SOS DOGS has proudly been able to provide needed surgeries for dogs who
would have otherwise been crippled or dead. It has been our honor and
privilege to help them!
We'd first like to thank our wonderful vets:
- Black Horse Pike Regional Veterinary Emergency and Specialty
4250 Rt. 42
- Evesham Veterinary Clinic
800 S. Rt. 73
DUNCAN'S STORY - A STORY OF A DOG ORDERED ONLINE FROM A PUPPY MILLER
PRETENDING TO BE A BREEDER. NEVER EVER ORDER A PET ONLINE!!!
Duncan was a tiny 4 lb. Yorkie who was only 13 months old when SOS DOGS
took him. He was ordered online from a so-called breeder who is really a
puppy mill is disguise. He was shipped and arrived congenitally
deformed. They shipped the dog KNOWING he was deformed, but once the pet
arrives what can you do? NEVER EVER ORDER A PET ONLINE! The first picture shows you that adorable face, and the second
shows as much as he had EVER been able to stand. He had a congenital
deformity which has gone uncorrected due to the enormous expense. His
kneecaps were on the inside of his legs, facing inward, and the
muscles had grown on the wrong side, so he could not straighten up any more
than in this picture. He had NEVER been able to sit or walk!! He
had to drag his back legs.
|Duncan could never stand or walk before surgery
and couldn't straighten up any more than this.
SOS DOGS agreed to take Duncan and get him his much needed surgery that
his owners just could not afford. We used the wonderful orthopedic surgeon,
Dr. Lindquist, at the Black Horse Pike Animal Hospital in Turnersville, NJ.
There was no guarantee that surgery would even work. It took
several surgeries, but look at the results two months after.
Duncan standing two months after surgery
Duncan is now in his forever home, running around with his Yorkie
brothers and sisters!
Jack, a 2 yr old male yorkie, had quite a story! He was found
wandering in the Bronx, apparently a victim of torture! He was an
emaciated 5.6 lbs, probably half of what he should be, and a rope with wire
was imbedded into his leg down to the bone (second picture). Tendons and
muscles were all cut thru by the rope and wire and it had been that way so
long that the flesh was growing around it. What EXCRUCIATING PAIN this poor
little boy must have been in. If you look hard you can see it's all raw meat
on his injury. Why would someone torture a dog like that and how long
had he suffered? When we shaved down the filthy matted coat, we found
he had patches of bare skin (third picture) but no illness or skin disorder
so it was from malnutrition or something someone did to him. Was he
burned? Was hair ripped out? Was it from malnutrition? He was so
starving that he had eaten bottle caps, because he vomited two of them!
You can see the condition he was in when we got him in the first tangled
matted picture. We took him to emergency vets who immediately went to
work and performed surgery to save the foot. He was in intensive care for a
few days, then up and back daily to the hospital for follow up
treatment for a week, and wonder of wonders, he healed beautifully and will
have no residual damage!!
Once Jack was out of
pain he became a YORKIE (all capitals on purpose!). Yap Yap, telling
everyone what to do, which was mostly "give me food!!!!" He wanted to play,
play, play, even the first day after surgery. He had such antic ways that he
made everyone laugh. He's an active fun filled little man....so how could
anyone torture him? A question we will never be able to answer, but
knowing there are people who will do that makes us very sad. We are so
fortunate we were able to save Jack, and he is happily in his new home
(fourth picture) with his yorkie and bichon siblings being a totally normal,
active, playful and oh so happy yorkie! Look at the first and then
last picture and you see before and after and what rescue does!
a 7 month old cockapoo puppy, was brought into Black Horse Pike Animal
Hospital emergency room after being hit by a car. She had two broken hips
and the owner could not afford the costs that would be involved in repairing
Miley and had no choice but to put her to sleep. The vets immediately
called SOS DOGS and we took on the financial costs of Miley. She had
hip surgery (see picture) where they were able to actually remove the sort
of ball and socket in the hip joint and have the muscles support her hip.
A day later she was walking, tho just a few tiny steps. Miley was able
to go into foster care and then be adopted and will have a long playful
puppy and adult life ahead of her, and she won't even have arthritis!
Brady is another dog whose owner thought you could train a dog to stay
within boundaries and allow him to be in an unfenced area unleashed. It is
such a dangerous practice, as they found out. After two years of staying in
his yard, something caught Brady's attention, he ran and was hit by a car.
His owners brought him into the emergency vet but once again could not
afford any care, so turned him over to us to avoid putting him down.
Brady's pelvis was cracked and required complete immobility in a hospital.
The second day he was rushed into emergency surgery for a ruptured bladder.
Thankfully, it was caught in time and Brady recuperated in intensive care.
Then we had to neuter, do all shots (nothing had been done), get him
groomed, the works. Brady was such a happy dog once he healed.
