Neediest - 2018

The neediest cases are rolling in again this year.  We are seeing feral Moms, injuries from car accidents and outright cases of neglect.  We try to limit our fundraising to a few times a year but neediest cases come in all the time.  Frequently we are "the rescue of last resort" who will help a dog that other groups have passed by. Your tax-deductible donation helps save our neediest cases who can also be found here, here and here.  The year is just beginning but the dogs needing help never end!

Many of the neediest cases below are in foster homes and need caring, compassionate adopters.  Donations are always appreciated but please consider helping a neediest case by adopting one.


Jake (1/20/18)

Jake is our first HBC (Hit By Car) of 2018. He was injured in Pulaski, TN. Both of his front legs were badly broken. His  owner left him untreated until he couldn’t move. Jake was taken to the Giles County Animal Shelter to be euthanized and the kind volunteers who work with the shelter contacted us for help.  They paid for Jake to have surgery and plates and screws were put in both legs and NGPR reimbursed them for half the cost. Jake is being cared for by a new foster, Dee, in the Birmingham area. He's doing great and has a good prognosis for recovery


Lady (1/24/18)
A Feral Mom

The last week of January was crazy. We were asked to help with two different feral moms with large litters both in Tennessee. The weather has been cold so all have been in great danger of freezing. This lovely Momma dog was on the run long enough to have had at least two litters of pups born outside. The volunteers at Giles County Humane are worked hard to capture all of her babies. The great news is that Mom is not feral; she is a sweet and gentle soul. She is a little shy but is letting the ladies touch her. She is a pretty 2-3 year old girl who we are calling Lady. She did an amazing job caring for her babies and keeping them alive through the freezing weather. Lady is shown being moved to our foster Frederique in New Jersey, where someone else can take care of her for a change.



Kona  (1/29/18)
Our Other Feral Mom

This is Kona, the Pyrenees mama we took in from Tennessee now at the vets office. She was wandering around outside in the freezing cold of January trying to nurse a large litter of puppies. She dug holes and buried them to keep them alive. Kona is positive for ehrlichia, has mange and has started treatment for both. She also has a heart murmur. Her foster mom Katie is taking great care of her. We're all hoping she will be looking and feeling much better soon.



Samson  (2/2/18)
The Painful Price of Neglect

Update: 3/6/18:  Samson's infection has subsided and he has been examined by the vets at the Univeristy of Tennessee Small Animal Hospital. They believe his growths are benign perianal adenomas, which often occur in unneutered males.  Samson is being neutered, the growths biopsied and if benign they should shrink on their own over time.

One of the worst cases of medical neglect we've seen lately was pulled from the Marysville, Tennessee shelter. He smells terrible and has a mass coming out of his rear. Very sad for an old, nice dog like this to be so completely neglected. We may have to make some tough decisions about him, but he will be given every chance to go on and live out the rest of his years in peace. His name is Samson, and he would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Upon examination Samson is probably only 6-7 with very white teeth and few changes to eyes. The two masses found around his anus are probably adenocarcinoma. They have ruptured and are massively infected. This is a very difficult area for surgery since damage to nerves in that area can lead to complete loss of muscle tone and incontinence. The plan is to get the infection cleared up first and then see what we have. The unbelievable stench is from the infection, not gangrene. He will be staying at the vet for now to get a handle on the infection.

Skunky  (2/2/18)
Now Life Can Smell Sweet

Skunky is the second young Pyrenees this year who is HBC (hit by a car) in Tennessee. His pelvis is broken, his leg is hurt and he has road rash caused by abrasion with the road surfaces. Skunky (he really needs a new name) was hit on the highway while investigating a dead skunk. He weighs in at just 60 lbs. so he has not had a great life up till now. As you can see in the photos, he looks tremendously happy to be in transport and out of the shelter and we are so happy to welcome him to rescue. Despite the tremendous pain he is in, he is a very sweet, sweet boy. Welcome to rescue, Skunky. Huge thanks to Kim Bradley for taking him in and to everyone who helped him along the way. We will take great care of him and give him the medical help that he needs.


Ghost  (2/15/18)
Unconditional Love

When Ghost moved to a foster home in Michigan last December (Before) we thought he had a brand new life and so much to live for.  In January he started acting like he wasn't feeling well so NGPR arranged for him to have an echocardiogram.  According to the specialist, Ghost is at high risk of congestive heart failure due to congenital heart issues and preventative measures like surgery would only be a temporary/short term fix. His fosters still want to adopt Ghost and love him for however long they can.


Stormy  (2/15/18)
The Clouds Have Passed

More bad news the day after Valentine's Day. Stormy is an older female whose owner took her to the vet because her leg was bothering her. The  vet put her on antibiotics but she continued to limp. He then brought her to another vet who told him if he couldn't afford surgery to euthanize. The owner's daughter didn't want to see Stormy euthanized so she contacted rescue.  Stormy's leg was extremely swollen. She was holding it leg up and couldn't bear any weight on it. We were told the swelling was caused by an infected dew claw but when NGPR brought Stormy to the vet, we learned she had bone cancer.  Stormy was obese and because couldn't bear her full weight on her remaining rear leg, the decision was made to euthanize her.



Roy (2/16/18)
Feelin' Better, Thanks


Roy has been released from rehab and has his final check-up with his surgeon today. He was Great Pyrenees Rescue Society's first surgery of the year and has recovered well from the surgeries on his left and right shoulders. He was diagnosed with OCD Osteochondrosis (excess cartilage and deficient bone growth) at the end of December and is now 6.5 months old and ready to start his new life. Roy still has a small limp due to his right shoulder, but that should go away with time and using his legs running and swimming. He was a dream to work with in rehab and he loves hugs & attention!




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