Neediest Cases 2019

Welcome to a new year in rescue.  It didn't take long to see our first neediest case.   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. NGPR is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and your tax-deductible donation helps save our neediest cases who can also be found here, here, here and here.  The dogs needing help never end and we will never stop helping them!

Many of the neediest cases below are in temporary homes. Please consider helping a neediest case by fostering or adopting one. If you have a question, please contact us.

Kurry (4/8/19)
Keeping Kurry Alive

Kurry is a  beautiful 5-year old Pyrenees girl from Mississippi with a gigantic tumor on her left front leg. The mail carrier on her owner's route urged him to surrender this neglected girl to rescue. so she could get help. She came in emaciated, ehrlichia and heartworm positive and loaded with parasites. We were all worried about her and spent a few weeks getting her healthy enough to survive the surgery she desperately needed to save her life.

She went to Nashville Veterinary Specialists who did an amazing job helping her. Unfortunately they had to remove her leg as the tumor was entirely wrapped around the bone. The vet believes they got all of the margins of the tumor, giving this sweet girl a great chance to survive. Her surgery was $2,400 which is reasonable given the hours they spent on her working to save her life. She is learning to get around as a tripod and doing very well. Kurry needs a foster, so please email director@nationalpyr.org if you can help her.

  Lucky (3/2/19)
  She's Gone: Updated (3/5/19)

We had to let her go. Lucky had heavy breathing and seemed uncomfortable so her foster Mom, Melissa, brought her to the emergency vet Saturday morning.  When a diaphragmatic hernia was diagnosed we had her transferred to the University of Tennessee Emergency Vet Clinic. They hoped to operate on her to repair the serious hole in her diaphram but her condition continued to deteriorate. We were told on Sunday that this was a congential condition she had been living with all her life and in her weakend state she couldn't survive an operation. On Sunday night  Melissa went to say goodbye so Lucky knew how much she was loved when she passed. Thank you to everyone who donated to Lucky. She was a brave girl and her sad story touched many hearts. She washed up on a river bank during the flooding in Pulaski, Tennessee late in February. No one was looking for her and the shelter there had closed down, so some kind ladies took her in. Volunteers put the word out everywhere that Lucky was in great need of rescue help. She was at least 35 lbs. underweight with labored breathing and green discharge coming from her nostrils. Lucky was seen by a local vet on Monday.  She was heartworm and ehrlichia positive with a chest filled with fluid. Her lungs were barely functioning although she improved after the fluid was drained. The vet thought she was only around six years old and against all odds we continued to hope for the best for this poor neglected soul.

Patches (2/25/19)
Barely Pieced Together

This senior is an owner surrender from Alabama.  Poor old girl came into rescue two days ago; she doesn't look very good.  At 12 years old, she had a litter of pups in December and they all died.  The problem with her nasel passage could be cancer or a bad infection. We are taking her to a vet for the first time in her entire life to see what is wrong and how it can be fixed.  She needs our prayers.

 

 

Bart (2/20/19)
What
's Right?

Barts's had a number of issues since he came into rescue in December and Great Pyrenees Rescue Society has been trying to tackle them all, one surgery at a time. His eyes were operated on in January and his latest surgery in February was for bilateral elbow dysplasia with secondary osteoarthritis. 

His foster Mom Terry says "Bart is home. Was a long surgery where they arthroscopically cleaned/smoothed out both elbows and had to cut his left ulna. Snoring next to my feet now on pain meds. On a bright note, his eyes look great with the stitches out from his last surgery".

 

 

Findley (2/6/19)
A Long Road From A Chain

It’s taken over 1-1/2 years, but Findley’s long, painful journey from a chained and malnourished 12-week-old pup in Tennessee with congenital orthopedic issues is now in the first part of a happy ending. Rescued from being chained outside on a trailer landing in Tennessee as a baby, she came to rescue with a history of urinary tract infections, so had surgery for a recessed vulva at six months, along with a canine tooth extraction since she probably was eating what little she was fed off the ground. While observers noted her wobbly hind legs, her condition initially was dismissed as her “conformation” and malnutrition, then misdiagnosed by vets. She was adopted and then returned to rescue for not getting along with their other dog, which may have been due to her painful condition, torn cruciate ligaments on both hind legs that were so severe she couldn’t even really squat to pee.

A wonderful foster volunteered to take her through her long steps to recovery in Ohio, where she was evaluated by orthopedic specialists who finally zeroed in on the source of her pain. She had her first surgery on January 24th, and her foster is thrilled with her recovery: “Finn is doing great! She must feel better than before the surgery—she’s been so happy and goofy. I have to slow her down on the walks. She’s even squatting to pee now—something she had difficulty doing before. Can’t wait to see her in a few more weeks!”

