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"Not to hurt our humble brethren
[the animals] is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission:
to be of service to them wherever they require it."
Saint Francis of Assisi
|Wiggles was born with no front legs
|Photo by Marc Golub Photography Cleveland OH
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Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary is dedicated
to all the animals abused, starving and neglected. May God touch lightly the soul of an animal we did not rescue in
time. The ones that may never have known a kind word or a warm bed and loving human.
On March 2, 2013 I lost my younger brother
Jimmy. He was 51 years old and fell asleep never to wake again. The loss is so great and feelings so deep it has
been hard for me to concentrate on my dogs. I have no doubt that Jimmy crossed the bridge with his most beloved dog Founder.
If I did not believe this concept of the Rainbow Bridge I do not think I could go on.... R.I.P. my brother and friends
please share with me a few photos.
|Lorain Fire Department = Lorain Ohio
|Jimmy and his best friend Founder Girl
|Okinawa 1986 Navy Corpsman with the U.S.M.C.
TWO 4 POUND CHIHUAHUAS NEED HELP!11/30/13
TRUDY CHIHUAHUA MIX 11/13
|Trudy's rescue photo taken at the KY pound.
|skin and bones with crippled front leg.
Trudy came from KY where she was taken from an abusive situation.
She is young but has suffered a fractured front leg that was never taken care of at a vet. She has a crippled
front leg as a result. When Trudy ( 11 pounds ) came to us she had kennel cough so bad we did not think she would live.
Antibiotics and steroids were given and she is completely better. Heart worm negative. She is completely house
trained and looking for a new home. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this loving lap dog.
|Trudy in her angel wings looking for a home.
|Good with kids and other dogs....very loving
FOOLING AROUND AND SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET THE
Paco was found on the streets of Vermilion having a seizure that did not stop
(Status Epilepticus) since then he has been raced to the vet in uncontrollable seizures 2 times. Paco
has been with us 2 years. He is on medication which lets him be as normal as any other dog! While
playing with a dog in a wheel chair .... things get rough and little Paco's eye popped out. So I raced him to
the vet and he had to have emergency surgery while monitoring his Phenabarbitol level. His blood was in the therapeutic
range and he is now home. His bill was $950.00 , emergency admit and surgery to remove the eye. WE
SURE DIDNT SEE THIS ON COMING!
PLEASE HELP US WITH A TAX DEDUCTIBEL DONATION
BY USING PAYPAL OR CALL THE VET DIRECTLY AT 440-933-5297 AVON LAKE ANIMAL CLINIC !
|Paco has a "cone" and is doing well
|Seizures are under control and doing fine.
GRETEL FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERD 5-31-13
|This is Gretel after she had a long bath and tick removal.
This 9 y.o. female GSD was picked up as a stray at a rural county dog pound
in central Ohio. A dog pound where they PUT DOGS IN A BOX AND TURN IT ON... THE DOGS SCREAM AND YELL AS IT FILLS WITH
GAS AND THE LIFE IS SUCKED RIGHT OUT OF THEM. Yes Gretel was scheduled to be "put to sleep" in a very inhumane way.
No one came for her and no one called. But we did! Gretel was taken to our vet in Avon Lake and the rest
of her life changed for ever. Her collar was so dirty and tight it was blended into the hair and they could hardly
get it off at the vet's office. She had over 100 ticks on her. 15 ticks were removed from just one ear alone.
The skin on the bottom of the tumor was so tight as it grew larger and larger it was ready to split like an over ripe tomato
|post op with drainage tubes in place
||ON THE DAY GRETEL WAS PULLED FROM THIS GASSING DOG POUND IT WAS CLOSE TO 90 DEGREES.
SHE WAS FILTHY WITH A COLLAR THAT WAS ALMOST EMBEDDED. SHE WAS COVERED IN TICKS AND FLEAS ( 15 IN ONE EAR ALONE ) AND
HER TUMOR WAS ABOUT TO BURST. DO YOU KNOW THE SUFFERING THIS OLD GIRL MUST HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH?
IS IN THE VETS OFFICE WITH 24 HOUR CARE. SHE IS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES...GOD BLESS HER. I AM BEGGING YOU
FROM MY HEART PLEASE HELP US WITH A DONATION. we are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax deductible.
DONATIONS FOR THE "BROWN CRIPPLED
||CoCo Puff came from a dog pound in southern Ohio by the Ohio River. NO one
wanted her and she was going to be gassed to death. We are going to get her vetted and have her front left leg
evaluated. Thank you.
WHEELO NEEDS BOTH REAR LEGS REMOVED 5/20/13
Wheelo came from Georgia 2 yrs ago. She is now 3 yrs. old. She showed up at the dog pound in
GA already crippled. She has no use of her rear legs. She is strong and active, up and down stairs with the
strength of her front legs. She has chronic open areas on her legs that she drags. She cant even fit correctly in a
CLICK HERE TO SEE A SHORT CLIP OF WHEELO ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
||Please consider a donation ! We have so many animals in need and we are working on it one by
EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR LUCY
Life or death for this girl... her story is below. We need to get her to Ohio State
Vet Clinic ASAP. SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2013
WOOD STICK STUCK
IN MOUTH 7-24-12
RETURNED TO RESCUE BECAUSE SHE NEEDS ANOTHER SURGERY
THEY DID NOT WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY AND THOUGHT SHE WAS TOO OLD.
|This is Lucy and she was going to be put to sleep
|This is a wonderful and smart girl that needed help ....
Lucy was returned to rescue and after all the surgeries she had ....she needs
to go to OSU hospital for a Teflon patch in the roof of her mouth. SHE CAN NOT EAT RIGHT NOW AND IS QUICKLY BECOMING
SKIN AND BONES.
BEGGING LIKE NO OTHER TIME. WE ALL LOVE
THIS GIRL AND WE MUST HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO GET HER TO THE OHIO STATE VET CLINIC.
PLEASE DONATE FOR LUCY!
When I left
Lucy at the vet it was midnight and I just picked her up from an emergency transport. I got her from my van and as I
handed her off to the technician I removed her collar. It was a pink "COACH" collar, real leather.
I said to my self .... Lucy you are such a lady.... I will hold this
collar .... and when you are better ,... you are going to wear it home from here.... with all the dignity and grace you deserve...that's
all she has in life is a Coach collar and a hope & prayer to survive.
Lucy came from a dog pound in West Virginia where
her owner refused to come and claim her. The volunteers noticed she could not close her mouth and was not eating well.
They took her to a vet and found out she had a wood stick wedged in the soft pallet. The stick had been there a long
time and caused the surrounding tissue to become necrotic. ( die ) The wood stick rotted in her sinus cavity and some of the
bone was infected. The WV vet did what he could with the money available. He recommended euthanasia if she
could not get advanced care right away. We made plans to take this dog on a Friday night at midnight. Lucy was pulled
from the pound but took a turn for the worse by not eating and unable to drink any longer. The foster drizzled water
in her mouth but we needed to move her here to Saint Francis right away.
|PRIOR TO SURGERY LUCY IS LAYING UPSIDE DOWN
|YOU CAN SEE THE HOLES FROM THE WOOD STICK IN THE HARD PALLET ALONG WITH INFECTED TISSUE
In the above photo you can see the soft pallet
with holes in it. When I got her to the vet at midnight the van was filled with the smell of rotten flesh. I could
only think of her suffering. She was so happy and wagged her tail as they took her to a kennel at midnight waiting
for her surgery the next day.
|THIS IS POST OP. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF SURGERY
|MANY TEETH THAT WERE INFECTED WERE REMOVED. THE HOLES WERE CLOSED AND DEAD TISSUE REMOVED
||Lucy had her surgery Tuesday 7-24-12. She is being kept in a coma like state,
heavily sedated for now. The vet passed a tube into her stomach to feed her today. She is on antibiotics by I.V.s
and we did a culture and sensitivity to make sure we are using the correct drug. She had some dead necrotic bone removed along
with 8 teeth that were involved. She may have a feeding tube inserted tomorrow to give the roof of her mouth time to
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR LUCY THIS IS HER ONLY SHOT AT A LIFE. IF THE SURGERY DOES NOT WORK AND THE
SKIN GRAFT FAILS... WELL LETS PRAY IT WORKS.
Still at the vet!!! 4 surgeries
and real close to $7,000.00 ( August 19, 2012)
STILL AT THE VET SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
OUR BILL HAS BEEN CAPPED AT $5,500.00 AND WE NEVER EVEN RAISED 1/2 OF THAT!
Lucy is still at the vet. She just had her 5th. reconstructive
surgery on her hard pallet. Sept. 25, 2012 UPDATE: LUCY HAD 2 MORE VISITS WHERE
SHE WAS PUT TO SLEEP AND HER RECONSTRUCTIVE AREA ASSESSED AND RE-SUTURED WHEN NEEDED. 10/12
UPDATE MAY20,2013 LUCY HAS HAD HER SURGERY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. THIS IS HER ONE SHOT AT
A NORMAL LIFE AND THE SPECIALIST DOCTORS THAT TOOK CARE OF HER FEEL ....THIS IS HER LAST CHANCE AND NO ADDITIONAL SURGERIES
WILL BE DONE. LUCY'S SURGERY WAS ALMOST $1,000.00 OVER THE ESTIMATED COST GIVEN TO US. Please donate if you can.
Webb is ADOPTED! March 2012
|Doc Webb is 6 mo. old Jack Russell Terrier BLIND!
|Born with NO eyes ( micro-opthalmia ) we got him from a dog pound where he could have been euthanize
LOOK AT ARTHUR! BEFORE AND AFTER FEB 22,2013
|WHEN HE CAME TO US FROM KY
|ARTHUR HAS A NEW HOME NOW !
ADOPTED 2/2013 Arthur
( above ) with his new mom and dad. Please see his story below. He was left at a dog pound with those
7 pound tumors on a 103 degree day. He was tied in the sun with no water. Look at this happy boy now!
OLD OWNER SURRENDER! 1-16-13
I received a call from a local man who
got my number from the Lorain Animal Protective League. He took his 15 year old Norwegian Elk-hound to surrender him.
I had him bring the dog to the house because he absolutely had no where to go. He was headed for the Lorain Dog Kennel
( dog pound ). I do not know the history I do not know the story... in rescue we hear it all. I was told he has a "RIGHT
HIND INJURY". This boy "BIG BOO" gets out of the car stiff legged in both rear legs.
Just a forlorn look on his face being dragged around with a clothesline rope that resembled a noose. What was going
through his mind as he was being led around from one strange facility to another being told "too old" !
This boy has never seen the inside of a house and lived outside everyday of his 15+ years. I brought him in and put
him on some fluffy flannel sheets for a bed. He fell asleep so fast and so deep I had to see if he was dead!
He was warm, had some food and crashed until morning.... 12 hours!
||I have to get Big Boo vaccinated, heart worm checked and have the vet assess his
need for an anti-inflammatory such as Rimadyl. We may not get real aggressive but he has to have his mouth checked for
dental disease. ( so he is not in pain ) I can not charge any thing more at the vet. PLEASE HELP WITH A
EPILEPTIC AND DEAF 1-1-13
Shela came from the Lorain County Dog Kennel
( dog pound ) and was pulled by another rescue. I found her on Facebook posted because the other rescue wanted
to find a special needs rescue to taker her. They found out she was having severe seizures and was listed as blind
or partially blind. I saw people asking about her up in the Maine / New Hampshire area. When I found out
she was at the same boarding kennel I use I went to see her. We took her into rescue and brought her home.
She had Phenobarbital levels checked at our vet. Because of her size ( a little on the fat size ) we also had her thyroid
checked. Thyroid was normal but she remains on Phenabarb. We also found out she is DEAF not blind.
That is why it seemed like she did not have a good orientation to her surroundings.
||Shela needs monitoring of blood work for Phenobarbital levels. She receives
medication 2 times a day. Her medication is adjusted based on the blood work.
Freeway needs medical help 1/8/13
Freeway passed away here at Saint Francis .... He had several surgeries and the tumors just kept coming
back. On the day he passed he went out with his girl friend a semi feral white German Shepherd and ran and played like
crazy. He came in layed down on his left side. He looked up at me and gave one cry... and took a deep breath... he
was gone... R.I.P.
We have had Freeway since 2008 with no one ever wanting to adopt him. No potential adopter has
even asked about him. 2 yrs ago he herniated a cervical disc in his neck and required medical attention. Now he has developed
a mass in his neck that is the size of a small cantaloupe. We had an aspiration biopsy a short time ago and he was treated
with Rx. meds. Last night he was in surgery for over 2 hours as the mass completely wrapped around his jugular vein. He also
developed these massive mouth tumors on both sides of the lower jaw which completely swallowed the teeth! The vet removed
the mouth growths and the neck mass which were sent away to find out if he has cancer.
Freeway was found walking down the middle of St.
Rt. 2 in Vermilion and the couple that found him brought him here. (2008)
Freeway is just a happy go lucky big lanky mutt .... happy
to walk around the fenced yard and explore. Since he has spent the majority of his life with us we are not turning our back
on him during his time of need.
Medical bills are over $1,200
at this point and donation appreciated very much. We are a 501(c)3 non profit, donations are tax deductible.
|UPDATE: THIS IS THE SURGICAL SCAR LEFT AFTER MASS
|REMOVAL. THE MASS WAS SENT AWAY FOR BIOPSEY
SKEETER MISSING PART OF HIS SPINE 12-4-12
Skeeter came from Southern Ohio. He was
rescued as a puppy and then it was determined he was incontinent of urine and stool. This cute little bug was taken
to a vet and x-rays showed he was missing his entire lower spine and tail. He does have a constipation problem
and is on medication probably for the rest of his life. We took him into rescue when we were contacted by the group
that pulled him from a bad situation. Skeeter went to the vet and is now up to date on all of his vaccinations,
neutered and his medication has been adjusted. Skeeter is 9 pounds and most likely the product of back yard breeders
trying to get a "designer dog". Thus over breeding is what we think caused his medical condition.
|How cute is that underbite????
ON FIRE 9-9-12ADOPTED!!!!!!
Rufus ( A.K.A. Chance ) is a purebred
German Shepherd Dog who came from Georgia 9-8-12. We believe he had some sort of accelerant poured
on him. His tail is partially missing and burned with severe edema ( fluid swelling ). He has splash
marks on both rear legs with missing hair and scars. Rufus has his left ear partially tore off and as far
as his teeth almost every tooth is fractured or broken off. He is skin and bones. This boy was
placed on pain pills in GA by the vet when we had his rabies shot for transport done. The note from the shelter
in GA said "DO NOT TOUCH HIS TAIL VERY PAINFUL".
NO one is going to get the blame for this atrocity he was found wondering around the shelter
yard in Georgia. All we can do is go forward with this gentle giant. He wags his tail ( what is left of it ) like
crazy when he sees anyone walking toward him. This is a giant good boy. When he gets on his back legs
he is over 5 1/2 feet tall
RUFUS ADOPTED OCTOBER 2012!
UPDATE: We were told that the area
of Rufus's ear missing is where he had his tattoo cut out. Yes that is right so this poor dog could not be identified
after he was set on fire they cut his ear off.
We need help! Rufus needs a tail amputation, antibiotics, dental work
for the fractured and broken teeth. No idea what is going to be done with is torn ear.
He needs to be neutered
and we had him heart worm checked. We are a 501(c)3 non profit. Donations are tax deductible.
Donations for Rufus may also be made by credit card to Avon Lake Animal Clinic at 440-933-5297 or
U.S. mail to Saint Francis 12516 Cherry Rd Vermilion OH 44089
GOOD NEWS FOR ONCE! 8-19-12
|Father Misenko adopted Bobby Lee
|Bobby Lee now has 450 students that know who he is! THIS IS ONE LUCKY DOG!!
Pee Wee came from West Virginia where
he was removed from an "abuse and neglect case". Several dogs were removed and all adopted EXCEPT FOR PEE
WEE! This little cleph pallet boy was NOT GOING TO DIE IF I HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. So Saint Francis
took Pee Wee and another dog that was in the back ground "Bubbles". As you may know we always take the dog
in the back ground of the photo of the dog we are taking into rescue. Father Misenko from a Catholic Parish west
of Cleveland adopted him. Pee Wee ( aka Bobby Lee ) has now found his forever home.
SKITTLES STORY front leg amputated 7-10-12
We were asked to take a dog with a "severely
broken leg". Skittles had been at a pound in central Ohio for 4 days. I knew the 4th. of July was coming
up and did not want her to sit alone in pain during the holiday. I told the dog warden on the phone "if you
can get this dog to my vet today before 1:00PM I will take her". The dog warden himself put this dog in his
car and drove her to Avon Lake Animal Clinic. Within 4 hr. of talking to the warden this dog was in surgery and received
This photo is Skittles right after surgery.
The vet tech told me when she came out of anesthesia she gave kisses walked back to her kennel. Skittles came
down with a bad case of kennel cough ( infectious tracheal bronchitis ) She stayed at the vet clinic a little longer in isolation.
She knows commands like "sit" and "stay" Skittles is not a barker and she IS HOUSE TRAINED.
This is a good dog and I know anyone looking for a dog to adopt will not pass this girl up! She is that nice!
email email@example.com to see Skittles
||Sittles bill was $ 1,686.95 This dog will now be able to live a normal
life and find a wonderful home someday. Please help us with her vet bill. We are a 501(c)3 non profit special
needs rescue group.
Credit card donations to 440-933-5297
LOOK AT THIS ...NEED I SAY MORE? JULY 4TH 2012 ADOPTED
|THIS DOG CAME FROM KENTUCKY
|THNAK GOD A SHELTER VOLUNTEER FOUND HIM IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY
This dog now named Arthur was left
tied to a fence in Kentucky at a dog pound. IT WAS 104 DEGREES AND HE HAD NO WATER
! NO FOOD! NO SHELTER!
How could someone
do this to a living thing? It is criminal to leave him go with no vet care and then dump him like this. His transport
from Kentucky ONLY TOOK 1 DAY. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED OR OFFERED. THE RESCUE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
LIKE NO OTHER .. WE DO NOT EVEN KNOW EACH OTHER BUT THROUGH RESCUE WE KNOW EVERYONE.
|HERE IS A FACE CHILLING IN THE AIR CONDITIONER
|THIS BOY CANT BE MORE THEN 2 YEARS OLD ... WERE GOING TO FIX HIM UP.
||Please help with a donation. I just cant help but wonder what this dog thought
or felt ...left in this condition tied to fence in 104 degrees .... poor soul.
we are a 501(c)3 non profit rescue
and donations are tax deductible.
credit card donations may be called to Avon Lake Animal Clinic 440-933-5297
U.S. mail 12516 Cherry Rd Vermilion OH 44089
The large tumor on Arthur's back was so heavy
and hung so low it looked like it was on the bottom. All tuomors removed now and he feels so much better.
2 BONDED GIRLS FROM MICHIGAN
MISSY AND ELSA 6-21-12
|Elsa is Missy's bonded friend for life.
|Elsa will sit near Missy and clean her tears away for hours as if she knows it hurts.
|Missy always looks like she is crying
|Those are real tears because her eye lids are inverted and each blink is painful.
Missy and Elsa were picked up together on the
same property in Michigan. They love each other and it shows every day. Missy has entroupia which is inverted
eye lids both eyes top and bottom. Each blink is excruciating painful. That is why she always looks like she is
crying. Missy will have surgery to correct her eyes June 22, 2012. They will also check for a spay scar
when she is asleep. Her best friend is also at the vet with her and she is
heart worm ++. However once we got her to the
vet with Missy upon exam she developed a fever of over 104 degrees would not eat or drink. Her blood work shows she
has anemia. She has a bladder infection also. She is now on I.V.s and
antibiotics. Xrays show she has ingested as many as 4 metal pieces and the doctors feel she is in a heavy metal toxcity
crisis. We are doing emergency surgery to remove the metal from her stomach as I am told this is life threating.
||6-21-12 Missy is having her upper and lower lids done so she will not be in pain
Elsa is have life saving surgery for heavy metal toxcitiy, xray shows she has injested some long pieces
of metal. Heart worm treatment is on hold right now.
UPDATE: ELSA HAD A 4 BLADE RAZOR HEAD IN HER
LOWER STOMACH. NOW REMOVED
Elsa survived the surg. very well however the heart
worms were just too much and she had chronic anemia... she was in respiratory distress and suffering... we put her down...R.I.P.
in heaven while your body lays here at Saint Francis your soul and spirit runs the forever green hills while waiting
at the bridge.... I will see you again Elsa.
OF ABUSE / NEGLECT EVER! (from Keystone Florida 6-1-12)
|Roho sitting in the sand while in Florida
|You can see her crippled legs
This Red Bone Coon Hound belonged to
a Vietnam Vet. ( served 1963 ). He is from Keystone FL.
The dog named "Roho" which is "Red" in Spanish. Was hit by a car in April. Roho is 2 years old.
Volunteers who care for animals but do not belong to any formal rescue took the dog to the vet for
him. The man had money however would not pay for anything. X=rays showed a fractured back. Roho needed her
bladder expressed at least 4 times a day. When I got a call to take this special needs dog I was told her "rear
looked like raw hamburger" however nothing prepared me for what I saw. The V.F.W. post in Orange Park FL raised
the money to purchase an airline ticket for Roho to get to safety. She flew in Wednesday May 30,2012. Roho went
directly to the vet from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
|Roro sitting with her legs in bandages.
|This is Roho a sweet loving innocent girl.
Roho was kept in this mans home along with 2
other Red Bone Coon Hounds and a Long Hair Chihuahua. The dog cannot control her stool and the entire house was covered
in feces. From dragging her crippled legs around she developed large sores on her legs. The sores are very bad
and require soaking in Betadine surgical scrub and daily dressing changes. She is on oral and topical antibiotics.
The vet said when she arrived at the clinic directly from the airport the worms ( tape worms ) were crawling out of her anus.
Her stomach was full. The fleas were so bad they were crawling off of her and all over the crate.
Here is the shocker. That man must have left
her sit since her accident. This is a tunneled decubitis ulcer ( bed sore ) between her legs. This is where the
pressure was great for long periods of time that interfered with circulatory blood flow causing tissue death.
|This tunneled decubitis ulcer ( pressure sore )
|is so large you could place a grapefruit inside. That is the size of the cavity between her legs..
Roho was also found to be heart worm positive.
We have done the heart worm treatment for 2 days. I have to place her in a small kiddie type pool with Betadine surgical
scrub to clean out the large open ulcer area every day. Her legs must be soaked in the Betadine daily
and a fresh dressing applied with topical antibiotic. We are using another dogs wheel chair to keep the pressure areas
off the ground and to assist in getting her legs off the ground. We need to get her a wheel
chair of her own speciffically made for her to avoid futher pressure areas. She also has a bladder infection
from stagnant urine not being expressed on a regular basis.
THE WOUND IS PACKED WITH STERIAL GAUZE AND BETADINE SOLUTION DAILY. ( WHEN SHE DONT PULL IT OUT ) NOW WE ARE LOOKING
AT PLACING A DRAIN IN THE WOUND TO LET THE INSIDE OF THIS MONSTER WOUND CLOSE UP BEFORE THE OUTSIDE. PLEASE DONATE
.....WERE NOT DONE YET!
|UPDATE: JUNE 17, 2012
|THANK YOU ! ROHO (RED) HAS HER WHEEL CHAIR TO GET THE PRESSURE OFF OF HER REAR AREA. SHE IS LEARNING
|UPDATE JUNE 17, 2012
|ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS "GOOD NURSING CARE" LOOK AT THE WOUND NOW!
Above all we need a prayer for Roho.
I will do everything humanly possible for this girls recovery. I am begging for you to please help with a donation.
We are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax deductible. She can have a good life.....
SANDY MAY NEED BOTTOM OF JAW REMOVED-5-24-12
SANDY aka MOLLY WAS ADOPTED AND WILL BE SPENDING
HER WINTERS IN FLORIDA...... WAY TO GO MOLLY GIRL I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. 6/15/12
|Sandy was so happy to sit in the air conditioner
|This is the tumor on her lower jaw.
Here is how it all happens. I woke up at 1:00AM turned
on the iPad and saw this girl looking at me. I sent an email to a group of friends at that pound in Central Ohio.
She was put on the transport the next morning and I picked her up in Cleveland at 4:00PM. Sandy went right to the vet
from the transport. I took a couple of photos with the cell phone. While taking the photos at one point Sandy
just seem to collapse in my arms. The stress of the dog pound and the heat of the day just got to her. Once in
the cool of the air conditioned car she fell right asleep.
|Sandy just seem to collapse in my hands
|I like to think she felt "safe" and knew she was going to be cared for now.
|Sandy sat in the front seat of the car
|This is her name take from the pound and on her transport "SANDY" on her collar
|WE DID THIS FAST! HERE SHE IS 1 DAY LATER!
|SANDY CAME INTO RESCUE YESTERDAY AND SURGERY IS DONE TODAY.
Sandy almost got put to sleep. This loving Yellow Lab girl deserves a chance
in life. WE feels her tumor is cancer. We are taking the tumor off 5-25-12 and sending it for biopsy.
If it comes back cancer the vet will then remove the bottom of the jaw between the 2 canine teeth. please help with
a donation. We are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax deductible.
SANDY CAME INTO RESCUE YESTERDAY 5-24 AND HAD HER TUMOR REMOVED TODAY. THE VET FEELS IT IS CANCER SO THE SPECIMEN
WAS SENT AWAY. SHE WILL STAY AT
THE VET CLINIC WAITING FOR THE RESULTS. IF
THIS IS CANCER
WE WILL HAVE TO BE A LITTLE
MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH THE SURGERY AND PART
OF HER BOTTOM JAW WILL BE REMOVED IN ORDER
TO SAVE HER LIFE. PLEASE HELP.....
LOOK AT THE DOG IN THE BACK GROUND!5-12-12
|Bobby is the black and white collie in the back gr
|THE BLACK CHOW IN THIS PHOTO WAS ADOPTED 5-28-12
This is Bobby. He was in the background photo of a dog we
were taking from Kentucky. I saw him in the kennel and just knew we were not going to let him die either.
He was due to get euthanized the next morning at 8 AM. Bobby came along with the black Chow we were
pulling also due to die the next day. They came home to Vermilion and went to our vet in Avon Lake.
Bobby was heart worm neg. 1 yr. old and neutered. He had a good bath and after 5 days we took him
to the boarding facility until a spot opened up at Saint Francis. Very sad news Bobby came down with a
strong strain of parvo and is fighting for his life right now. He is on several antibiotics all given I.V. we are having a
hard time keeping his temp. down and he is in isolation with blood work done about 3 times a day. This
sweet and innocent dog just a baby was given a second chance to have a life and escape the gas chamber. He
is such a love now fighting for his life. We need prayers folks and donations because its just not fair
to let him die this way. Donations can be made by going to our web site www.saintfrancisanimalsanctuary.org or mail. 12516 Cherry Rd. Vermilion OH 44089 or by calling in a credit
card to the Avon Lake Animal
Clinic 440-933-5297. We are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-967-3610
|Bobbby passed away
|alone in the middle of the night . at the vet clinic he went home..... RIP
||I have told the vet to do everything under the sun to save this dog. Please help
with a donation. SADLY - ALONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT HE WENT HOME..... R.I.P. BOBBY
YOUR TORMENT ON THIS EARTH IS OVER...
ANGEL OUR 5 LEGGED DOG IN NEED OF DONATIONS.4/28/12
|Angel has been with us for years
|she is a Bull Dog Pit mix from came from Missouri
Out of the clear blue last week Angel our Pit
/ Bull dog mix from Missouri developed a sore on her one good front leg. The sore became so bad in a matter of a few
days I could not believe it. The worst news came true. This sore is cancer and we can not remove the leg.
She uses that leg as a primary weight bearing leg for her body. The tumor was removed yesterday 4-27-12/ The vet clinic
said Angel is doing fine.... we could use donations to help cover her medical care at the vet. Please consider a donation.
have had so many emergencies and dogs pass through Saint Francis in the past 2 months I feel the need to explain because I
have not updated the web site. For those of you that do not know me I am the chief cook, bottle washer, nurse and poop
1.) We took 7 Chihuahuas from a puppy mill auction in Missouri, 2 were pregnant. One mother had 6 babies
all died within a week.
2.) We took 2 puppies covered in mange from North Carolina. One is crippled in the front and back legs. The
mange is under control with medical care.
3.) We responded to a call in Lorain OH. A puppy was near frozen to death found
in an alley. We took the pup to the vet where he received top notch, advanced medical care and did not make it. Sadley
he froze to death.
4.) Grunt , Bear and Eeyore our most beloved rescues that lived here forever.... passed away with in a few
days. Eeyore the hairless German Shep. Dog had a heart attack on the kitchen floor and died in my arms.
5.) Sonny one of our new rescues from Central Ohio
had a respiratory emergency, bi lateral pneumonia. He spent 7 days in ICU with IVs , moist air, O2 his bill was over
The white GSD below came home to die basically. She had the face abcess clear and then when she was spayed the vet found
a tumor on her spleen which was cancer. Then somehow she picked up a form of respiratory distemper. ( doing
wonderful now )
WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG 2-7-12
|She was in severe pain.
|You can see the hole the infection left as it came through her face.
We need help! This dog was labeled a “senior” because she bone skinny.
She came from the dog pound in Youngstown OH. She was due to be euthanized with heart stick.
That is where they give them a shot deep in the heart to kill them. They call it humane!
No one wanted her because she has a large abscess where a tooth infected so bad it put a hole in her face and her sinus
cavity. She was in so much pain you could not touch her. She had surgery Feb 6th. and is on antibiotics. Our vet said she is between
4 and 5 years old. We are treating all her medical issues and will spay this week. We
would love to find a home for her. Donations needed to help with her medical care. This all happened yesterday and we do not have a name for her yet! email email@example.com
|Dove in ICU / isolation with IVs going. 2/20/12
UPDATE 2/21/12 This dog now named
"Dove" has been at the vet since she went in for her mouth infection. She had dental work and the
infection cleared up very well. We actually had 2 homes for her one in Chicago and one in Canada. That does
not happen too ofter when you have a place for a dog to go before they are even out of the hospital. We had her spayed
while in the clinic for her face surgery. The vet found a tumor on her spleen. He feels it is cancer
and removed the spleen. She was getting better from the spay and spleen surgery when she picked up some kind of respiratory
infection (not kennel cough ) Her WBC ( white blood cell ) count was very high and
she stopped eating. They had to keep her on IVs and feed her chicken to get her meds in. Now severe
cage aggression is noted. She will charge the front of the cage if you even come in sight of her. Her
adoption is on hold at this time.... and the poor girl is coming home to Saint Francis. We are going to try to work with
her and see if we can stop the agression. Her vet bill is well over $3,000.00, one thing led to another.
||This dog had surgery Monday 2-6-12 we need help with donations
to cover her medical bills. Please consider a donation ! Thank You
2 BROTHERS RE-UNITED!1-28-12
|Frankie is on the left and Vinnie is on the right.
|Just look at these two brothers reunited again after months. They spent their entire life together
The Animal Control Officer found Vinnie's
brother in KY and contacted us. Please look at the photo of Vinnie when we first got him. He and his brother
Frankie were kept in a small pen outside in KY. They were not neutered and never received any vet care of any kind.
We got Vinnie back in October but his brother Frankie took off into the woods and they could not catch him. Vinnie was
strong HEART WORM POSITIVE. We had him treated for heart worms then a month later he was neutered. Sad news is.... Frankie
was tested and is STRONG HEART WORM POSITIVE. Now he needs to be treated also. Just look at these two brothers
that are so happy and playful I had a hard time getting them together for a photo! Please help us get Frankie
a donation to help Frankie get his heart worm treatment. Vinnie ( his brother ) has already been treated for heart worms.
VINNIE FROM KENTUCKY!10/20/11
|Original photo from sent from Kentucky
Vinnie was left to starve
and his kennel mate ( brother ) is on the run in KY. WE will take him too when and
if the catch him. Vinnie is at our vet right now. His teeth are gone to the gum line from being in a kennel trying
to get out. He has a tumor on his side and severe dermatitis from fleas with open sores and missing hair. This happy go lucky
pup was so thankful for a dish of food when he came his tail never stopped.
was loaded with hooks, whips, rounds and the worst part of his totally neglected life ... STRONG
HEART WORM POSITIVE.
His life is
changing for the better now and we are going to get him fixed up!
We need to start with the heart worm treatment. He is having blood work and x rays done today.
We need funds to cover
his heart worm treatment, lab and xrays, tumor removal, neuter and much needed dental... PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO SAINT
FRANCIS for Vinnie from Kentucky.
Credit Card: 440-933-5297 (vet clinic 7AM
to 9 PM )
Mail: 12516 Cherry Rd Vermilion OH 44089
We are a 501(c)3 non profit
group .... donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated.
We are a special needs rescue.
Please help with a donation! We are experiencing very urgent medical cases now.
Please help these special needs dogs.
2 DOGS RAN OVER WITH HAY MOWER1-9-12
Hero and Deacon were playing in a hay
field in Kentucky. The hay was tall and they were small so the person driving the hay mower did not see the 2
young pups. The hay mower went right over them. One dog lost his front leg and the other lost his rear leg. The
sad news is they were never taken to a vet for care. The wounds slowly closed and they lived. The problem is now
the stumps have a thin layer of skin over the long bones. The vet said as the stump muscles atrophy ( shrink ) the skin
covering the end of the bones will break through. We want to make them safe so down the road when they
find a family to love. Both dogs need complete amputations of the stumps
that were left when the legs were torn off in a hay mower.
