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Foster Bailed! Desperate for 4-5 week foster for nursing ‘houla mom & 6 puppies!

September 18, 2012

FOSTER BAILED!

The foster who was lined up for this tiny ‘houla family has just bailed. :/
These little darlings & their momma, Maia (formerly Duchess) have been in a short-term foster for the last week and a half, but HAVE to move by this weekend.
They are currently in Brewton, AL – so Mobile, Greeneville, Birmingham, Gadsden, AL areas would all be doable!
The pups are now 2.5 weeks old are are totally adorable. There are 6 puppies total, and their gorgeous momma, Maia.
Our rescue is committed to this sweet family. Bonnie Blue Rescue will cover all vetting expenses and will provide food, dewormer, collars, leashes, crates (as needed), toys, chewies, etc.
All we need is a place for this tiny family to call home for the next 4-5 weeks until it is safe enough for them to travel north to rescue.
Please email us ASAP at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com if you can assist!
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Riggs needs help!

September 17, 2012

Sweet Riggs is an extra special St. Bernard boy who found himself at a high-kill shelter in rural Alabama.

As soon as Bonnie Blue Rescue heard about his story and saw his heartbreaking photos, we knew we had to try and help him.

Riggs’ back leg was broken when he was just a puppy but he never received veterinary care.

A break that could have been set/repaired was totally ignored by his owners.

Undoubtedly this sweet boy’s pain was ignored, too.

That fact alone just makes me sick to my stomach.

Despite his constant state of hurting, Riggs is still a happy, happy, lovely boy!

Riggs is now 2-3 years old and his back leg is totally worthless.

There is complete atrophy of the muscles and total non-use of his leg.

Riggs actually lifts up his leg when he walks or tries to run but the leg snags on the ground and hurts him.

It is heartbreaking to watch him try to walk as his leg literally bounces up and down off of the ground.

Even more heartbreaking is watching Riggs sit.

Because of the way his leg has ‘healed’ incorrectly, his leg is literally twisted around backwards when he sits.

Poor baby boy!

Riggs is also extremely underweight. He is currently 95 lbs but should be closer to 140-160.

This sweet, sweet boy has a long way to go, but we will make sure that he has everything he needs to get back to 100% soon.

Riggs was neutered and has just moved to our vet clinic in Birmingham, AL. He has a true ortho consult tomorrow but his vet who saw him today felt certain that nothing could be done to save Riggs’ leg.

The reality is that Riggs has been operating on three legs for much of the past two years so he will probably do very well with an amputation-type surgery if there is nothing that can be done to save his leg.

We are still waiting for the official surgery quote from Dr. Murphy, but based on past surgeries at this clinic and Riggs’ “plus size” charge for anesthesia we are estimating his surgery to be close to $1000. This amount will be updated tomorrow as soon as the official estimate is received. A copy of the estimate will be available online to anyone who would like to see it.

Would you be willing to chip in a dollar or two to help fund sweet Riggs’ surgery?

Our rescue is completely dependent on donations to continue to save special needs pups like Riggs & so many others. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go directly to Riggs’ surgery and aftercare.

Donations can be made online via Chipin here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/riggs-the-st-bernard

OR may be called in directly to Vestavia Animal Clinic at 205.823.7485

(under the account of Natalie Reeves/Bonnie Blue Rescue).

Thank you in advance for helping us help sweet Riggs get a new lease on life!

MISSING RESCUE PUP: RICHMOND, VA

August 12, 2012

YAY!

Roy is back in his foster home safe & sound!

 

*Jena, LA* – pull & 3-week hold needed TODAY to save 6 catahoula babies from shelter w/ no A/C (& 99 degree day!)

July 3, 2012

Update: These babies are SAFE!!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who crossposted their photos and story like crazy.

An extra big thank you to Suzanne, Kay, Kimberly, Carolyn, Bill, Patty & Beth for coming together to get these sweeties from the shelter to foster homes today. We love ya!

Today may be their last chance to make it out of the shelter alive!

Please help us crosspost!!

We need someone to pull these puppies from the shelter AND a 3-week short-term foster hold in order to save these pups.

