In February I teamed up with some of my favorite dachshund loving girlfriends and we started crossposting dachshunds on Facebook and Twitter as Global Dachshund Crossposting. Almost immediately a very sad little guy appeared in Texas with no hope of adoption. We worked a miracle and got him to Florida where I picked him up! And that was the beginning of how I feel into rescueing instead of just crossposting. Frodo had dental surgery and had to be feed nearly around the clock to get him healthy again. Vet bill $800 of which I was able to raise $400 on a FB fundraiser.
Then came two more sad faces, Jonesy and Buggey, in Texas that are dachshund mixes and had been sitting in the same shelter in Killeen that Frodo came from. I was able to locate a rescue in Denver to take them and thru some great connections, a lady to foster them while they are waiting on transport. I paid for their vetting including neutering. Vet bill $257.
Next came along a post about a down IVDD dachshund, Jewel, that the owners needed to rehome because they were too elderly to continue her care. Some very nice friends are purchasing her a custom cart and another friend contributed to a drag bag, but she needs doggies diapers for years to come. $10 a package that last approximately a week. And of course food, which is around another $10 a week. Jewel will need to see a specialist in the near future to confirm that her lame condition is permanent. No idea on the cost of that yet. She is a permanent resident, not a foster.
Blackie, a lab/doxie mix, was rescued from being PTS in Orlando Animal Services because he was labeled people aggressive. I took a chance and sure enough he is a doll baby that just needed the right touch. Trip to Orlando $40 in gas and immediate trip to the vet due to pneumonia $20 for antibiotics. I have a great vet that offers a free first time exam for rescued shelter animals. Blackie is underweight by about 7 pounds so he is getting extra food at a cost of approximately $15 a week.
The same rescue group that asked me to help with Blackie, asked me to take in Buster. Buster was in Ft Lauderdale Animal Care & Control and not getting any interest. He is a chiweenie or maybe a chicorig! Sweet little dog that of course arrived sick! Second trip to Orlando $40 in gas. Vet bill still to be determined as he will be going this Saturday. With any luck it will be the same free check up and $20 antibiotics! Another $10 to the weekly food bill.
Blackie is available for adoption and can be adopted as soon as his pneumonia has cleared up. Likely within 2 weeks. Buster needs to be checked out and started on antibiotics before he is added to the adoptable dogs. Jonesy and Buggey will be riding on Kindred Hearts transport from Austin, Tx to Denver Dachshunds within the next two weeks. Jewel has settled in nicely to having lots of fursibs and spending her days playing!
I'm hoping that the community that has asked me to help with these various dogs can now help me defray some of the costs, so that as this wonderful journey continues, I will be able to foster and find homes for the forgotten, hard luck cases! Thank you very much for any amount you are able to spare. All the pennies add up and help so much!