LOOKING FOR A HOME FOR HERO MISSING FRONT LEG.
|Deacon lost his left leg in the mower accident.
|Hero missing front leg torn away in an accident
|6-17-12 DEACON WITH HIS NEW MOM !
|DEACON THE 3 LEGGED DOG HAS FOUND A HOME. THANK YOU!
Please consider a donation for Hero and Deacon. They have had a hard life in the short
time they have been alive. We are a 501(c)3 non profit group and donations are tax deductible.
|Sonny spent his first week with us at the vet.
|He is on antibiotics and had several medicated baths. He has hair loss and itching all over.
|Sonny has hair loss with open draining areas.
|He had no chance of adoption while in a dog pound in Ohio. We took him home!
UPDATE : THIS POOR DOG HAD AN
ALLERGIC REACTION TO HIS ANTIBIOTICS. HE WAS RETURNED TO THE VET FOR DAYS WHERE HE RECEIVED MEDICATED BATHS TO
HELP THE SKIN CONDITION AND AFTER THE MEDS FOR HIS REACTION HE WAS PLACED ON NEW ANTIBIOTICS. HE IS BACK HOME NOW.
Sonny had no chance of getting out alive. He has open areas that are draining and hair
loss. He is always scratching. He spent several days at the vet and received skin scraping, blood work,
medicated baths, antibiotics. Lets give him a chance at a normal life someday. Donations needed to pay for his medical
care. Thank you.
|Sonny in Intensive Care with IVs / O2
UPDATE ON CHIHUAHUA DOG : 3-7-12
Sonny was real sick. He was having a hard time breathing. We took him to
the vet where he was put in I.C.U. on I.V.s and antibiotics. A chest - X ray showed pneumonia bi lateral.
HE COULD NOT BREATH so he was placed on oxygen and a warm saline mist vaporizer. The staff had to clap on his chest several
times a day to loosen up his congestion. Blood work was done and a culture and sensitivity showed he had several kinds of
bacteria. Sonny almost died. When I got the bill .... I almost died. His bill for this episode
was over $2,000.00! PLEASE HELP!
DOG LEFT IN SHOE BOX 11-20-11
|MOM AND BABIES ARE ALL ADOPTED.
|THEY ALL WENT TO WONDERFUL HOMES.
Abby the mom Yorkie mix was taken to
a dog pound in ARKANSAS in a shoe box! She was not wanted because the irresponsible owner never got her spayed and she
got pregnant. When she was due to deliver the babies she was placed in a shoe box and left to be euthanized. ( owner
surrender ) A rescue person happen to be there and saved her for Saint Francis. On 11-9-11 she delived 2
beautiful babies. One boy and one girl. The white one with the black feet pads is a female and the black one with
the white feet pads is a male. Mom is 7 pounds and the babies only a few ounces right now. Mom is 2 1/2 yr. old. just
a baby herself. We have no idea what the dad is because no information was give. ALL OF OUR DOGS ARE SPAYED, OR NEUTERED, VACCINATED DHLPP OR DHPP, BORDETELLA
VACCINATION, RABIES, MICRO CHIPPED, HEART WORM CHECKED IF OLD ENOUGH, DENTAL WORK IF NEEDED. BROKEN HEARTS MENDED
! The babies will be up for adoption on / around Christmas eve. They will be spayed / neutered when 4
mo. old at our vet clinic. The Mom is also going to up up for adoption when the babies can eat on their own.
the adoption fee is $250.00 each. That is for total vetting on the mom and pups.
|Black male with white pads on all of his feet
|His eyes opened up today for the first time 11-22-11
|Female white pup with black pads on her feet
|eyes opened today 11-22-11
PLEASE email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adoption of the mom or pups. The adoption application is on this web site.
|The shoe box mom and pups were adopted.
|They all went to wonderful homes and mom was spayed. This black pup went to New York ! Look at him.
Abby was taken to a dog pound in Tennissee
to be "put to sleep". Her owner of 12 yrs did not leave her insulin. Six days at the pound left
this poor girl with her blood sugar off the charts. Her blood sugar was over 600. Her systems were failing and
kidneys shutting down. She was taken to the vet in TN and stablized. We received her here on 4 I.U. of NPH U-100
insulin. We did blood sugar checks everyday and adjusted the insulin. She ended up on 5 units. This
baby was adopted to a person that understands the condition all to well..... thank you .
the Chihuahua has passed away
THIS IS AN AWFUL STORY10/28/11
Arnold was a 6 pound Chihuahua from central
Ohio where he was rescued from a dog pound. He had a large - ugly tumor on his side and that is the main reason we took
him. He went right to the vet where he had a few days before his scheduled surgery. Last Friday he was scheduled
to have the tumor removed and at 5:00AM he started to have violent major seizures. The vet treated him with injections
of Valium and started him on Phenabarb after witnessing the awful seizures. He did not have surgery. This past
weekend his respiratory status took a turn for the worse. He was given state of the art medical care with 24 hr. surveillance.
He had blood work and X Rays to see if the tumor could be safely removed.
If all you knew was the above story about Arnold
you may ask yourself .... as sick as he was WHY did you keep him alive? Here is the rest of the story: The
day I took Arnold to the vet which was 5 days prior to his death, he bit me. He had came from central Ohio with NO vaccination
history of Rabies. Day 3 after the bite when Arnold started to have violent seizures we started to worry. Neurological
signs / symptoms of Rabies include seizure activity.
Clinical signs (primary most to least frequent,
scientific term, synonyms)
Abnormal behavior, aggression, disorientation, seizures, ascending paralysis, vocalization
changes (caused by paralysis of the larynx).
Clinical signs (secondary most to least frequent,
scientific term, synonyms)
Fever, hypersalivation, death in 7-10 days from the onset of clinical signs
||Sadly Arnold passed away before 10 days of quarantine. The
vet had to remove his little head and send it to the Department of Health in Columbus Ohio. This had to be done
to determine if he had rabies. This was a very tense 36 hrs. of waiting. Arnold did not have Rabies and his
little body will rest at Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary, When a dog dies..... an angel dog barks in heaven. Run
free and fly with your wings Arnold. You will never know pain again. Until we meet at the bridge.....
I know your is in a better place. Arnold's medical
bill is well over $1,000.00 after our rescue discount we owe $975.00 for his care.
Please consider a donation.
AGAINST ALL ODDS! LITTLE MISS MUFFIT9/2011
|Miss Muffit getting a life saving blood transfusion from a Pit Bull "Flower"
Miss Muffit's story is way down on this
page. She has been here with us for years. She came from Maryland where they found her as a stray. Muffit
is physically deformed with only 4 inches from her shoulder bones to her hip bones. ( per x rays ) her head is cocked
off to one side and her legs are very long. Miss Muffet's anus is on top of her back and she requires a bath every single
day. Better yet please look at his little video of Muffit. She was found laying on the kitchen floor and the only thing
moving was her eyes. SHE WAS ALMOST DEAD AND NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO EVEN BARK. No idea .... off she went to the
Miss Muffet is what some folks call a "hunch
back" if she were human. She is 5 y.o. and almost died this week. A Pit Bull from another rescue gave her
a unit of blood. Her glucose was so low the machine would not read it. ( most likely in the teens ). The
vet feels it is an auto immune response in her body and we are treating her with several Rx. drugs and Rx. food right now.
Her bill was over $1,500.00 and that includes the re-visit with additional blood work and Rx. meds ( $225.99 ) She is
holding her own now and this may never happen again.
||We are in need of donations for Muffit. Please help! We are a 501(c)3
non profit and donations are tax deductible.
BORN WITH NO FRONT LEGS9-2011
D0 not lket this face
fool you... he chases cats. He hates cats and given the chance he chases lawn mowers and motor cycles. missing 2 legs
does not slow down this dog... and we love him .
|CHANCE IS A JOY TO HAVE HERE
|THIS IS THE MOST LOVEABLE DOG IN THE WORLD
|CHANCE IS A YOUNG PIT MIX
|HE WAS BORN WITH DISFIGURED FRONT LEGS
Chance is a true inspiration to anyone
that has the pleasure of knowing him. He is so trusting and innocent. He has been given some minor obstacles to
over come in life. He is happy and so very smart. Please God don't let me complain about my trivial aches
and pains.... in life Chance is an inspirational spirit placed on this earth to teach us all a lesson in humility.
Nov. 26, 2012 I love this boy so much.... he chases cats but cannot catch them. He jumps
up in the van and loves to go for rides. He gets along with all of the dogs and people.
|Oh my God do you love this boy or what???
|He waits for me to feed the other dogs and watches every move! I got the photo with the cell phone.
CHEWED OFF HIS LEG TO FREE HIMSELF FROM A TRAP.
ADOPTED ! 10/11
|ELVIS HAD THE TRAP ON HIS REAR LEG FOR 2 WEEKS
|HE CHEWED THE LEG AT THE LEVEL OF THE TRAP. POOR DOG!
|ELVIS IS A YOUNG ADULT WITH A STRONGWILL TO LIVE.
|HE SEEMS TO BE A BASSITT / BEAGLE MIX WITH EXTRA LONG EARS!
Elvis was spotted in the woods behind some
houses in Wakeman OH. One neighbor called the other and said he saw a dog running in the back of the property with a
"trap" on the leg. He was seen for approximately 2 weeks in this condition. When he showed up again
coming out of the woods he had no trap and NO LEG. He chewed off the leg to free himself from the painful metal animal
trap. The vet said if he had let the leg "fall off due to rot or necrosis of the tissue the infection
would have killed him first". Elvis has been running in the woods and behind the houses in Wakeman for 2 months.
One of the property owners that was feeding him got him in a dog pen yesterday ( August 14, 2011 ). He is not Ferrel
however will not let you touch him or examine the stump. Extensive photos of the dog and stump were sent to the
vet and Elvis will be going in for an amputation. The long bone that remains only has a thin layer of skin between
the leg and the ground when he walks. PART OF THE BONE IS STICKING OUT THE BOTTOM OF THE STUMP This would cause
a life long problem. INFECTION and on going agony.
|Elvis was so scared when he was in the woods alone
|The vet techs at the clinic said he was starting to trust them and said he was just scared. poor dog
|Surgery was 8/19/11 things went well for Elvis.
|Elvis was up walking around just 6 hr. after surgery. He had his chewed off leg amputated.
Elvis needs a surgical amputation to get him ready for a new home and new life! Estimate
given is between $1,400.00 and $1,600.00 Please help us save Elvis while we try to
ease the agonizing and painful memory of his ordeal. THANK YOU!
CREDIT CARD DONATIONS MAY BE CALLED IN TO
440-933-5297 THANK YOU.
BREEZE BORN WITH NO FRONT LEGS !
|Breeze at age 1 year old.
Breeze is a 1 yr old Lab girl that was born without
front arms. She gets along fine like this however she is now having a problem with her longer paw. When she lands
down on her chest she has caused a repetitive trauma called a "seroma". This is a fluid filled sack on that
paw. We contacted Leimkuehler' Orthotic & Prosthetic Center Inc. Amherst Ohio. William Leimkuehler
developed a hard rubber stump holder ( for lack of another word) which fits on her one stump.
We are going to try Breeze with this cover
and see if she will adjust to it. If she does we can go on and add an inch or so to the cover after seeing the
wear pattern. LETS HOPE FOR THE BEST ! THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT IS WILLIAM LEIMKUEHLER TRYING TO FIT BREEZE
WITH HER STUMP CAP.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO SAINT FRANCIS ANIMAL SANCTUARY FOR BREEZE AND
ALL THE SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS THAT WE CARE FOR. THANK YOU. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
DUKE BLIND / CUT OFF TAIL8/8/11
Duke is a 5 y.o. pure Yellow Lab boy.
He is blind and someone has cut off his tail. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD CUT (DOCK ) A YELLOW LAB'S TAIL? CRAZY!!
He is such a good boy... we took him to the vet and got his dew claws removed during a neuter. He has dental work
to clean and remove a few bad teeth. Heart worm negative and RABIES, DHLPP, BORDATELLA ( KENNEL COUGH) VACCINATIONS.
He is now micro chipped. This boy came from Kentucky where he was put in a dog pound as a stray. This dog
was a house dog I have no doubt ... he is clean and fresh white... not a barker and loves to walk on a leash... and
that fat lab rear end wags and wags when he hears you say his name... Duke! Duke is up for adoption
right now.... come and take a look. 440-967-3610
CHIHUAHUA LEFT IN THE WOODS
I received a phone call at almost mid-night
and when I yelled at the dogs to be still so I could hear this lady she told me "they are barking at me I am in your
drive way" She said her daughter had been a volunteer here a few years ago and I did remember her name.
I knew she had a dog which I told her I am full.... however when she said it was a Chihuahua I went out to take a look.
Her son was 4 wheeling in the woods and almost ran over this little guy that was stuck in a mud hole and could not get out.
He was covered in fleas and ticks, dirty beyond dirty. He has urine scalds on both rear legs and is weak in the
hips with a slight problem walking. His left eye has a corneal abrasion / cataract he is blind in that eye.
HIS TEETH ARE GREEN NUBS AND SMELL LIKE ABCESS.
|THIS IS THE GREEN NUMBS HE HAS FOR TEETH
|THEY ARE INFECTED AND WILL BE REMOV ED BY THE VET TOMORROW 7*22*11
This dog is an unaltered male that has had NO vet care that we can see. His
vet bill will be over $700.00. All his teeth are being pulled as we are not able to save any. He is on antibiotics
and will be neutered at the time of his dental. Please help with a donation. We did not plan on
taking him but he was headed to the pound if we did not. He is at the vet tonight 7-21-11 for necessary medical care.
He was most likely kept in a cage thus he has urine scalds on the both rear legs. Lets give him a chance at
a good life.
CHOPPER IS ADOPTED.... THANK YOU!
JACKSON 5 POUND CHIHUAHUA
Jackson came from a home in Tennissee
where he disappeared for 16 days. When the owner found him wondering back into the yard he could hardly walk and was
skin and bones, dehydrated. He almost died. The owner knew he had problems and wanted to send him where he would
be taken care of and safe. We got Jackson a few weeks ago. Please see the x rays below. We did find a BB near
the spinal column. Who knows if this is the reason he is having neurological problems with walking in the hind legs?
The first thing we had to take care of is HE IS HEART WORM +++
Who would shoot a 5 pound dog with a BB gun?
It takes a BIG MAN to do that !
Please consider a donation Heart worm treatment already done.
LITTLE SUSIE BIG PROBLEMS7-6-11
Susie is one of the most wonderful tail wagging,
kissing dog you will ever meet. She has now been at the Avon Lake Vet clinic for 15 days. Susie was rescued from
a dog pound in central Ohio. She was on her last day there and you know what that means. Susie has an "
AURAL HEMATOMA" of the left ear. It looks like air has been blown into her ear like a balloon. It happens usually
when the dog will shake her head from side to side hitting her ear. She has a bad bacterial skin infection along
with demodex mange.
|This photo is after her second surgery on the ear.
|Her ear may not ever look normal but at least she will be pain free.
|Susie was so happy to be out of the dog pound
|she enjoyed sleeping on her bed with a sheet to comfort her wounds
||It was the sweet look on Susie's face that made us pull her. She is a wonderful
and smart dog. She has a awful case of mange with bacterial skin infections and an ear infection. She has had drains
and surgery on the ear. Her vet bill is over $1,000.00 she remains at the vet tonight after almost 3 weeks in
the clinic. Please consider a donation to help Saint Francis pay for her medical care.
TAZ BEFORE AND AFTER
Taz is a rescue from Kentucky.
He was in a kill shelter and is now looking for a home to call his own. He is 7 yr. old and will be going to our
vet this week or next for neuter, heart worm check, rabies, DHLPP, bordetella and micro chip. The doctor will
also check his teeth to see if they need cleaning. Adoption fee is $150.00 email : email@example.com for info.
WILLY WHITE GSD 4-23-11
|THIS IS WILLIE AT THE DOG POUND (VERY SAD)
|HE JUST LOOKS LIKE HE HAS GIVEN UP ON ALL HOPE!
|Willy 5 y.o. white long hair German Shepherd Dog
Willy a 5 y.o. white GSD with long hair.
Beautiful ! It took 4 hr. of grooming by 2 people to get this boy looking like a star! Willy had a
heart worm check and we discovered he was heart worm positive. Poor Willy came from a hording situation in central Ohio
now this.... but that is not where the bad news stops. We took an X ray of Willy's crippled front left leg to
make sure it was not a fracture or tumor. The radiologist said it was a birth defect. We fround out from
the X ray that Willy had been shot by a bee bee gun. WHO WOULD SHOOT A CRIPPLED DOG??? Willy had his heart worm
treatment and is still at the vet. He is a large dog at almost 85 pounds. The heart worm treatment
will be hundreds of dollars along with the xray and blood work Willy's medical bills are over $1,000.00
||We did everything we could to get Willy from a hording situation and a dog pound to a wonderful family
someday. Please consider a donation for his medical bills.
POOR ANDY WITH AN EAR
TUMOR 4-3-11 ADOPTED ! 7/5/11
This little dog named Andy is only about 1
to 1 1/2 yr. old. He came from Newport TN where he was picked up as a stray by animal control. How anyone
could own him and not take him to the vet as they watched this horrid tumor mass grow on his ear? He is safe now
and going to the vet tomorrow. ( 4-4-11 ) He will not have surgery until the end of the week and we are asking for donations
to cover his medical bill. We have no idea what his heart worm status is and he is an unaltered male. I doubt
anyone took this baby to the vet in his life. All that is about to change now. Watch for updates and
say a prayer for Andy. Most likely he will have his ear removed along with the tumor.
|This large tumor will be removed this week.
|We think he will also have his ear removed along with the tumor.
|ANDY HAD SURGERY 4-8-11
|HE CAME THROUGH LIKE A TROOPER! PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO HELP WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES
||Please consider a donation for Andy. We need to collect $750.00 to $800.00
for his ear removal.
PLEASE HELP MATILDA!
Matilda and Saint Francis
Animal Sanctuary would like to Thank You! March 26, 2011 Matilda came from
the Lorain County Dog Pound. She had been there awhile and the dog warden contacted me to take her
because she was such a nice dog. No one wanted to adopt her. Her first day here we discovered she could
not open her mouth. With no history and starting at ground zero we started doing research and testing.
We sedated her to do x-rays and the vet did a physical exam. Her jaws were closed and we could not
pry them open. X-rays were sent to an orthopedic specialist. No
acute trauma was found but recommended an MRI. Blood work and biopsies were sent to Dr. Sheldon in
California to rule out Masticatory Muscle Myositis, (Eosinophilic Myositis the
results were negative. I was feeding her 8 Cesar tubs of Duck and a can of Rx. ID dog food mixed up together
per day. Matilda was losing weight if she had any chance to lead a normal life we had
to get her to Ohio State University. I posted a request for donations to my web site and the news paper
contacted me about doing a story on her. The next thing I know Fox 8 in Cleveland called to do a
story on her. With all the media coverage the original owners of Matilda saw the
story and contacted me. The dog belonged to their mother who passed away in 2008. Matilda
lived with her dog mother a Black Lab and step children in Elyria. When the children were asked to move
they let Matilda go loose last Fall. That is how I got her from the dog pound. Matilda’s
name was “ Piggy” and I was told she was born in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in June 1998. ( Yes almost 13 years ago
). I was also told when she was 5 days old a table fell on her head the subsequent injuries resulted in
both jaws being fractured. She was taken to a vet at 5 days old and the owner was told she would only live a day or two at
the most. Her owner fed her with an eye dropper and she made it. Her jaws fused closed over the developmental
years and eventually fused shut for the rest of her life. Matilda has compensated with her tong moving
food in her mouth that is pushed between her lips. We spent 5 hours at the Ohio State Vet Clinic.
They actually filmed the exam for further teaching of veterinary students. More tests were done and blood work, urine
analysis, x-rays etc. were all reviewed again and again. Dr. Dyce said Matilda’s face muscles have
atrophied away to nothing. She would never be able to eat even if the jaws were corrected. The only procedure
that could be done is removing her bottom jaw so she could use her tong to eat. He did not recommend this
and I would not put her through this. He said if she was young we would have had more options.
They also told me her missing eye is most likely a result of the same injury that fused her jaws.
Dr. Dyce told me to put her on DRY dog food with small kibbles. Matilda is now eating very well
Iams dog food small kibble. That is how she survived all these years. Matilda
will live with us the rest of her life and her needs will be taken care of and she will want for nothing! God
We have been waiting for an appointment
with Dr. Dyce at Ohio State University for Matilda. This is her one and only chance at a life free from the feeling
of being trapped in her own body. The Ohio State University Vet Clinic has a cancellation and we are going to
see Dr. Dyce if we can come up with the money by Thursday March 24, 2011. We know the MRI is $1,500.00
plus surgery if needed. We are required to pay 1/2 the high end of the estimate at the time we leave her next
Thursday. We have tested her for everything we can at this end. WE
KNOW SHE DOES NOT HAVE Masticatory muscle myositis, atrophic myositis or eosinophilic myositis. WE
SENT A BIOPSY AND BLOOD WORK TO DR. SHELDON IN CALIFORNIA, NEGATIVE ! MATILDA WAS SEDATED TO SLEEP AND EXAMINED
/ X RAYED. WE SENT THOSE X RAYS TO AN ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALIST. Here is what we know
for sure. Matilda is missing her eye. IT HAS NOT BEEN REMOVED SURGICALLY BY A VET. SHE HAS A SCAR
ABOVE HER MISSING EYE ORBIT. HER MOUTH IS SHUT AND SHE CAN NOT OPEN IT. SHE PUSHES HER FACE INTO HER CESAR FOOD.
THE DUCK HAS THE CONSISTENCY OF LIVER PATE. WE MIX ONE CAN OF Rx. FOOD "ID" WITH 8 TUBS OF CESAR. SHE
EATS THIS EVERY DAY. IF SOMETHING CAN BE DONE WE HAVE TO GIVER HER A CHANCE AT LIFE. PLEASE HELP. SHE CAN NOT OPEN HER MOUTH, BARK, PANT, OR DRINK NORMALLY. IF SHE VOMITS SHE WILL DIE.
|Matilda missing rt. eye with much muscle atrophy
|No idea at this point if trauma cause her missing eye and locked closed jaws
THE M-2 ANTIBODY TEST FOR MASTICATORY
MYOSITIS WAS DONE AND THE RESULTS ARE NEGATIVE. WE RECEIVED SO MANY EMAILS FROM PEOPLE TELLING US TO TEST
FOR MASTICATORY MYOSITIS. I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE LISTENED. THE NEGATIVE RESULTS MAKE US THINK MORE AND MORE
THIS IS TRAUMA RELATED. THE VET CANNOT SEE ANY EYE BUD IF HER MISSING EYE, WHICH WOULD HAVE INDICATED POSSIBLE MICRO
OPTHALMIA. THE EYE OPENING WAS NEVER SURGICALLY CLOSED BY A VET, SHE JUST HAS A HOLE THERE. IF ONLY POOR MATILDA
COULD TALK.... AND TELL US WHAT SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH.
I received a phone call from the dog warden at
Lorain County Dog Pound. He asked me to take this Shar Pei mix with one eye because she had been there for awhile and
was a nice dog. He did not want to put her down. The vet for the pound also offered a free spay and heart
worm check. I took her and found out she was already spayed when they checked her abdominal area.
Heart worm negative OK ready for adoption! While walking her on her first day here I fell in love with this girl.
Wonderful on a leash, not a barker and the kind of dog you just want to be around. Her second day here someone
came to adopt a dog and I showed them over 10 dogs. They fell in love with Matilda this one eyed beauty.
The people filled out the micro chip information form. I told them I just had her heart worm checked the day before
and I would give her a Heartguard heart worm chew pill and she would be set for the next month. Matilda could not chew
the pill. She could not hold it in her mouth and it fell to the ground. Matilda tried to eat it by pushing
it into the ground with her mouth. We all said "what is going on here she can not open her mouth"?
|Matilda asleep at the vet for exam and X-Ray
This was like the Black Beauty story folks!
She was at the dog pound with hundreds of people over looking her. They did not see her inner beauty the soul within.
Could they not get past the stereo typical " Black dog syndrome" plus she is missing an eye. Some people that
may have taken her might have said "how did I get stuck with a sick dog?" With all my heart I held her head
in my hands and said "Matilda I love you and thank God your here with me.... I will not let you down, I'll get you help".
This dog CAN NOT pant when she is hot. She CAN NOT lap water to drink and her bark is so muffled it sounds like
she has been de-barked. I feed her Cesar tubs and it breaks my heart to watch her push her face down to get the food
between her teeth. When she looks up at me with food all over her nose... this is sad... so sad. COULD
THIS BE TRAUMA? HER EYE IS MISSING NO SIGN OF AN EYE BUD ( MICRO OPTHALMIA ) COULD HER JAW HAVE BEEN BROKEN?
I did not go through with the adoption and took Matilda
to the vet the next day. They sedated her so the vet could examine her mouth. While she was asleep we both tried
to manually open her mouth. The jaw are locked in the closed position and would not open even 1/2 an inch.
X-Rays were taken while she was asleep. The X-Rays showed nothing exceptional they were sent to a specialist for
an opinion. We need to take her to Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. She will need a CT scan or MRI.
We will need at least $1,250.00 as the MRI is close to a $1,000.00 by itself. If this dog has an emesis
( vomits ) she will die and it is just that simple. She can not open her mouth at all.
||We think Matilda's locked jaws and missing eye are from trauma. Some where in
her life she may have experienced horror beyond belief. Right now she CAN NOT OPEN HER MOUTH, BARK, PANT, OR EAT AND
DRINK LIKE A DOG. IF MATILDA VOMITS SHE WILL DIE. PLEASE HELP US GET MATILDA TO OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FOR HELP.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION.
ANNA aka: ANNA BANANA !
ANNA is a Boston Terrier mix that came from Tennessee.
We have no idea what happened to her because the lady that owned her said she was already paralyzed when she took her a few
years ago. The owner was moving and could not keep her any longer. Anna was taken to a shelter in TN where
we found her. Anna has no use of her rear legs. She has to have her bladder expressed a few times a day
in order to urinate. Because of her paralysis she has no feeling to urinate. This little sweet heart came with
a wheel chair but it did not fit the way it should and caused pressure on her back. It had no harness just a strap around
her girth. We took several wheel chair parts we had here at Saint Francis and put them together. We try
to only use wheel chairs from Doggon Wheels! www.doggon.com We love Anna and she is ruling the kitchen with a iron paw!
GRUNT ! 3-10-11
|WHAT A WONDERFUL DOG !
|GRUNT IS LOOKING FOR A RETIREMENT HOME!
GRUNT is a gem! He was taken to
the Lorain County Dog Pound to be surrendered because the owner's living situation changed and he could no longer keep him.
However we received a phone call from Jack the dog warden asking us to take him in. The dog pound is no place for an
old guy like this. Most would think he is unadoptable. Guess again folks... this house trained boy is looking
for a retirement home of his own! IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE HAD A STRING OF BAD LUCK JUST LISTEN TO GRUNT'S LUCK! STRIKES AGAINST HIM: 1.) OWNER SURRENDER
( DIE FIRST IN A DOG POUND ) 2.) LARGE DOG 3.) BLACK DOG ( BLACK DOG SYNDROME LAST TO BE ADOPTED
) 4.) SENIOR ( OWNER SAYS 13 YEARS OLD ) 5. MISSING FRONT LEG ( 3 LEGGED DOG ) OH MY GOD
COULD IT GET ANY WORSE FOR THIS BOY? Grunt has been to our vet for a good check up. He did
not need a dental because his teeth were in really good shape. heart worm negative! all vaccinations
UP TO DATE. micro chipped. house trained. Call or email us if you feel you can offer
Grunt a retirement home for the rest of his life. He gets along with everyone and people and dogs.
firstname.lastname@example.org or-440-967-3610 Update: Grunt died in my arms. I want everyone to
know... if you are reading this... I loved him.... RIP my dear soul. Feb. 2012
WE NEED HELP ON THIS ONE!
|LISA WAS SAVED WITHIN HOURS OF THE FLOOD
|SHE WAS SICK AND WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SWIM TO SAVE HER LIFE.
Strange coincident or what? You
be the judge. I received an email on Saturday Feb. 26 th. regarding an old black dog at Morrow County Dog Pound
in Mt. Gillied OH. She had been hit by a car and had a rear leg swelling that seem to have gotten better on some
medication they gave her. Fact: an old black dog at a rural dog pound has little to no chance of making it out
alive. Sunday 27th. we went to the dog pound located in the middle of the Morrow County fair grounds.
This is very rural Ohio. We took Lisa who was as they said in the email, old and black. The faces
of those being left behind haunts a rescue person. You see them crying and you hear them wanting to go with you.
So you take the one you came for and go on your way.
The next morning Monday Feb. 28, I woke as I usually do looking at my cell phone for the correct time.
I opened my email for a quick look and the first email had " Morrow County" in the subject area.
Hours after I was there to save Lisa the old black dog, they had a flood. The fair grounds completely flooded and thus
the dog pound. The small dogs in cages were drowned. They could not even try to swim while locked in their
cages. The big dogs could swim for their lives.
would never have make it out alive. She was very sick. Lisa had a ruptured uterus ( pyometra )
and was already septic. The infection was so bad she had stopped eating and drinking. Her temperature was
sky high and her blood work a mess. Lisa could never have kept herself afloat much less swim for hours.
Why did I go to a dog pound 3 counties below mine when I have never been there ever! Lisa
is alive and still at the vet clinic. She had emergency surgery and IV antibiotics. Lisa is going to be
OK. I just can not imagine the pain she was in. I cried for the faces I saw in the pound just about
12 hr. before that were silenced for what ever reason too soon.
|Lisa was covered in burrs from being on her own.
|She is not as old as they thought she was just very sick and looked old.
||Lisa has been at the vet clinic recovering from her emergency surgery for a week now.
She is better and coming home soon. Lisa's vet bill is $1,250.00 please help by making a tax deductible
HIT BY A CAR AND HIS EYES POPPED OUT!
THIS POOR BOY WAS HIT BY A CAR IN GEORGIA
AND TAKEN TO A VET. HE HAD TO HAVE BOTH EYES REMOVED RIGHT AWAY. THEY ALSO THOUGHT HE WAS PARALYZED DUE TO A FRACTURED
BACK. HOWEVER ONCE THE SWELLING WENT DOWN ON THE SPINE HE REGAINED HIS MOBILITY. HE ALSO HAD SUCH A FACE TRAUMA
FROM THE ACCIDENT HE JUST HAD THE DRAIN IN HIS HEAD REMOVED. ROSCO IS NOW ADJUSTING TO BEING BLIND.
HE IS GETTING ALONG FINE NOW WITH ALL THE LITTLE DOGS. Rosco arrived at Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary 2-24-11
Please email email@example.com if you would like to get more info on adopting Rosco.
|Rosco is up for adoption at this time.
|He gets along with all other dogs and is easy going.
|Rosco's eyes are surgically closed
|He is learning to walk and smell to get around after his sudden blindness
BABIES UP FOR ADOPTION 2-23-11
These babies came to us
so sick they had to spend the first week at the vet office. We were told they were blind but after we got them we now
feel they can see out of one eye. They are blind in one eye which looks like micro opthalmia ( eye under developed during
birth ). The little one is a girl and came here at 2 1/2 pounds. The larger one is a boy and weighed in at 4 1/2
pounds. I think they are a Chihuahua / Jack Russell Terrier mix. Small
|THESE TWO BABIES WERE MARKED "BLIND"
|WE THINK THEY EACH CAN SEE OUT OF ONE EYE AND THEY SEEM TO BE BLIND IN ONLY ONE EYE.
These 2 babies are about 12 weeks old. They were tested for everything under the sun. They
had liquid diarrhea ! They came from Tennessee where they were taken to a dog pound because they were unadaptable.
How crazy..... these babies are lovable and precious! Please email to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org The adoption fee is $200.00 THEY WILL BE SPAYED / NEUTERED, MICRO CHIPPED, VACCINATED (
DHPP, BORDETELLA , RABIES ) WORMED. The tiny girl has dew claws that will be removed at the time of the spay.
The 2 babies you see in the photos above almost died due to diarrhea.
They were dehydrated and could not keep anything down. They were taken to the vet where they spent days trying to figure
out why. We tested for everything and it all came back negative. Once placed on antibiotics and re-hydrated they
are now 100%. The vet bill was over $500.00 Please consider a donation to help Saint Francis care for little ones
EPILEPTIC DOG "Q-TIP"2-8-11
|Q-Tip is a 8 pound Chihuahua
|He is on medication now for seizure activity.
Q-Tip is an owner surrender from Lorain OH.
We were told he has seizures and they did not have the funds to take him to the vet. Q-Tip was not neutered and had
no vaccinations. He was never on heart worm prevention. We took him to the vet where he was neutered, vaccinated,
micro chipped and heart worm checked. We did not see any sign of seizure activity. We wanted to take a wait and
see approach as to the intensity, duration and frequency of the seizures if he did have any. This past Sunday
night 2-6-11 Q-Tip fell off of my computer chair in the most violent seizure I have ever seen. His head arched
backward all the way almost touching his back. His mouth was in a growling motion and he salivated. All 4 of his legs
were running as fast as he could and his body was trembling and thumping on the floor. This happened several times Sunday
night and Monday morning he was started on Phenobarbital and Valium. I have not seen any more seizure activity and it has
been a few days now. We will follow up with blood work and monitor the levels of medication. Poor little Q-Tip!
