Waycross dachshund bills are coming in!

ThistleIn January, DREAM took in 6 dogs from the raid on the hoarder in Waycross, Georgia.  In May, we took 4 more.  All were sweet and loving, even with all they had been through.  Thistle.  Spindle.  Clover.  Petal.  Stewie.  Pauly.  Miller.  Chamblee.  Maura.  And tiny Ben.

That’s Thistle in the picture.

So far, bills have topped $4000.  More bills will come in as some of the dogs continue their ongoing treatments.  Many are fully treated and adopted to their forever homes, but others still need more.  Even with the great discounts we get on vetting, this is adding up at a dizzying rate.

All of them needed spay/neuter, vaccinations, fecal tests, and heartworm tests.

Two, Miller and Clover, had heartworms and needed treatment and antibiotics.

One, Petal, had several mammary tumors and a hernia, and needed 2 surgeries.  The tumors were too big to take in one operation — Petal wouldn’t have had enough skin to close.

Four had mange….which meant a lot of antibiotics and other topical treatments.

Three contracted pneumonia and other respiratory infections.  A few days in ICU, hospitalization, emergency vet visits on the weekends, oxygen tents, and nebulizations.  And lots of antibiotics.

And Clover gave birth to three dear puppies a week after she was safe.  The puppies will need shots, several dewormings, and their spay/neuter surgeries.  One of the babies has a deformity in a front foot, so he will need some surgery for that.

$4000 and counting.  If you have any money to spare, we could certainly use it.  HowlOWeenie, our major fundraiser, is a long way away.  I would hate to have to stop taking in other dogs in need because we don’t have the funds to care for them.  We have never had to do that.  But we have also never taken in 1/3 of our total doggie capacity at one time, from a situation like this before.

If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll help, or pass our story along to someone who might.  Go to www.dreamrescue.org and click on “Want to Help?” to donate.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joey and Maggie
    May 23, 2009 @ 11:43:05

    Thanks for all your hard work. Made a small donation, hope it helps.

    Carson, Joey, and Maggie….


    • dreamdachshundrescue
      May 23, 2009 @ 17:37:13

      Thank you so much. Every bit helps, more than you can know. We are very lucky to get great vet rates, so that when something like this happens, we can afford the treatment for the “special” needs. But this was just overwhelming. We are very careful with our finances! Thanks again.


  2. George Ellenburg
    May 27, 2009 @ 12:49:50

    I spoke to one of my vets on Saturday about you guys.

    His practice does a lot of outreach with rescue organizations and AHS, shelters, etc. and told me to tell you guys to feel free to give him a call.

    Dr. Michael Good, Towne & Country Vet, off Gresham Rd. in Marietta (exit 265 on I75). Phone: (770) 971-1556.

    He may be able to help out with some of the treatments. He told me on Saturday that he prefers working with breed-specific rescue organizations over “generic” shelters.


    • dreamdachshundrescue
      May 27, 2009 @ 12:54:47

      Thank you so much! I will call him. We use a couple of vets near Decatur that give us great rates (about 1/3 the public cost), but I would love to have another vet in that area for our foster homes that live up there. I have also heard that Town and Country is a great vet anyway. Thanks so much for the referral, and for keeping up with these sweet little guys.


  3. Katie
    Nov 25, 2009 @ 17:38:54

    That’s my new baby in the picture! I re-named him Teddy and he is such a sweetheart!


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