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
We are sad to share that James, a very sweet three-year-old Flat Coat Retriever, has been diagnosed with cancer. James came to GRRAND in May from a rural shelter as a stray. On intake, our GRRAND volunteers noticed a golf-ball sized lump on his side. James was taken to our vets to grade the tumor and see if it could be removed, or if it had spread. Unfortunately, we did not receive the news we were hoping for. James was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer), and he is terminal.
Luckily, James has been placed in hospice care with one of GRRAND’s wonderful foster families. He is not in pain, and we intend to make sure that James does not suffer. He will be surrounded by a loving, doting family that will take the absolute best care of him.
Lannis is a 1-2 year old female Flat Coat Retriever mix who came to GRRAND as a stray. When we first met this little beauty, she was limping quite a bit, and x-rays revealed that there is a bullet lodged in her leg. Who could do such a thing to this great little dog?!
Lannis will rest up for a bit and then be evaluated for surgery to remove the bullet. Her medical expenses may be in excess of $4,500. She will need a calm environment, and lots of love. If you can help out this sweet girl by providing her a comfortable place to recover, please contact our Foster Coordinator Diane at 502-558-6873.
If you can’t foster Lannis, but would like to help, please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of her medical care. Checks can also be mailed to GRRAND, PO Box 6132, Louisville, KY 40206. Please write Lannis’ name in the memo line.
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!
UPDATE ON CRITICAL CARE DOG BEAR – RELEASED FROM CARE!
On February 23, we sent an emergency Medical Plea for Bear, a two-year old Golden Retriever GRRAND rescued as a stray from a Kentucky shelter. Bear tested positive for heartworm disease, and began treatment in his new adoptive home. Near the end of Bear’s treatment, he began spiking a fever and was very weak. Bear’s adoptive family took him to the emergency vet where extensive blood work was performed. Bear’s blood count was dangerously low. In an effort to diagnose his condition, a bone marrow aspirate was needed. Based on the test results, the veterinary specialist determined that Bear likely suffered from Ivermectin toxicity caused by a reaction to his heartworm treatment. Bear required antibiotics, steroid therapy, and multiple blood transfusions to save his life.
We are so pleased to report that at Bear’s most recent and final vet visit, all his blood counts were back to normal, and he was discharged! We want to thank Dr. Daly and the staff at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists for taking such good care of Bear. We also want to extend our heartfelt thanks once again to everyone who contributed to help cover Bear’s medical expenses. His treatment was fully covered thanks to our generous donors, and his life was saved! We are truly grateful for our amazing GRRAND supporters. Thank You!
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!