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Naming Contest Winners!

We Have a Winner!

Toffee and Butter, by Krissy DeCesare

Our honorable mentions are 2nd place: Winston and Bentley by Joanne Hunter; 3rd place: Gizmo and Tucker by Margret Britt!

All three receive a FAD T-shirt and sticker by mail as a prize! Krissy, Joanne and Margret we have messaged you on Facebook for the address we should ship to, and the size you want. If you did not receive a message, please email me at ryan@freeanimaldoctor.org and I will sort it out for you!

Thank you everyone who participated! These two still need donations for their care, you can donate on their page HERE!

Naming Contest!

Meet Huey and Dewey, a pair running stray on railroad tracks behind a strip mall in Fontana, CA:


These two still need vet care and treatment before they will be available for adoption. If you can help with their vet bills please make a donation on their donation page HERE. Or you can send a donation directly through PayPal to info@freeanimaldoctor.org

Help us re-name them and win a T-Shirt and Sticker! WHOOT!

When Faith Easdale rescued these two she and her volunteers quickly gave them the names Huey and Dewey, from the Disney Ducktales, but it was just to name them something as they had to be admitted to the vet (Huey especially has some bad skin issues and an infection). Now we want to give them more fitting names! So here is the contest, go to the Facebook post HERE and in a comment put in your name choices for both of them. We will review the comments by the end of the week and pick our first, second and third choices. Each choice will get a FREE T-shirt and a sticker! (Mailed to you from us, we will contact you via Facebook Messenger for your shipping address). Then we will let Faith Easdale pick her favorite from the top three, and announce the ultimate winner! All three top picks will win!

Here is Huey:

And Dewey:


Don’t forget to help with their vet bills!

These two still need vet care and treatment before they will be available for adoption. If you can help with their vet bills please make a donation on their donation page HERE. Or you can send a donation directly through PayPal to info@freeanimaldoctor.org

Lotus: Possible abuse at the shelter

First the good news

Lotus is doing very well after we took her from the South LA City Shelter Wednesday, May 10th. The manager of the Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel, Hannah, has been working with her, and has totally transformed her. More on this later, though here is a video from the weekend of Hannah playing with her:

Now, about that abuse

When I picked up Lotus on Wednesday she had just been spayed, and her hair was covering her eyes somewhat. She was very scared, and forcefully snapped at and attacked if you tried to touch her, especially her face. She was difficult even to get into the cage for transport. However, even then I noticed her right eye seemed a bit swollen, both around the eye and the eye itself.

When I got her to the Shabby dog, it managed to look a bit closer, though not that close, and I could not wipe her hair back, but I did consider it bad enough that it would need to be looked at by a vet, and I mentioned it in the video below, and to the staff of Shabby Dog:


Here are three stills taken from the videos that show the bruising around her right eye, click on the photos to enlarge them:

We didn’t think of trauma at the time

At the time when I dropped her off I thought the eye (and also rear leg) were probably something chronic and would need to be looked at by a vet later. We were also working on how to get her seen by a vet. The shelter had told us they had not examined her (though they did spay her!) because they said the only way to examine her would be under anesthesia. Our hope was to socialize and calm her over a some days, so that she could then go to the vet and be examined with out having to be under anesthesia. And Hannah has been able to get her much much calmer! So that part of our plan as worked so far.

Lotus on May 10th leaving the shelter, totally scared:

Lotus videoed at the shelter (from her Facebook post):

Over the weekend Hannah told us that she had been able to look at the eye closely, since Lotus was now behaving normally, at least with Hannah. To Hannah it looked similar to a black eye a person would have if they had been hit in the face. Hannah said it looked better than it had Friday and was looking better. Unfortunately Hannah did not get a picture at that time.

On Monday I went to visit Lotus, and her eye has healed, as far as we can see there is no more sign of trauma. Remember, we picked her up Wednesday, it is now Monday, six days later. Lotus has an appointment to see the vet, but since it is not urgent, and she still needs some time to really calm down, we haven’t been pushing it. The slight limp, and the eye both seem fine now.

