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The Story of Jeffery!

How a little stray with a broken jaw finally found a new home, just in time for Christmas!

One of the best dogs we ever had!

Jeffery was found walking in the middle the street during rush hour. It was in Baldwin Park, an industrial suburb east of Los Angeles. Fortunately a good person, who knows us, saw him as she drove by. She did a U-turn at the light, and when she came back, he wasn’t there. So she stopped in a parking lot right there, to look around, and saw a couple guys working on a car at a garage. She asked them about Jeffery “the little white dog running in the street”, and they responded that they knew him, he’d been hanging around the area for a while, and would come around the garage at times. So she started looking in the bushes around the parking lot, and there he was!

Jeffery was calm for a stray, and she was easily able to get him to come to her, so she picked him up and put him in her car! Looking at him, she could tell his jaw was crooked, and he wouldn’t let her touch it… so right away she got him to her vet, then got in touch with us.

The next morning we took Jeffery to our vet, Dr. Sidhu at Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga. The results of x-rays were clear: Jeffery’s jaw had multiple fractures and would require a plate to be inserted surgically.

Jeffery’s Condition

Jeffery was matted, and his fur over long. Our best guess was he had been living stray for at least a month, probably longer. Of course he could not have survived that long with a broken jaw, in fact it appeared the jaw had been broken recently. What we think happened is that he was running around the area, looking for food and such for a while, and someone probably got upset at him poking around their business or whatever, and kicked him or hit him with a weapon in the head, breaking his jaw.

Jeffery had no other injures at all, so it was fairly clear he had been hit in his jaw, especially since it was broken rather severely.

Jeffery’s Recovery

Surgery included putting plate in his jaw, and he was left with a cute but crooked smile! It took about a month to heal well, and we ended up taking him back to the vet at one point in the recovery, because it seemed he was in pain, but it turned out OK.

He had to be shaved down too, because of the matting, so poor Jeffery was a skinny and doofy looking dog for a while, but as his fur grew back it was looking better and better everyday!

Runyon Canyon Rescue Dog Hike

Starting in August Jeffery began going on our Rescue Dog Hike! Free Animal Doctor (FAD) takes rescue dogs on a hike on Runyon Canyon in Hollywood 2-4 times a week. It is about 2.5 miles, up and down Runyon Canyon, a dog friendly park in the city of Los Angeles. FAD coordinates the hike with Airbnb, so people can donate a small amount and come participate, helping to exercise, socialize and publicize the dogs for adoption.

Jeffery was always a favorite of people attending the hike, and one of those people fell in love with him, and just had to adopt him!

Jeffery’s Adoption

FAD has a pretty thorough process before any adoption, that includes an in-person home check. The family that wanted to adopted Jeffery lived near Austin, Texas, so we could not just do the home check here, we had to coordinate it with a partner organization or volunteer in Texas. So they had to leave LA before we were able to do that.

It took about a month to do all the checks and stuff, as we had to coordinate different people’s schedule, and then we had to find a way to get Jeffery to Texas. We had a goal of getting him to his new family for Christmas, but we had gotten into December and we still had not be able to get transportation locked down! We had had a couple of options, but for different reasons they had not worked out….. and then Suzy Taylor contacted us!

Suzy is a horse rescuer, and she makes trips to Texas where she picks up horses that would be killed (or sold to Mexico, where they are then killed) and brings them back to California where they go to new homes. She was on her way to Texas to pick up a load of miniature donkeys, and offered to give Jeffery a ride in her rig! Well that worked out just perfect! What better way to go to Texas than in a truck!

And so there is your Christmas story: Jeffery the rescue dog, found abandoned with a broken jaw ended up getting a great home in time for Christmas! Happy New Year Jeffery, it’s gonna be your best one yet!!! WOOOOOOF!

The Runyon Canyon Rescue Dog Hike

Exercise, Socialize and Publicize!

These are the goals of our Runyon Canyon Rescue Dog Hike!

The hike is held 2-4 times per week at Runyon Canyon in Hollywood, California. On Saturday November 11th we had a special group join us from Soho House West Hollywood! A great group that was loads of fun, and we even got a few foster offers, which we CAN ALWAYS USE! But hey, enough text! Just watch this video we made of the day to see what it is all about!!

When George Met Sally…

A “Tripod” and a “Prego” Pup!

Let’s start with pregnant Sally first. We need the most help with her, as she is going to have puppies soon, probably within 1-3 weeks of this post (posted Nov 4th). Can you foster her during birth and the first 8 weeks of puppies (whelping)? Do you know someone who could?

UPDATE: Faith has arranged a rescue to take Sally! Yeah! Mutt Hut Rescue will be taking her, she will have her pups there, and they will whelp them and get them adopted. More info will be posted on our Facebook page as we get it!

Faith Easdale got a call about her hanging out in a neighborhood in Rialto, CA, usually under a particular tree, but also playing around with neighbor dogs. People did leave food and water for her, but no one was willing or able to take her in. Fortunately a good samaritan got in touch with Faith before she was picked up by animal control, or worse, forced to have her puppies in a ditch or something out in rough!

She is a very sweet girl, and very young. We doubt she is much over 1 year in age, and are sure this is her first litter. As you can hear in the video below (ultrasound) Dr. Sidhu identified 5 heartbeats, so there are clearly 5 puppies, and there could be more:

She can have her puppies at the vet, or in foster, but she can’t whelp them at the vet, it is too long and they do not have that type of space. HELP! If you can, or have a line on someone who can, please email info@freeanimaldoctor.org and let us know!

Then there is George

This boy is young too, say perhaps 2-3 years, 3 at the oldest. He is also very sweet, and energetic and fun! His right front leg is missing, and it does not appear to have been removed surgically. How did he lose it? We don’t know…. he could have been born this way, or lost it somehow, he has no signs of trauma now, except that he is missing several teeth at such a young age.

Faith rescued him as well… a phone call came in from a woman who had managed to catch him. She had seen him in her area in Fontana, CA running with a pack of dogs, and was able to catch him and get him in her house. She likes him a lot, and says he was very well behaved, but she is not allowed to have dogs at this property, and had to give him up. Thankfully she didn’t dump him or try to sell him or something, but contacted Faith for help!

We could really use a foster for him too! He is getting neutered, and a dental cleaning, and a blood panel (just to check). Appears healthy, and the staff at Dr. Sidhu’s —Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho, Cucamonga— really liked him! Other than missing one leg, he should be a totally normal dog, and should live a normal life… you could say he is even cuter with more personality with his little stub!

We also got Skittles

We also picked up Skittles today, but we have a place for her to go! You can see her, and George and Sally in this video I made as I left them at the vet… it was really sad to leave them there, though we know they will be well taken care of, and they need to be neutered and spayed!

Links

Email if you can help or foster: info@freeanimaldoctor.org

Faith’s rescue page on Facebook: Dream Fetchers

The vet where they are located: Day Creek Animal Hospital

Our kennel partner where Skittles will stay: The Shabby Dog

 

Meet Pops!

What a story with this guy!

His owner was a young woman living in San Bernardino, California. After a domestic dispute she fled, with Pops, in her car and her boyfriend chased her in his car. They ended up in an accident, and sadly the young woman did not survive. Pops was admitted to the San Bernardino animal shelter on August 17th, technically as an owner surrender. He was chipped and neutered… and seemed well taken care of. He is about 8 years old.

After 2 weeks in the shelter, he still wasn’t adopted, so we took him in… got him a good trim and bath, and he has been on a few of our FAD Hikes.  Unfortunately we don’t know he real name, our kennel staff took to calling him pops because of his beard and he is a bit older with one cloudy eye. He is a very mellow, good natured guy, and we think house-trained and well socialized. He does great in the kennel and on hikes with other dogs and people. Perhaps he could find a home with you?

 

Abby is available for adoption!

You don’t need a mouse, when you have a dog!

Abby just had dental surgery (September 12th) and is doing very well! She was surrendered by her owners to the Los Angeles animal shelter last month. She was a house dog, and knows her name, is house-trained, and good with other animals. Here she is with Sam (Free Animal Doctor board member, and dog lover) at his office.

Abby is very calm, and sweet. She is quiet, and would be a great dog for an apartment, and someone who spends a lot of time at home. She is 8 years old, about 10 pounds. She is available for adoption now, but has not yet been spayed. –Dental surgery can release a lot of bacteria into the body and the vet recommended to do the dental surgery first, then spay later. We will have her spayed or arrange it with you if you adopt her!–

We have eight dogs available for adoption, so if Abby is not your style, we have more! But we can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this friendly, happy little girl!!! Interested? email info@freeanimaldoctor.org for more information and to arrange a visit. She is in Sierra Madre, CA (near Pasadena).

Adoptable Dogs Go Hiking Every Week!

Run or Volunteer at a Rescue? Join us!

Free Animal Doctor hikes Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood every Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 9AM. It is about a two hour hike. We have partnered with Airbnb to offer the public, many Airbnb customers, the chance to experience Runyon Canyon while helping rescue dogs!

How does it help? Our plan is threefold:

  1. Exercise
  2. Socialize
  3. Publicize

Rescue dogs that are staying in a kennel, or in a foster home where they do not get a lot of attention, often get stressed from their environment. Add in that many rescue dogs have “issues” as a result of their previous treatment, and when someone comes to visit a dog for adoption, the dog may not behave well in the meeting! The dog may be over excited, urinate, bite, hide, etc…. Our hope is that by providing such dogs with regular outside exercise where they hike in a “pack” of other dogs, and people, they can get the exercise they need, combined with socialization to get them used to dealing with strange dogs and people.

Also, we take lots of pictures, and ask the participants to take their own photos, and share them on social media! Many of the participants are young people who love to share pictures and video of the hike on their personal social media accounts, like Instagram and Snapchat, where a lot of rescues do not have a strong presence. Our hope is that this publicizing of the dogs helps in getting them adopted in the long run! And, Runyon Canyon is full of dog lovers and dog walkers! Every hike we meet people who ask about the dogs we have, and the adoption process!

How to get involved

We would love to have your rescue dogs join us on a hike! We can arrange to take them with us, with or without one or more of your rescue volunteers present, though we prefer if you have at least one person attend. We have a couple of solutions available for transporting the dogs too and from Runyon Canyon. The details vary based on your location and other specifics, so please email us at info@freeanimaldoctor.org and let’s discuss how we can get your dogs to join the pack, and Exercise, Socialize and Publicize! WOOOF!

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: