Help Our Dogs In Need
Bernice the Pitbull Needs Help Finding Her Beauty
After spending 9 months at the shelter, no relief from her skin condition and nobody interested in adoption, Bernice was schedule to be euthanized. Wags & Walks learned about Bernice and went to the shelter to save her. She has been judged and overlooked by adopters for so longr because of her appearance, but we can see the beauty beneath and we know someone else will too!
Mayra the Bald Pitbull - Needs Help Healing & Hair
Is that a hippo? A walrus? Is that one of those fancy rare hairless dog breeds? No - this is Mayra, she's a pitbull and she's almost completely bald! There's nothing fancy or funny about it, this is the result of a skin condition that has been neglected for way too long. She arrived at the public animal shelter as a stray - no chance in hell that someone would choose her to adopt from the shelter looking like this, so Wags & Walks scooped her up and we will see to it that Mayra heals and finds an excellent forever home. She's being treated by a dermatologist for a severe skin condition. It's a long process to restore her health but we're already starting to see some hair grow back! More importantly, the painfully swollen and cracked skin is starting to heal and it's clear that Mayra is already feeling so much better. Please join us in the journey to help Mayra heal.
Lorax (the dog) Needs a Happily-Ever-After
Lorax earned his name because of an uncanny resemblance to the Dr. Seuss character. His silly face and ultra-relaxed disposition makes everyone smile, it's hard for people not to giggle when they meet Lorax. All joking aside though, Lorax came to us as a senior dog with a massive tumor on his shoulder. Other old dog issues like arthritis and cloudy eyes were the least of our worries, this beast of a tumor needed to be removed and checked for cancer. A specialty surgeon was called in for the task, delicately removing the tumor and sending it to the lab for biopsy. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the results came back - no cancer! Just a big 'ol nasty benign tumor that his previous owner ignored while it grew and grew and then maybe that's why he was dumped at the shelter. Thanks to Wags & Walks taking a chance on a dog with huge tumor, now Lorax has a second opportunity to live many more wonderful years in a deserving forever home.
Violet has been Neglected from Head to Toe
Violet has clearly been neglected from head to toe, probably her whole life. She is estimated at 12 years old - never spayed, never washed or groomed, all of her teeth are rotting and she has a significant heart condition. Violet needs to see a cardiologist to investigate the cause and severity of her heart condition and determine when it will be safe to put her under anesthesia for dental surgery. In the meantime we cleaned her up and we're keeping her as comfortable as possible. This darling senior poodle has a tough road ahead and she's facing a lot of uncertainty. Please help us help Violet overcome her neglectful past.
Tiny Dog Milford Struggles to Live
Milford is a small-but-mighty little dog! He's been fighting for his life, suffering from very bad pneumonia and a heart condition. The heart condition alone is manageable but the pneumonia has tried to claim his life repeatedly. On more than one occasion we thought we lost him but this little soldier keeps surprising us with his tenacity and will to live. As long as he keeps fighting, we keep fighting! It's been a long stressful ordeal but we think Milford has finally made a turn for the better and is on the road to recovery now! We surely appreciate anything that can be contributed to the cost of saving little Milford's life.
We Call Him Pastrami, Sweet Pitbull Needs Surgery
Pastrami is a sweet, smiling pitbull who loves everyone he meets. We rescued him from the shelter with a limp and our vet confirms he has a torn ACL ligament in his knee. For a big dog like Pastrami, living with a torn ACL is very painful, recovery from surgery will be tough but 'Rami is a tough guy and we know he will power thru this like a champ! We are seeking assistance with the cost of this surgery, to help Pastrami live pain-free.
Argos is a Good Dog With Bad Hips, Needs Surgery
Argos is a unique looking pitbull/hound mix with sad soulful eyes. Perhaps his expression reflects his pain - Argos has really bad hips, probably born this way. He's approximately 3 years old and has likely suffered with this malformity his whole life. The hip joints are so out of alignment, it's painful to watch him walk. One hip joint is beyond traditional repair methods, but the other joint can be repaired with an FHO surgery. Fixing the one hip joint will provide Argos with some stability and pain relief. He will not be running any marthons or climbing any mountains, but we can provide him with some relief to live a comfortable limited-exercise lifestyle. Please help us help Argos.
Hershey's Heart Hurts - Help Her Heal!
Hershey is a little dark-chocolate colored chihuahua that came to Wags & Walks after she was abandoned in a vacant apartment. We noticed she was coughing and assumed she must have caught kennel cough but a visit to the vet revealed she has a heart murmur. The murmur plus the cough were cause for concern so we took Hershey to see a cardiology specialist where she received an echocardiogram that confirmed a serious heart condition - degenerative mitral and tricuspid valve disease. This is a progressive disease that will eventually lead to heart failure but medication, careful monitoring, and restricted water intake will slow down the progression and hopefully will afford Hershey some years. Currently little Hershey feels great - she doesn't seem to know there's anything wrong, and her cough is already improving with medication.
