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.
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.