These 6 6-week old catahoula mix puppies are in a very high-kill shelter in JENA, LA. The shelter has no A/C and temps are reaching over 99 degrees outside today. These puppies are suffering in the heat. The shelter is open until 2:00pm CST today. It is closed tomorrow. If left there over the 4th of July holiday, I feel strongly that the puppies will not be alive. Their little systems just cannot handle the heat like this. Please, please help us save them!

We are already approved to pull from the shelter. We are committed to taking these sweeties into rescue and covering all of their medical bills — we will even ship the foster puppy pads, food, toys, chewies, etc. But we cannot do any of this without a committed 3-week foster family for these babies (3 weeks so that they can received two rounds of DHPP booster vaccines before transport). Can you help? Do you know someone who can? We are desperate to save them! We can easily split the babies up into groups of two or three to make fostering easier!!

Jena, LA is located 65 miles from Monroe, LA; 130 miles from Vicksburg, MS; 130 miles from Baton Route, LA.

Note: the momma to these pups was not surrendered with them, sadly. Her owners have kept her to continue breeding. The person who dumped the puppies at the shelter said that she had accidentally bred to a catahoula and that these pups were unwanted. 😦

If you can assist us with PULLING or SHORT-TERM FOSTERING these babies, please email us ASAP at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your crossposting help!

Flash needs our help!

May 29, 2012

05/30/12 – 3:00pm Update: Our Flash guy is still hanging in there, but is also still a very sick pup. With mega doses of pheno & diazepam, his seizures stabilized last night. Unfortunately they started again today. Thankfully, his temperature is coming down (it had reached a high of 105 yesterday). We are praying for his treating neurologist to use his best judgement and to guide Glen, Therese & BBR in making the best decisions possible for the continued treatment of this sweet boy.

05/29/12 – 10:45pm Update: Flash is back at the neurologist’s office overnight. He is not yet stable. Despite very high doses if IV phenobarbital and diazepam, Flash is still seizing. We are beyond hopeful that the vets can get his seizures under control soon. Flash’s estimate for stabilization and overnight care tonight is $508. Please, please stabilize Flash — we need your little body to start healing, buddy! Extra prayers & well-wishes are definitely needed 😦

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Meet Flash.

Flash is one of the Fuzzbutt puppies. He and his littermates were rescued from a high kill shelter in rural Louisiana. He was fostered in the same home as Fritz. Both Flash & Fritz received 3 rounds of DHPP vaccines prior to transport.  Flash was transported to his foster-to-adopt family the weekend before last. Prior to transport. Flash was a  totally healthy, happy pup.  He acted fine during transport, no loose stool or vomiting at all. Within 48 hours of arriving in his new home, Flash started getting sick with vomiting and diarrhea. From Monday, 5/21 until Sunday 5/27, Flash was tested for parvo 2 times; both came back negative. He was seen first by an ER vet, who administered subq fluids, antibiotics, anti-nausea meds and anti-diarrheal meds. He perked up for a day or so, but then felt crummy again.

Flash was taken back to the regular vet where he stayed for two days – he was given IV fluids, continued on antibiotics and anti-nausea/anti-diarrheal meds; his loose diagnosis was a bacterial infection, but nothing definitive. Flash started feeling much better and got to head home.

Towards the end of last week Flash started having excessive drooling, facial drooping and seizures. He was seen by a veterinary neurologist and had tons of blood work and an abdominal ultrasound done. He stayed there for three days to get his seizures mostly under control (he still was having minor seizures, but not major ones). We have ruled out parvo, distemper, and various other diseases but still lack a definitive diagnosis.

Thankfully, Flash has been at home with his family for the last two days – living the good life snuggling with his foster-to-adopt mom & dad.

We just got an update from Flash’s dad that he is having back-to-back seizures again.

His family is rushing him back to the vet now. We are hopeful that the new seizures are caused by the oral phenobarbital not being “in” is system enough yet (while the IV pheno is wearing off). But we honestly don’t know what is going on with this sweet boy.

We really hope the vets can figure it out this time.

Flash is a very sick pup who is in great need of prayers, well wishes, and good positive vibes.

He has a family who SO adores him & just wants their puppy to get better.

He has a whole rescue community behind him who has loved his fuzzy face since we first saw it — we want this puppy to get better, too.

Flash’s vet bills before today total $3539.09. I really wish we were kidding. We’re not.

Copies of Flash’s vet bills from the last week can be found below.

Neurologist bill: http://bit.ly/MWiixe

Primary veterinarian bill: http://bit.ly/LD2Qkp

Emergency vet bill: http://bit.ly/JThS4i

We do not yet have an estimate on Flash’s treatment today, but both the neurologist and regular vet are recommending that he go back to the neurologist’s office ASAP. He is on his way now with his family. We will post new estimate’s for today’s treatment once they are received.

Posting this fundraiser could not come at a worse possible time, but the reality of the situation is that things are stacking up against Bonnie Blue Rescue this week. We are overwhelmed financially, but we are committed to seeing our pups through no matter what.

Please help us stay afloat by considering even a small donation for Flash’s impressive vet bill. Every single donation matters, no matter the amount. Our rescue is sinking fast in vet bills, but we are desperate to make sure that each of our sick pups continues to receive the very best care possible.

Donations can be made online via Chipin here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/flashs-emergency-care

If you would prefer mailing in a donation please email us at bonniebluerescue@gmail.com for the best mailing address.

And, as always, thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support of Bonnie Blue Rescue and our special pups.

Sick Fritz

May 28, 2012

Fritz update: After 15 ish hours at the ER vet, Fritz is still feeling “dumpy” (the word our awesome vet Dr. Turner used to describe him). They have started a more aggressive form of antibiotic treatment, anti-nausea meds, anti-diarrheal meds and IV fluids and he is definitely much brighter today than last night. Fritz had a set of x-rays done today just to rule out any intestinal blockage or other issues — x-rays came back great, thank goodness. After another round of diarrhea, Dr. Turner opted to run another parvo snap test on Fritz. This one came back positive. SHIT! Fritz received 3 DHPP vaccines prior to transport and was quarantined for 4-5 weeks before transport — there is no way that he should have picked up parvovirus at this point. Yet, he’s tested positive.

After a long chat with the vet, we are both concerned that what we may be seeing is a new version of the parvovirus. That’s super scary. Fritz will definitely be spending at least one more night at the ER vet and then transferring back to our regular vet tomorrow once they reopen, assuming he is stable. We have updated Fritz’s ChipIn to reflect what we anticipate our new estimate to be. Any donation, no matter how small, would be a wonderful help to our rescue. Our ship is sinking with all of these sick pups. 😦

Updated ChipIn here: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/fritz-the-fuzzbutt

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Fritz is one of the Fuzzbutt puppies who came to rescue from Louisiana. He has been loving his time in foster care in CT, meeting lots of fun people and pups to play with. A couple of days ago, Fritz started feeling a little puny but after dewormer, metronidazole and a gentler food he perked right up!

Unfortunately, Fritz felt pretty sick again on Friday, so we got him into the vet for a general check up just to make sure that everything was a-okay. Subq fluids and metronidazole worked wonders and he was back to 100% normal on Saturday.

On Sunday, Fritz just wasn’t feeling like himself again. By Sunday evening he started feeling really puny again. Fritz’s foster mom definitely felt like a trip to the ER vet was in order. We’re so glad that he was able to get in this evening as he was starting to get dehydrated and is definitely lethargic. We have a very sick puppy on our hands, but we are so hopeful that this sweet guy will feel better soon.

Thankfully we have already ruled out parvo & distemper — we think he may just have a virus or viral infection that he cannot kick without a little help.

Our estimate for Fritz’s overnight care tonight alone is $1300 (low end estimate)-$1600 (high end estimate).

The other several thousand of dollars in emergency vet bills that we have received this week has put Bonnie Blue in a very tough spot financially.  We have nothing left in our Bonnie Blue Rescue Emergency Fund or in general funds to pay Fritz’s bill. To be honest, we don’t know what to do except beg and plead for help. We are stretched beyond belief with this many sick pups — but Fritz is just as deserving as all of the other pups — he deserves a chance to receive the best vet care possible & to get well.

As much as we hate to continue asking for help, we also realize that we cannot handle this many emergencies in one week on our own.

We are begging our rescue friends, facebook friends, past adopters, fosters, and followers to consider even a small donation to help offset the cost of Fritz’s emergency vet visit tonight.

How to donate: Donations can be called in directly to the Shoreline Emergency Vet Clinic (open 24/7) at: 203.929.8600 (account under Bonnie Blue Rescue) or can be made online via ChipIn at: http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/fritz-the-fuzzbutt

Check this out:  Fritz’s estimate from the ER vet

Peeta needs help!

February 26, 2012

Peeta is sick. Very, very, very sick.

Despite being fully vaccinated, Peeta was exposed to parvo  last weekend.
Peeta is currently at our emergency vet getting treatment, but is in critical condition.
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To answer some of the questions asked so far: Peeta was fully vaccinated and quarantined for several weeks prior to transport. At his age, and with multiple vaccines under his belt prior to transport, Peeta should not have gotten sick; that being said … he still has parvo. Thankfully, all of the pups on last weekend’s transport had received a minimum of two rounds of vaccines before transport and had been quarantined for a minimum of 3 weeks, as we require that for all of our transports. The other pups on last weekend’s transport are all totally healthy — THANK GOODNESS!
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What’s going to happen to Peeta? Peeta is truly in the best hands possible with our vets at Hanover Green Vet Clinic. They are doing everything they can to help us save this sweet guy. Unfortunately, Peeta’s visit to the emergency vet and round-the-clock vet care for the next few days is going to be incredibly expensive.
Donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made via Chipin by going here (http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/peetas-parvo-treatment) and clicking the link to the right that says “ChipIn!” or by calling in a donation to our vet clinic (Hanover Green Vet Clinic) at 803.730.2565 — Peeta’s account is under Bonnie Blue Rescue/Courtney Groves.
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How do dogs get parvo? Parvo is transmitted through contact with feces or vomit of an infected animal and infected soil/surfaces. When an animal is infected with parvo, it reaches their intestinal track around day 3-4, and symptoms are “full blown” by days 5-7. Peeta started having an upset stomach late on Friday night and was refusing fluids by early this morning, which means that he was likely infected Fri/Sat/Sunof last week. Peeta could have been exposed from a variety of places – vet clinic where he was neutered, foster home, overnight location, meeting spots along the transport route (previously infected by other dogs), etc.
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Are you a transporter? AVOID these meeting locations: We have sent out an email with all meeting locations used for last weekend’s transport. If you have not yet seen it please go here: http://wp.me/pJ26a-ZQ  We STRONGLY RECOMMEND avoiding these meeting locations/handoff spots for the next 6 months (at a minimum) so as not to infect other pups with these germs.
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Thank you for your continued support of our rescue. Peeta’s situation just reinforces the fact that rescue is rarely easy … but it is worth it.

{bo & luke – today’s the day!}

December 12, 2011

PLEASE JOIN US TODAY

(MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th)

IN SARALAND, ALABAMA!

We are rallying together before the trial of Rodney Loper, Bo & Luke’s former owner. This man is accused of leaving these dogs without food or water for 4+ weeks. He is currently being charged with second degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor in the state of Alabama.

During his arraignment in May of 2011, Mr. Loper pled “not guilty”.

Since the passing of Gucci’s Law (Pet Protection Act) in 2000, charges of animal cruelty can warrant a felony charge if the person “intentionally tortures any dog or cat”.

Mr. Loper has been charged with a misdemeanor.

JOIN US in asking for the maximum punishment allowed by law.

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Take a look at the photos of Bo & Luke.

Consider their circumstances.

Would you consider leaving two dogs without food or water for 4+ weeks “intentional torture”?

WE SURE DO!

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JOIN US as we take a stand and demand harsher punishment for animal abusers!

JOIN US in pushing for the maximum punishment allowed by law!

JOIN US in a show of support for these sweet boys (we’ll be handing out fliers and posters before the trial)!

JOIN US TODAY – Monday, December 12th in Saraland, AL and help us take a stand for these sweet boys who cannot speak for themselves!

We need your help.

Help us pack the courtroom and make a stand!

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The trial is scheduled for TODAY – Monday, December 12th.