Findley will have surgery on her other leg as soon as the surgeon gives the okay. The cost of her surgeries and orthopedic consultations will total around $8,000. With the help of great fosters  and generous donors, we can help dogs like Findley get back on their feet to a pain-free life.

Lucy (2/10/19)
My Tummy Hurts

Lucy was surrendered in Oregon to the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society, partly because she had a "nervous stomach." She got carsick, had bouts of diarrhea and indigestion and was on a special vet food. When she stopped eating she went to the vet and after x-rays and a barium swallow test they saw what they thought was a blockage and performed surgery. She had enlarged lymph nodes and an inflamed colon. The vet thought she had  gastrointestinal lymphoma, which turned out not be true.

Following this procedure Lucy got worse and when examining her the vet thought he felt an intussusception (a condition when the intestine folds up inside itself) in her lower intestine.  In her case it was inverted about 6 inches, creating a total blockage and very painful.  Lucy improved remarkably after her surgery in mid-February and it's likely she's had a smaller fold or kink for a long time. NGPR picked up the tab for a $2,400 vet bill for Lucy's surgery. She's doing much better now and went to her furever home at the end of March.

 

 

Brayley (1/29/19)
I Wanna Walk

Poor girl in Texas, rescued by Great Pyrenees Rescue Society, had a congenital issue with angular limb deformities of her femur and severe (grade 4) patella luxation. Her knee caps were totally rotated out of place. Dogs with these severe issues exhibit a crouching, bowlegged stance with the feet turned inward and most of the weight transferred to the front legs.  She had the first operation to correct this condition in December, then her second in January.  She is walking better now and having physical therapy to continue her progress. The cost of Brayley's surgeries totaled $6,000.

 

 

 

Kurry (1/26/19)
Life On the Edge

Poor Kurry is new to rescue. This poor girl is one of the saddest dogs we have been asked to help in a while. She is a stray found in Oxford, Mississippi. Since the shelter there closed down, a single small rescue in the area is trying to help the multitude of dogs who would have been saved by the now defunct Humane Society. Since she didn't have a lot of options, NGPR stepped up to help her.

Kurry is completely emaciated and has a large tumor on her leg which was aspirated today. She will likely need surgery but at five years old, she is in such poor shape she is not even well enough for that. Thankfully we have a foster who will care for her and help nurse her back to health.  Please send good thoughts prayers and wishes to Kurry in Mississippi.

 

 

Randy (1/16/19)
Contact!

Update 1/18: Randy has had his surgery and is recuperating at a foster home in Kentucky.  We have raised about $2,000 to pay his for his medical costs which total $2,800 to date.

Randy is our first HBC (Hit By Car) of 2019.  He's the one who unfortunately didn't get away. He was hit by a car in Kentucky and badly injured. We got the call about him about 10 pm Tuesday night. His owners surrendered him to the vet's office as they could not afford the surgery to fix him. He has a displaced humeral fracture on his front left leg. The last Pyr we had needing this surgery cost $3,800 to fix. We are getting Randy in for a surgical consult now.

Randy has been described as friendly, calm and stoic even though he is in a lot if pain. Sadly, we can't believe how many Pyrs we have seen hit and killed or very badly injured lately. Or, how people can still question the need to keep these dogs in securely fenced yards. 

 

 

Moose (1/9/19)
Close Call

NGPR gets the call to help injured Pyrenees who are found every week. Moose in Tennessee (left) is one of the lucky ones.  After a close encounter with barbed wire he has been to the vet, stitched up and resting in his new foster home.

Sadly this week there was another boy in Tennessee who was hit and killed in Greene county.  Our volunteer Celeste picked him up and is giving him a proper burial at her home. What some people do not know about pyrs is they are tremendous escape artists and need secure fencing or they will wander.

 

Maggie (1/5/19)
Dinner Is Served!

Poor girl weighs just 40 pounds and she is a 2 or 3 year old adult Great Pyrenees rescued in Georiga. She is loaded with every kind of parasite imaginable likely has mange and she was starving to death and matted to the skin. She is the sweetest girl and whatever crappy owner she had belongs in jail. We see so many people selling puppies daily on Facebook livestock pages and Pyrenees Puppies for Sale pages. We wish people had some idea where these guys are really ending up... it absolutely breaks your heart.

 

 
 
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