Everyone loved his crazy antics. We were really picky about who got to adopt
Brady, and he got THE most wonderful home where he is with someone all day
long who just loves and adores him, and of course can afford the best of
medical care should Brady ever need it again. Owners just don't understand
the expense of meeting a dog's vet and emergency medical needs, and SOS DOGS
will soon be unable to help due to lack of funds. We hope that people will
donate below so we can continue to help these dogs who would otherwise be
put down. Oh, and what breed is Brady, you may ask? A shorkie,
which is a shih tzu/yorkie!!
|This sick and dying pup...
became this happy dog!!!!!
a 10 month old little lhasa boy, was brought into the emergency room at
Black Horse Pike Animal Hospital as close to dead as any dog can be. He had
suffered from parvo and wasn't treated. His stomach lining had been eaten
away by the parvo, he had pancreatitis, and had been vomiting and having
diarrhea for so long he was severely dehydrated, with blood levels that had
the vets wondering how he was alive. The owner could not afford
medical treatment and said to put the dog down, so the emergency vets called
SOS DOGS and we assumed responsibility. Tanner was hospitalized for a
long long time, EXTREMELY sick. He lost a lot of weight, had to be on
IV in his neck, tubes up his nose, just awful. There were days when
they tried everything and they didn't think he would make it. Then one
day, Tanner turned the corner. He actually sat up and they knew all these
weeks of constant treatment in the hospital had worked! Tanner was going to
live. Here he is leaving the hospital with a long and happy life ahead of
little white female adorable dog, about a year old, was hit by a car and
left for dead by the side of the road. The Animal Control Officer came
to pick up a dead dog and found she was still alive!! She was taken to a
shelter. She had broken bones and the shelter couldn't afford to do the
surgeries so they were going to amputate!!!! We couldn't let a one year old
lose body parts, so SOS DOGS took her and took on the cost of surgery, along
with the usual spaying and shots. Her elbow was broken and shattered
in THREE places, right thru on the ball, and the surgery required plates and
pins and wires, a very extensive and expensive procedure. We named her Abby
and she's sweet and adorable, good natured even with the pain she must have
had, even wagged her tail during the whole time. Her surgery was a great
success (Dr. Griffin at the Black Horse Pike Animal Hospital in
Turnersville, NJ) and even though the recovery was long and slow, she did
great in her new home and has a long and happy life ahead of her, walking on
was brought into the vet vomiting and the owner had no money and said to put
the dog down. SOS DOGS was called and we agreed to assume the financial
responsibility for this tiny three year old beauty. We were told he had
bladder stones. Well....yes....he did. But after the bladder stone
surgery it was discovered that the length of time he had the stones had
caused damage to his urethra, so he had to have another surgery for that.
And then while doing the testing and procedures, it was discovered he had
liver shunt, which required another $5,000 surgery! SOS was beginning
to worry since we also had Mater (below) at the same time whose surgeries
were mounting up. Then an Angel of Mercy came along. An
amazingly wonderful person asked if she could adopt Dakota and SHE would pay
for the liver shunt surgery! NOt only that, she gave us a
donation to help pay for his other surgical bills. There are owners who will
put a dog down if there is any expense involved, and then there is a total
stranger who loves maltese so much that she is willing to do anything for
him! Dakota was blessed with not only a caring and loving new mom, but
a gorgeous house on the water. What a wonderful outcome for a sweet
and loving dog.
was brought into an emergency vet not HIT by a car but RUN OVER BY A CAR.
Completely run over by the tire! At the time he was brought in, the
vet was told he was hit by a car and had a broken leg. The owner
wanted to put him down and he was only 3 yrs old. SOS was called and
told about it and we assumed responsibility for the broken leg.. At the
time, that's what they thought was wrong. It was later
determined that he had been completely run over, not hit, by the car. His
bladder was ruptured, his leg broken, his pelvis crushed. Three MAJOR
surgeries and $16,000 later, Mater was ready to go to his new home.
What a super save that was!
An owner brought her 1 year old Yorkie to
the emergency vet; he had a foreign body in his stomach and intestines
and needed surgery. She was told the cost and said she could not afford
it and to to put him to sleep. SOS DOGS was contacted immediately (late
at night) and we agreed to take the dog. He had EXTENSIVE surgery for many hours with Dr. Griffin at the
Black Horse Pike Animal Hospital in Turnersville, NJ.
He had chewed up
and swallowed what appeared to be a wire hair brush with hair. His
intestines were perforated in several places, along with masses of
hair, metal pieces and plastic wound around in his stomach and
intestines. Part of his intestine and colon had to be removed along
with lots of work done on the inside of his stomach to get it all out. He was nearly dead and was in the hospital in intensive care
for weeks. He was on IV and lost a lot of weight, but pulled thru and
recuperated in an SOS foster home. Picture on the right shows how skinny
he got while on IV and you can see how sad he is, but he's on the mend.
The face picture on the left shows him after he was better and ready to be
adopted. You can see a healthy strong dog there. He is now in his forever home where the cost of any future
medical treatment will never endanger his life!
was a three month old puppy, born in a puppy mill. The miller was
going to shoot him as Riley had a serious heart problem. Another
rescuer took him and had a vet look at him. The vet said Riley had PDA
and required expensive and extensive surgery, and this rescuer couldn't
afford the surgery or the after care. She contacted the director of SOS
DOGS, who took Riley without a blink. How could we let a puppy die? We
took him to the University of Pennsylvania veterinary hospital for an echo
cardiogram, prepared to do the complicated and expensive surgery that Riley
would need to save his life. Riley and SOS were both lucky! He
didn't have PDA but a pulmonic stenosis (narrowing of pulmonic valve) and
mitral regurgitation. A normal vet, it appeared, would hear these sounds and
think it was PDA, but it wasn't. And even better, the stenosis was
very mild and no treatment was needed!!! Riley was adopted and is living a
normal life, and would have been dead! What a joy it was to help Riley
a teeny tiny 3 lb yorkie, was brought into an emergency vet having
"aspirated bath water". In other words, he had basically drowned and
wasn't breathing. The owners could not afford the $100 an hour in
oxygen, so SOS DOGS was immediately called and we took on the financial
responsibility. Snoopy's little life was saved and he is now in a
great home where they can give him all the medical care he will ever need.
was a young male Yorkie who had a rare penis problem. The foreskin
kept going back and was choking all the blood out of his penis, and if it
wasn't fixed his penis would have to be amputated!!! SOS DOGS took him
to attempt to fix the problem. Dr. Bell, at Evesham Vet in Marlton, NJ
operated 4 times on Bogie. Each time was a gentle easing of the foreskin. If
it got too loose, Bogie's penis would hang out and freeze in the winter;
left too tight and the blood would be choked out of it and amputation would
be needed. The fourth surgery created just the right balance, and
Bogie was able to be adopted to his forever home.
Lucy, who was only 2 years old, was taken to the vet to be put
to sleep. SOS DOGS was called by the vet and we took her instead.
Lucy had been beaten every time she had an accident
in the house. In fact, she was beaten so badly that she required back surgery
and dragged one leg around for life. She was so terrified of a human hand
that she urinated every time someone tried to pet her. If we picked her up she
would urinate all over our clothing. She was a difficult case. The
director of SOS DOGS personally spent over two years working with Lucy to build
up her self-esteem by constantly telling her how good she was, and showing her
hands were sources of good rubs and pets. VERY slowly Lucy lost her fear of
hands and people and started to trust. At the same time, we housebroke
her, but very gently. Finally, once she was housebroken and trusted people, we
felt she was ready to be adopted. We adopted her to a home that already
had three bichons, one from SOS, and we knew they would give Lucy a great home.
When they took Lucy home, they said her self confidence was obvious. In
fact, she was SO self confident that she took over the household and they dubbed
her the "pit bull"! Guess that was a job too well done! :-))
Zeke was brought into a vet's office due to vomiting, but the owner didn't want
to spend any money on him and said to put him down. Even though Zeke was
nine years old, the vets felt he could be saved and shouldn't be put to death.
They called SOS DOGS to ask if we would assume financial responsibility for his
care, and we said yes. It turned out that Zeke had major dental infections
and was swallowing pus, which made him vomit. He needed dental surgery (plus
neutering and shots), and then he was cured! Simple as that. So for about
a thousand dollars a life was saved. HIs foster mom said he was just the
NICEST dog, well behaved and lovable. What a shame it would have been to
put him down! And the best part is that Zeke went to a wonderful home
where he will get great care for the rest of his life!
This section is dedicated to the dogs we tried so
hard to save but couldn't.
Champ was a newly purchased tiny 3 pound puppy who hadn't been
given his DHLPP shot, which includes Parvo protection. He contracted
parvo and, despite $13,182.39 we spent in intensive care
treatment, in the end his little puppy system was unable to fight it
We hope Champ can see us from Rainbow Bridge and know how many
of his little pals we are saving.
||Lily was a 2 year old mill breeding dog we rescued from a puppy mill.
Sweet didn't even begin to describe her. Such a gentle loving baby.
Her foster mom adored her. Lily was put under to be spayed and for
some unexplained reason reacted to the anesthesia and her heart stopped.
Despite CPR and every other medical effort made, she died. Lily had
her home all ready for her, so there were a lot of sad people mourning the
loss of this beautiful sweet baby. We dedicate all of the saved mill
dogs to memory of Little Lily.
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