Jalapeno's second lease on life
As soon as we met this sweet senior we knew we needed to help him immediately!
Jalapeno's mouth was filled with extremely rotten teeth on the verge of becoming a life threatening infection. He could barely eat his food and was super skinny all due to the neglect of his dental care. We can only assume that Jalapeno has been suffering like this for many months, maybe years.
We immediately rushed Jalapeno to the veterinarian where he had to have 17 teeth removed. This is an extreme dental and only done in cases where there is no other choice but is necessary to save his life from a potentially fatal blood infection.
Just when we thought Jalapeno was over the worst of it, he got sick with pneumonia and needed hospitalization and urgent care.
Help Amazing Dog Libby Fight Cancer
Libby is an inspirational breed-ambassador dog - she is the most gentle, loving, easy-going dog you will ever meet. This girl was in rough shape when we got her, clearly she had lived a difficult life - skin infections, ears infections, poorly cropped ears, rotting teeth, arthritic and she had a very tough time recovering from spay surgery. Whilst getting her first medicated bath we found a lump on her body, then we found another one. Off to the vet she went - 4 rotten teeth removed and the two lumps removed were sent out for biopsy. Unfortunately the news is not good - the biopsy confirms that one of the lumps is a malignant tumor. Although the two lumps were removed, Libby will need another surgery to remove the surrounding tissue to ensure that no cancerous cells are left behind. Removing the cancerous tissue will provide a much brighter prognosis for this special lady. Please help Libby fight cancer!
Doodles Enthusiasm Broke his Knee!
Doodles has such a zest for life, he approaches everything with 100% enthusiasm. It's that amazing enthusiasm that unfortunately led to an accident resulting in a knee injury that needs surgery. Once he recovers from surgery to fix a torn ACL in his knee, Doodles will be walking and romping pain free again. Please help Doodles regain his zest!
Sweet Little Dog "Prairie" Needs Knee Surgery
This cute little dog was brought to a County shelter as a stray. Nobody came to claim her so Wags & Walks rescued her from the shelter and named her Prairie. We noticed a little limp and she was reluctant to go for walks. We had Prairie evaluated and the doctor confirmed that she has a luxating patella - basically a dislocating kneecap that pops in and out of the socket. Prairie's luxation is pretty severe and she's uncomfortable so she needs surgery to stabilize the knee. Please help us provide Prairie with the surgery she needs so that she can walk and run and enjoy a pain-free life.
Filomena - Abandoned Senior Dog With Pneumonia
Filomena is a lovely senior poodle that was found wandering the streets in terrible condition and although she did have a microchip, nobody responded or cared enough to reclaim their lost friend. Senior dogs, especially those that look like Fil did at the shelter, they just don't get adopted. So Wags & Walks rescued her - first stop, bath and grooming, which revealed not a tan/grey dog but a sparkling white beauty! Clearly she has suffered years of neglect, including a funky growth on her head that needs to be removed and biopsied and a truly offensive mouth full of rotting teeth and gums which needs major oral surgery. Just as we were getting ready to take her in for surgery, Fil got very sick very fast and needed to be hospitalized for pneumonia. She is out of the ICU now but still fighting to get well. The overnight ICU bill was over $1,300 and we still have the the mouth/head surgery and biopsy ahead of us. Please help us help Filomena recover from pneumonia and have surgery.
Meatloaf - Sweet Dog Suffering Severe Neglect
Wags & Walks just rescued this sweet boy from the shelter, he is now known as Meatloaf! What probably started out as simple allergies was left neglected for so long that it turned into a severe condition affecting Meatloaf's skin and ears. We can only assume that Meatloaf has been suffering like this for many months, maybe years. A few days into treatment for his skin, some xrays revealed another very serious surprise - Meatloaf has a large rock lodged in his stomach! Once the rock is removed, Meatloaf has an excellent prognosis and he is expected to make a full recovery with a long healthy life ahead of him now that he is getting the care he needs.
Claude the Bulldog gets New Ears!
Claude is a special French Bulldog that came into rescue when his owner no longer wanted him. We didn't know that he had serious medical issues when we got him but quickly knew something was wrong. Claude was dizzy and vomiting. He also had bad ear infections which is pretty typical for this breed. We didn't realize the symptoms were all connected - lifelong chronic ear infections due to narrowing of the ear canals were the cause of Claude's vertigo (dizziness/nausea.) Although we attempted to treat the ear infections with traditional methods, his ears were so bad that they were untreatable and he would continue to suffer. The only option was a radical surgery to remove his ear canals/ear drums/wax glands (basically remove the whole inner ear.) Claude will not be able to hear but he couldn't hear well before and now he'll be pain free! Please help us cover the vet bill that provided Claude with new and improved ears!