Are we sure today is actually Tuesday? Because honestly, it sure is feeling quite like a Monday…..
Late yesterday (1/29) an urgent medical plea went out for this sweet girl. Arriving at an ER clinic with an “injury of unknown origin”, her back leg was mauled, severely. It’s pretty graphic, to be honest - I have seen a lot in rescue and even I had to hold back the urge to vomit. The brief version is exposed bone, a missing paw, severed tendons and dead tissue. The ER clinic stabilized her and transferred her to animal services, who immediately began seeking rescue. The plea came in as I was about to board a flight home and I have never been quite so thankful for JetBlue in flight wifi! Our team sprang to action and a plan was solidified to spring her as soon as she was able to leave this morning and head right to our vet. She had really good pain meds to get her through the night and Shannon went over this morning and sprung her (and another sick little pupper, because I mean, we were already there, right?). Shannon had to stop by my house on the way to the vet’s office (I live close) to snag all of the paperwork they would need for us to get her seen right away and my heart broke even more and my stomach well….anyhow, moving along….This sweet girl must have mustered all of her strength to keep hanging on and she still just wanted a pat on the head and chin rub, some reassurance we would help and she would be ok.
Her name is now Adira (which means strong) because this little girl has had to be super strong. She’s estimated to be 2-3 years old and she only weighs about 10 pounds. Whatever happened to her to cause this was quite traumatic, obviously, yet she still is OK with us trying to help her (although she seems to prefer Dr. W to anyone else right now, but none of us blame her, he’s pretty awesome). Given the extent of her injuries, Dr. W cleared his afternoon to get her into surgery right away and is staying late tonight to get her all cared for. She was headed into surgery right as I started this post, with the goal being a successful amputation with clean margins and hopefully no infected tissue that high up.
Obviously this is an unexpected major medical case, especially with Norah’s amputation just a month ago, so we could use some helping paws to make sure we can cover her medical expenses and still be able to save other pups, like Fozzie who left with Adira today, so we are asking for helping paws. Please, if you can. You can use any of the links on our website like the donation button right here. We will post an update after her surgery either later tonight or first thing in the morning.
Thank you so much for helping us help pups like Adira when they need us most.
Adira Update (1/31): Adira Update: Late yesterday Adira had her amputation surgery! It was quite an involved surgery to ensure any necrotic tissue was removed and that there were clean margins to minimize infection risk. There are pictures, they are really graphic and I won't post them (but our vet is great about documentation when pups like Adira come in from Animal Services, in case any future questions/concerns about the extent of the injuries arise). With these surgeries we never know in advance how long they will actually be or how the pup will tolerate the anesthesia and for how long...so when I received the update text last night that the surgery was over, the last sentence made me laugh (which was much needed after a very stressful/worry filled day) quite a happy laugh "Her leg is now missing and so is her uterus!" Which is a huge YAY meaning she handled the anesthesia well enough for her to be able to be spayed while she was already under so we wouldn't have to have her put under again within the next few months for that surgery too. Adira is recovering well today at our vet (I took this picture around lunchtime) and already seemed to be feeling much better overall. She will be there for a few more days for monitoring, given the extent of her wounds previously and the infection risks, just to make sure she is healing well, then she will move to foster care to continue her rehab. Given her condition when she arrived to us, this is all going great - along the best case scenario lines so far......thinking all the positive thoughts that this trajectory continues with no set backs!
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Please help us save dogs on Death Row at local Animal Controls. These are dogs that can't be adopted out directly from Animal Control, mainly for medical reasons. When they can't be adopted, they need a rescue to save them when their time runs out. These pups desperately need our help, we are their last hope!
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Florida Little Dog Rescue Group rescues dogs from all over the state of Florida, but our main focus is the Central Florida area. Our volunteers live anywhere from Tallahassee to Tampa, but all of our dogs are fostered in the Orlando area. We are 100% volunteer-based, which means no overhead or salary costs. Your donation is used directly for dog care. We do not receive government funds. We are entirely supported by charitable donations.
We ensure that each dog is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms and other parasites, examined by a vet and treated for any known conditions prior to adoption. All known medical information is fully disclosed to new families. While awaiting adoption, the dogs live in foster homes that provide love, patience and TLC to the pups! A pup's stay in foster care could vary from several days to several weeks, depending upon the dog's conditions and needs. Unlike shelter or kennel living, fostering the pups in a home environment allows us to personally evaluate each dog for behavior and temperament issues. We are able to see how they interact and react to other animals and children, if they are house trained, like to go for walks, play ball, etc. and that makes it easier to know what type of home/family would be best suited for them!
Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit. We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!