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Alberta Special Needs Rescue Needed!!!

bendyfoot
August 9th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Does anyone know of a special-needs dog rescue (or one that will take a special-needs dog) in Alberta, Canada? A dog missing his two hind paws needs help, and I am desperately seeking someone who can intervene....

rainbow
August 9th, 2007, 03:05 PM
Chocolatecoffee (one of the members here) lives in Calgary and is involved in dog rescue. You could pm her .....http://www.pets.ca/forum/member.php?u=5203

Frenchy
August 9th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Have you look at petfinder, all the listings for Alberta ? Check out the rescues , maybe one is for special need dogs. Where is the dog now ?

bendyfoot
August 9th, 2007, 04:09 PM
I don't know if I can specify here...I'm not a rescue so I don't think I can post it. PM me if you want more information...

chico2
August 9th, 2007, 04:14 PM
OMG Bendyfoot,I hope this poor dog gets the help he needs:pray:

bendyfoot
August 9th, 2007, 04:30 PM
It is killing me. I can't do anything from here. I can't take him. I feel so helpless. I am distraught. This poor dog MUST find a new home that will care for him properly.

I have been posting, emailing all day. I think the word is spreading now...others are helping...I am starting to think that maybe he will get some help.

Frenchy
August 9th, 2007, 04:35 PM
It is killing me. I can't do anything from here.

You just did ;) If this person wants our help , he'll get it.

rainbow
August 9th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Did you pm chocolatecoffee?

Maybe this place can help.....

http://www.heavencanwait.ca/needs.aspx

bendyfoot
August 10th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Yes, I did PM chocolatecoffee...

I will try the other link you gave me...

still working very hard on this one....

Frenchy
August 10th, 2007, 11:02 AM
The owner of the dog still hasn't contacted me. It is very important he does before we can look for rescues to help. Too many times I did that and got a reply that the dog was already adopted.

Rick C
August 10th, 2007, 01:26 PM
This is the dog at the link below:

http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-pets-dogs-puppies-for-sale-Special-Needs-German-Shepard-W0QQAdIdZ19773924

The link is in the public domain and therefore open for posting.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

bendyfoot
August 10th, 2007, 01:57 PM
Rick, I need to you check you PM right away. I am very fearful for this dog...

chico2
August 10th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Oh no Bendyfoot what's going on:sad:
I:pray: someone will step up and give this wonderful looking dog a home..
Rick,you already have a kitty like this,how about a beautiful GSD..just kidding,I know you have plenty of animals...

Dracko
August 10th, 2007, 11:53 PM
Could someone give us an update? I live in Saskatchewan and would be able to make a drive to Calgary if necessary to help this poor guy out. I have a GSD right now that gets along with other dogs. If this dog is okay around cats I would be willing to look at taking him in if I thought he would be managable (i.e. wouldn't harm my cats, was content with being a "city" dog, etc).

mysheps4ever
August 11th, 2007, 12:24 PM
I am sure that there is a rescue willing to take him and a fdoster home in place. This was as of yesterday afternoon.

bendyfoot
August 12th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Yes, things are looking promising. I should know in a few days how things turn out. :pray:

Frenchy
August 12th, 2007, 04:51 PM
Yes, things are looking promising. I should know in a few days how things turn out. :pray:

So they replied ? I hope it turns out for the best :fingerscr

rainbow
August 12th, 2007, 05:52 PM
Hope everything works out for him. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes:

bendyfoot
August 20th, 2007, 11:45 AM
Just to update...this pupper is SAFE!!!:D

Frenchy
August 20th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Just to update...this pupper is SAFE!!!:D

wooohooo ! :thumbs up in a rescue or with a new family ?

bendyfoot
August 20th, 2007, 01:20 PM
:D In a foster home for now...may be moving to Montana later on...:D

rainbow
August 20th, 2007, 01:57 PM
WOO HOO :highfive: .....good job, bendyfoot. :thumbs up

Rick C
August 20th, 2007, 02:33 PM
:D In a foster home for now...may be moving to Montana later on...:D

Congrats Bendyfoot.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

chico2
August 20th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Bendyfoot,that's really good news,thank's!!

Frenchy
August 20th, 2007, 08:59 PM
:D In a foster home for now...may be moving to Montana later on...:D

:thumbs up wooohooo from me too ! :highfive:

hazelrunpack
August 20th, 2007, 09:46 PM
That's great, bendyfoot! :thumbs up Job well done! :highfive: :D

Dracko
August 20th, 2007, 11:30 PM
Can you tell us more about the dog, bendy? Was he well treated? Is he a happy dog despite his handicap?

mummummum
August 21st, 2007, 02:52 AM
Yes ~ more details ~ we love happy endings here !