So what does it mean?

So here is my thought. Lotus had an injury to her eye like a black eye, swelling around the eye, and some red vessels in the eye. She was admitted to the shelter April 21st. We took her May 10th. The eye was healed by May 15th (at least visually). To me this is consistent with being hit or kicked in the head, getting a bruise, and it healing up in about 5-10 days. Which means, if that happened, she was hit sometime after April 21st, probably a with a few days of when we took her from the shelter.

When you combine this with how the shelter staff told me she was excessively aggressive and would need to be anesthetized to be examined by a vet, and that she was letting Hannah touch her the next day, and playing with Hannah and others on the second day, I become suspicious that she was abused by someone in the shelter. If I had to guess, I might guess she bit someone and they hit or kicked her. Certainly the injury, it’s timeline of healing, and her dramatic behavior change would be consistent with that.

Can we say for sure what happened? Of course not. The bottom line though is this little girl has been through a lot, but she still has a good heart and Havanese/Maltese type personality to shine through. She will need an understanding home, but she will be a great dog. Please help spread the word about Lotus, and help us find her the forever home she deserves! You can contact us about adoption on our Facebook page or at info@freeanimaldoctor.org

THANKS!!!!

Meet Lotus! Also, what we do…

Lotus is a rescue from the South Los Angeles City Shelter. She was not adoptable due to behavior issues. She was surrendered by her owners, who stated she is a 2 year-old Havanese mix. According to the statement recording by the animal shelter the owners stated she would hide from them, and bite if they tried to touch her or pick her up. The shelter did not do a vet examination of her, due to her aggression, though they did spay her. Make of that what you will.Here is her post on Facebook looking for rescue.

Based on the owner’s statement, and without a proper vet examination, our concern was that she was injured… but it appears that is not the case. Based on our observation today she is just very very scared. She does not attack, but if touched or approached with no exit, she goes into fight mode. Our thought is most likely she has been abused. She is supposed to be 2 years-old and I could see some damage on her right eye (lots of hair covering it) that might be glaucoma, but might be from a trauma. We are going to have her examined by a vet, of course, and will know more. We cannot bathe or groom her yet because of her stitches from spaying (uggggg, why can’t we get a waiver and spay her ourselves after grooming and cleaning her!!!??? Hello! Shelter?).

What we do

At Free Animal Doctor we provide a verified crowdfunding platform to help people raise money for their pets when they cannot afford some or all of the bill. We only pay the donations to the vet, so donors can donate to people they do not know, confident that the animal will receive the treatment. We are not a rescue.

So why did we rescue Lotus? Well…… we do rescue a little. One of our board members, Sandy, owns The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel in the city of Sierra Madre, CA. She donates kennel space to us for rescuing a small number of dogs. We generally take dogs like Lotus, those that cannot get adopted by the public and are not being pulled by rescues. We watch and wait, and if it becomes clear no one is going to take the dog, we will step in. We can only do this on a very limited basis because of the available space at The Shabby Dog.

We depend on the help of many people to make these rescues possible, including the people that arrange for the dog to get out of the shelter, people who transport like Cat Ku and Alexandra Bonvicini who helps us coordinate the whole thing and who collects pledges. It would not be possible without all of these people working hard to save these dogs!

Adopt

Lotus is not aggressive, she is scared. She doesn’t attack, she defends. With the right home, love and patience, she will be a great dog… but she needs someone understanding and caring with patience. If you would be interested in making a real difference in Lotus’s life, and probably being the only loving human she has ever known, drop me a line at ryan@freeanimaldoctor.org or message us at our Facebook Page. Thank you!