DAISY( BLIND & DIABETIC) ATE
CANTALOUPE RHINE 2-4-11
|Daisy is a rescue from Florida
|Her story is on this page a couple of paragraphs down.
Daisy the BLIND Yellow Lab
girl almost died this past week. I cut up some cantaloupe for our resident rescued pig Miss Piggy Sue. She LOVES
cantaloupe but not the rhine. So I cut one up and left the rhine FAR BACK ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER because I know
this girl I did not put it in the trash. When I came in from the barn I found the entire dish of cantaloupe rhine
GONE. Daisy vomited and I thought that was it. Daisy is a brittle insulin dependent diabetic.
One week after the incident ( 7 days ) Daisy started to vomit her Rx. diabetic food and having foul smelling diarrhea.
I gave Daisy the insulin dose of 30 IU and
fed her as normal. When she vomited and I saw we lost her entire food for the feeding I noticed partially digested cantaloupe
rhine. She became weak and I did a blood sugar which was 27. THAT IS NOT GOOD FOLKS! Off to
the vet she went for tests. We found out from x rays and blood work Daisy was headed to surgery. The vet
had to stabilize her blood sugar and then after a few hours into surgery she went. The vet recovered 2 pieces of rhine that
were lodged in the small intestine. Daisy could not eat for a few days after surgery because her bowel surgery.
Her blood sugar was being done several times a day and a glucose I.V. was used for low blood sugar levels.
Her insulin was adjusted up and down for days. Food was slowly introduced and insulin / sugar monitored.
Daisy is doing fine right now and still at the vet.
Daisy's surgery was a shocking $1,998.00 to save her life. (This was after
our rescue discount) EMERGENCY ADMIT, LAB WORK, BARIUM SWALLOW X RAYS, GLUCOSE TESTING, I.Vs , INSULIN AND RX.
FOOD. EMERGENCY SURGERY.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO HELP US. GUS ( STORY BELOW ) WHO ATE A
JINGLE BELL AND DAISY HAVE COST US ALMOST $4,000.00 AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO PAY FOR WINTER HEATING FUEL. PLEASE
JAGGER- GERMAN SHEPHERD
DOG WITH FACE TUMOR 1/11/11
|Jagger is a large German Shepherd Dog
|He will listen to any commands given to him.
|jagger's tumor is connected above the right eye.
|The tumor is very vascular with a good blood supply. The tumor feels hot.
This dog was taken to the dog pound in
Kentucky this past Christmas. The owner said he was 13 years old and they did not want him any longer because
they were moving. The dog pound they took him to said he was too old to adopt out and too old to take him to the
vet. Jagger ( his real name ) came to us a few days ago. This dog is so smart, calm and well mannered.
We are taking him to the vet tomorrow for tumor removal, heart worm status check. He has a skin condition on his back
that may be from fleas. I really doubt it is mange from the pattern of missing hair. The vet will check it out
|Jagger's back is missing a large area of hair.
|Most likely flea problems. This dog has been totally neglected.
Jagger's owner told the pound he was 13 years
old. I think when people take dogs to be killed in the most awful way they make up stories to make them-self feel better.
Obviously not taken to a vet in a while with a tumor like that on his face. We will find out if he is heart worm positive
also. This dog is not 13 y.o. I know German Shepherds and he
looks to be a purebred. His teeth are extremely clean and white almost tarter free. His eyes are clear and I do
not see signs of cataracts. His hips seem to be fine as he can run and walk with no sign of problems.
Please consider a donation to help with the medical cost of getting this neglected
dog medical care. Donations are tax deductible we are a 501(c)3 non profit group. Credit card donations may also
be called in to Avon Lake Animal Clinic 440-933-5297 c/o Jagger. Thank you.
GUS ATE A JUNGLE BELL!
|Gus has no eyes and his teeth have been filed off
Gus is a rescue from New York, NY. He
was going to be a "BAIT DOG". He has NO EYES AND SOMEONE HAS FILED
HIS TEETH OFF TO THE GUM LINE. So when he was thrown in to the Pit Bulls he would not be able defend
him self. His story is listed on this web page toward the bottom. Gus lost several pounds in the past few
months. He vomited and would not eat yesterday ( Jan. 3, 2011 ) We took him right to the vet. Blood
work, x rays and assessment were done. When the vet called and said he ate a JINGLE BELL I thought
he was kidding. HE WAS NOT!
The jingle bell got stuck in the small intestine.
Back in May 2010 we went to a fund raiser event at Knuckle Head Saloon in Huron OH .
They had the "Blessing of the Bikes" The motor cycles were blessed for a safe season. Gus attended
with us and I guess when the bells with a little black and orange Harley Davidson ribbon were passed out.... he got his!
|HERE IT IS !!!!
|IT STILL HAS THE HARLEY DAVIDSON RIBBON ATTACHED !!!!
|THE VET COULD TELL IS WAS A JINGLE BELL
|FROM THIS XRAY TAKEN AFTER AN EMERGENCY ADMISSION 1/3/11
Emergency admission, x rays, blood work and surgery came to $1,500.00.
Gus is still on I.V. antibiotics because his intestines were taken apart to remove the bell he runs the risk of peritonitis.
This is a heck of a way to start out 2011 PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION! 501(c)3 non profit.
UPDATE: FEB. 1st. 2011 GUS HAD TO RETURN TO THE VET AND REPEAT BARIUM
SWALLOW X RAYS. WE HAD TO R/O A INTESTINAL BLOCKAGE AT THE SURGERY SITE. HE IS HOME NOW AND DOING WELL
BUT HIS NEXT BILL WAS $546.50 PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION.
MY BEST FRIEND CHEW CROSSED THE BRIDGE
AND WAITS FOR ME12-12-10
|He has been here 10 1/2 yrs.
|The Chew is bottom row right side.
The Chew passed away a few days ago.... and I will
miss him so much. He had a bloody nose and it would not stop so I took him to the vet. The chest x ray showed
he had cancer. The lung cancer was not the primary site. We did not know where the primary cancer was. Chew
weighed close to 100 pounds and did not look sick. I brought him home to spend his last few days. Chew was like
the Wal Mart Greeter to anyone that came to Saint Francis. With in days of his birth we discovered her had Mega Esophagus
and vomited every time he ate or nursed. I held him up right to eat vertical for months and he just stayed.
Chew died approximately 6 feet from the spot where he was born..... and I loved him every day from birth to death.
TWO NEGLECTED YELLOW LABS 11-23-10
Daisy came from Tallahassee Florida and Buddy came from North Carolina.
DAISY PASSED AWAY FROM A LUNG INFECTION 10/2011
|Daisy is blind due to untreated diabetes
Daisy was taken to the vet to be put
to sleep when the owner no longer wanted her around. They never took care of her diabetic needs with insulin.
This resulted in blindness from years of neglect. ( Diabetic retinopathy ) We also learned from a rescue person
in Tallahassee that she was forced to live outside on a brick patio because of her frequent urination, again due to her untreated
diabetes. She got sores on her pressure areas like the elbows. Because of her diabetes the sores got very bad
and did not heal well. A rescue in Florida got Daisy to us in a rescue transport. Daisy came to us with
a blood sugar over 600. She had open tunneled sores on her elbows. Her bottle
of insulin was not refregerated because no one knew!
|This sore had to be sugically removed.
|This is Daisy's right front elbow sore.
Daisy's blood sugar is being checked almost
daily to adjust the insulin. She is now on 25 I.U. of NPH Humulin insulin twice a day. Daisy is on Hill's
Rx. diabetic dog food. This is specifically for diabetic dogs and not just over the counter low calorie. Daisy is on
antibiotcs for a severe urinary track infection. Her urine was almost pure blood. This is most likely
due to the high levels of glucose in her unine. We love her.....
BUDDY FROM NORTH CAROLINA
Buddy like Daisy is around 7 years old and has lived a life of total neglect. He was sent to us
by a rescue in North Carolina THAT FOUND HIM IN A DITCH and he could not get out. Buddy is deaf. He has pleural
effusion ( like pneumonia ) in one of his lungs as seen during a chest x ray. He came to us with diarrhea. We
got him on Rx. low residue food and Flagyl antibiotics, and endosorb. He has laryngeal paralysis based on respiratory
presentation. His heart size is appropriate. Snap heart worm test is NEGATIVE! He has temporal muscle atrophy
( no muscle in his face ) the bones stick out awful. Weakness in both rear legs and he is incontinent of urine.
Buddy has 29 fatty tumors all over his body.
|Buddy has approximately 29 tumors on his body
|Temporal muscle atrophy - entire face
|Some tumors are very large and located all over.
Buddy is on Flagyl antibiotics, Endosorb and
Rx. Low Residue food. He is taking Temaril P twice a day for respiratory issues. We are giving him Proin-50
for urinary incontinence. We have been using an adult Depends diaper on his rear end to catch the urine because when
he goes.... WOW! its a flood. The vet said we need to have him gain weight before we can think about
tumor removal. He is going back to the vet for blood work to assess for thyroid or diabetic issues. He is
drinking excessive water and urinating frequently.
|Buddy is incontinent of urine ( all the time !)
|We are using a Depends adult diaper opened up and used like a belly band.
||DAISY AND BUDDY are 2 very high maintenance dogs. One blind the other deaf their
needs are over whelming. PLEASE HELP WITH A DONATION I JUST CANNOT TELL YOU
HOW MUCH WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
TINY YORKIE 4 Y.O. FROM Mount Juliet,
Tennessee GRAPHIC = DISGUSTING = SAD 11-15-10
ADOPTED! FEB. 2011
|LOLITA WAS TAKEN RIGHT TO THE VET IN TN
|THEY REMOVED OVER 100TICKS FROM HER LITTLE BODY
Lolita was running in a shopping center for
over a month. The ACO ( dog warden ) called me once they caught her. She had what looked like a giant tumor on
her abdominal area. She was covered with over 100 ticks which the vet removed. The X ray taken in Tennessee revealed
to the vet this was a true disaster in progress. This baseball size growth turned out to be a hernia. The X ray
showed her intestines, colon and entire female reproductive track was bulging through the abdominal wall. The doctor
said most likely an animal bite tore the abdominal cavity open and the internal organs were hanging out!
|THIS IS A LARGE HERNIA
|MOST LIKELY FROM AN ANIMAL BITE THAT TORE THE ABDOMINAL WALL
Lolita was transported on an "EMERGENCY
TRANSPORT" from Mt. Juliet, TN to Vermilion, OH 11-14-15. She is having surgery 11-15-10. ( right
at this time as I type ) This poor dog has suffered enough, imagine the terror of being torn apart and no food ( only
what she could find in the parking lot ) and no shelter for a month. The ACO could not find an owner and no one
reported her missing.
||It was very hard to find a rescue to take this little girl's case on. We took her within
5 seconds of being asked. Now we need donations to help us with this little dogs surgery and recovery. Lolita
is only 4 years old please help her. We are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax deductible.
TWO BROKEN LEGS! 9-23-10
|4 PINS AND 2 METAL EXTERNAL BARS PER LEG
|EACH LEG HAS THE SAME PINS, SCREWS AND PLATES
|THIS IS THE LITTLE GUY WITH NO NAME
|HE IS NEAR SHOCK WHEN RESCUED LOOK AT THE EYES.
I received a phone call to help with a little
dog that had been hit by a car and the lady said her brother had no money. The dog belonged to her mother who had recently
died. The caller told me her brother couldn't even take care of him self let alone a dog. The dog had been hit
by a car on Saturday morning 9-18-10. I went to the home in Vermilion ( Lorain County ) and found the guy on the front
poach trying to brush the fleas out of the little white dog. He tried to get the dog to walk so I could see how he limped.
The dogs back legs were swollen and bent in ways they should not be. The dog looked like he was in severe pain as you
can see by the eyes. He screamed aloud in pain as he tried to move. He had no way to scratch the fleas that covered
his little body. He is white and you could see fleas every where on the poor thing.
|THE SURGERIES WERE DONE ON SPERATE DAYS
|EACH SURGERY TOOK ABOUT 2 HOURS TO PLACE THE PINS.
|THESE ARE THE PINS, PLATES AND SCREWS
|IN BOTH LEGS THAT WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS.
The owner had no intention of taking this dog
to a vet for treatment or to be put to sleep. The dog went into rescue Monday night so he sat all weekend with
2 BROKEN LEGS ON THE VERGE OF SHOCK DUE TO PAIN. This situation was reported to the Lorain County Dog Warden who contacted
the Humane Officer for Lorain County. The dog does not even have a name so he was admitted to the hospital under
" HBC" ( HIT BY CAR ). He is safe and we need a name for him. If you have any ideas for
this little trooper email email@example.com.
|POST OP RECOVERY STILL INTUBATED!
|HE GOT UP ONE DAY AFTER THE LAST SURGERY AND WALKED AS BEST HE COULD TO DO HIS BUSINESS.
Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary is a special needs rescue and we take the animals
that most will not do to complexity of care of financial burden. We are in such need of donations especially for
this little guy with 2 broken legs that his owner didn't even take to the vet. Please help! We are a 501(c)3 non
profit and donations are tax deductible.
RAILROAD TRACK BABIES 9-18-10
LORAIN OHIO RESCUE
|SEE THE QUARTER SIZE BALD SPOT ON THE HEAD.
|THE PUPS ARE ALL BETWEEN 2.2 AND 2.8 POUNDS
|6 BABIES FOUND BY THE RAILROAD TRACKS
|IN THE WEST SIDE OF LORAIN.
These 6 babies are all that is left from an abandoned
litter of Pit Puppies. They were left to die alone with no mother shortly after they were born. A lady that
lives by the railroad tracks in Lorain Ohio told me 2 were found dead and one she gave away ( God help that one
). The pups have ring worm, bacterial skin infections and intestinal parasites. She said she did the best she
could and fed them herself but she knew they needed more help then she could give.
|THE PUPS WERE TAKEN TO THE VET RIGHT AWAY
|SKIN SCRAPINGS WERE DONE ON VARIOUS LEASIONS ON THE PUPS.
This is what is being done for these babies.
They require a bath twice a day with betadine surgical scrub ( antibacterial soap ). Then they get Lotrimin AF ( anti-fungal
) for the ring worm sites on the pups. We are using a large tube 1.1oz PER DAY! They are all on oral antibiotics
for the skin infections. The pups are being dried off with paper towels due to the ring worm and skin problems.
They are on disposable chux pads as we need to keep as much stuff as possible disposable and avoid cross contamination to
the other dogs. ( or me! ) They were all wormed with Nemex - 2 for puppy worms. We have them on Esbilac
stage 2 formula for puppies as this will give them a little extra nutrition they never had the first few weeks of their lives.
||Please consider a donation for these babies that were left to die alone in the woods
by the railroad tracks. The daily cost of their care is adding up quickly. Thank you !!
MOLLY CAPTURED MY HEART IN KANSAS CITY MO.
I sort through email after email reading stories
that make you cry. Hard working dedicated people trying to get dogs placed with rescues and save lives. This is
what the email said " DEAR GOD PLEASE SOMEONE TAKE HER!!!! 4. BD20A-
11411420- Female- cage card says 4-6 yrs old, but unsure. Terrier Mix? SEVERE MEDICAL- This poor dog
is a mess! She has no hair on her besides her head (and that hair is matted) Very disorientated. I cannot
even begin to tell you what kind of dog she is- can’t tell. I am not a vet but fur loss could be several things-
fleas, mange, allergies. Very sad. Would barely lift her head when called to. She was abandoned in her yard by her
family. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=207048&id=569838019&fbid=428299293019&ref=mf "
The email said this dog would be killed ( euthanized
) at 4:00PM. This only left a few hours to save her life. A few phone calls and emails and the wonderful rescue
people in Kansas City had this dog on her way to a vet at the very time she was going to be put to sleep forever. Saint
Francis Animal Sanctuary rescued this pup and she is safe now.
This is the only photo I have of
Molly. She was suffering and when I contacted the people in MO trying to get her out of the pound they told me the dog
warden put her and 5 others in a back room. They literally had no hope for rescue or adoption unless someone saw the
urgent code red email that was sent at the last minute. The dog arrived at the vet approximately 4:00 PM Kansas City
time. The vet called me and said the dog had so many fleas she had NO hair on her body. The fleas were nested
in her skin and remaining hair on her head. The vet said Molly has a severe ear infection that was draining and foul
smelling drainage. She has a bacterial skin infection and the skin testing shows she DOES NOT have demodectic
or sarcoptic mange. Molly had so many tape worms in her stool its a wonder she is still alive. UPDATE : HER FLEAS HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH CAPSTAR AND SHE WILL GET A BATH. SHE WAS GIVEN
RX. MEDICATION TO TAKE CARE OF THE WORM INFESTATION. TOMORROW (9-14-10 ) MOLLY IS HAVING BLOOD WORK TO SEE IF
SHE IS ANEMIC FROM THE FLEAS FEASTING ON HER FOR SO LONG. SHE WILL HAVE A HEART WORM CHECK AND BE SLIGHTLY SEDATED SO
THE VET CAN CLEAN HER EARS OUT AND SHAVE THE FEW HAIRS SHE DOES HAVE ON HER HEAD. Molly
is about 25 pounds and she ate wet dog food that was fed to her tonight by the vet staff. We are working on Pilots and
Paws flight rescue to help get Molly home quickly.
