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!
Lucky Dog #5!! Sadie is a sweet lady. While she may appear to be aloof at first, once she warms up to you then she's your best girl! She has an independent spirit but enjoys getting attention. She has learned to climb stairs, chase a puppy for fun, run after a ball but hasn't mastered bringing it back. She stays by your side on long walks off leash. She gets along with all other dogs. Even at ten years of age she is beginning to act like a four year old and I believe she is loving it! She is smiling and enjoying rolling on her back. She is a doll. Sadie is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, and ready to find a wonderful forever family. Is it you? Apply below.
Meet Ziva! This 10 month old, spunky, good time girl is looking for a family that loves to have fun! Ziva is intelligent, friendly, and enjoys life to the fullest. She’s quite the little firecracker and loves to meet new friends of both the two and four legged variety! She has recently undergone hip surgery but that hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She still runs and plays with the best of them (although sometimes her running looks funny as she still is recovering and tends to run more like a bunny than a dog!) Her favorite activities include walks (she’s already mastered leash walking), water (in her dish, in a pool, from the hose…), and playing with her foster brother. But at the end of the day, Ziva loves nothing more than cuddling with the people that love her.She is up to date on all her vetting, house trained, good with other dogs and some cats (depends on the cat!), and is an all-around great puppy. She would do well in a home with or without other dogs and with children (probably best 5 or older as she is a puppy and would tend to knock smaller kids over). Want to make Ziva a part of your family? Fill out an application below.
Meet Gretchen, this super sweet girl is ready to meet her forever family. She came to us from a west Georgia shelter with an ear infection in both ears. She was in severe pain and needed medical attention right away. Thats's when GSDRGA stepped in and rescued this little girl. We could tell right away that this girl has had a rough life so far. She is very shy at first, but once she gets to know you she shows nothing but unconditional love.
This beautiful young lady is super sweet, and a little on the smaller side. She is house broken, mild mannered, and loves attention. She gets along great with other dogs, and really needs to be placed in a home that already has one there to show her around. She is still working on learning to play with her foster parents cats and is really starting to do well. Gretchen will make a great addition to any family looking to share their time with an overall fun loving four-legged friend. Fill out your application below to meet this little girl.