DOGS

Pennsylvania

Albert - Coatesville, PA (updated 1/25/20)

This ball of adorableness is Albert!!  Albert is a 1 yr old, 35 lb neutered male mixed breed.  He has never met a human or animal he didn't love!  The top row of photos are when he was younger and the second row is a recent photo of him!

From his rescue:  In December a scared little brown dog was found on the doorstep of a veterinarian's office. No note and no backstory. At that time he was estimated to be about 2 months old. At first glance he looked like he was just sitting there but upon a closer look it was discovered that this little dog's hind legs were paralyzed. The was no way of knowing why he was paralyzed. Was it from birth? Was it from trauma?

 

A shelter in Georgia took the puppy in and started his work-up. He was evaluated by a vet and a neurologist but answers were still elusive. The shelter reached out for help from rescue. They loved him but knew he needed rescue to give him the best shot at a decent life. Lucky Dawg heard about this puppy called Albert and couldn't say no! 

The look in his eyes in his pictures was all puppy fun! So transportation was arranged and Albert headed north to Pennsylvania!

 

Since arriving Albert has been examined by our rescue vet and by a neurologist at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. Through diagnostic tests they were able to determine that Albert suffered at least one lumbar spinal fracture, most likely from trauma. This has caused paralysis from mid-back down. Unfortunately as this is not a recent fracture surgical intervention is not an option. All doctors reassured us that they don't feel Albert is experiencing pain. They loved him from the minute they met him and say with his wheels and his drag bag, in a great family, Albert will grow and flourish as much as any dog! He may not ever have full control over his bladder and bowels but does seem to try to potty outside. And nothing that a belly band and paying attention to his body language can't handle.

 

We are sure at LDAR that Albert's perfect family is out there. Someone with the interest in helping out a guy with special needs. Anyone with a wheelie dog will tell you they are still dogs. Goofy and playful and funny and just... dogs! Albert is about 5 months old now and 35lbs. He is playful, dog friendly, kid friendly and is learning some commands. He is a typical puppy with lots of energy and loves to play. If you feel drawn to meet and possibly adopt Albert please email luckydawgar@gmail.com or fill out an application at www.luckydawganimalrescue.com  We generally adopt within a 2 hr driving distance but special considerations will be given to the perfect home for Albert!!

Beatrice - Reading, PA

Meet Beatrice! She is a 9 yr old, 80 lb, spayed female American Bulldog.

Are you looking for a huge, slobbery, stubborn but low-key addition to your family or know anyone who is? Well look no further because Beatrice is your girl.

 

Her life is NOW way better than her facial expressions would lead you to believe!  You see Beatrice is recovering from some awful neglect. She was crated for 23 hours a day and then her “owner” abandoned her. Unquestionably despicable! But not anymore! Her fosters are making sure she’s living her best life until she finds her furever family. She’s doin’ all of it: walks, hikes, play dates, dog beach, barbecues, hood-rat stuff at the gym, you name it. Even after all that daily activity she just wants to be loved. She is a huge fan of snuggles, belly rubs, and sitting outside on the swing. We’ll never understand how anyone could abandon this perfect gem.

Beatrice has typical large older dog arthritis and is currently living on Gabapentin and Rimadyl to help her out.

 

She is  good with older kids (over 12), but NO small kids, dogs, cats or other animals. She’s up to date on her vaccinations, spayed, and crate trained.

 

Submit our adoption application to be considered for Beatrice. Application: https://form.jotform.com/83647485781169

Lucy and Ethel - North Wales, PA  (1/12/20)

Meet Lucy (on left) and Ethel (on right)!!  They are 14 week old mini-labradoodles.

Lucy and Ethel were found to have heart murmurs and were taken to a cardiologist.They were both diagnosed with severe pulmonic stenosis and mild tricuspid regurgitation.  Pulmonic stenosis is a congenital condition (a birth defect) involving the right ventrical, pulmonic valve, and pulmonary artery.  This is the third most common congenital heart defect found in dogs.  