What is Cherry Eye? An explanation at Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena

Princess has Cherry Eye in both of her eyes

Rescued from South LA Shelter, she was severely neglected and probably abused

Princess will be available for adoption once she recovers from Cherry Eye surgery, which she is scheduled for May 9th, 2017. What is Cherry Eye? In short part of the eyelid prolapses, sort of turns “inside out”, on the inside part of the eye near the nose, causing a red bubble of tissue to protrude out of the eye, perhaps looking like a little cherry. Dr. Kricket Konrade of Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena explains Cherry Eye and the surgical repair:

The cost of surgery and helping Princess

Cherry Eye can sometimes be healed without surgery. If surgery is necessary, you might be able to arrange it for about $500-750 per eye. In Princess’s case she has had the condition for a long time, and it is quite bad, so we decided to take her to an eye specialist (Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena) to see a board certified ophthalmologist. This is not necessary for Cherry Eye, and is more expensive, but we feel it best in this case. The standard cost for Princess at Eye Care for Animals would be over $3000 including her initial consultation. However, they do offer a substantial discount for animal welfare non-profits, like us, and our consultation fee was lowered from $167 to $125 and the surgery down to $2200. Basically a 30% discount, which is very generous and much appreciated!

You can help us keep helping dogs like Princess

She was un-adoptable at the shelter, and would have been put-to-sleep. Her medical condition was only part of the problem, as she was also listed as aggressive — she weighs 6 pounds! But a dog with medical problems, listed as aggressive just doesn’t get adopted. We are able to save dogs like Princess, get them healed, socialized and adopted to great homes with your help. If you can, please consider a donation here: https://www.paypal.me/FreeAnimalDoctor

Photo and video of Princess at the shelter:

3 Dog Save!

Cookie, Foca and Princess!

Thanks to Alexandra Bonvicini, Cat Ku, Piper Wood, Janie Mudrick and Sandy Lewis-Duvall of The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel we have been able to SAVE THREE GIRLS THIS WEEK! First we got Cookie, and today we got Foca and Princess. Cookie is doing great! She is really fitting in at the kennel, where they just love her she is so fun and happy! She does need a biopsy for tumors, but once that is sorted out she will be a great dog for adoption, check her out in this pic with one of our board members, Sam:

Foca and Princess came in today!

Today Cat brought us two more! Foca should be really adoptable, she was owner surrendered due to personal issues, nothing to do with Foca, who is well socialized and house trained. Here is a picture:

Princess though is a little bit more difficult. This poor little 8 pound girl has clearly had some abuse in her past. She has two cherry eyes (Read about cherry eye here), and something is wrong with her back legs too. In this photo you can clearly see the eye issue:

Here is video of when they were dropped off, you can see some of what we are talking about regarding Princess’s rear legs in this video:

Honoring Pledges and Donations

If you have a pledge to honor or would just like to donate, THANK YOU! We appreciate that! Just use this link to send money by PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account): HONOR PLEDGES AND DONATE HERE

You can also mail to: FAD, 70 E. Montecito Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

We will have fundraisers for Cookie and Princess, if needed in the future as well.

More video and photos from today:

It’s Cookie Time!

Meet Cookie! She’s five years-old, sweet as can be, 10lbs Terrier/Yorkie mix.

She was stuck at the West Los Angles shelter for nearly a month. They really liked her there, but they had discovered mammary tumors and thus it was very hard to get her adopted. Thanks to some generous donations, and a big assist from The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel in Sierra Madre, we were able to take her in! Here is video of her at the shelter:

We have gotten her to the vet, and a biopsy will be performed. Other than the tumors she is perfectly healthy. Please keep a thought out for Cookie! We are not raising any money for her now, because the generous donors who helped us get her out of the shelter have donated enough for her initial care and biopsies. If she needs further care we will be doing a fundraiser, but let’s all hope that won’t be necessary!

Cookie’s freedom ride thanks to Kat Cu!!:

Pictures from at the vet today:

We Are Back!