3:30pm

Saraland Municipal Court

937 Highway 43 South

Saraland, AL

We are meeting from 2:30-2:45 to the right of the door to the main entrance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL: bonniebluerescue@gmail.com

{bo & luke’s trial is on – monday, december 12, 3:30pm – saraland, al}

December 3, 2011

PLEASE JOIN US!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th IN SARALAND, ALABAMA!

We are rallying together before the trial of Rodney Loper, Bo & Luke’s former owner. This man is accused of leaving these dogs without food or water for 4+ weeks. He is currently being charged with second degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor in the state of Alabama. During his arraignment in May of 2011, Mr. Loper pleaded “not guilty”.

Since the passing of Gucci’s Law (Pet Protection Act) in 2000, charges of animal cruelty can warrant a felony charge if the person “intentionally tortures any dog or cat”. More details at the bottom of this post.

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Take a look at the photos of Bo & Luke.

Consider their circumstances.

Would you consider leaving two dogs without food or water for 4+ weeks “intentional torture”?

WE SURE DO!

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JOIN US as we take a stand and demand harsher punishment for animal abusers.

JOIN US in asking that Mr. Loper’s charge be upped to a felony charge.

JOIN US in a show of support for these sweet boys (we’ll be handing out fliers and posters before the trial).

JOIN US on Monday, December 12th in Saraland, AL and help us take a stand for these sweet boys who cannot speak for themselves!

We need your help.

Help us pack the courtroom and make a stand!

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The trial is scheduled for 3:30pm on Monday, December 12th.

3:30pm

Saraland Municipal Court

937 Highway 43 South

Saraland, AL

We are calling daily to reconfirm the date/time and will keep you abreast of any changes that may occur.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL: bonniebluerescue@gmail.com

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CAN’T PHYSICALLY JOIN US? YOU CAN STILL HELP!

Would you JOIN US in calling The Honorable C. Mark Erwin – the judge for this case (251.675.5393) & the prosecutor, Jeffrey Perloff (251.478.6899) between now and Monday, December 12th and *politely* requesting that they try Mr. Loper under a FELONY CHARGE for INTENTIONAL TORTURE/ANIMAL CRUELTY. Encourage them to administer the most severe sentence allowed by law and send a clear message to their constituents that Saraland takes animal cruelty very seriously.

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More information on Alabama’s Animal Cruelty Statutes:
Title 13A. Criminal Code. Chapter 11. Offenses Against Order and Safety. Article 1. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency.

§ 13A-11-14. Cruelty to Animals.
(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if, except as otherwise authorized by law, he intentionally or recklessly:
(1) Subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; or
(2) Subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or
(3) Kills or injures without good cause any animal belonging to another.
(b) Cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor.
(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, § 5565.)

§ 13A-11-240. Definitions.
(a) The word “torture” as used in this article shall mean the act of doing physical injury to a dog or cat by the infliction of inhumane treatment or gross physical abuse meant to cause said animal intensive or prolonged pain or serious physical injury, or thereby causing death due to said act.
(b) The word “cruel” as used in this article shall mean: Every act, omission, or neglect, including abandonment, where unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering, including abandonment, is caused or where unnecessary pain or suffering is allowed to continue.
(c) The words “dog or cat” as used in this article shall mean any domesticated member of the dog or cat family.
(Act 2000-615, p. 1252, § 1.)

§ 13A-11-241. Cruelty in first and second degrees.
(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the first degree if he or she intentionally tortures any dog or cat or skins a domestic dog or cat or offers for sale or exchange or offers to buy or exchange the fur, hide, or pelt of a domestic dog or cat. Cruelty to a dog or cat in the first degree is a Class C felony. A conviction for a felony pursuant to this section shall not be considered a felony for purposes of the Habitual Felony Offender Act, Section 13A-5-9 to 13A-5-10.1, inclusive.
(b) A person commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree if he or she, in a cruel manner, overloads, overdrives, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, injuries, mutilates, or causes the same to be done. Cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

Pup loose from transport! I-40 East at NC/TN Border!

December 3, 2011

Our sweet momma catahoula has been found.

She was struck and killed by a vehicle. 😦

More information here: http://wp.me/pJ26a-Ua


Additional photos of our momma catahoula from her earlier transport leg: