Hope and her six puppies

This is one of the more heartbreaking cases we've seen in a while. We're going to name this dog Hope, as we hope we can put her back together again.  We came upon Hope today in a fenced in yard along a busy road in Guanica, Puerto Rico. Maybe this is the only kindness her owner has showed her to protect her from speeding cars. 

Hope has barely a speck of hair left on her - no coat whatsoever to protect her skin from sun, fleas, ticks and mange.  She is starving and struggling. And she is a mother to a new litter of puppies. It was hard to tell how many and what age as she has them hidden under the back of a broken-down car in the yard with only dirt and stones, but she is trying her best to feed and protect them. You can just tell her instincts are doing the best they can in such a horrible situation. Of course, there was no food or water for her anywhere. 


My colleague Wanda and I (The Guanica Animal Rescue Project) stopped to feed and water Hope, and spoke to the woman that lived next door. She said it was her son's dog, he was living on the other side of the island now and doesn't want the dog anymore. Well, that is pretty obvious.  The Guanica Animal Rescue Project is going to take Hope under our wing and do whatever we can to help her and her puppies. It will be a challenge as we can be sure she is heart worm positive among other blood diseases and it will be tricky treating her while she is nursing a litter. We hope to save them all. 

Please help us help Hope with all necessary medical treatment she and her pups will need for a full recovery.  She shouldn't suffer like this.


Updates

  • Hope has completed her heart worm treatment and we have had her stay back to be with Forest (her son from a previous litter) and help him with his heart worm recovery. Hurricane Irma also got in the way of shipping Hope out but she and Forest will go together when Forest is healed. 

    Hope's puppies have all been adopted into wonderful families and are doing very well we hear. She remains very popular with our other fosters, Manchi and her seven puppies and pups Romeo and Juliet. Hope is very good natured and allows everyone to crawl all over her without a growl or bark.  She has helped Forest come out of his shell and he now accepts food with medication from our hand. 

    Your financial support has helped this whole process and we still have a way to go with Forest's heart worm treatment. Manchi, Hope and Forest will all ship to new forever homes mid October with the seven puppies soon to follow.

    September 12, 2017



  • We were finally able to capture Forest with a HavAHeart trap as he wasn't too keen on having a leash around his neck. The trap was easy and he walked in for the tasty bait - Vienna sausages. He was calm, wagged his tail a lot and off he went to the vet for his medical check up. Poor Forest, after getting a 4Dxsnap test, tested positive for everything; heart worm, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. All treatable, but it will take a while. He had his vaccines and de-wormer, ears cleaned and a lyme dip bath for his skin. He stayed at the clinic for 3 days to just stabilize. Then, the big surprise came when we brought him into foster care with his mom, Hope. What a happy reunion for the two! We just shipped out Hope's six puppies and she was thrilled to have a family member with her again and they have been inseparable. 


    Hope is finishing her heart worm treatment and handling it very well. We've decided that they will stay together while Forest goes through his and she will help socialize him. His eyes are brighter, he's very happy to see us and jumps around and squeals, wagging his tail. He just isn't thrilled to be touched yet although he will eat his medicine from my hand. Bit by bit or as said in Puerto Rico, 'poco y poco. 


    Please help us with a donation for the two heart worm treatments and Forest's further treatments. They both look so much better and are much happier now.

    September 01, 2017

  • 8/25/17 - Hope's puppies shipped this week to their new forever homes and Hope started her heart worm treatment. She'll need some calm while she goes through treatment. She was nervous on her second ever vet visit as evidence by climbing on top of another kennel of puppies we had with us, but overall she handled the procedure beautifully. She has gained about nine pounds since we took her in and in one that is great for her health, but ups the cost of the heart worm treatment - it will be $300. We'd rather have her healthy again so it is worth every penny.


    August 25, 2017

  • Our shipping cost was $507 for all six puppies and and Hope's heart worm treatment is $300. We'll need help covering these costs if you can, please.

    August 25, 2017

  • We're not done with Hope and her puppies yet. Hope's pups (Spencer, Olive, Pepin, Bentley, Quinn and Raisin) are getting ready for their big day on Wednesday. Wanda and I took them in for their 2nd vaccines and monthly preventative meds and tomorrow they will get their baths and be all ready for travel. It will be a sad parting, not only us, but Hope, too. We've really enjoyed these puppies and they have been very entertaining. Although we feel she is ready to let them go on their way. She's stopped nursing them and will finally start her heartworm treatment this week. We hope that you will support us with a donation for their vaccines and meds and shipping. It is going to be about $500 to ship these babes out. We'll need help. 

    August 19, 2017

  • Hope had her 'spa' day yesterday and had her final medicated bath to heal her skin from mange. All her sores have healed up beautifully and her coat has come back in almost 100%. She has a wired hair coat and must have some Terrier in her somewhere. Plus, she has gained weight which will help her stay strong for her two upcoming heart worm injections. She is just such a delight to be around and very even tempered after the hard life she had. She loves affection and loves to give it too. Her pups obviously had to 'help' us and will all have their baths soon as they ship out to our partner organization next week to find their new homes while mum goes through HW treatment. Hope has come a long way and it is all due to the support that you all have given. She still has more to go and it is worth it every day with her and the puppies. Here are some new pictures of the 'spa' treatment.

    August 17, 2017

  •  Hope will start her heartworm treatment this next week and we feel she will do really well as she has been doing much better physically since we rescued her. She has put on weight, her fur is coming back in nicely and she just seems so much stronger and happier. She is also on antibiotic now for the ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. The pups are weaned and everyone is happy and doing well. Hope should be in a position to tolerate the two injections now that she has been stabilized. We brought her pups in for their first vaccines and named each one. I've included pictures of their first trip to vet and vaccines. Four males and two females. The four males are Spencer, Bentley, Pepin and Quinn and the two females are Olive and Raisin. 


    We hope you will continue to support their medical care and preparation to new forever homes.

    August 06, 2017

  •  A busy week happening at the vet clinic for our rescues. Hope had her vaccines yesterday and and her 4 Dx Snap test. Unfortunately, she is HW positive and positive for ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. We're not surprised, but all is treatable and she is starting on doxyclyline now in preparation to her two injections next week for the HW. She was a dream at the clinic and very calm. The first dog I've seen that wags her tail when being vaccinated! We got her a mani/pedi, too as every hardworking mum deserves one. 


    Hope's six puppies are going for their first vaccines the end of this week. The puppies are pretty much weaned from Hope which is good as they won't be nursing from her once she gets her injections. They will have to be separated. Hope has been a real delight and is really good natured and has gotten much stronger since when we first took her in with her litter. We're sure she'll handle the heartworm treatment very well. We really need financial help though with her HW treatment and the six puppies getting their vaccines. Hope now weighs 50 lbs and the cost of treatment is based on weight. Please help with the series of upcoming vaccines for the puppies and Hope's treatment.


    It makes us so pleased when we look at Hope's before pictures and where and what condition we found her. She was so timid and unsure of us, but just has blossomed into a beautiful dog. Can't wait until we can get her the forever home she deserves.


    All of Hope's family have come such a long way due to your support

    August 02, 2017

  • Hope and her puppies are doing so much better now that they are in foster care. Hope's fur is coming back in and a beautiful dog is coming out of that painful mange. She still requires vaccines and 4 DX Snap testing and a full CBC blood panel to detect any other illnesses. Once she has weaned the puppies, Hope will go in for her first vet visit and the puppies will be ready soon to start their vaccines. Hope did have her first medicated bath the other day and handled well considering it was probably the first bath she ever had. 

    July 21, 2017

  • We were able to build Hope a new shelter for her and her puppies and she moved right in and got comfortable! We call it 'Shabby Chic'  while we prepare to move her and the pups in another week into foster care. You can see her new place and the puppies in the pictures. Hope had moved the puppies out from under the car into a pile of leaves and it still was not the best place for them between fire ants, crabs and rats in the area. This shelter isn't perfect, but it is a far cry from what the pups have been in. We did discover that she has lost one puppy and it probably died under the car where we couldn't get to it after a heavy rainfall.

    Hope has come around and is quite affectionate towards us and always wants to be petted. We've treated the pups with deworming medicine and Hope has had the same.  Hope will start her medicated baths in foster care as there presently isn't any way for us to do so where she is now. She's really coming along and it is due to your donations for food and medication.  Next up will be vaccines for all, sterilization for Hope and more medical tests. Please help out with a donation as this will be a long term project and care. This family deserves a chance and we are going give them all the help that we can. 

    July 08, 2017

  • Hope is starting to come around now and feel more comfortable with both Wanda and me. She actually let Wanda move one of her puppies and she came up to me tail wagging and briefly let me pet her nose! She still has seven puppies, and they look to be about 3-4 weeks old. She has vacated underneath the car and moved five of them to another place in the yard. It poured last night and they weren't in the best of places in the mud puddle that was being created under the car. There are also rats and land crabs in the yard and we hope to move Hope and the pups very soon.

    This isn't any way for her to raise a family.  She has them under a pile of junk in some leaves. At least it is 'softer' than were they were before. We'll work on making it better in the interim and have had to make due with things left around the yard.   Hope has gained some weight, is holding her head up higher and her eyes are brighter. The flea and tick meds are doing wonders and the vitamins are certainly helping with regular meals.  We'll have Hope and her babies on the road to recovery. Please help us keep these pups alive and and Hope getting better with a donation for their medical care.

    July 05, 2017

  • This past Wednesday, Wanda and I met with Dr. Barrera to assess Hope and her 7!, yes 7! puppies. This poor dog has suffered more than most and it shows all over her.  We decided the best thing to do for her and her puppies is to treat her where she currently is as she is very timid and we can't get to the puppies yet. They look to be 3 weeks old. We will be going to give her food and water daily and are helping to build her immune system with multi vitamins in her food. We also gave her flea/tick medicine which is safe for lactating moms. That should start to ease some of her pain and uncomfortable situation from the severe mange and start some healing until we can start handling her and give her medicated baths.

    Hope will be a long term project and we really hope that we will get financial support from everyone. We have a lot of puppies and moms mouths to feed right now that This past Wednesday, Wanda and I met with Dr. Barrera to assess Hope and her 7!, yes 7! puppies. It never stops. This poor dog has suffered more than We decided the best thing to do for her and her puppies is to treat her where she currently is as she is very timid and we can't get to the puppies yet. They look to be 3 weeks old. We will be going to give her food and water daily and are helping to build her immune system with multi vitamins in her food. We also gave her flea/tick medicine which is safe for lactating moms. That should start to ease some of her pain and uncomfortable situation from the severe mange and start some healing until we can start handling her and give her medicated baths.   Hope will be a long term project and we really hope that we will get financial support from everyone. We have a lot of mouths to feed right now that all require medical treatment and vaccines. Plus, we will having shipping cost coming up behind all of this to get them all to new homes. 

    June 30, 2017