Can you remember raising a cherished dog? What was puppyhood like at 10-weeks of age? Maybe lots of chewing, learning to go potty outside, and if your pup was a GSD, waiting for those ears to stand up! May, one of our newest rescue dogs, is a 10-week old puppy, but her journey is not that of a typical puppy who needed rescue. Puppyhood came to a halt when she was hit by a car. But that's why we're here.
May's injuries are severe and without surgery, her prognosis was grim. She was not likely to graduate obedience school, take her first hike, or grow up with kids. As a result of the trauma, she fractured several bones in both legs and two in her spine. It was possible her tail would have to be amputated. She was in a lot of pain; her puppyhood was no longer carefree.
That's when our German Shepherd Rescue of GA (GSDRGA) superheros stepped in. We drove 100 miles to get her to a specialist, to perform surgery to save her legs and tail.
The surgery was successful, but we're in watch-and-wait mode. Because she is so young, long-term, she may have trouble walking or she could have neurological damage. For now, May is alert, and eating and drinking like the puppy we hope she'll be again, so we'll take that as a positive sign.
Because May sustained such serious injuries to her tiny body, her care is estimated to cost approximately $4,000. We need donations to help May reclaim her puppyhood and get ready for adoption, so we're asking for your help. GSD Rescue of GA's funds are very low, so all donations are appreciated. Please share her story so May can go back to being a happy-go-lucky puppy who chews and snuggles as she grows into a best friend.
UPDATE 7//918: Great news: May took her first steps since surgery today! She was a little rocky but made it across her foster's deck. She is doing really well and her foster siblings adore her. For those of you wondering why her hindquarters look so strange, it's because that area was shaved for her surgery. Now if we will only grow into those ears! The surgeon has recommended physical therapy to help her walk, but the cost of that is not yet known. Keep checking back and we'll keep you updated.
Special thanks to May's sponsors: Brian and Julie Gillen, Joan Kline.
To donate for May's the vet care, click the donate button below - and thank you!
Our mission is to find loving permanent homes for abandoned and surrendered German Shepherd Dogs in Atlanta and surrounding areas. All of our beautiful German Shepherd Dogs have been rescued from area shelters or surrendered by their former owners. They are currently living full-time with foster families in the Atlanta area until permanent homes can be found.
All of our dogs are examined by a veterinarian, up to date on their vaccinations, checked for heartworm disease and treated if needed, and either spayed or neutered prior to adoption. All of these dogs have spent time with their foster families training to learn basic commands as well as leash walking. Almost all our dogs. with the exception of young puppies, are housebroken and crate trained.
For all our dogs, spending time in a foster home rather than a shelter allows for socialization of the dogs with new people and other dogs. This helps us to understand the dog's personality and temperament. Knowing and living with our foster dogs on a day to day basis allows our foster families to determine what type of home would be best-suited for their individual foster dog.
Our foster homes have no more than one to three foster dogs at one time, so our dogs do truly live "as part of a family". All our foster dogs also spend a minimum of two weeks, usually more in their foster home so they can be observed for any undetected health or behavioral problems as well as get adjusted to "family life" again.
A $350 adoption donation is requested, primarily to offset the costs of providing veterinary care and sterilization for our rescued dogs.