We’re going to focus on two dogs today.
These two dogs NEVER MADE IT TO THE COUNTDOWN at a shelter. God bless the rescuers who helped them.
You’re going to be reading about a little guy named Walter left at White Rock Lake in a cage and a bigger guy now called “Lt. Dan” endearingly but because someone with a rotten heart shot him. And read all the way to the end of today's report because there's a GREAT explanation of adoption fees. You'll want to make a copy of it.
WARNING TO A CERTAIN ELEMENT OF SOCIETY:
“I WILL NOT REST UNTIL I FIND THE JACKASS WHO DID THIS!!"
Here was one of Kelly Hilliard Lindstrom’s updates about a dog who was saved after being shot. SHOT. Why? We don’t know. That’s him resting. He’s known as Lt. Dan now.
[LARRY ASIDE: I want the person who shot this dog to believe what Kelly writes, particularly that jackass sentence. Kelly is not only a vet tech at The Pet Vet in Frisco but she is also a “Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator.]
In one of her updates about Lt. Dan’s health, Kelly wrote, “We just went out and pottied. Believe it or not, he is so far house-broken. Hasn't even attempted to mark anything or go potty in the house!! Makes me wonder even more what the true story behind this dog REALLY is!! I will not rest until I find the jackass who did this!!”
The dog was shot with a gun big enough to do major damage and result in the amputation of his leg because the bullet shattered his left shoulder, Kelly said. He’s now named “Lt. Dan,” after Forrest Gump’s officer in a wheelchair.
The attack apparently happened at Godley, southwest of Fort Worth. An animal rescue group rescued him from a woman’s yard -- she said he’d been there for at least seven days. The bullet wound looked pretty fresh.
You can see Kelly’s postings on Facebook HERE.
And there’s a video and donor connection HERE.You can see this handsome dog BEFORE the life-saving amputation.
Kelly says donations will help pay for his care at the vet.
“He is safe at my house, but his medical bills will be growing until he's fully healed. You can call the clinic directly to make a donation. The Pet Vet will take payments over the phone. Just tell them that you'd like to make a donation to help the dog that was shot. ... The phone number to the clinic is 214-472-8387.”
Meanwhile, someone better either keep an eye open for someone who is serious about the Texas anti-cruelty laws or you should just go ahead and turn yourself in for shooting a dog. Do the right thing -- this time.
THE STORY OF WALTER
Our pal Stephen Foster, President/Founder of DFW's FurGotten Friends, tipped us to this odd story of 5-year-old Walter, dumped at White Rock Lake near the Bath House.
“He was left in the blue crate in the picture,” Stephen says. “We already have a great home for him and they just love him but it turns out he has serious issues. It's probably why [somebody] put him in a crate and left him at the lake.”
Here’s the story: “A couple of weeks ago little 5-year-old Walter was found at White Rock Lake when someone put him in a little blue crate with an old stained pillow and left him on the side of the trail. Thankfully a caring person came along and took him in. People came out of the woodwork to adopt Walter for reasons I'm sure you can understand. We knew this would be a fast adoption and we only needed to get him vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. During his neuter, our vet discovered an enlarged bladder and we assumed he had a bladder infection so we put him on antibiotics.
"A week later he still hadn't improved. He'd already been adopted and was in his new home with his three new little sisters but we still needed to figure out what was wrong so we had them take him back to our vet.
“After some x-rays we discovered he had several bladder stones that had moved into his urethra. Fixing this was going to cost $900 and thanks to our animal loving friends we were able to raise $500.
“Today [Monday] Walter went in for the procedure but hit a road block, or should I say urethra block. As much as our vet worked on him one of the stones is locked in there.
“This problem leads us to a new procedure. I don't know another way to say this but the only way to fix this is to have a delicate surgery to create a new place to pee from. This surgery will run $2,500 on the low end to $3,500 on the high end.
“As happy, playful and affectionate as this little boy is you would never know he has such a serious problem. We're putting him on a special diet to try and help dissolve the stones but time is of the essence. If he becomes completely blocked it could be a death sentence for him. Since we do not have this much in our account we're reaching out for help.
“He has a new family who just loves him and we want to make sure we get him healthy so he can have another 10 to 15 years with them We've created a go fund me. Please share the link with all your family and friends. Thank you all for your help for little Walter.”
Here’s the FUNDING LINK for Walter.
A CONTEMPLATION ABOUT ADOPTION FEES
AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING
Here’s what inspired Stephen Foster’s explanation: “I recently had someone question our $250 adoption fee and told them the dog they could get off Craig’s List for less will, in the long run, cost them much more than our fee.” Walter’s situation is an example of why a $250 fee is justified.
And here is Stephen’s spot-on "essay." If you are in a rescue group, perhaps you should copy this, print it out in big letters and put it up at your adoption events, post it on your websites and Facebook pages, hand it out to people who need a clue. Here’s what Stephen wrote:
“I hope this is the last time I have to touch on this subject. Once again I've received an email asking how we can justify a $250 adoption donation for a mutt we're trying to adopt out. They said they could purchase a purebred dog off Craig’s list for that price.
“Here we go. We just took in a 6-month-old puppy. We had blood work, fecal and all vaccinations done. Including DHLPP, Bordatella, Lepto, Rabies and Influenza. We also had him neutered and microchipped. We got pain pills and a dewormer. With our discount that cost us $263 -- $13 over our adoption donation.
“Now if you want to go buy a puppy off Craig’s List and pay that ‘breeder’ $250, be my guest. Just keep in mind you'll next have to take that puppy to the vet and spend, without discounts, another $300-plus to get everything you're getting from a rescue. Not to mention the puppy you get off Craig’s List could be sick, so let’s throw in another $500-plus for treatment for the illness it could have.
“If my rescue has a puppy with health issues, we cover the cost of those issues until that puppy has a clean bill of health. So what's the best option? Adopt from a rescue with a $250 adoption fee and know for sure your new puppy will be healthy with no vet visits until it's time for its annual check up and vaccinations? Or purchase a puppy off Craig’s List and spend anywhere from $300 to maybe a $1,000 to get that new puppy healthy? Do the math people and stop asking rescues why they have adoption fees. We don't have money trees growing in our back yards.”
Preach it, brother. Amen, Stephen Foster, amen.
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