The October Ten. 6 New Little Girls & 4 New Males. Serious Help Is Needed. A Poignant $200.00 Matching Challenge From Deborah Berger.


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Monday Morning, October 25, 2021

Gem of the Day: “The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin.”

~ A. W. Tozer~

Dear Small Pawsers,

It has been a rough last few days here at Small Paws and I don’t say that lightly.

Team Leaders Sara Rhodes, Dawn Mead, Rae Steeb, and Sharon King have been working overtime in Chicago, Detroit, North Texas, and Ohio, respectively.

We have TEN count them, TEN new Small Paws dogs, and most of them are little train wrecks, needing expensive vetting, surgeries and treatments. Some will need specialists.  

First, near Dallas, Texas, this little one was in a shelter waiting for help.

Meet 3 year old “Joey”. His face tells it all. The red arrow points to a mass or swelling under his chin.

We got him to the vet on Saturday just before they closed. We’ll find out what this is, this week. Please pray for this poor baby.

He doesn’t feel a bit good. I’m estimating his vetting will be in the range of around $2000.00 for diagnostics, and more if a probably surgery is needed. He needs our help.

Next, let’s hop over to Detroit. Remember little Finley? Well, he came though his respiratory infection with flying colors thanks to your help. Thank you!

Finley is well!

Unfortunately, that same respiratory crud is making the rounds in the Detroit area.

On Friday, we needed to get two dogs out of a shelter there and we could not find a veterinarian who was accepting dogs, due to this respiratory illness going on. Twelve vets were contacted to no avail.

One of our vets was treating nine dogs with it and of course they weren’t accepting any new dogs.

The other vets cited a shortage of employees, in some situations, a shortage of vets.

If you’ve tried to get in for an appt. with your vet, you are aware of the long waits! Sometimes months for teeth cleaning!

It’s becoming a real issue, nationwide.

One of our Ohio volunteers, Jeri Shore, travelled all day Friday to Detroit, to get our two new babies and bring them back to Cleveland, Ohio to be vetted.

Wanna see them?

From Sara Rhodes, our Il. Team Leader:

On Oct 22, 2021, at 5:40 PM, Sara Rhoades <> wrote:

Here are Griffy, a little mix estimated at 1 year old and Bumper a 4 month old bichon. ( Note from Editor. They TOLD us he was a Bichon who was four months old. After his rescue, we found a Birthday listed of June 21, 2021. And it said he is a Labradoodle! If you stare at him his feet grow. We have a baby Labradoodle!) They both came from the Detriot, Michigan Animal Control! With a team effort we got them rescued, thanks to Jeri who drove several  hours one way to get them!! 
Meet one year old “Griffy”. He’s very sweet and tiny! We think he once met a Bichon.
Meet 4 month old Baby Bumper. After we got him we realized he is a LABRADOODLE and he’s going to be BIG! He weighs 14 pounds now!
The vet we are using in Cleveland, is giving us a 50% rescue discount by only charging for one of these two. They were both neutered at the shelter, and got most of their shots there. They don’t need their teeth cleaned due to their young ages.  Vetting for the two of them will be under $600.00. Yay!!
Then, we got in an owner surrender today, in Michigan, where the owners went into Assisted Living and are unable to care for 7 year old “Rider”. 
“Rider” was “over-loved” with human food, according to his vet. We will get him back into shape!
He also isn’t up to date on his vetting and will need a teeth cleaning. His vetting will probably run around $500.00 as he won’t need to be quarantined since he didn’t come from a shelter.
Next, let’s fly back over to the Chicago area.
We have SIX females there. We NEVER get six females! Three were found as strays and have multiple issues. Three of them obviously came from the same nightmare. 🙁
These three are estimated at seven years old. Prepare yourselves.
Meet “Beatrice”, estimated at 7 years old, heavy flea infestation. No cataracts. Needs dental. They did feel hard mammary tumors on 3rd and 4th. We will need to remove those. Not spayed. Her vetting will run around $2200.00.
Meet “Emma” an adult female at 7 lbs. heavy flea infestation- shaved, mucous discharge from eyes, (May be dry eye) drops instilled, Dr. Blasso will have to further assess on Monday. Needs dental . Extreem emaciation. Not spayed. She may need to see an optometrist.  Her vetting will be around $1800.00.
Meet Olivia. So far the shelter hasn’t diagnosed masses or dry eye, but just look at this poor dog. She is emaciated. She will need the works. Her estimate is for around $1800.00. 
Meet “Poppy”. I can’t even imagine how bad she felt, under all those mats.
But the shelter shaved her and look at Poppy now! Her vetting will run around $1600.00 if nothing else is wrong.
This next little girl really got to me.
This poor little girl looks totally defeated. She needed a beautiful name for the beautiful dog she will one day be. I named her “Lucia”. It means “light” in Latin. I will always remember Lucia and the way she looked upon intake. Bless her heart. Her vetting will be around $1600.00.
Meet “Belle” from a shelter near Chicago. I know she doesn’t look real, but she is. She was microchipped and the owners were contacted three times and left her there for several weeks. Her Birthday is 2/18/13 so she is eight years old. Her vetting will run around $1600.00.
So adding all of this up, we are estimating vet bills for these ten at $13,700.00. I can’t believe we need to raise $13,700.00.
Is anyone out there who has been blessed enough to help us to help these ten dogs? 
We have one Matching Donation Challenge to issue, now.
It’s from Deborah Berger. Please pray for her family.
<> wrote:

I’ll issue a $200 challenge in honor of my 2 sisters.  One is a breast cancer survivor the other sister has stage 4 ovarian which has metastasized.  If you can help please do so! Deborah

I’m here and will issue all matching challenge donations. This is the biggest rescue we’ve done in some time, and they all are busted. (Well, all except for the one whose 4 months old and his feet grow before your very eyes. So far, Bumper isn’t busted.)

I try to imagine my precious Bichons, being in conditions like those and it’s to painful to think about.
These dogs don’t know how to help themselves.
They don’t know what it means to pay a veterinarian.
They only know that they hurt and don’t feel good. The three girls from Chicago were literally starving to DEATH, on the streets. Police reports of criminal neglect were filed.
There must be a reason we have them. There must be a reason.
I think they found their ways to our door, so that we can get them healthy. So they can be adopted into a real home with real love. So they can make a difference in the lives of human beings, some of whom may not have much love in their lives, or maybe they lost a loved one and are alone now.
There is a reason God has entrusted these ten to us.
I am here and will issue all matching donation challenges. All My Love, Robin

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