Unfortunately, while dogs with mild cases can live a normal life, Both Lucy and Ethel's cases are severe.  They are likely to have clinical signs associated with this problem, will need to live on meds for their lives, and may to go into heart failure.  There IS a procedure that can be done to open up the flow of the heart and prevent severe complications like heart failure!  It is called a balloon valvuplasty.

Balloon valvuloplasty is performed under general anesthesia by a cardiologist - many busy referal hospitals do this routinely and successfully!!  It's not a "weird" or rare procedure.  A small incision is made and a catheter is introduced and advanced into the right side of the heart. Intracardiac pressure measurements are taken. A balloon is placed across the abnormal region. The balloon is then inflated with dye and stretches the leaflets of the valve apart, allowing much more normal blood flow! 

Lucy and Ethel will need homes who are committed to handling their heart problems but one look at these beautiful girls tells us that they are worth it.  For further information, please contact email: Homeatlastdogrescue@yahoo.com

Bella - Warminster, PA (1/29/20)

Meet Bella!  She is an 8-9 yr old, 12 lb, female spayed Chihuahua.

Poor Bella's owner passed away.  This sweet girl is housebroken and great with people and other dogs. She is diabetic and requires insulin shots which are not a big deal!  She is used to a quiet environment and would love to find a nice, peaceful home where she can keep someone company and take some great naps.  She is a beautiful little girl who doesn't understand why her world was turned upside down.

Bella's rescue would like her to stay relatively local.  Anyone who is interested may email: Wendydetky@gmail.com or Info@homeatlastsogrescue.com.

Bertha - Coatesville, PA  (2/2/20)

Meet Bertha!  She is a 1 yr old, 45 lb, female spayed Pittie.

Look at that face! Sweet Bertha is deaf but we know she will make the perfect addition to the right family willing to take the extra steps to keep her safe!  She is housebroken!  Bertha would love to have a confident sibling to help her figure things out, she does great with dogs.  She has never been tested with cats.   She would do best with older children.

Bertha LOVES to play and go on car rides!  She would be a great candidate to learn hand signals.

For all information, please email: Www.luckydawganimalreacue.com.

Ginger - Philadelphia, PA (2/9/20)

Meet Ginger!  She is a 10 yr old, 84 lb, female spayed Pittie mix.

Ginger may have a sad story, but she doesn't let it stop her from smiling the day away! This sweetie pie was adopted from our shelter 10 years ago as a puppy, and recently ended up at Animal Control when her owner passed away. Of course, we scooped her up right away and are working hard to give her the second chance at a forever family she deserves.

 

Ginger is quite a large lady, at 84 lb, and understandably has some mobility issues. She is on pain medication to make it easier for her to walk, and we're working to get her down to a healthy weight. Otherwise, she's a pretty simple gal who just needs a cozy home and some TLC!

Ginger is reported to be housebroken, great with other animals and kids!

For all information, please email mbernstein@pspca.org.
 

Little Girl - Philadelphia, PA  (3/8/20)

Meet Little Girl!  She is a 15 yr old, 10 lb, female spayed Chihuahua.

 

Meet Little Girl! This lil' peanut is a feisty, spicy lady! She came to the shelter via a Humane Law Enforcement investigation, along with 5 other dogs, and her "brothers", Little Boy and Big Boy. Right now she is picky about canine friends and would do best in a home without kids.  She will go to the bathroom outside when you take her but she won't always remember to ask when it's time. 

 

She has wormed her way into the hearts of our dedicated volunteers in that she's picky with her friends but makes you feel like you're on top of the world when she chooses you!

 

Little Girl has been in and out of foster care during her stay with us, and we figured out that she was so grouchy due to unregulated diabetes! She is now easily regulated with two very small injections per day. She's a very good girl for her insulin... if she likes you! Luckily, she's fairly easy to bribe with tasty treats. Little Girl loves her walkies outside, snuggling up in cozy blankets, and telling her humans what to do. She is a singular minded lady and we KNOW there's a family out there for her!

