Critical care dogs are rescued Goldens identified as unadoptable due to a terminal illness, incapacitation, or aggressive behavior discovered after the dog has been rescued. While a small number of these dogs can be re-evaluated and later deemed adoptable, most of them remain in their foster homes for the remainder of their life. GRRAND cares for these dogs with the help of experienced foster families who provide needed medication, comfort, and love until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. As you can imagine, care for these dogs, including vet care and medications, can be quite costly.
We’ve established a fund for our critical care dogs and wish to highlight their stories on this page. As you read through these difficult stories, please consider donating to the Critical Care Fund. With your help and the dedication of our experienced foster families, we hope to create a compassionate atmosphere for each dog that would otherwise experience a sad ending. The donation form is at the bottom of this page.
MEET OUR CRITICAL CARE DOGS
Yesterday, GRRAND was contacted about a Golden Retriever named Rubin that had been hit by a car. Rubin suffered a right femur fracture and a left pelvic fracture. His owner was unable to afford surgery and requested that the veterinarian put Rubin down.
Thankfully, the veterinarian’s office knew about GRRAND and reached out to us to help. We said yes immediately, and convinced Rubin’s owner to agree to surrender Rubin to GRRAND so he could receive the emergency medical care he desperately needed.
Rubin underwent orthopedic surgery on April 25, to install plates and screws to help his fractures heal properly. He is now being monitored and resting comfortably at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service. Rubin’s medical expenses for his surgery and post-operative care will exceed $5,000.
If you would like to donate to Rubin’s medical care, select the donation button below to make an online donation. Checks can also be mailed to GRRAND, PO Box 6132, Louisville, KY 40206. Please write Rubin’s name in the memo line.
We will continue to update our supporters on Rubin’s status. Thank you to everyone for your support!
My name is Bear and I’m a wonderful, sweet two year old golden retriever who loves everyone and loves life. I came to GRRAND last fall from a rural Kentucky shelter where I was well known by the staff. They picked me up as a stray multiple times, but this last time, my family didn’t bother to come and get me. That was actually the best thing that could have ever happened to me, because when I wasn’t claimed, GRRAND took me in. I quickly went home with a man who had been waiting to adopt a golden for many months.
I love my new life with Jon, but when GRRAND rescued me, I tested positive for heartworms. As with all heartworm positive dogs that GRRAND takes in, I started to go through the heartworm treatment so I wouldn’t die. The treatment was two months long and I really didn’t feel well much of that time. As my treatment ended, I was spiking a fever and was very weak. My dad took me to the emergency vet where extensive bloodwork was done and I was then referred to a vet specialist. They said my blood count was dangerously low and in an effort to diagnose my condition, a bond marrow
aspirate was needed.
The test results revealed “bone marrow hypoplasia”, most likely caused by a reaction to my heartworm treatment. Bacterial antibiotics, steroid therapy, and 3-4 blood transfusions were recommended in an effort to save my life. I’ve had one transfusion now and it really helped me feel better, but the vets say that I need at least 2-3 more.
GRRAND has spent $2,800 on me to date, but if they hadn’t I would not be here today. The specialist says that my continued treatment to cure my condition is going to cost GRRAND an additional $1,800!
I am still so young and hope to have many more years ahead to enjoy my new life with my dad who adores me, but GRRAND needs some help to pay for my medical expenses. If you could consider making even a small donation to help me get well, I would be so grateful. GRRAND promises to keep you updated on my treatments
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Update on Bear’s Medical Care: Bear continues to go to the veterinarian weekly for blood work. He is in stable condition, but guarded. Bear’s next blood transfusion is scheduled for March 10. Many thanks to those of you who have given so generously to help a deserving dog in need!