UPDATE: I JUST GOT AN EMAIL .... ALL 6 IN THE BACK ROOM ( BITE ROOM ) WERE RESCUED!
MANY FOLKS HAVE SENT ME AN EMAIL ASKING ABOUT THE OTHER 5 DOGS. NOW WE KNOW .THANK YOU GOD.
|THANK YOU TO ALL ACROSS AMERICA !
|MOLLY THE KANSAS CITY GIRL IS HOME.
|MOLLY KC IS HOME THANKS TO SARAH O.
|SARAH IS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER WHO GOT MOLLY TO HER FLIGHT !
|MOLLY KC HAD A MEDICATED BATH YESTERDAY
| NOVEMBER 23, 2010 SHE IS GOING TO A FOSTER HOME FOR THE WINTER.
||We are in desperate need of funds to pay for Molly's vet care in Kansas City MO and
also her vet care once she gets to Ohio. This poor dog was left to die in a yard where the people moved out of the house.
Her suffering has stopped and she will know love and kindness. Please help with a tax deductible donation.
TO VET TO BE KILLED BECAUSE " SHE HAS FLEAS" 8/2010
|Broccli is 10 1/2 yrs old
|She HAS NO FLEAS ANY LONGER thank you!
While at the vet to get one of my dogs
a rabies vaccination I listen to a man at the desk tell them he wanted his dog " put to sleep". She looked
so normal and walked in to the vet clinic smelling everything and looking around. I had to ask " why are you putting
your dog to sleep?" HIS ANSWER : " BECAUSE SHE HAS FLEAS". I am sure
I just stood there for a few seconds... in shock. Did this man just tell me he was killing his dog because she HAS FLEAS?
Yes he did! Well I asked him for the dog and identified myself as a rescue. The office girl at the
clinic verified I was a rescue and so he gave me Broccoli !
The owner went to his house and came
back to the vet clinic with Broccoli's papers dated 2000! Yes the family had her for 10 years. Her last
rabies was 6 years ago and no updates on heart worm or other vaccinations. She came from a rescue and they had her spayed
in 2000. She is house trained and gets along with the other dogs. She went to the vet and had a complete
dental done. Broccoli is a good girl that did not need to die because she had fleas. That day I got
her I found out she was heart worm negative and gave her a Capstar ( works on fleas in 30 minuets ) then Revolution
flea and heart worm medication. SHE HAS NO FLEAS!
|This is a beautiful dog on the inside and out!
|Broccli is house trained and micro chipped.
Broccoli is a senior full of energy and loves
to go for walks. She will tell you when she wants to go out. She walks well on a leash.
All vaccinations are now up to date, she is spayed, heart worm negative, NO FLEAS, complete dental work is done
and already spayed. We micro chipped her now. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A WONDERFUL HOME THAT WILL CARE FOR HER
AS A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. SHE IS A GOOD GIRL AND WOULD LIKE A HOME THAT WILL LOVE HER. CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to meet Broccoli.
LITTLE MOTHER MOLLY RESCUED!
|Mom was in a kill dog pound in a family way.
|She was about 35 miles north of Dayton Ohio
Molly is about 1 yr. old and she weighs about
25 pounds. When we rescued her we took her to the vet to have x-rays done and get a head count. The x-rays showed
up 6 spines and 6 skulls so we knew she was having 6. The x-rays also showed the doctor the size of the skulls
in relationship to the mother's pelvic opening. We do not know the dad's size so it was necessary to make sure she could
|We have 2 black 2 brown (tan) and 2 white
|This is the pups at 1 week old.
|Pups born July 20, 2010 all 6 healthy.
|Mom is young but she is a good mother and lovers her babies so much.
We will update the photos of the babies every
week. They grow so fast. We do have the pups on Petfinder web site because you can come and pick out a pup now.
When they are ready at 6 weeks of age they will have been wormed with Nemex -2 puppy wormer at 2 - 4 and 6 weeks of
age. They will receive DHPP the puppy shot along with Bordetella vaccination which is kennel cough vaccine.
The pups will all be micro chipped prior to leaving. The adoption cost is $75.00 and they come with a good
supply of Eukanuba puppy food.
|THE CHARMIN PUPPY IS UP FOR ADOPTION!
|2 weeks old and the eyes are now open.
|The pups have now received the first worm medication. They are so cute.
EMERGENCY : ANGEL OUR 5 LEGGED DOG ATE SOME SORT OF NYLON HARNESS WITH A STRING OF NYLON ATTACHED.
I THOUGHT SHE WAS NOT EATING BECAUSE OF THE HEAT ( ABOVE 90 FOR DAYS ) I TOOK HER TO THE VET AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS.
XRAYS SHOWED EXCESS GAS BUT NO FOREIGN BODY. SHE HAD EMERGENCY ABDOMINAL SURGERY JULY 7, 2010 THE NYLON
STRING SEVERED HER BOWEL AND CAUSED SUCH A PERFORATION SHE GOT PERITONITIS.
|ANGEL IS A REAL FIGHTER = FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.
|PHOTO TAKEN JULY 17, 2010 AFTER MANY SURGERIES.
UPDATE: JULY 19, 2010 ANGEL IS
HAVING A HARD TIME FIGHTING THE INFECTION IN HER ABDOMINAL CAVITY. SHE IS STILL AT THE VET AS OF TODAY AND HAD ANOTHER
SURGERY THIS AFTERNOON TO FLUSH OUT THE INFECTION FROM THE CAVITY. THE PERITONITIS IS JUST NOT CLEARING UP AS EXPECTED.
SHE IS ON I.V. MEDICATION ANTIBIOTICS.
Angel was picked up as a stray a few years ago
in Springfield MO. Her entire story is located on this home page several stories down.
|Angel is in ICU with I.V.s going.
|She has had 3 surgeries in 3 days.
||Angel has had surgery every day for the last 3 days. July 7, 8, 9, 2010
They left her incision open and had to go in every day to clean the abdominal cavity out. Please help by making a tax
deductible donation. We couldn't let her die or be put to sleep. We save dogs from all over the United States
and Angel is one of our own.
abdomin is packed with cotton filler because she is given anesthesia and her abdominal cavity is flushed to clear the paratinitis
infection. Her last surgery was this morning July 21, 2010. The doctors keep her abdomin open so they can
go in every day or every other day without having to cut into her each time.
UPDATE: AUGUST 3, 2010 ANGEL IS
STILL AT THE VET AND DOING VERY WELL SHE WILL BE COMING HOME SOON !
|July 21, 2010 Angel with "OPEN ABDOMIN"
|She has had more then 8 procedures where her abdomin is flushed trying to clear the infection.
MAGGIE 4.2 POUND CHIHUAHUA 7/6/10
TUMOR REMOVAL SURGERY TODAY JULY 9, 2010
|This is the sad little face I first saw.
|Maggie sitting on her tumor with no bottom jaw or teeth.
Maggie came from a dog pound in Georgia.
She has a very large tumor on her abdominal area and between her legs. Maggie came to us on an emergency transport Monday
July 5th. 2010 and remains at the vet clinic. We had an X-Ray done of the tumor and the doctors that looked at
it said it was calcified. When I felt the tumor it was as hard as a rock and seems very heavy.
|Maggie walk all over the place.
|The tumor is about 1/2 the size of the dog.
|from the rear view this is the tumor.
|She is skin and bones she was loaded with fleas
Maggie is missing her bottom jaw and she has
no teeth. However just put food in front of her and look out. She eats everything in site. Maggie has infected
wounds on her back from the fleas eating on her. She is on antibiotics now. Maggie had blood work including heart
worm check. We are waiting for the results of her blood work. Maggie will remain at the vet for now and if he
feels she can go under anesthesia Friday then she will have the tumor removed.
|This is how maggie sits on her tumor.
|She is alert and full of energy we have that going on her side.
UPDATE: JULY 7, 2010.
X RAYS SHOW HOW LARGE THE TUMOR IS. HER BLOOD WORK WAS NORMAL! HEART WORM NEGATIVE. THIS LITTLE GIRL
IS GOING IN FOR SURGERY THIS FRIDAY!
|WHILE AT THE VET TODAY 7/7/10 I TOOK THIS PHOTO
|I HELD HER UP SO YOU COULD SEE THE SIZE OF THIS GROWTH / TUMOR UNDER HER ABDOMINAL AREA.
|THIS IS AN X RAY OF THE TUMOR ON MAGGIE
|AS YOU CAN SEE THE VERY LARGE ROUND TUMOR LOCATED ON THE ABDOMINAL AREA BETWEEN HER LEGS
Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary operates on donations.
Once we found this pup we had her up to Ohio and in the vets office within 3 days. Maggie has no fleas now and she received
a medicated bath. She is on antibiotics for the skin infections. The X-Ray that was taken gave information as
to the extent of involvement of the tumor. As always we are providing the absolute best medical care in the world! (my
opinion ) Please help with a tax deductible donation.
Look at this beautiful girl, how far she has
come in a few months. She is smart and loving. Her cancer has now affected her lungs. I will hold her and
love her for the rest of her precious life.
|Maggie spent 3 days at the vet this week 10/15/10
|Chest X rays - blood work - medication. Her cancer is back now ... I love her very much.
PUREBRED BOXER NEGLECTED
& ABUSED TO NEAR DEATH 6-30-10
I received an email yesterday
( 6-29-10 ) asking if anyone could take this poor Boxer. I looked at a few photos the pound took and just broke down
in tears. This is neglect to the point of total abuse. I named him Alex and when no one responded to the urgent
pleas for help, I took him. On his 8th. day at the pound he left for a better place. He was facing heart stick
at Mahoning County Pound and I just could not let that happen.
Alex is at the Avon Lake Animal Clinic receiving
exceptional care. He was heart worm tested negative. The plan is to assess the blood work start an IV for hydration.
He was placed in isolation for now because of the possibility of kennel cough from the pound. The large swelling under
his neck is an animal bite. Upon exam you can see teeth puncture wounds from an animal bite. This is now
a severe area of infection and the swelling was drained today releasing the abscess fluid. His skin tested negative
for mange or mites. He is getting tested for "Cushings Disease" by doing a blood test called "
ACTH STIM" test. That stands for adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test.
Disease (hyperadrenocorticism)is a common condition in older dogs, often mistaken for the aging process itself. Dogs
gain weight, lose hair, urinate in the house, and make owners begin to prematurely consider euthanasia. Yet Cushing's disease
is treatable and that treatment can result in a longer, more comfortable life for the dog and its owner. Thus, it is important
for the regular pet owner to learn the basic facts about Cushing's disease.
Alex got out of the transport car and walked
into the vet clinic on his own. His head was down and I could see the despair in his eyes. He has all but given
up on this life and who could blame him? As he lay on the office floor waiting for the doctor I stroked his head and
looked at the mangled broken body one tear fell from my eye to the top of his head and he looked up at me .... as if to say....
"please don't give up on me yet."
PLEASE HELP ALEX THE PUREBRED BOXER BY MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION.
NO LIVING THING DESERVES TO END UP LIKE THIS.
JULY 1, 2010: ALEX WAS DOING WELL DURING THE NIGHT AND EVEN WALKED OUTSIDE TO DO HIS BUSINESS. THE VET CLINIC
SAID DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS HIS BODY TEMPERATURE STARTED TO DROP. THEY GAVE HIM HEATED BLANKETS AND PADS.
SADLY HE SLIPPED AWAY TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE AT 8:30am . I WOULD LIKE TO THINK AFTER A LIFE LONG ABUSE AND NEGLECT
SITUATION AND 8 DAYS IN A DOG POUND HE WAS SO COMFORTED BY LOVING PEOPLE AND WARM BLANKETS TO LAY ON.... HE TOOK
COMFORT AND SLIPPED AWAY IN HIS SLEEP. HIS REMAINS WILL BE BROUGHT BACK TO SAINT FRANCIS AND BURIED WITH ALL THE DOGS
AND HORSES THAT WE HAVE LOVED.
I am sorry folks... I am so sad I have no words ... this never should have happened.
UPDATE: JULY 2, 2010 I JUST
FOUND OUT FROM THE VET THAT POOR ALEX ONLY WEIGHED 34 POUNDS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.
DEAF PIT BULL WITH EARS CUT OFF June 2010
|Johna is deaf from birth.
|Some stupid person cut his ears off right next to the head. This is called a fighting crop.
Johna came from a dog pound in the east side
of Ohio. He is a pure Pit Bull Terrier. Johna is 100% deaf which has nothing to do with the fact that some jackass
cut his ears off real close to the head. This was done by some sub human so that when they used this poor dog to fight
the other dog could not grab on to his ears while fighting. We pulled this dog for a rescue that needed help in the
southern part of the United States. We took him to our vet and the vet said he did not think this dog ever was
used for fighting ( 1 yr. old ) because he had no scars on his body and has a good disposition. What a baby of
dog Johna is.
|Johna is such a baby.
|He is not at our rescue he was transported to a rescue that wanted him in a southern state.
Johna is a good dog and loved the car
ride from the pound. He had to be woke up at McDonald's for his double cheese burger. Then he went right
back to sleep in the air conditioned car. How can people be so cruel to helpless animals. We wish this dog good
luck and a good life with loving people that will never abuse him. We were glad to help in this rescue God bless Johna.
TIGER - CLEPH PALLET 6/2010
Tiger came from a dog pound in West Virginia.
He has a very large and involved cleph pallet. When I look down at his face I can see his back teeth through his nose
hole because he has no roof in his mouth. He is most loving and when you pet him he acts like it is the first time
in his life anyone every said "hello". He gets along with the other dogs here at Saint Francis and we
are just glad he found us! Tiger is only about 1 to 11/2 years old. Welcome home Tiger!
Lorain County Rescue6/2010
UNO LOST HIS LEG
I received a call from the Lorain County Dog
Pound yesterday June 10, 10. I was told to come and get a little 4 to 5 pound Chihuahua that had a broken leg.
I went right to the pound in Elyria. This was not an old dog. He was found by a lady that had 2 Poodles and felt
sorry for him telling the dog pound he had a broken leg.
|This is Uno at the dog pound.
|Thanks to this pound worker Uno made it to Saint Francis.
We took this little guy right to the vet.
He did not seem to be in pain but his ears were loaded with ticks and his body full of fleas. He was taken in to the
vet and received x rays of his rear back leg. Please also see the short video clip of this little guys leg as it was
when we got him. Uno's leg was shattered. He had many fractures in his leg. The vet said fractures like
this were most likely caused from blunt force trauma.
|Uno most likely has been in pain for 2 weeks.
|This severe fracture had to cause him such pain and he had no where to go.
|The Tibia and Fibula are both fractured.
|Uno's leg can not be saved. He must have an amputation.
|Uno will be fine with 3 legs.
|He is safe now. He has been through a lot for such a little guy.
|I stayed with him until the surgery was over.
|He had some bad teeth pulled and neutered all at the same time.
The vet feels the injuries to this dog
were most likely 2 weeks old. This is based on the current state of lacerations ,abrasions and bruising to
the inner aspect of his legs. I am also told the doctor feels "BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA" caused the fractures. A
mail man went house to house checking to see if any one knew who this dog belong to. If the dog pound can find
the owner they will press charges for leaving this dog in this condition. No one reported this dog missing.
He is only about 6 yrs old.
||We really had no intention of taking on another dog. However this pup was at
a gassing dog pound. He was going to the vet for his fracture but I feel they would not have spent the money on an amputation.
He more then likely would have been put to sleep. PLEASE HELP US OUT. WE NEED DONATIONS! WE ARE A 501(c)3
non profit and donations are tax deductible.
TWO DOGS LEFT IN DROP BOX JUNE
Pops is the 5.1 pound Chihuahua and Possum
( that is how the pound spelled it!) Possum is a purebred West Highland Terrier. They were left in a dog pound overnight
drop box in North Florida.
|Pops in a senior Chihauhua
|He is 5.1 pounds. IV fluids and antibiotics were started right away at our vet clinic.
Pops was in bad shape although he flew on
Pilots and Paws half way to Ohio then over nighted. He drove the rest of the way to Ohio by transport. He
was very hot and he felt dehydrated to me when he arrived. On Sunday he was taken right to the vet for exam and treatment.