Little Boy and Big Boy - Philadelphia, PA  (3/8/20)

Meet Big Boy and Little Boy!! They are 14 yr old, 15 lb, neutered male small mixed breed dogs.

Meet Little Boy and Big Boy. These little nuggets came to the shelter all the way back in June 2019 as part of a Humane Law Enforcement Case. They were found living with 3 other dogs in deplorable condition, and were in horrific health when they came to us. They were completely hairless, very sick, and terrified of people. They've been recovering in our shelter's hospital for the past 10 months and were just released from protective custody last month.

 

They've come so far - all of their hair has grown back and they are very slowly learning how to trust people. These boys are best friends! They get into usual brotherly scuffles but at the heart of it, really love each other. They're on several medications to keep their skin and ears healthy and Little Boy is sadly in heart failure. While they've come very far, these boys are still very shy and would really love a home where they can just be themselves around humans with a lot of patience. They've been through enough, our dream is to find them a hospice home together. We know it's a tall order, but we have faith their home is out there!  They would do best with a quiet home with no young kids and would need to be tested with any canine siblings.  While they go to the bathroom when they are out, they don't always ask when it's time to go.

For all information, please email: mbernstein@pspca.org

Jojo - Blue Bell (near Philadelphia), PA ADOPTED!

Meet Jojo!!  He is an adorable male Chihuahua puppy!  

Some people may feel sorry for me or believe that I should have been euthanized because I was born with such a severe handicap. Luckily, my rescue knew that with a little TLC, I could live a wonderful life! The technical diagnosis for my condition is “bilateral congenital elbow luxation”.  I couldn't even walk, I had to crawl. 

 

My prayers were answered when my breeder contacted Home At Last Dog Rescue to see if they would be willing to get me the medical attention I needed. Of course Home At Last agreed and immediately had me examined by an Orthopedic Specialist at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. Fast forward I have recovered from several surgeries and am able to stand up on my front legs. While I will need more practice using these repaired limbs, I no longer crawl to get where I am going. I think it is probably easier to follow my progress by looking at the pictures! If you are not looking for the “perfect” dog, please consider giving me a forever home because my rescue knows that I am perfect in every way that matters. Even after going through so much I am a happy, loving little boy!!

For all information please email: Lynne @ samamajen13@aol.com

Tianna - Blue Bell (near Philadelphia), PA  (5/10/20)

Meet Tianna!  She is a 6 yr old, spayed female, 85 lb, German Shepherd dog.

From her foster who is a VERY experienced foster for a busy rescue:

 

This posting is a really difficult one to write. You see I have had Tianna for four months now and never posted her. She is a beautiful and sweet German Shepherd who gets along with any dog. She loves people, adores kids, and nothing makes her happier than getting pets and hugs from her human. She is also housebroken! She is easily one of the best dogs I have ever fostered. My fear was that I did not think anyone would want her because of her medical condition.

 

She was a breeder release at age 6 when she was surrendered to Home At Last Dog Rescue. Upon examination by our vet it was determined that she had perianal fistulas. This is a medical condition that commonly affects German Shepherds. Perianal fistulas are usually associated with an infection in the anal region. It can be characterized by chronic, ulcerating, sinus tracts in the anal region and surrounding areas. Tianna was prescribed cyclosporine and a topical called tacrolimus. She is also on a hypoallergenic diet. Unfortunately she may require treatment for the remainder of her life and it is for this reason I was reluctant to post her. However our Medical Director felt confident that someone out there would open up their heart and home to this beautiful girl. I do hope that someone out there will consider giving her the comforts and love she so deserves. She is a very loyal companion.

 

If you are Interested in hearing more about Tianna, please contact Lynne at samamajen13@aol.com.