Hey everyone,

The problems we had been having with our website have been fixed and we are adding new funding projects now. A number of people contacted us in the last weeks and we were not able to help. If you were one of those people (or know them), please get in touch, WE CAN LIST YOUR PROJECT NOW!

We apologize for this annoying problem, be sure we are working and planning and plotting to make sure it does not happen again.

Thank you all SO MUCH for your continued support!

 

We Took in Cookie from the Shelter

Cookie was surrendered by her owner to the West Los Angeles shelter.

Honor pledges by donating through PayPal here!

She has mammary tumors, which is probably why she was surrendered. The shelter staff loved her and said she was really friendly, but she couldn’t get adopted to the public due to the medical condition, and she wasn’t getting rescued. Our friend Alexandra Bonvicini reached out and organized a team of people to pull her from the shelter and transport her to The Shabby Dog, who kennels our rescues for FREE. Here is video of her at the shelter:

We will be taking her to the vet this week to get the tumors looked at, and we will be updating of course. If you pledged to Cookie, or would like to donate to her care, please donate through PayPal at this link. (You do not need a PayPal account to donate). Or you can mail your pledge or donation to Free Animal Doctor, 70 E. Montecito Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

Cookie Freedom Video (car ride to Shabby):

Cookie arriving at Shabby:

Indi’s Story

Indi is a little pup that has been through so much treatment. The good news is she has a very good chance now, but she still needs our help. This is her story:

(Note, due to current issues we are having with our website we ask that donations to Indi be made through PayPal here. You do not need a PayPal account to donate! We hope to get our website fixed and updated soon, sorry for the inconvenience.)

Background

Suzanne Mikhail rescued Indi and her sister Lily from a litter of pups at the beginning of the year. They were born into a litter of five puppies, and the owner did not get the mother, nor any of the puppies their shots. At about 6-8 weeks Indi and Lily were both sick, though the other three pups were fine. The owners did nothing about this. Suzanne discovered Indi and Lily after they had been sick for well over a month, and managed to talk the owner into surrendering them to her. Suzanne then began a long odyssey of getting them treatment. Their original funding page, which has a lot of information about them is available on our website here.

Eventually it became clear that Lily was not going to get better and was suffering. Both Lily and Indi would have good days, and bad days, but eventually Lily was just not doing well and had to be put to sleep. Here is a photo of Indi and Lily at the vet the day it was determined, Indi is the white and brown dog on the bottom, Lily has her head over Indi’s neck:

The autopsy of Lily’s body showed she was in even worse condition than was thought. She had a liver shunt, but her liver was also under developed, as were her kidneys. There were other issues as well, showing that just would not have been able to survive much longer. However, the vet was more positive about Indi and told Suzanne if she was willing to keep going Indi did have a chance!

Indi Now

Suzanne lives in the San Diego area. She got in touch with a well known vet for Distemper treatment in Valencia. This vet worked with Dr. Sears, the originator of the New Castle serum treatment for Distemper. Indi had already had this treatment for Distemper (along with Lily) but the vet wanted her to come to Valencia immediately for one more treatment. Suzanne packed her up on Saturday night and made the nearly six hour round trip drive to Valencia. Here is a short video of Indi being admitted to Valencia Veterinary Center:

And photos:

Indi was treated there for three days, and improved. She was then released back to Suzanne, and is now with Suzanne at her home. Indi is doing good, but she still needs care. This is concern she too may have a liver shunt, but her regular vet is holding off on that for now, thinking that some of the blood tests that indicate a liver shunt may be due to her other conditions and treatments. She is having regular blood tests, and if certain levels continue to be high she will need an ultrasound to further investigate the liver shunt possibility.

Indi’s care at Valencia Veterinary Center and care now are expensive. Suzanne has been selling off furniture and jewelry to help fund it! Donations in any amount are so appreciated, and we pay every single donation ONLY TO THE VET! You can donate by clicking here.

Here is a video series of Indi’s vet discussing her condition: