Feature Pet Friday – Aiden

Hello my name is Aiden! I’m 1-2 years old and have been with the rescue for a few months. I was living on the streets of Morgantown when a nice family took me in. They already had a big family of their own so they couldn’t keep me. I am a big boy weighing in at 13 lbs! I am super chill and spend my days napping and bird watching. The only time I get excited is when that little red dot appears and I must try to kill it. For some reason I will only drink water from a fountain. I am extremely loving and require lots of petting and attention. If you are looking for a buddy to hang out with on the couch and binge watch a show on Netflix I’m your boy!”

Homeward Bound WV, Inc. is currently taking adoption applications for Aiden. If you think your home would be perfect for him, please fill out an application here >> http://www.homewardboundwv.org/?page_id=151.

A Foster’s Story of Battling Parvo

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What’s worse than one Parvo puppy?  Seven Parvo puppies!

I received the desperate plea for help from Homeward Bound WV—six Husky mix puppies needed a qualified foster to take them into their home and care for them.  A 7th pup was very sick when the rescue volunteer picked them up at their location, and upon arriving at the vet had tested positive with a bad case of Parvovirus and had to be euthanized.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract and attacks the white blood cells.”

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Six healthy puppies had been exposed to the deadly virus and if/when they got sick would need round the clock medical care.  If a vet stay was required, that cost alone could range from $2,000-$6,000 per puppy—but we had six to contend with. I had experience with Huskies and know their difficult temperaments so I instantly felt the need to step in and help save these pups. After consulting with my family, I brought home six, very healthy and happy puppies.

20150717_182341_resizedWe quickly learned each of their personalities. My youngest child attached herself to the runt and named her Pompeii.  So we chose to name the remaining pups after favorite Italian cities:  Pompeii, Florence, Sicily, Milan, Verona, and Rome (which was changed to Romeo over time for the many kisses he gives).

After a few days of quarantined puppy play, we started to see some signs of Parvo.  We separated 2 pups from the rest of the group due to bloody stools.  We were also battling worms and parasites which can compromise the pups immune system and thereby giving the pups less of a chance to beat the virus.  The next day, the pups were lethargic and refusing to eat and drink.  We returned to the vet to have them examined.  In addition to the antibiotics and dewormers and probiotics, the pups received pain shots, subcutaneous fluids, and a new prescription of Tamiflu.

We literally started giving round the clock care to this sick group.  Medications were being administered twice a day in 3 hour spans. Pedialyte was being given every 4 hours and sub-Q fluids were injected throughout the day and night.  Puppy food was being watered down and fed by syringe. After a few days of this treatment these few pups started feeling better, but unfortunately, the worst was yet to come.

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Around day 5, we had three more puppies start Parvo symptoms. These guys were really hit hard by the virus. We started seeing bloody vomit as well as bloody stools and severe dehydration. We took a trip back to the vet who gave the pups anti-vomiting shots and increased their sub-Q fluid dosages. However, on day 8 we lost one of the sick pups–Little Milan was a small, fuzzy guy slightly over 3 pounds but he wasn’t able to fight against the damage that Parvo was doing to his system.

20150727_101224_resizedOne of his other sick-mates, Romeo, was also headed for the worst. I spent the next few days crying for this guy because I thought his fate would be the same as his brother.  We went back to the vet a few days later when he seemed to have plenty of hydration and was eating a little on his own but was still not back on his feet.  The vet said some dog’s bodies will distribute fluids differently and in Romeo’s case, it had gone to the joints in his legs and it was painful for him to walk but with a little in-home physical therapy he would be fine.

Romeo is still in recovery from Parvo but getting better every day.  The rest of the remaining puppies are also doing well and getting back to their normal, playful selves. They are still receiving meds and will still remain in quarantine for another few weeks as their bodies continue to shed the virus.  Until then, we have areas they can play and get some exercise while we wait until they’re well enough to find their “furever” homes!

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Due to the on-going vet visits and the numerous medications and fluids these puppies required, our bills have exceeded $2,000. This number will continue to climb as they continue to need after-care and special puppy foods for their delicate systems. We have a donation fund set up to help cover the costs of battling Parvo. If you are able to give, please go to http://www.youcaring.com/homeward-bound-wv-inc-401154.

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Duo Looking for New Homes Separately

ZoarArnold_HeaderCan you picture your family with either Zoar or Arnold?

These 2 year old, neutered males are thought to be Lab/Husky/German Shepherd mixes. They’re brothers but we’re looking for separate homes where they can be loved as one-and-only dogs. Both are good with cats and children. They are intelligent dogs with big hearts and love attention. Both dogs have been raised indoors and love car rides, walks, cuddling, and treats of any kind. As with all energetic breeds, these boys need exercise daily. They have also been known to be master escape artists when left unattended in a fenced yard.

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Zoar (left) and Arnold (right) were rescued at 15 weeks old when they were abandoned at a church. But now grown, they’ve become competitive and both think they should be “top dog.”

For adoption at separate homes:

Post_ArnoldARNOLD is a happy, care-free pup full of jumps and cuddles. He loves to sleep beside his humans and rest his head on pillows. He listens to basic commands and does well on a leash.


 

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ZOAR is more solemn and calm. He gives kisses, loves attention, and despite his size thinks he’s the perfect lap dog.


 

For the opportunity to adopt either Zoar or Arnold, you can fill out the adoption application here or contact us at adopt@homewardboundwv.org

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Forever Home Friday – Siren

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Last month, a Homeward Bound WV volunteer traveled to a kill-shelter to screen animals for placement into foster homes.  Though it’s a stressful process and can tear at your heart–as we wish we could save them all–we often find special cases that make our hearts soar.  That day we rescued a sweet dachshund-mix named Melvin but as our volunteer was leaving, the shelter manager asked her to come see one more “special case” in need of rescue.  As they walked through the narrow halls with barking and energetic dogs all around and making so much noise, a puppy lay in a separate kennel – asleep, comfortable, but lifeless. The shelter manager clapped her hands and yelled “wake up” then turned to the volunteer and said, “completely deaf.” As she unlatched the kennel door, the vibration startled the young pup who playfully sprung to his feet and approached the gate.

Siren_fosterHomeward Bound WV happily accepted the deafened, full-blooded Dalmation puppy into our rescue even after other rescues turned him away. The shelter manager explained he was brought in as a stray but she believed someone purchased him and was overwhelmed, or a breeder dumped him because of his handicap.

After leaving the shelter, his personality began to show and he was even mastering a few hand signals. His foster mom ironically named the deaf Dalmation Siren. Taking to Facebook to brag on her new foster puppy, she was contacted by a family from Winchester, VA, who is no stranger to Dalmatians and has experience with deaf Dalmatians as well. They fell in love and instantly filled out an application to adopt. After thoroughly reviewing several applicants, it was very apparent Siren was meant for their family.

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After last Sunday’s Petco adoption event, Siren arrived home with his forever, happily-ever-after family. He has 3 human siblings, 2 dalmatian brothers, and a dalmatian sister! The eldest dalmation brother is also deaf and they bonded almost immediately.

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Sometimes we learn lessons from the most unlikely experiences. For animals and humans alike, just because you’re different or have special needs doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to a good life.  Special needs pets require time, patience, and extra love and care but the joy they bring is unmeasurable. We wish you a long and happy life, Siren. We know the Nasser/Brady family will love you forever.

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