Regranned from *shelter.tales - Need Foster! 2nd before pic is graphic. If the truth of what this baby went through offends you then don't look.
THIS DOG NEEDS A LOS ANGELES FOSTER HOME ASAP!!! Those of you who saw the graphic photo and video of him Friday when he was about to be dumped at a kill shelter will probably never forget him — he had been mysteriously injured, his right eyeball was hanging halfway down his face, and his owner said he didn’t know what to do with him so he was abandoning him. Our vet thinks his suspicious injury was due to blunt trauma, not something like getting hit by a car as per his owners’s purported story, because the dog is not injured in any other way. Gabriel’s emergency surgery to remove his eye went well and he’s recovering smoothly so far. THANK YOU to everyone who made it possible for us to get this boy the medical care he needed so quickly. Now he’s ready to be discharged and needs a foster home where he can rest up and heal. He doesn't require any high maintenance care, just standard post surgery meds, a cone, and someone who can keep an watch over him and give him plenty of TLC. Gabriel is about 5 years old and 14 lbs. Pickup is today or tomorrow, fostering lasts 2 to 4 weeks. If you can take this boy in, please submit the foster app at socialteesnyc.org and email email@example.com NOW!!! (We know there was a decent number of followers gravely offended by the content we posted Friday, so they left our community. While we do not mean to disrespect any of our followers, we do not regret sharing but will consider doing so more conservatively next time. While we experience and share many joyful and fun moments in our work, rescue is not always cute, and horrifying emergencies like this happen. We aim to educate and raise awareness, and hiding the terror these animals experience won’t help change the system that causes it or help each individual at times like these. Thank you beyond words to each of you who, instead of turning your backs, donated, shared, commented, sent us encouraging emails and messages, and put positive energy into the universe for this innocent soul.) #animalrescue#rescued
Meet Pi! ❤️ “Hello, this is our rescue dog Pi aka SweetiePi. Pi was a street dog from Mexico that was saved by Isla Animals then once she was healthy enough to travel she was sent to Canada where we saw her online with WHARF (Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation). Pi only has 1 eye and had a lot of different fears when we got her but it didn't take long for her to become the happiest little dog ever. She loves to run, play and even though being near water was one of her fears she happily goes running into a creek now to splash around. Rescue dogs may come with some hang-ups but Pi is a shining example of how with a little help and a lot of love they can overcome their fears. 😊😊😊❤❤❤ Pi's Instagram name is @sweetiepi.06”
I want to talk honestly about fear and anxiety. People see photos of our dogs and say 'such a beautiful family'. But behind the scenes, it's not always beautiful. Quinnie has had a really tough year. That she grew up completely isolated, wasn't introduced to anything during her prime learning phase, meant that when we got her, the world literally fell on top of her in one big swoop. It's been so hard seeing her crippled by fear at times, and to know we can't just make her ok over night. She's not afraid every second of her life. Some moments and in some situations, she's completely ok. Other times, she is the opposite. And then there are many moments inbetween. It's been a huge learning curve to figure out what triggers her fear. If you think of a fearful dog, you think shivering, cowering, avoidance. Which she does a lot. But when things get beyond too much, she goes the other way. She will literally scream. She doesn't growl, snarl or bark, she screams at the top of her lungs while straining into her harness. So her fear reactivity manifests slightly differently than in most dogs. Some of you know working with dogs is my job. Writing training plans, assessing behavior and then putting together behavior modification protocols is a big part of it. But I know my limits. I know that sometimes, all the behavior mod, counter conditioning and desensitizing won't do. I was fairly certain Quinnie needed chemical assistance to break through her paralyzing fear. We consulted a PhD veterinary behaviorist in Atlanta a few weeks ago, did trial set ups with fake dogs, our dogs, and other things. The behaviorist confirmed everything I had put in Q's profile, and agreed that our Orca Baby would greatly benefit from medication. We started her on Fluoxetine, which takes between 4-8 weeks to show effects. We're barely into week 3 so it's much too early to tell. There is no magical pill, bead, tonic, to cure our dogs of their fears. Many different things have to happen together. It's ok to be at a loss and to ask for help. Please seek out a true professional (the PPG has a list of trainers; the ACVB of behaviorists) as the terms behaviorist and trainer are not licensed in the US.