To Quote the King, "Let me shoot a seven with every shot". GSDRGA and our new additions have been singing along since last weekend.
Life can change with a roll of the dice. GSDRGA Foster dogs Ballon, Rocco, Itty, Chelsea, Hannah, Bliss, Sadie, Xena and Aashka got lucky and were rescued on 4/23/16. They were used for breeding their whole lives. The breeder had been in business over 10 years, so that means thousands of puppies were produced. At least one litter, maybe 2, was produced each year, by each female.
Several months ago, the breeder died unexpectedly. He was widowed for years, so his children inherited the property and the business. Sadly, there were financial and physical difficulties that were inherited along with the property. If payments were not made, the bank would foreclose on 5/1/16. At that time, all dogs and occupants had to be out. We got there just in time. The children had no education outside of working in the kennel. So, when their father died they were suddenly in charge of business operations, and quickly found that there was little money in the bank accounts, and, the property was already behind in payments. There was little choice for them, the business had to close. That's where GSDRGA stepped in to help get the dogs new, forever homes.
Before rescue, our " Operation Lucky Seven" dogs lived in 10x10 kennels on a concrete slab, with a dog house in each enclosure. The policy of the kennel was that dogs were not taken out of the kennels for any reason, except to take them to the female kennel for breeding. That meant no playtime, going for walks or cuddle time, like our pet dogs do. Once a dog became too old for breeding, they were never taken out of their kennel for any reason, life was solitary confinement. There was no social play area for them to run around, and they received no exercise or training. To be clear, these dogs lived their entire lives in that 10x10 without any way to get the daily exercise or stimulation they need to thrive. With the exception of Ballon, none of them had any toys to play with; Ballon had one Kong that he was heavily dependent on to stay calm. Their diets were low grade dog food, and were not fed enough to stay at ideal weights. They were underweight and some had developed skin problems. Our volunteers saw them eat their own feces due to hunger.
GSDRGA volunteers immediately took the dogs to Acworth Animal Hospital for vetting after we rescued them. Overall, they were fairly healthy, considering they were not well cared over for the past several months. They are all underweight. The females all have extra skin and room in their bellies, and their uteruses were fatty and misshaped from continuous breeding. One dog has Pannus (dry eyes) and may eventually go blind since it was not treated for so long. Another had a problem putting weight on her back leg, which could be due to an old injury. One long haired dog was not groomed, so her fur is matted, and will need to be shaved. Another has flea dermatitis and hair loss. During spay surgery, we discovered Bliss had a mammary tumor, and it was removed. We also discovered Aashka was bleeding, and had a very bad infection in her uterus, Had we waited a few more days, the infection would have spread, and she may not have survived. Aashka truly rolled a 7!
The initial vetting was about $110 per dog, which is $990, almost $1000. Adding in about another $125 to spay/neuter each dog, is another $1125, bringing our goal to $2115. The dogs will go to foster homes after the surgery, so they can live life like a normal dog. They have adapted to home life quickly
Yes, Operation Lucky Seven was successful, and these dogs can begin their journey, but we need your help! Please consider sponsoring our Lucky 7 in any way you can. GSDRGA funds are low caring for the dogs already in our rescue who are ill or receiving Heartworm treatment. Donations can be sent to GSD Rescue of GA at PO Box 785, Roswell, GA 30077-0785 or donate online below. We are a 501 c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.
Big thanks to our volunteers Katie & Walter, who got up at the crack of dawn to start these dogs on their journey!
Hey! It's Minka! If you remember, I came to the rescue with a badly injured leg and I've been working hard on rehabilitation following surgery and I'm ready for adoption.
My foster dad thinks I need to go to a home that I would be the only dog or with another large dog - I like being the center of attention! With that being said my foster dad thinks I need to go to a home where my owner will be around a lot. I don't care if he or she is busy while they are there I just like to lay next to them! I truly just love their presence.
I do have manners so when my owner does leave me I don't have to be crated. I like to play hide and go seek and figure out different tasks. I am a pretty fast learner and thoroughly enjoy being given new tasks to learn and accomplish. My foster dad thinks that my perfect home would have at least one person home all of the time or most of the time, someone who will give me lots of love and attention, someone willing to walk me and take me to the park, and someone to cuddle with. I'd love to meet you so get your applications in today!
Minka is only about 1 year old. Thanks to all the supporters who contributed to give Minka the life she deserves!
Lucy came from a rural North GA shelter and is Heartworm positive. She will receive her last injection treatment soon and will be ready for adoption in early February. Lucy is about 2 years old, very sweet, very active, and good with kids.