without treatment is often fatal. However, with a proper and complete vaccination protocol Parvo is a preventable disease.  

The dogs most at risk for Parvo are young dogs between six weeks and six months of age.  Normally these are the ages of the dogs that are unvaccinated or not completely vaccinated yet. Of course these are also the exact ages of dogs most often surrendered to animal controls, shelters and rescues.  Making it of the utmost importance for a good vaccine program!   Without Warrick Animal Guardians it would be impossible to make the purchase of these important preventative vaccinations. Sadly, the reality is that more than likely many puppies and young dogs would lose their lives to this deadly disease. Luckily we have Warrick Animal Guardians!

This year Warrick County Animal Control had several cases of Parvo in young dogs and puppies that had never been given vaccines.  Thankfully we had generous donations to get them to the veterinarian to start life saving treatment. However, it is very costly to treat each pet for Parvo, as they usually require hospitalization, IV fluids and lots of medications.  We prefer to prevent the suffering of this disease by the poor puppies and young dogs by making sure we can continue to give the proper immunizations BEFORE something bad happens.  

I have included the pictures of three of the dogs that were saved from Parvo. We hope that we can continue to educate pet owners of the importance of getting their pets vaccinations including Parvovirus vaccinations to prevent them from ever having to know the potential deadly disease!

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Before and After Photos
Before and After Photos

Warrick Animal Guardians or WAG is constantly being asked to help animals in need at Warrick County Animal Control.  Most of the time it is a stray that got into a bad situation or an owner lacked knowledge regarding their pets needs that caused an issue.  However, recently Warrick Animal Guardians was called in for a different reason.

Meet Bailey, Goldie, Koko, and Macy.  Sadly, all four senior canines were left homeless after their owner died of cancer.  The owner had been having medical issues with no family close to give him help.  While he loved his dogs, three of the four had major medical issues that had not been met due to his own issues. 

When their owner passed away and with no family to take them Animal Control was called to pick them up.  Once the officers arrived it was clear these girls need more than just a new home.

Bailey, a 9-year-old, Bichon Frise was fairly healthy and only needed a good groom.  She was adopted into a new home easily.

However, Goldie an 8-year-old, Bichon Frise, had bladder stones for years that caused her pain.  She was hurting and needed surgery immediately.  Due to this problem she also required a special diet.  She also needed groomed and had a horrible ear infection.

Macy, a 9-year-old, Bichon Frise, had very bad dental disease and needed a dental.  Her dental ended up being more costly than usual and she had many teeth that needed to be extracted.  She also had to be groomed.

Finally, Koko, a 9-year-old Labradoodle was horribly obese weighing in at 113 pounds.  She had several pressure sores, needed a groom and had a bleeding tumor that was infected.  

Without the assistance of WAG all four of these dogs would not have been groomed or up dated on vaccinations, dewormer and flea medications.  Thankfully, they all tested negative for heartworms. 

The three dogs needing lifesaving surgeries for their medical complications was provided for by Warrick Animal Guardians and happily Goldie and Macy were just adopted yesterday. 

Koko is still looking for her new owners and will continue to take her medications while waiting again thanks to WAG. 

At most animal control facilities across America animals just like Goldie, Koko and Macy are euthanized due to a lack of funds.  Thankfully because of donors like you we can make a difference in their lives and continue to save animals in need!

Goldie
Goldie
Macy
Macy
Koko
Koko
Bailey Before
Bailey Before
Bailey After
Bailey After
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Warrick Animal Guardians INC

Location: Boonville, IN - USA
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Project Leader:
Danielle Barnes
Boonville, IN United States
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