Hope - Quakertown, PA  (7/19/20)

Meet Hope!  She is an approximately 6 yr old, 83 lb, female Rhodesian Ridgeback.  After being used in a puppy mill, Hope was discarded like trash before being surrendered to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc.

 

This sweet girl has been through heartworm treatment and is now clear. Hope has some arthritis in her left stifle, early cataracts, and suffers some separation anxiety. She came into rescue at 100+ pounds, now down to 83.  She is estimated to be 6 or 7 years old.  Her vet recommended that she be spayed 6 months after her heartworm treatment was completed which would put it over the winter. 

 

Hope is shy, but very sweet, and follows her current foster mom everywhere. Hope will do best in a home where someone is around most of the time, either 1 very laid back dog or no dogs, and no very young children.  

 

We know that Hope is looking for a very special angel but we are sure that person is out there. If you can open your heart and home to foster Hope, or know of anyone who might be able to foster this sweet girl, please let us know. She is also now available for adoption. If interested in adopting, please submit an application at https://www.ridgebackrescue.org/

Interested parties may also reach out to: Bonnie Louden,  blouden@ridgebackrescue.org  (p) 410.799.1273 or JoAnne Nightingale,  JoAnneRRRI@gmail.com (p) 610.486.0153.

Bear - North Wales, PA  (7/26/20)

Meat Bear Bear!  He is a 9 week old, 10 lb, male German Shepherd puppy.

Bear Bear is a happy, playful, beautiful puppy who is facing a shortened lifespan because of a congenital heart condition. Bear doesn’t know that, though! He just knows he wants to snuggle with his people, play with toys and other dogs, and live the life every puppy dreams of. He’s a bright little boy, and his foster family is already teaching him to sit for treats. Otherwise he is just a typical puppy who needs positive training and consistency.

 

Bear began his life at a puppy mill. When an exam revealed an abnormal heart, the puppy mill operator turned him over to our rescue. We immediately took him to a veterinary cardiologist, who did an extensive exam and diagnosed severe subaortic stenosis, a congenital malformation of the aortic valve that generally leads to congestive heart failure.

 

Bear is starting on beta blockers (Atenolol) to reduce the oxygen demand on his heart, but surgical treatments are not recommended. We don’t know how long Bear will be with his family – we hope his heart has years of life in it. We do know he will soak up all the love you have to give, and give you all his love and fun in return. We will only adopt him to a family committed to taking him to regular cardiologist checkups as recommended every several months, and following the cardiologist’s recommendations for medications, exercise and care.

 

Because his condition is likely to reduce his energy level as he gets older, we would not recommend a family with another young dog who would want an active playmate.

 

From the cardiologist: Dogs with severe SAS are at risk for fatal abnormal heart rhythms leading to sudden death, which typically occurs in the first two years of life. All dogs with SAS are at higher risk for accumulating bacteria on the aortic valve, a condition called endocarditis. Because of this increased risk, we recommend they receive prophylactic antibiotics prior to, during, and sometimes after any dental or surgical procedure in the future. Dogs with moderate to severe SAS might receive medications to help keep the heart rate relatively slow and undergo periodic echocardiographic or ECG exams. Serial echocardiography will be required to monitor Bear's progression and determine if he might benefit from additional medical therapy in the future. Dogs with SAS should be monitored for intolerance to activity, fainting, or respiratory distress. Since Bear's left atrial chamber size is normal, his immediate risk for developing left-sided congestive heart failure does not appear to be high. Although, depending on his clinical progression, he might be at risk for developing CHF in the future. Chronic oral beta blocker therapy is recommended to try to decrease the oxygen demand of the heart. The beta blocker medication might have additional beneficial effects. Depending on Bear's progression, additional medications might be recommended in the future.

We believe that in spite of Bear's prognosis, he DESERVES to live his best life with a family who will love him to bits and give him the care he needs!  All questions may be directed to info@homeatlastdogrescue.com.

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