December 2023 Rescue Report

In July, Kathleen answered email about a dog named Snow. It came from a man who had her only six months and wanted to let her go to another home. Shortly after that he wrote that she found a new home. On November 9, Jackson County, Oregon, animal services asked us to help with a female Samoyed named Snow. A year ago they seized 34 animals from a property and the owner was prohibited from having any animals in the future. They went back and found nine cats and one dog, and that was Snow. The man we heard from in July had given Snow to them.

Snow is seven years old. The new development is that she was said to have seizures during the previous year. She also growled at a vet in the shelter, and that put her on a euth list. Our board spent several days debating whether we could take her, but ultimately, we decided to take a chance and we said yes. They took Snow to Salem, where she was met by Melissa, who took her home for the night. Kathleen drove to Melissa’s house and took Snow back home with her to foster. Considering the risks of the new dog virus, she is staying in a separate area.

Snow, now named Judi, happy on a walk

Snow had a seizure, so she went to the ER vet, where she had more. She is on anti-seizure meds, which we understand she didn’t get when needed. An x-ray also showed she had pneumonia. They wanted to have her go to a different emergency vet, but Kathleen elected to take her home and see what happened. That was a good choice. The seizure meds seem to be working, and the vet said her lungs are sounding good. From this point on, we will cross our fingers and hope she gets better. So far, vet bills have exceeded $3,000.

(Because of an error, I missed a dog in last month’s report.) Quinn came into rescue as an outdoor dog, and after a six-hour grooming session he quickly decided he would rather live inside. Quinn is a handsome guy. He got along well with the resident girl dogs, but we found he didn’t like other boys. Fortunately, we found a perfect home for him where there were two females, and he has a long, happy life ahead of him.

Happy Quinn

Just after last month’s report was written, Boi was adopted to applicants from Eugene. For the first time, we did a virtual home visit, and it went very well. They spent some time with him on a Sunday, then came back Monday to take him home. He really liked them, and we’re confident this is a good placement.

Boi and his new humans

Lorek is a dog we agreed to list on our website so he could stay with his current owner until adopted. About a week ago we heard that he found his forever home.

Nearly six years ago, we got three Sammy girls from a backyard breeder just east of Vancouver. They came originally from a notorious puppy mill, and were incredibly fearful of everything. We worked hard to socialize them, mostly just by sitting with them, and eventually one found a home with a wonderful woman who was willing to invest her time. That was Fena, and she is doing very well now. Sophie and Tessa, the other two, have remained here because we have been strict about the requirements a new home must have. Both are sweet girls who would do well in a home with no men, which seems to be the source of their fear. They also feed on each other’s fear, so we would like to separate them. Please, if you know anyone who might be interested in either, they each need a home of their own.

Chalky is still having serious problems with his skin. The vet put him on Prednisone once again, and he is doing well right now, but he needs routine medicated baths to get better. That’s something Kathy and I just can’t do anymore, so we have been searching for a mobile groomer. A few days ago we touched base with one who said he can help us, so please join us in hoping it happens. Chalky is one of the nicest old guys we have fostered, and he deserves to have an itch-free life.

Chalky, enjoying himself without a cone