Pops had a temp of 104.8 and could not stop coughing. He had blood work done a chest x ray and ultra sound of the heart.
His heart is very enlarged and the xray showed pneumonia. This little guy was sick. He was started right
on I.V. fluids and antibiotics. He stayed at the vet for almost a week. Pop's teeth are so bad that we feel this
may be some of the reason for his massive infection. He is on several types of antibiotics along with cough medication.
Pops also has hair loss as a skin scraping showed he did not have mange but severe flea infestation.
|Pops chest x ray shows an enlarged heart
|The vet feels he has pneumonia and severe dental infections.
The vet has estimated Pops to be about 14 years
old. He has been in a state of neglect for some time now and then to be taken to a "drop box" at a dog pound
where he would most likely be euthanized. How awful. Pops is safe tonight and well cared for. He is
getting the best medical care that can be provided. He did not deserve to die like that after all these years.
Possum came from the same
dog pound in Florida this past week. He is a West Highland White Terrier. He was left in the "drop box"
with his skin looking like he has a severe scald or burn. Missing most hair from his neck back we took him right to
the vet when he came to us because he was uncomfortable. His eyes were crusted together he is on RX eye medication.
He was tested for mange and found not to have it. He has a severe skin infection secondary to yeast infection, most
likely neglect and flea infestation. Both ears were loaded with a yeast infection and he is receiving treatment here
at Saint Francis.
|JUNE 2010 THIS IS HOW WE GOT HIM!!!!
|2 MONTHS LATER AUGUST 2010 WOW!!!!!!
|NOW I AM AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE OUTSIDE
|AS I ALWAYS WAS ON THE INSIDE! ALL I NEEDED WAS A FEW PILLS AND SOME LOVE!
||The total vet bill for these two dogs coming from Florida is over $1,700.00
The visit was on an emergency basis and on a Sunday! Pops spent almost a week there. Please make a donation to help
us care for these neglected dogs.
BABY PUG - A MILL SURVIVOR IS DEAD AGE:
Dayz is a little Pug / Beagle mix according
to the mill owner. She was surrendered to rescue because she had bi lateral ( both sides ) abdominal hernias.
They were reducible and the vet said as soon as she was a little older we would spay her and repair the hernias. She
also had a leg problem. The potential for her leg surgery was 50 / 50 and if it was needed it would be costly.
I received over 100 applications to adopt
Dayz. I searched each one and there were several very good ones. I found a couple in the Washington
DC area. I loved to talk to them because they were like expectant parents, so excited and so involved anticipating the
Dayz's foster mom that
had watched pups for me in the past was going on vacation and said she had a lady she knew to watch her current foster. She
asked me if I wanted Dayz to go to her home along with her pups. I agreed and got her name and number in the event I
needed her. Last Monday May 24, 2010 I received a phone call from the current foster and
she told me her sister wanted to adopt Dayz. I told her I received over 100 applications and found someone in Washington
DC area. I told her they were paying for Dayz's surgery. She told me her sister would "pay for everything"
and even told me the name of the vet she would use. She wanted to know if the people I picked out would "back
out of the adoption?" I told her I really doubted it and the conversation ended. I told her I needed to pick
up Dayz because she was going in for surgery. That afternoon the first foster who is a friend of mine called me and
said " Lisa lied to you.... Dayz is dead."
I was told the foster home's Saint Bernard killed Dayz. The sad part of this besides
her death, the entire time this lady was talking to me Dayz the baby with so much potential was laying frozen in her
freezer, killed the week before. I was lied to and never told by this lady that my pup was dead. I thought this
over all week and she has never called to apologize for Dayz's death. Accidents happen, yes I know but I am so upset
by this lady lying to me. Trying to adopt her knowing she is dead. I feel I should have been informed immediately
when my dog was killed. I was lied to and this is sad. Would you ever trust this lady with one of your dogs?
THE ADOPTIVE PARENTS WERE DEVASTATED AND CALLED THE FOSTER TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED.
THEY LEFT A MESSAGE AND NEVER RECEIVED A RETURN PHONE CALL.....
RESCUE ON VERMILION RIVER May 10, 2010
BOTH DOGS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED TOGETHER! THEY LOVE EACH OTHER AND WILL STAY TOGETHER. THANK YOU.
A few days ago the Vermilion police and fire dept. were involved in a "Beagle rescue" when 2 small
dogs were spotted on a small ledge in the Vermilion river. They were down the cliff about 50 feet from the top
as reported by the Fire Chief Chris Stempowski. The area they were standing on was only about 2 feet wide.
They had no way out so the fire dept. got a boat and while attempting to get them off the ledge a concerned citizen with a
boat stepped in and assisted in the rescue.
Chief took them to the Dirty Dog and they received a complimentary bath. They were then taken to the vet for a quick
chip scan and physical. They were then taken to Saint Francis.
No idea how they got 50 feet down a cliff without injury. No collars no tags. Well feed ( fat
) nice shinny coats and trimmed toe nails. These are very small dogs and not hunters. So friendly they seem
like house dogs and are bonded like glue to each other. HOW COULD NO ONE
BE MISSING THIS PAIR? we are still looking for the owners
at this time.
||These two Beagles will be taken to our vet if we are not able to find the owners.
If you would like to donate a portion of their medical care it would be appreciated. SPAY / NEUTER / VACCINATIONS /
MICRO CHIP / HEART WORM CHECK. Donations are tax deductible. Thank You.
DEET'S SAD LIFE 4-28-10
UPDATE BELOW JUNE 2010
THANK YOU MIKE AND MICHELLE FOR A GENEROUS DONATION THAT HELPED PAY FOR DEET'S
VET BILL. IN MEMORY OF YOUR PRECIOUS DOG THAT WAITS AT THE BRIDGE.
|This is the very large and strange tumor on Deet.
|The tumor biopsy now shows he has the worst cancer possible.
|Deet is a pure bred American Pit Bull Terrier
|He is full of kisses and loves everyone! He is a good dog.
Deet came from Kentucky where he lived
his entire life in a 6 foot by 6 foot kennel. His house was a blue plastic barrel with a hole cut in the side.
To get off the concrete he would spend many hours on top of his plastic house, this was his life! A neighbor lady brought
straw in the freezing cold winter because she felt sorry for him living in his blue plastic barrel. The owner said the
only kind of food he would eat was the cheapest dog food that the "Dollar Store" sold and that is exactly what he got for the majority
of his 6 years. Deet had a Rabies shot in 2005! That was the last time he saw the vet and never received
heart worm medication. He never was taken to the vet for the ever growing huge tumor on his side.
The email that came with many requests
to take dogs said " NO ONE WILL HELP HIM ". That caught my attention and I read the email request. I
felt no one was going to help this lady trying to save a neighbors dog. I felt the desperation in her email
as she searched for a rescue or person to help a dog with a big tumor. His owner surrendered him to rescue.
Deet arrived at Saint Francis April 24, 2010. He was taken to the vet Monday April 26, 2010. Deet's tumor
had a biopsy sent to find out what we were dealing with and while sedated he was neutered. The large lump on his hip
bone was hard in some spots and soft in others. He also had an X-ray taken of the lump. Heart worm negative
which is hard to believe but true!
||BAD NEWS: Chondrosarcoma (CSA)
This is the second most common
primary bone tumor in dogs and accounts for approximately 5% to 10% of all primary bone tumors. It is a cartilage tumor, usually
not as malignant as OSA. It generally occurs on flat bones such as ribs or skull bones, but can
occur in the limbs, usually the thigh bone (femur). Symptoms are similar to OSA, and many cases
are managed with removal of the tumor whenever possible. Chemotherapy has not been shown to be effective. Recent studies suggest
that a specific type of antibiotic, called “fluoroquinolone” may be toxic to the cartilage cancer cells. Further
studies are needed to see whether this antibiotic will have a role in treatment of this type of cancer.
VET BILL IS OVER $600.00 HIS PROGNOSIS IS POOR. HE HAS A FEW MONTHS TO LIVE. WE PLAN ON MAKING THOSE MONTHS
GREAT! WE MADE AN INFORMED DESICION NOT TO DO EXTENSIVE SURGERY.
|Deet loves to go for walks to the lake.
|He goes to the edge of the water but will only get his toes wet. I do not think he likes to swim.
|UPDATE: DEET'S TUMOR IS GETTING LARGER
|He enjoys walks by our lake and eating good food. Deet is not ready to go to the bridge just yet!
German Shepherd Dog needs donations. (4/14/10)
ADOPTED MAY 2010!
This dog is an owner turn in. We thought he had flea allergies on his lower back. While at the
vet for routine work we found out he has multiple sebaceous cysts. The vet said this is like acne when a duct gets blocked.
These areas required some laser surgery and regular incision and removal of the large ones. Zack has no idea what
is going on and why he is here. He has been at his house for 2 years and the house was lost due to foreclosure.
He has not seen a vet in a very long time but he is heart worm negative. He is neutered, vaccinated and micro
chipped. Zack is so smart he knows sit, shake and stay. Our vet feels he is about 4 to 4 1/2 yrs.
old. We are really trying to find a loving home for this wonderful German Shepherd. He lived with another dog
and a cat in his past home.
|Zack's back had to be shaved for surgery.
|The vet feels his back will get better and with proper food and baths the issue will be resolved.
|Zack knows sit, shake and stay. VERY SMART.
|Zack is a very smart dog !
|4 to 5 y.o. and a wonderful loving dog.
Zack's medical bill was $559.50 and that is with our generous rescue discount.
Please consider a donation as Zack is just one of many taken in this weekend. OUR VET BILL IS OVER $4,000.00 from this
past week. Thank you.
REAR LEG AMPUTATED IN TRAP 4-6-10
ADOPTED AFTER 1
1/2 YR. WITH US!!!!!
|Molly forgives all who never took her to the vet
|when her rear leg was cut off in a trap down in Kentucky.
Molly is a rescue from Kentucky where she
got her rear leg cut off in an animal trap. She was found as a stray and taken to the dog pound. After seeing
the scar tissue and swelling I can tell you this dog NEVER saw a vet. The end of the long bone is just covered by a
thin layer of skin and starting to stick through the skin. There is a small open area right now. The amputated leg /
stump is also very swollen. Can you imagen the pain this young pup went through as she had such a traumatic thing
happen at such a young age. Molly is only about 1 year old. Someone had to see she her suffering with
a cut off leg and yet she never was taken to the doctor.
Molly is going in for surgery and receive a stump
revision of the leg. She cannot go on with the bone sticking through the skin for obvious reasons. Her surgical
amputation will most likely be about the leg joint. But this time she will have a clean surgical incision with pain
medication to make her comfortable. This young dog is such a good girl and loves everyone! She has suffered enough
in her short life. Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary really does take the ones that have little to no hope of adoption
or rescue. Please consider a donation to help Molly get the care she needs. Molly will be up for adoption
when we get her all fixed up!
|You can see the swelling in the stump.
|Molly is using the leg as a crutch sometimes and this is not good. She runs the risk of infection.
|The amputated leg has severe scar tissue
|you can see the inside part of the leg where the tissue pulled together to close the wound.
|UPDATE 4-13-10 AMPUTATION COMPLETE!
|MOLLY'S AMPUTATION IS DONE AND SHE IS DOING VERY WELL. MOLLY IS UP FOR ADOPTION.
||Please help Molly HAD surgery April 8, 2010. If you would
like more info on Molly or her condition please feel free to email email@example.com
|These babies are 12 weeks old and blind!
|They came from an puppy mill in central Ohio.
These babies were born December 11, 2009
in a puppy mill located in central Ohio. The puppy mill bred two Dapple Doxies together resulting in the
entire litter being born with no eyes. We are still trying to assess if they are deaf. The breeder who
obviously knew nothing about correct breeding bred 2 Dapples together. For reasons unknown, the combination of two dapple
genes hitting the same area of the dog can be lethal. I have seen double dapple puppies born with no eyes, and/or no ears.
Blindness and/or deafness is also caused by the double dapple gene. The condition causing the eyes to be very small or not
there at all is called micropthalmia. Affected dogs have prominent third eyelids and small eyes which appear recessed in the
eye socket (enophthalmos). A defect early in development results in the smaller than normal eye (microphthalmia).This is often
associated with other eye abnormalities, including defects of the cornea, anterior chamber, lens and/or retina. Microphthalmia
is also seen with coloboma - a cleft in a portion of the eye, particularly the iris. Microphthalmia with multiple defects
(ocular dysgenesis) is often seen in dogs with a merle hair coat with excessive amounts of white. The eyes are commonly different
colours. Partial deafness may also be part of this syndrome. These dogs are frequently blind. These babies were born
December 11, 2009. Because of this condition their destiny was a rain barrel. Yes that is how dogs are put to sleep on
most puppy mill farms. I cannot imagine this soft cuddly warm loving pup thrown into a ice water rain barrel to die.
Surrounded by darkness from his missing eyes and never knowing a loving touch except for his mother whom he would briefly
know before being torn away from her warm love. This most innocent soul was somehow spared the horror and found her way to
Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary on a cold March night.I had to pay $25.00 for each pup to save their lives. Right
or wrong for paying they would have died. I sat on the floor rocking and touching these babies until 4:00 AM the
night they came here. They are truly the most innocent animals I have ever held. They do not know what sight is as they basically
have no eyes. I cannot tell if they are deaf yet.
|Little Lola 2 pounds! She is the runt.
|Hendrix long coat ( long hair ) 3 pounds 2 oz.
The adoption fee is $200.00 which
will include spay / neuter when they are old enough. Rabies, DA2PPv, Bordetella, micro chip, puppy worming Nemex-2.
The fee will also help recover the fee paid to get them out of the puppy mill. These pups will
kiss you to death. They do not miss a single spot on you face when kissing you! They love attention and
want to be held all the time. They run and play like normal pups all the way! They don't know they are blind....
lets not tell them!
||We are asking an adoption fee to cover the routien cost of adoption, spay/neuter and vaccinations with
microchipping. Regular puppy medical care. These pups came from a mill and MUST GO TO THE VET FOR EXAMS TODAY
3/8/10. they were wormed and the diarrhea will not stop at this point. THEY MUST BE SEEN BY THE VET. WE
NEED DONATIONS TO COVER THE VET BILL AND TESTING FOR PARVO THAT MAY BE NEEDED TODAY. THANK YOU.
HARLEY - MISSING PART OF HIS SKULL & NEUROLOGICAL
DAMAGE (MARCH 6, 2010)
|Harley has a large piece on his head missing
|His bottom right jaw has all the teeth missing and his tongue hangs out.
Harley came from Georgia where he was an owner
surrender. His owners were moving and could not take him along. They felt if he went to the pound he would be
put to sleep because of his age ( 8 y.o. ) and his neurological problems. I have to say I love this dog.
He adjusted well with all the dogs here. He is very smart. He has picked out his place to sleep in the house and
there is no changing his mind! Harley sleeps in the bath tub! He would like to eat and drink in the tub also but that
is where we draw the line.
Harley has such a personality you can not
help but love him. He is neutered, heart worm negative, all vaccinations are up to date. He also had an
extensive dental exam and work. The front teeth were spotless and pure white. The teeth that are on the bottom
of the right jaw were black and he had to have several extractions. This is the side his tongue hangs out.
|What can you say .... he loves the tub!
|Harley's bottom right teeth were awful.
|He had most of the rear teeth on the right bottom jaw removed due to decay.
HEART WORM POSITIVE GEORGIA GIRL2-14-10
This beautiful Yellow Lab girl came on a transport
from Georgia last week. She is only about 1 year old and sadly heart worm positive. We had her to our vet for
her spay discovered the heart worm status. She was treated this past week and the cost is over $500.00 for the heart
worm treatment. When a dog is in heat and has to be spay it cost more because of the extra time and more complex surgery
involved. Because of her young age and early detection of her heart worms we went ahead and had her spay done
also. Molly's spay was over $200.00. She has been at the vet since last week and is now ready for adoption.
She is just a pup and acts like a pup. If you know Labs then you know they seem to "grow up" or "mature"
a little more slowly then other dogs. Molly has an entire life to live and needs a family to love.
Some people said to us " great you pick the heart worm positive dog " but that is not
how we feel. We are glad we found her so now she can get the life saving treatment she needs to live many years.
All of our dogs that are up for adoption are vaccinated, micro chipped and heart worm checked. Older dogs receive dental
work, blood work and x rays as needed.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to help pay for Molly's medical care.
We are a 501(c)3 non profit group.
MEET OUR RESIDENT WOLF Feb.
The dog warden has her listed as a German
Shepherd Dog. He did not want me to take her because he said "she would
be dead in 3 days" He did not want to vaccinate her with Rabies because he said " I am not going to waste
the vaccine on her" . I took her to the vet where she had to go into the facility on a stretcher
because she could not walk. She could hardly hold her head up.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SAY TO THAT ? "HEY DOG WARDEN .... IT'S ALMOST 2 YEARS LATER
AND SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL - WONDERFUL - LOVING AND STILL ALIVE DOG!"
