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Working day in and day out in an animal welfare shelter where you see both the best and worst of what people and nature can throw at you takes a lot out of you. The days blur into each other and you can sometimes wonder what it is all for. This is where statistics can be so important. It’s not always easy to see the results of what you have achieved, so to actually see these numbers on paper, for the shelter team, can be a massive boast to morale and leave all those involved with a sense of pride.
The statistics we have included give a general overview of the work that we do at Care for Dogs and represent our core aims.
It is also very important for those helping in the background either donating, supporting, volunteering, spreading the word or rescuing dogs and cats that their efforts are paying off and that we are making a difference. It is tangible evidence that my $30.00 dollars donated to sterilize 1 dog saved another 100 street puppies from ever having to struggle to find love, food and shelter and that my 2 hours of time made a difference to the 5 dogs I walked.
Thanks to your wonderful support we will be able to help many more dogs in need in 2014!
In the unfortunate event that your beloved pet were to go missing, check out the below link to learn the proactive steps you can take to help ensure the safe return of your pet. The article is entitled ‘What To Do If You Lose Your Pet’ and was written by Sue Sternberg.
Even our experienced dog owner like CfD’s founer Karin are not save, as she noted:
Billy was a temple dog, one of four homeless canine friends living at my local wat that I had come to know and feed daily. In August I needed to go away to Canada and I did not see them for several weeks. But on returning in September, I was stunned to find Billy emaciated and skeletal. I offered him food, barbecued chicken no less, but he declined.
I am well aware that one of the first things any pathogen attacking an animal or a human does is kill the appetite; a powerful weapon. As several of my dogs have been infected with this disease, I was familiar with e. canis, and I sensed immediately that he had it. I put him in my truck and took him to the local vet for a blood test. The following day the results came back positive. Billy had e. canis; big time. He was also suffering from serious liver and kidney deterioration.
The vet prepared a medication package for me to administer, consisting of an antibiotic to kill the parasite, supplements for Billy’s liver, kidneys and blood. She also wanted to administer daily fluid therapy whereby saline fluid is flushed into him through a needle inserted between his shoulders.
I also had the tough task of getting Billy to eat, as that was the way I intended to administer his medication, but Billy had other ideas. He was stubborn and refused to cooperate and I had increasing difficulty in catching him to get the pills into him. I decided to get him out of the temple environment. I caught him and took him home, ostensibly a temporary move, but in my heart I adopted him. My dogs accepted him, and Billy settled in.
Around noon each day, I took him to the vet for his fluid therapy. He began to eat, but sparsely and far too sparingly for his daily needs. Often his medication went into him on an empty stomach – not a good thing – but his spirits were good. Every morning, along with the other dogs, he greeted me with a friendly whine and a wagging tail. He came along with us on the daily dog run along the country roads and into the woods.
Despite my optimism, Billy was going downhill. Apart from a steady loss in weight, the regular blood work analysis was not good. Billy’s condition was steadily worsening, his organs deteriorating and his legs were getting wobbly. In addition, we were now well into November and the nights were cold. I made up a fine bed for him consisting of a big sheepskin rug underneath him and good insulation above, but with no food to generate body heat he shivered.
Midway through November I took further action. I began making soup; good soup with lots of nutrition and gave it to him hot every few hours using a plastic syringe. I also gave him warm milk with honey, plus a fish oil based nutritional supplement. I also used the syringe to get fresh water into him.
Surfing the internet, I also learned that during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army lost around 300 highly trained German Shepherd dogs to e. canis. There were photographs of some of the dogs who perished; emaciated, bones protruding, they looked just like Billy. It was a shock. If the skills of the U.S. Army’s veterinarians could not save those dogs, what chance did we have?
On the morning of Thursday, 5 December Billy weighed exactly 14 kilos. The following day he weighed 14.25 kilos; a weight gain, and both the vet and I were buoyed with a little ray of hope. It was a false dawn. Billy’s latest blood work test showed he was still seriously sick. Around 8 p.m. Friday night, 6 December, Billy became agitated. Twice he climbed out of his bed and collapsed nearby. I carried him back, sat with him and talked to him and petted him. At 10 p.m., lying on his side, he whimpered and cried and I sensed it was his time.
I lay down alongside him and held him close. I kissed and stroked his head and told him how much we loved him and were pleased to know him and have him with us. At 10:15 p.m., with my arms around him, he sighed and stretched out his legs, shuddered and went limp…and he died.
The next morning I went to the vet. Seeing my truck arrive, she set the scales and opened the door and looked at me in surprise at not seeing Billy in my arms. I shook my head and told her, and she cried.
I buried Billy in a banana grove behind the cabin where he died. It is shady and cool, and Billy is now at peace.
Billy is gone, but e. canis is still very much with us, a sinister parasite stalking our dogs. I believe Billy had entered the tertiary, or chronic stage of the disease, the stage where the virus has a solid hold, just like the Vietnam military dogs; beyond help.
So, it is important to be aware and fight this pathogen from the beginning. The host is the brown tick. We should fight this tick by regular bathing, using anti-tick collars and spot on treatment, plus daily checks for ticks. Regular blood work analysis is excellent. At the first signs of your dog showing lack of appetite or listlessness; visit the vet for a blood test. And say a little prayer for Billy.
Written by Tony McManus
Would you like a little ball of cuteness, please?[/caption]In November last year, Care for Dogs was made aware of a disused crematorium on Doi Suthep that was filled to the brim with puppies and expectant mothers, all of whom were in a deplorable condition. It was a miracle, that they had survived such dire living conditions.
A decision was made to bring as many dogs as we could (17 puppies and 3 expectant mothers) to our rescue centre for the deliveries, much needed medical treatment and sterilizations. All expectant mums have now delivered, which has added a further 19 puppies to our already sky – high puppy numbers! We are thankful for the miraculous efforts of our shelter team who’ve fought hard for the lives of every mum and pup in our care.
We are now seeking a continuation of the miraculous, and are asking you – the extraordinary dog loving citizens of Chiang Mai to help us find homes for 9 of these puppies, who are now of adoptable age. These little miracles are now healthy, sterilized, bursting with cute-ness, and are more than ready to begin the rest of their lives.
Adopt a miracle today!
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, mail inquiries to: email@example.com or call 084-752-5255(English) or 086-913-8701(Thai) for more information or to make an appointment to come meet our adorable pups!
Special dogs seeking special families! Once again we have two to share–a mother and son in need of caring people to give them another chance at a promising life.
Dada and Moo are a spirited mother and son pair that are in urgent need of new homes, be it together or individually. Both are quite fearful of strangers, and therefore slow to warm up to new people. However, they have proven capable of forming trusting, positive relationships with people who are willing to put in the time and effort.
Unfortunately however, the grace they extend toward trusted two- legged friends, does not go as far to their other four- legged counterparts. It is for this reason that they would be best placed in a home with no other dogs.
As with many dogs, they are very frightened of fireworks, and will need to be housed in a home that has a well fenced- off yard to keep them safe and sound. Please consider sharing your life, love and positivity as a gift to Moo and Dada. Love shared, is joy multiplied!
Please contact mail inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 084-752-5255(English) or 086-913-8701(Thai) for more information or to make an appointment to meet Dada and Moo!
What to keep in mind when adopting a dog, see: http://www.carefordogs.org/adoptions/.
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