We exist to rescue Great Pyrenees from animal control facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as space in our foster homes is available. We consist of all volunteers, who generously give of their time, talents, and homes (for fostering) to this cause. Our dedicated volunteers evaluate dogs in shelters, transport them to various veterinary clinics for care, provide loving foster homes as long as needed, process adoption applications, visit potential adopters, take our dogs to public events to gain more exposure, use a wide variety of media to spread the word about our dogs available for adoption, and work to educate the public about the Great Pyrenees breed and about the need to spay/neuter to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up in shelters every year.
On Sunday 1/20/13 SPIN answered the call from two different DFW area shelters to help Pyrs in need. Two VERY young puppies — only 10 – 12 weeks old — were attacked by other dogs. Both puppies have serious head and face wounds that have become infected, plus other injuries to the body that we think (we hope) are minor. “Sunny” was taken straight from the shelter to a vet who is open on Sundays. X-rays revealed that her jaw is broken, so we took her to a specialist on Monday 1/21/13. More X-rays revealed that her jaw is broken into at least 5 pieces, so it will require surgery to repair. She’s taking strong antibiotics and pain meds for now and will have surgery on Friday 1/25/13.
Her veterinary bills so far have been $568, and her surgery will cost much more than that.
Thankfully, the other puppy (name yet to be decided) has no broken bones — just puncture wounds and infection that is being treated.
Given the similarities in the puppies themselves and in their injuries, we have to think that even though they were turned in at different shelters, this was no coincidence. We hate to say it, but we wonder whether these puppies may have been used as bait in a dog-fighting ring.
In addition to these two new additions to SPIN’s care, we have two other young dogs, not quite a year old each, who saw our orthopedic vet last week. X-rays revealed that both pups will need corrective surgery. And we have one more adult dog whose limp tells us that she may have hip problems, so she’ll be going in to see the ortho vet soon. As soon as we’ve worked out the details of care (surgery or other treatment as recommended by the specialist), we’ll post more.
We love our work in rescue, but we could never afford to provide so many dogs with the care they need if not for your help. Specialists and surgeries are extremely important, but SPIN feels strongly that these young pups deserve the best care, and we’ll do whatever is necessary to raise funds to pay for it. We appreciate any donation you can make to help with these expenses. And remember, SPIN is a 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt corporation, so all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We’ve set up a ChipIn, so you can donate easily by using the widget/link near the top right of this page. Or you can go directly to your PayPal account and make a donation to SavingPyrsInNeed@yahoo.com. If you do, please be sure to note that your donation is for “Puppy Surgeries”. And of course, we are always glad to receive donations by check. You can make a check payable to SPIN and mail to 301 Allegheny Trail Lane, Garland, TX 75043.