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!
Meet Itty! Itty is the sweetest guy, and he is amazing with other dogs and kids. He is starved for attention, and wants nothing more than to be by your side. He is learning how to play with toys, and it is sinking in for him that he is safe and won't have to worry about being stuck in a kennel for the rest of his life - we swear he's telling us thank you, with sweet nudges and kisses every day. He is doing wonderful in his foster home, and has already picked up on some commands, house training, and walking on a leash. You will notice his shorter tail in the photos - Itty lost the end of his tail last year due to a snake bite - so he wants you to know that the items on your coffee table are safe from long GSD tail swipes!! Itty is 6 years old, and acts like he is around 2 or 3. He has lots of energy and would love a home with kids and dogs to play with!! You can donate towards his vet care or apply for adoption below.
Hannah is the sweetest girl! With every new person she meets she is affectionate and loving. She has yet to meet a stranger. She loves to be by your side where ever you are. She has mastered climbing stairs. She doesn't seem interested in playing fetch but will run around with you. She is just starting to feel comfortable laying on her own doggie bed. She loves to have her belly rubbed and having her coat brushed. Oh, also Hannah found her voice this week, and she's been using it ever since! So sweet! She says over and over "I'm so happy to be free" and "Thank you for saving me" The puppy is teaching Hannah and her foster sister Sadie (coming tomorrow!) how to play. She will be nine years old on May 11 but acts much younger. She does well with all dogs and has been introduced to an eight year old who taught her how to climb the stairs. Hannah seems to just want to give love to everyone she meets. One can't help but to fall in love with her at first sight. Hannah is fully vetted, spayed, and microchipped. She would make a wonderful addition to most any family - you can apply for her below
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.
Oh, what a handsome boy!! Cody is our newest rescue pup. He is around a year old and he is just as sweet as he is handsome. He loves playing with other dogs, and he is very eager to please and easily corrected so we think he would be fine around smaller dogs and cats as well. He loves kids, and he is really enjoying being in his foster home and getting endless attention and play time. He is fully vetted and he is so ready to find his forever family! Is it you? You can apply for Cody below.
Meet Parry! She's around a year old, and has such striking coloring, doesn't she? She is fully vetted, heartworm negative, and getting settled into her foster home. She is such a loving girl and has so much love to give someone. She loves to play fetch, but tug o' war is definitely her second favorite. She is new to walks but is a quick learner, and very easy to handle. She loves a pack and is in a foster home with 3 other dogs, so a brother or sister would be ideal, but not necessary. She has lots of energy and would make someone a happy owner. Get your application in for this sweet girl,
Jack & Jill are new to rescue. Their owner lost their home, and we took them in.
Both are Heartworm positive and will be treated before adoption. We will update their description as we learn more about them.