Ginger was found by animal control of Zanesville OH in an old trailer long ago abandoned. She found refuge
in a place with no windows or doors as she lay on an old matterss to die.
|It took all she had to stand for this photo
|while in the dog pound. She is always willing to do what ever is asked of her.
|This photo was taken by animal control.
|The dog pound named her Ginger look how sad she looks.
Too weak to find food in the wild and too tired
to try this baby just found comfort as the winter faded into spring. She has been on her own for awhile as evidence
of her emaciated body .
Given up for near dead at the dog pound we were warned she was in bad shape!
When we moved her tired body from one transport vehicle to the next tears could not be held back by either of us.
|Resting at the vet now.
|This dog will never have to worry about her next meal or where she will find shlter to survive.
|Heart worm + , blood work normal , full of fleas.
|Ginger ate a full meal while being examined at the vet. Her lungs are clear and heart sounds good.
Click here to see a short video of Ginger taken 1 week after arriving at Saint Francis.
Ginger (a.k.a. Ma Ma Wolf ") was
taken to the vet 5-22-08 . She was strong heart worm ++ which really did not come as a surprise.
Our surprise came when we found her blood work almost normal in every way. Her eyes are clear and her teeth not bad.
She had several areas in her mouth that were abscessed but in general THIS DOG IS NOT OLD! One
area on her right side of her upper lip had a tumor which later on turned out to be a "sheeth tumor "
and extended up to her right ear. She had some sores located all over her body and more fleas then I have
ever seen in my life. Her eyes were infected and she is very dirty. One toe nail was tore off
and the others only short as they broke off due to length.
Too weak for heart worm treatment
we had to wait months for her to gain weight and strength. Our vet felt she had a good chance
to recover from her neglect. All the diagnostic work that was done looked good. She was put on antibiotics
and was wormed, bathed and fed ! UPDATE 7-8-08 GINGER ( aka Ma Ma Wolf)
gained 12 pounds and went to the groomer twice. She is a little socialite and visits all the puppies and dogs
on her walk around. Ma Ma Wolf is taken to every adoption event we go to. She is not up for adoption but she loves
to see people and get attention. She had to gain 10 more pounds to receive her heart worm treatment which she came through
with no problems at all!
|MA MA WOLF IS A WOLF / MIX.
|SHE HAS THE COURAGE OF A LION AND THE PERSONALITY OF A LAMB. WE LOVE HER!
|LOOK AT OUR BEAUTIFUL GIRL NOW!
|HEART WORM TREATED AND FACE TUMOR REMOVED LONG AGO.
||Please consider a donation to help with the medical care for Ginger. We are a 501(c)3 non profit and donations are tax
3 LEGGED HOUND URGENT JAN 30, 2010
|IVs going non stop for fluids and antibiotics
|Russell the 3 legged dog from Georgia is fighting for his life.
People have been coming to Saint Francis for
years while searching for the perfect companion for their home. In those years I have watched people over look Russell.
He came from Georgia with his girl friend Blossom. Blossom got adopted and went to a wonderful home with a family that
adopted from me in the past. But no one ever wanted Russell the 3 legged hound mix. Last week Russell got
sick and vomited. He was drinking water like crazy and then vomiting. Russell spent the last week in the vet getting
x rays, blood work, IV antibiotics, IV fluids for hydration. Tests were run and his lab values just went south.
Russell has been at the vet for over a week
now. The vet called me tonight ( Saturday 1-30-10 ) because Russell needed emergency surgery. He has a hole
in his diaphragm which caused some of his organs like the liver and duodenum to go into the hole causing some of
the tissue to die. One major problem is the common bile duct was pinched off causing major life and death blood chemistry
changes relating to his gallbladder. The doctor had him open on the surgery table and called me
to ask "what do you want to do?" explaining to me how the medical surgical needs of Russell would take 2 doctors
3 hours to try to repair his problems. I still want to give Russell a chance at a family life some day.
I just could not tell him to euthanize him because it cost too much. Russell had surgery today and its touch and
go for now but he would have died without the necessary procedures done today.
||Russell's surgery was a life and death decision and we chose life! This
3 legged dog is only about 4 to 5 years old. Please consider a donation to Saint Francis for Russell's surgery.
UPDATE: RUSSELL PASSED AWAY A FEW HOURS AFTER SURGERY. 1-30-10. HE DIED AS HE LIVED ALONE ! WE TRIED
EVERYTHING WE COULD TO SAVE HIS LIFE. RUSSELL'S PASSING HAS PUT A FINANCIAL HARDSHIP ON SAINT FRANCIS ESPECIALLY DURING
THE WINTER MONTHS WHEN HEATING BILLS ARE HIGH. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION!
RUSSELL'S MEDICAL BILLS ARE OVER
TOTAL FINAL BILL: $ 4,100.00 JUST RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION.
HER NAME IS INK SPOT! SHE HAS A VERY
LARGE MAMMARY TUMOR THAT NEEDS TO BE REMOVED RIGHT AWAY.December 3, 2009
Ink Spot came from a shelter in Eastern Ohio.
This poor girl was left in an over night drop box. She was left like yesterdays trash. How can anyone do this?
She has most likely had several litters of babies. Now in her senior years she has a medical problem and needs help.
So what do her owners do? They dump her where she had no chance of adoption because of her age and medical needs.
Well we want her! This baby is at the vet tonight the very day we took her into rescue. She is heart worm negative
and vaccinated. Tomorrow Ink Spot will have that massive tumor removed along with a spay. She will have
some much needed dental work done at the same time.
We know it is close to Christmas and money is
tight everywhere but this poor girl found herself in so much need we just could not turn our back. When you own a dog
and you ignore the fact that she now has a tumor the size of a cantaloupe hanging down.... I call it abuse! She will
now get the care she needs. Our space during the winter months in Northern Ohio is limited. The medical bills
are out of site! This old, black dog who most likely has cancer will probably not get adopted! She will stay here
with us forever. Saint Francis takes the animals that have little to no chance of being adopted or rescued due to complexity
of care or age. Please help by making a tax deductible donation for Ink Spot. Honestly folks I have no idea how
we are going to pay for this girls surgery. Please help!
|Ink Spot came home from the vet 12/7/09
|Her incision is over 2 feet long. She lost both sides of her chest from top to bottom.
UPDATE: ONE WEEK AFTER INK SPOT RECEIVED HER
SURGERY SHE HAD TO GO BACK TO THE VET FOR ANOTHER WEEK. HER INCISION OPENED UP AND THE SKIN WAS SO TIGHT THERE
WAS NOTHING TO PULL TOGETHER AND CLOSE. SHE HAD NORMAL SALINE SOAKS AND WE LET THE TISSUE GRANULATE IN.
SHE IS FINE NOW BUT IT WAS TOUCH AND GO FOR AWHILE.
It is just too close to Christmas for me to tell the facility asking me to take this
dog " we are full " but we are. It is just too close to Christmas for me to say " we have no funds"
but we do not! With a hope and prayer we will get donations to help Ink Spot! Please consider a donation.
JERRY LEE BLIND DOG RESCUED !
November 4, 2009
|Blind - neuter infection - strong HEART WORM ++++
|Jerry Lee is now safe at our vet getting the medical care he needs.
the people trying to save this dogs life I could only take him if he had a foster home until I had a space open up here.
Someone sponsored this dog and a foster home around
Akron / Canton was found. I talked to the lady on the phone. A few days later she told me I had to find
another foster and she was going to Texas leaving on Monday. She said her husband would not watch the dog. I got
the email at 3:30 AM Sunday morning. I had to work 12 1/2 hr. shift with no email access so I felt helpless.
She was leaving Monday the next day.
She told me the dog had a bad neuter infection ( mandatory neuter leaving Stark Pound by their doctor )
She gave him an antibiotic pill! ONE PILL
She took him to a boarding kennel and left him. NEVER TOLD ME! Never told them he had an infection from
the neuter. The kennel called the pound and told them the dog had to go to a vet because he had
a very bad infection. She never told them who the dog belonged to .
Emails and phone calls all over the place
I finally got the poor
dog here at Saint Francis and he had bloody fluid dripping down his legs. His scrotum was swollen and the incision was
His name is
Jerry Lee and he is at the vet tonight. Confirmed 100% blind pupils are fixed and dilated and sadly HIGH HEART WORM POSITIVE!
This dog is only
about 1 1/2 yr. old.
I still have no room here and I have to
place another healthy dog in boarding. He is undergoing heart worm treatment at Avon Lake Animal Clinic right now.
He will be home in a few days on antibiotics for the infection.
This was a nightmare for Jerry Lee, in pain from the infection he chewed open. Cant see what is going on and
Strong heart worm +. All this and in a short period of time he went from the dog pound to a foster home then a boarding
facility from there to Saint Francis and now in the vets office.
Donations for Jerry Lee's care sure would be appreciated.
Avon Lake Animal Clinic
124 Miller Rd. Avon Lake OH 44012
( 440-933-5297 )
Francis Animal Sanctuary Inc.
12516 Cherry Rd. Vermilion OH 44089
501(c)3 non profit.
JERRY LEE IS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO COME AND FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM. HE IS WAITING FOR
HIS FOREVER HOME. YET PEOPLE COME AND PASS HIM BY BECAUSE HE IS BLIND. HE FOLLOWS THEM AS THEY WALK BY HIS
KENNEL WITH HIS GREAT HEARING. NO ONE STOPS.... COME AND SEE JERRY LEE.
||Please help Jerry Lee CLICK HERE!
Second Attempt: Help Scooter win $500.00
for his sister's leg surgery
Scooter is a Lorain County Dog Pound rescue.
His little back legs were on upside down and turned around. They had to be amputated as the circulation to the toes
started to cause major problems. We now have Ci Ci who is Scooter's sister. She has been to the vet and had x rays.
She must have surgery to correct a painful bone deformity in her rear leg. She can not walk on her rear leg and hobbles
on 3 legs in pain. We need $1,800.00. Scooter can win the cuttest dog contest and help pay for his sister's surgery.
Scooter is now entered into Week 7 of the twelve week
Million Dollar Cutest Dog Competition (9/13 - 9/19). All votes from the previous week are now zeroed out and you have seven
days to get as many votes as you can in Week 7.
HOW IT WORKS...
The dog with the most votes after 7 days
wins $500 and moves on to the semi-finals. Send the direct link (below) to your friends and family and ask them to vote for
you once each day - they may even have ideas on how to get you even more votes. Launch your own little doggie advertising
campaign and watch the votes stream in!
|Ci Ci has a completely luxated patella.
|Saint Francis has saved so many now we need help to save Scooter's sister from a life of pain.
CLICK HERE ONCE A DAY THIS WEEK. PLEASE HELP SCOOTER WIN MONEY FOR HIS SISTER'S SURGERY.
|Ci Ci is Scooter's sister and walks in pain.
|Her owner found us and surrendered Ci Ci so she could receive the medical care she needs.
CLICK HERE TO SEE SCOOTER DURING AN NBC-24 T.V. SPECIAL THAT WAS DONE TO SHOW HOW MUCH LOVE THIS ONE LITTLE CRIPPLED DOG CAN
BRING TO SO MANY!
||Yes we are still trying to collect donations for Ci Ci's surgery but having Scooter win would be so
great! Please vote for Scooter! Donations welcome!
Jill CRIPPLED PIT WITH
MASSIVE INFECTION RESULTING IN TAIL AMPUTATION 10-15-09 UPDATE
10-30-09 SEE BELOW
WARNING... THIS IS GRAPHIC AND MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME.
|Jill's tail turned necrotic and infected quickly
|This happened while she was on antibiotics and Rx. ointment. She was getting septic.
Jack and Jill came to Saint Francis at 6 weeks
of age from a dog pound in Texas. They were fat, cute and playful pups. However they are both paralyzed in the
back half of their bodies. These 2 dogs go to adoption events with Saint Francis because they love everyone!
Jack is more "Pit" in the face then Jill and stronger so he lifts his body on his 2 front legs and gets along fine.
Jill is the smaller one and has had a problem with her tail since she was about 4 months old. The tail contractured
under her and every step she takes causes a pounding on her bent under tail bone.
When Jill was 7 months old she got a massive tail
infection from having liquid stool and bouncing in it. We had them to the vet and could not find out what was going
on with the diarrhea. Both Jack and Jill were having the same problem. Then Jill ate part of a Cool Whip dish
and had to have emergency abdominal surgery. The vet did a biopsy of the intestine at that time and we found out Jill
was highly allergic to some components of dog food. Both Jack and Jill were placed on Ultra ZD allergy dog food.
The problem seem to be solved. However Jill had to spend a week at the vet getting hydro therapy treatments and antibiotics
due to the tail infection.
|Jill was on oral antibiotics and Rx. ointment
|This is her tail stump as the infection burst open and she was on her way to being septic.
We knew the time may come when we had to think
about amputation of Jill's tail. Last month she developed a massive infection and her tail turned necrotic ( tissue
death due to lack of blood supply ). Jill's tail was amputated in mid September. The infection took over and it
was like it exploded in a short time. Jill has been at the vet ( THIS TIME ) since September 21,2009. She almost
died from a systemic infection. The cost of her hospitalization is over $100.00 per day and we are at 25 days
as of now. Jill is receiving 2 powerful antibiotics to fight the raging infection and 3 hydrotherapy baths per day.
She is on her Rx. dog food and doing better.
|This was taken after 2 weeks of therapy
|Tissue re-growth and granulation is seen around the tail stump. Infection is under control now.
The updated photo shows tissue granulation
and regrowth of healthy skin. She is still at the vet and MUST GET A WHEEL CHAIR prior to her coming home. Because
Jill has no use of her back legs they have contractured and are of no use to her. Her stump must be lifted off the ground
so she can have time to heal. We have tried her in 2 wheel chairs we have here for other dogs and it did not work! Jill
needs her own chair made specifically for her based on her measurements.
We really need donations for a wheel chair and to help with the medical care Jill is receiving right now. We are looking
at least 2 more weeks at the vet. Below
is the original story and photos of Jack and Jill that came to Saint Francis
PLEASE HELP! JILL HAS
TO STAY AT THE VET 2 MORE WEEKS AND NEEDS A NEW WHEEL CHAIR. DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Please take a look at this video clip of Jack and Jill taken several months ago. This is when Jill had a previous surgery.
JACK & JILL CRIPPLED TEXAS BABIES
SEE THE UPDATE MARCH 19, 2009
Jack & Jill Lab mix pups about 6 weeks old were turned in to the dog pound in Texas
City, Texas. They are both crippled as both of their back legs are non-functioning. These are 2 of the cutest
little pups you would ever want to meet. They are going to the vet / ortho consult this week. They flew in from Texas
|Jack and Jill will never walk .
|We know this and love them just the same.
|6 weeks old and taken to the dog pound in Texas
|These little babies are the cutest puppies you have ever seen!
These babies from Texas have a severe diaper
rash because they have no use of their back legs. We are treating that with A&D ointment and frequent bedding
changes. The vet in Texas that issued the health certificate to travel said to start them on antibiotics once
they get to Ohio. We started them on Calvamox and will take them to the vet for an exam and follow up. The x-rays
for their little legs are $100.00 for each pup. Some people may ask why we even bother with tests and exams.
Because they deserve a chance. What if something could be done for them and we did not bother to check with the vet?
Everything we do is double because we need two. The flight from Galvaston TX to Cleveland OH was $200.00 These
pups needed a special needs rescue and they are safe now. Donations appreciated as that is the only way we survive.
Jack seems to have the muscle mass to walk
on his front legs and hold his rear up in the air. Jill is smaller and is having major medical problems. She has
just spent almost a week at the vet ( October 08 ) for hydro therapy and antibiotics. He tail has contractured under
her and each bounce she takes hits on the tail dock causing a massive infection. We have placed both pups on a Rx. dog
food which is low residue. We hope this will firm up the stool. Jack and Jill were spayed and neutered a short
time ago when they were 4 months old. Our vet feels we may have to amputate Jill's tail if we cannot control the
infection on a long term basis. Jill did have a wheel chair to keep her bottom up off the ground for periods of time
and take the pressure off her tail. ON HER FIRST DAY IN THE WHEEL CHAIR SHE ATE THE STRAP HARNESS AND NOW WE HAVE TO
SEND IT BACK TO DOGGONE WHEELS IN BOSEMAN MONTANA FOR REPAIR. These 2 pups are high maintenance
and high cost. Antibiotics - hydro therapy - Rx. cream - Rx. dog food and chewed wheel chairs..... please consider
a donation to help! (October 2008)
|Jack & Jill love each other and will stay together
|They are so happy because they know nothing else in life. We love them.
|Jack & Jill's diaper rash is all cleared up!
|6-1-08 Jack went swimming even with no |