Small Paws® Rescue Holiday Auction Report!/ See Recent Vet Bills/ Eight Newest Rescues Including Two Black and Whites!/ Vets In Detroit Situation


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Wednesday Monday Morning, December 8, 2021

Gem of the Day: “After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.” ~Novelist Robert McCammon~

Dear Small Pawsers,

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our 2021 Small Paws Rescue Online Holiday Auction!

Thanks to you, we raised $12, 296.00. Thank you all so much!
From Jody Ferraro, our Auction Webmistress, to donors of the items, to the buyers of these items. Thank you to everyone!
I want to show you what we did with the auction funds. We used it toward last week’s vet bills.
As you know, everything is going up in price.
I’ve spoken to Veterinarians who own large practices and they have told me that estimates are that Veterinary care will be going up 30% in 2022. Gulp.
The cost of labor, medications, leases, insurance, it’s all going up.
This vet bill above, was for 8 dogs, coming to an average of $1,758.65 per dog for vetting.
This includes a 20% rescue discount.
One of those eight dogs, Bumper,  is a Bichon-a-doodle pup and he didn’t require much vetting. The others were more in need.
It’s actually running between $1800-2000 to vet each new rescued dog, and that’s IF we can find a Veterinarian willing to do rescue work at a discounted price.
If you are in the Detroit MI, area, and you think that your vet may be someone we could use, could you please give them a call and let me know? Thanks and we surely do need a vet in the Detroit area willing do take on new clients.
Presently, volunteers are having to do 6-7 hours of driving to get Detroit dogs to Chicago to our vet there. That’s not good. Calling for help with vets in or near Detroit, MI.!
So, we have never gotten two black and whites in at once!
What is a black and white in the Bichon rescue world?
Well, it’s probably a Bichon Havanese or a Havanese Mix!
 Many thanks to Sara Rhodes, Team Leader Extraordinare, for her good eye in spotting these two!
Meet “Gabriel” our first Christmas name this season! He was in a shelter near Chicago and we just got him! See why we think he may be a Bichon Havanese?!
Gabriel was found as a stray on the streets of Chicago extremely matted. He is only one and a half years old. He has a cherry eye which must be surgically repaired.  But that’s not all. He also has a heart murmur and with his young age, it may well be a PDA and repairable. We have repaired over 100 PDA’s in the last 23 years. I HOPE it is a PDA so it can be fixed!
Usually, these congenital heart defects present in puppies, but we have seen and repaired PDA’s in dogs up to almost three years old. Gabriel is seeing a Cardiologist tomorrow to let us know what this is. He really is a little angel. Get it? Gabriel?!
If it is a PDA, we will get him down to Columbus Ohio to our great Interventional Cardiologist, Thaibinh Nguyenba, who has done most of our PDA repairs, and he flat knows his stuff.
Without a PDA surgury, I’m estimating Gabriel’s vet bill to be around $2700.00.
Next, meet “Dickens”, our second Black and White. His vetting will be between $1800-$2000.00, if nothing else is wrong. He was an unclaimed stray at a shelter near Chicago.
Our new Chipper is 4 years old and his vetting will be around $1800.00. I haven’t used the name “Chipper” since 2013 when I lost my own “Chipper”, the Bichon who started Small Paws back in 1998.
This is my Chipper’s story. We didn’t have a clue what his story would bring to the world of tens of thousands of rescued Bichons, so far.
Next, meet Rigby! He is estimated to be 4 years old. He will be fostered in Indiana. His vet bills will run around $1800.00.
Next, meet six year old Mollie! She is a happy girl and her vetting will run around $1800.00.
Next, meet 9 year old Lucy. Lucy had one eye removed when she was first placed by Small Paws a couple of years ago. She was recently returned due to extenuating circumstances of her owner. Lucy is located in the Dallas, Tx. Area.
Next, meet 6 year old Casper. He was an owner surrender due to his owners health issues. He is being fostered in Ohio.
Meet Autumn. She is estimated at three years old with heavy tarter for her age. Her vetting near Chicago will be about $1800.00. 
All in all, we will need around $12,000 to vet these eight newest dogs. You know I don’t come to you asking for help unless we need it. We try to stretch every penny. Ask our Team Leaders how frugile I can be, while still supplying excellent care to these Bichons.
We need your help.
I know that it’s December, but these dogs listed above haven’t a clue. They only know they are sick or needing surgery.
I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenges. All My Love, Robin

We have also now added Text-to-Donate feature! It’s simple and secure. You can use any major credit card as well as Google Pay and PAYPAL! Text the number 44321 (how easy is THAT number to remember?!) and type the letters SPR ( all capitals) in the message area. A secure link will come up with simple instructions. After that, you can text a donation of any amount to Small Paws anytime without filling out your information again! We hope you enjoy the ease and security of Text-to-Donate, to help the Bichons!


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Welcome to the Small Paws®  Rescue Online Newsletter, especially to those of you who may have seen us over the years on our guest appearances on Fox and Friends in New York City, or on Animal Planet on “Dogs 101.”, or you may have read about us in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy . You also may have seen us on “Inside Edition” with Deborah Norville! (To see backstage photos of one of our trips to NYC and Fox & Friends, click here.)

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