Cyrus: Burned by the Hands of Humans Needs YOUR Help!

For: German Shepherd Rescue of NJ
Pennington, NJ
Organizer: Lisa Fardella
Cyrus: Burned by the Hands of Humans Needs YOUR Help! (German Shepherd Rescue of NJ)
of $850 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 24 donors

The Story

On Thursday, January 18 German Shepherd Rescue of NJ received a plea for help from friends who found a stray German Shepherd dog walking the streets of Newark all alone, with no owner to be found. Not only was he roaming alone in the cold, he was hungry and it looked like he was missing a lot of hair on his back. It was obvious he was in pain so when they were able to get a closer look at his back they saw he had a large wound that looked like a burn that required medical attention.  Luckily his guardian angels were there and dedicated to getting him the help he needed. He would no longer be alone.   Since it was after hours and authorities were not responding to pleas for help, his guardian angels found him a warm place to spend the night where he was safe and had a full belly. They sprang into action and reached out to rescue. Through it all this boy was sweet and liked giving kisses.  

GSRNJ was ready to help!  

On Friday, his guardian angels took him to the Madison Animal Hospital to have his wounds looked at and to bring him up-to-date on vaccines. Vets believe the burn to be chemical and done by the hands of humans.  Unbelievable. The vet and staff needed to sedate the dog during the 3 hour debridement not because he was aggressive, but because he was sobbing from the immense pain. Heartbreaking. Once the procedure was complete, he spent time resting with his guardian angels and gave them sweet submissive kisses as to say “thank you”.   

He is now part of the German Shepherd Rescue of NJ  program where he will continue to receive necessary care to bring him back to good health. It will be a long journey but it is one that we are dedicated to so that he can then move on to the his next journey…a forever home with a family who will shower him with love!  Volunteers have been spending a lot of time getting to know him and caring for him. Despite what he was subjected to by the hands of humans, he is incredibly trusting and sweet. 

His Care

He already had the debridement and will now need to visit the vet every 72 hours to have his dressing changed and to monitor his wound, which will be costly for a nonprofit rescue who already has limited funds. Please consider donating to his care so that GSRNJ can continue its mission to rescue homeless and neglected German Shepherd Dogs in NJ.   

The Naming Contest!

You are probably reading this and wondering why we have not yet referred to him by a personal name. Since was found as a stray and doesn't have a name, we are asking for your help! We are having a “Naming Contest” on our Facebook page. The contest will end tomorrow at 9am and the winner will receive a GSRNJ t-shirt. So if you have a name in mind, be sure to visit our page by 9am EST, January 24.      

**The pictures and video of the debridement are graphic but we feel it needs to be shared so you know the pain he endured at the hands of humans. 

Update: January 22, 2018
GSRNJ volunteers took him to the Warren Township Animal Hospital  for his first dressing change. Although it was painful and he had to be muzzled, he handled it like a champ.  He was in pain and did cry but it was obvious he knew we were trying to help him. Once he was done, he leaned into to the volunteers, gave kisses and was anxious to go for a walk. His next vet with Dr. Gallo is on Friday, January 26. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 6, 2018


Posted on February 6, 2018

Update: February 6, 2018

Cyrus continues to settle in at his foster home. When Cyrus first joined the GSRNJ program he did not know how to play with toys and was hesitant to approach a squeaky toy. GSRNJ volunteers and now his foster parents have been encouraging him to play and he is now slowly coming out of his shell. He was playing with a toy when his foster mom woke up on Saturday morning. You can imagine how happy that made everyone. We all look forward to watching him grow.

Cyrus continues to have his dressing changed every two days. During the week his foster parents change the dressing and on weekends Cyrus visits the vet so the doctor can see how the wound is progressing. As you can see from the picture the wound is healing quickly and is shrinking in size. This is such good news! Cyrus does receive a sedative on occasion to help him relax during the dressing change because it is uncomfortable for him. As each day passes it is obvious that he is feeling better and better. 

The first week and half Cyrus visited the vet every two days and now he will see the vet once per week. The visits range from $63-$71 (see some of the vet bills in the image gallery.). He will continue to see the vet as long as it takes for him to heal.

Cyrus is a lucky dog. He has a lot of support and love so on behalf of GSRNJ we THANK YOU!

Posted on February 5, 2018


Posted on February 5, 2018

A message from Cyrus on February 2, 2018:

"Look at me! Look at me! I'm with my foster mom and dad. Yes you read it right, MY foster mom and dad. We are one big happy family now. They got me a bed, treats, and toys. On my God, I have toys. My own toys. I don't really know how to play with them just yet but I am learning fast. Plus, now I have a foster mom and dad that will teach me how to play. I am so happy to have a warm place that I can call home now. My friends at GSRNJ have taken such great care of me and make sure that my care will continue with my foster family. I can't wait to tell you all about the next phase of my journey so stay tuned friends. My life is just beginning."


Posted on February 1, 2018


Posted on February 1, 2018

Update: February 1, 2018

Cyrus has come a long way in a short time. He was always friendly and approachable yet he was independent and sometimes even a little skittish or hesitant to seek out attention where he actually enjoyed it. His curiosity would allow him to greet new people but then he would continue to "go about his business". You can see by this picture that is all changing. GSRNJ volunteers spend so much time with him that he is slowly coming out of his shell. He will seek out the cuddles and kisses, and extra love and attention. In fact, the other day after having his dressing changed, which is obviously stressful for him, he came up to me and gave me such sweet tender kisses on my cheek and nose then he nestled his head under my chin for a couple minutes. (I wish I had gotten a picture of that!). He was so calm and relaxed as if he was thanking me for helping him. He was telling me he's going to be ok. It warms my heart that in such a short time he is learning to trust humans after it was humans that caused him such excruciating pain.  Cyrus has my heart and the hearts of so many. ❤️🐾 

Thank you to everyone who has supported Cyrus and GSRNJ. We will continue to keep you updated on Cyrus the Greats Journey. 


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