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Gem Of The Day: “You can’t change a dog’s past, but you can rewrite the future.”  ~Agnes Carass~

Dear Small Pawers,

We have been inundated with SEVEN new dogs in the past five days. Six of them are from the CACC in Chicago. Their rescues and foster homes are being coordinated by our IL. Team Leader Extraordinaire, Sara Rhodes at

Another one is a deplorable case from the Austin, Texas shelter. His rescue is being coordinated by our Texas Team Leader, Michelle Morgan at Michelle is doing a great job in the state of  Texas!

Maybe you better sit down.

I just got the estimates from the vet.

Each one of them is going to cost an average of $1800.00 – $2100.00 to be vetted, which includes 10 days of quarantine, to protect our foster home’s own personal dogs from shelter diseases like kennel cough, parvo, and distemper, spaying or neutering, complete dentals, some will need sedation grooming due to horrible matting, heartworm tests, complete bloodwork, fecal exams, vaccinations, canine influenza shots, some have some lumps and bumps which need to be removed, and allergy injections. Some have sever ear infections which will need to be packed.

For these seven to be vetted IF there is nothing else major wrong like heartworms, we are looking at needing $12,600.00-$14,000.

And that includes a 30% rescue discount for the Chicago dogs and a 10% rescue discount for the one in Austin.

What Is A Matching Donation Challenge?

Why is the Cost of Veterinary Care Skyrocketing?

The Austin Texas shelter contacted us on Monday about this estimated two year old male.

Are you ready? 

We are picking him up on Friday. We’ve named him “Hubble”.

This is what the shelter medical eval says. We have a Birthday because he has a Microchip, but the contact information on it is outdated.


Sex: Intact Male Estimated D.O.B.: 5/1/21 Looks Like: Bichon Frise Mix
Color: White Intake Date: 5/1/23 
Weight: 12.75 lbs Neutered Date: Still Intact 

Putting to DVM to determine if the dog needs to be sedated for grooming.
Stray, Moderate matting over coat, doesn’t appear to be blocking urination or defecation. Not tightly pulling at skin but is over the entire coat.
05/01/23 14:41
Dog has severly matted and damaged coat. Patches of skin seem irritated, and parts of face and tail seem to have bad matts that could be injuries. 

Next, here are the SIX from the CACC in Chicago.

See the video above!

First, we have two sisters from the same litter. Meet April, (the white one) and her sister Violet.

According to our resident Shih Tzu Expert, SPR Board Member, Bekye Eckert, we now believe they are Teddy Bears, half Shih-Tzu and half Bichon. They are precious. They turned 10 years old on March 23, 2023.

Let me ‘splain, Lucy.

One of our SPR Whiskers, (SPR Volunteers who whisk the dogs from the shelters and take them to  our vets) Davis Rann, was at the CACC in Chicago to pick up another dog for us, when a woman came in crying. She could no longer afford to take care of these two sisters. They both had sever ear infections.

I spoke to the shelter and they are so overcrowded they were going to have to separate them. They have been together since birth. They would have lost their home, their owner, AND each other.

Blame me. I couldn’t leave them and told Davis to take them. They were checked into the shelter and then dispatched to us. IT’S MY FAULT!

I imagine they were being fed table scraps as both of them need Jenny Craig. April weighs 16 pounds and Violet weighs 20. We will get them vetted and get some weight off of them, so they can be healthy and enjoy years to come. (Blame it on me.)

Next, we have little “Pandy”, a 3 year old 12 pound female. We think she may be, as least partly, a Bichon Havanese. She will need the works.


Next, meet Miles! Miles is young and weighs 9 pound. And as you can see, he is a BICHON!

Next, meet Tiki! He’s only 18 months old and he weighs 9 pounds. He has obviously once met a Bichon!

Next, meet “Moo-Cow”! (There was a black and white spotted dog at Puppy Bowl Filming this year named Moo-Cow, and he got the Best Name Award!) Our Moo-Cow is on the younger side and he weighs 12 pounds. 


Lastly, we want to give you an update on our little guy in the Witness Protection. This is how he looked when he came into rescue. We have named him “Bear”.

This is how he looks now, after vetting and shaving, and receiving his new blanket, from the Small Paws® Rescue Blanketeers, under the direction of Robin Pezzulo at

The Blankeers also made a pink blanket for our Foster Mom’s own Bichon!

Every adopted dog from Small Paws®, receives a hand made blanket from the Blanketeers! A heart warming addition to adoption!

Many thanks to the ladies who make these blankets and to Robin Pezzulo, our Lead Blanketeer!

So, for these seven to be vetted IF there is nothing else wrong, we are looking at $12,600.00-$14,000. I am here and will issue any matching donation challenges that come in.

This is a large rescue all at once. We need help.

What Is A Matching Donation Challenge?

All My Love, Robin

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