Rick C
August 21st, 2007, 10:16 AM
A happy ending would also include it's previous owner being held accountable for neglecting this animal and causing its injuries.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

chico2
August 21st, 2007, 11:35 AM
Yes Rick,I agree 100%,but in our country it seems anything goes with an animal and more often than not goes unpunished:yell:
We can only hope this poor dog,whatever horror was inflicted on him,will find it in his doggie-heart to trust and love another human..hopefully there is someone out there who will give him a forever home:pray:

chocolatecoffee
August 24th, 2007, 03:58 PM
This handsome boy was so lucky to have bendyfoot watching over him, you truly are an angel! :angel: Here he is enjoying some fresh air at his foster home:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v198/tangowithmango/Pawsitive%20Match%20Dogs/Bear1.jpg

chico2
August 24th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Choclatecoffee,is he still able to walk???
He is a beautiful Sheperd and thank's to everyone involved in saving his life:thumbs up

chocolatecoffee
August 24th, 2007, 04:25 PM
Choclatecoffee,is he still able to walk???
His foster mom says that soft surfaces, such as grass and carpet, are fine for him but he has a lot of trouble with hard surfaces. It must be extremely painful for him and it isn't humane to leave him, so he might be going down to Montana, like bendyfoot said, or we're exploring the option of having prosthetics made for him. Although prosthetics are more expensive than wheels, they would probably be more comfortable for him and offer him more mobility, plus they would help to strengthen his hip muscles (which are very weak right now). Even so, the poor guy always has a smile on his face...these animals never cease to amaze me.

Frenchy
August 24th, 2007, 08:29 PM
This handsome boy was so lucky to have bendyfoot watching over him, you truly are an angel! :angel:

:thumbs up I'm so happy for him ! Thanks to you girls !

Dracko
August 24th, 2007, 08:52 PM
So did this dog lose his hind feet from the problem birth as stated in the ad or neglect. I hesitate to even ask. :sad:

chico2
August 25th, 2007, 07:06 AM
Dracko,I think I rather not know what was done to this beautiful dog:cry: the question was in my mind too,but some things are better left..
Who and what is in Montana,would they be able to help him??

bendyfoot
August 28th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Thanks for posting that pic, Chocolatecoffee!!! That just made my day :-)
Sooooo much better than the first one I saw of him...what a gorgeous boy!!!
:D I'm glad I could help. It made my heart very happy.

Rick, I understand your concern, but there are some situations where it is better to remove an animal from a potentially dangerous situation, and THEN alert the the appropriate authorities with details and photographs you've taken. When animals like this beautiful Bear, who are "unadoptable" by most HS/SPCA standards, are come across, they may not get the chance they deserve to find a safe haven and loving home. My own dog Jaida was like this. She would have been put down had I not removed her from her situation first (she was on death's door with pneumonia and had a congenital leg deformity), and THEN called the authorities, who have been monitoring the individual who had her since. This way, we had the chance to get her out, get her well, and give her a good home, PLUS the offender got the educating they needed.

rainbow
August 28th, 2007, 05:29 PM
He is gorgeous. :cloud9: I hope things continue to work out for him. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Rick C
August 30th, 2007, 09:44 AM
His foster mom says that soft surfaces, such as grass and carpet, are fine for him but he has a lot of trouble with hard surfaces. It must be extremely painful for him and it isn't humane to leave him, so he might be going down to Montana, like bendyfoot said, or we're exploring the option of having prosthetics made for him. Although prosthetics are more expensive than wheels, they would probably be more comfortable for him and offer him more mobility, plus they would help to strengthen his hip muscles (which are very weak right now). Even so, the poor guy always has a smile on his face...these animals never cease to amaze me.

Thanks for the update.

We tried having prosthetics fitted to our two-footed cat Polly but she rejected the process.

The specialists in Calgary were quite keen to meet the challenge but she wouldn't co-operate. They said they'd done them for a few different kinds of animals, including, I think, a giraffe.

Polly has grip problems on smooth surfaces as well, like tile, but is a veritable rocket in the grass . . . . and she catches mice. She is only outside with constant human supervision though.

Her stumps were painful initially but not really anymore. When she jumps down from something, she's careful to take the full force with her healthy forepaws, with the stumps in the rear only thudding a little bit. If the stumps take the full force of a jump, then it's obviously painful for her.

It took about eight months for her stumps to develop enough of a hard skin coating that they wouldn't bleed.

She walks with a peculiar gate, hunched up, because there is no traction to her back feet, particularly on polished surfaces.

Glad to see the pooch is in a better environment.

Polly is here:

http://www.goldentales.ca/DSC_1166-edit1.jpg

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Dracko
August 30th, 2007, 10:34 AM
Rick, what happened to your cat's back feet?

Rick C
August 30th, 2007, 03:26 PM
Rick, what happened to your cat's back feet?

Polly washed up in a pet store in a small town with five kittens. The pet store owner was treating mites in her ears but Polly kept scratching her ears. So the owner put booties on her back feet. Polly kept taking them off so the owner tied elastic bands around the booties. Tight. Too tight. Cut off circulation.

Polly's feet became hard as rocks. Clunk, clunk, clunk when she walked.

My wife asked the owner for Polly and the kittens. The owner, whom we knew, perhaps sensed this was trouble and handed her over. Polly was immediately referred to a specialist in Calgary but alas, the choices were amputation or euthanasia. Two days after we got her, surgeons amputated her feet. The surgeons donated their time which cut the bill in half.

One of the kittens remains with us, the other four were given to good homes.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

chico2
August 30th, 2007, 03:48 PM
Aww Rick,I never really saw her backlegs before:cry: but I have seen wonderful pics,where she lives like a little queen,as sad as her situation was,she ended up a very lucky little girl:cat: