Dogs We’ve Helped Archive

Gimme Shelter – Summer 2016



Rocky Osbahr, Barnegat, NJ
Rocky – Barnegat, NJ

Rocky is an 8 yr old Chihuahua from NJ. Because his surgery was done at a hospital two hours’ drive from his family, they stayed with him throughout the surgery, which went very well. His family is so grateful to The Mosby Foundation for helping their boy.


Millie Poling, Fort Lauderdale, FLMillie – Fort Lauderdale, FL

A 5 yr old German Shepherd from Ft Lauderdale, FL, Millie has only three legs and uses a cart sometimes, but she is very active. Now, however, she needs ACL surgery. The Mosby Foundation has contributed toward Millie’s surgery, and her mom is now working to get the rest of the funding.


Maggie Booker2, Taylorsville, IL
Maggie – Taylorsville, IL

Maggie, a 2 year old Pit Bull from Taylorsville, IL, had chronic ear infections that made her miserable. In May she underwent a lateral ear resection, and is now able to live a much happier life. Fortunately for Maggie’s family, the vet also trimmed her nails, which normally requires five people to do!


Hershey Noble, Grand Rapids, MI
Hershey – Grand Rapids, MI

Hershey is a 13 yr old Pointer/Lab mix from Grand Rapids, MI who had a malignant melanoma behind his eye. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, he received surgery, which successfully removed the tumor. Hershey had lost some weight, but his grateful mom is fattening him up again, and says she and the vet are very happy with the outcome.


Cedric Tello2, Lancaster, CA
Cedric – Lancaster, CA

Cedric, an 8 yr old Pit Bull, was an unexpected addition to his mom’s life when her son moved out and left Cedric. Initially uncertain about taking care of him herself, Cedric’s mom now calls him the love of her life and her only companion. When this gentle boy developed a large growth in his armpit that was very uncomfortable, his mom turned to The Mosby Foundation for help paying for surgery to remove the growth.


Tinks Dunn, Levittown, PA2
Tinks – Levitown, PA

Little Tinks, an 11 year old Toy Fox Terrier, had a mass on her paw causing her a lot of discomfort and pain. Thanks to our donors, surgery to remove the mass was performed on 4-13-16. Tinks is feeling so much better now and is able to romp and play with her “sister” without any pain. Her owner was extremely appreciative of the help we were able to offer.


Buggie St. Laurent,
Buggie – Candia, NH

A 12 yr old Puggle (Pug/Beagle mix) from NH, little Buggie had tumors in his mouth and two legs. The Mosby Foundation helped with the cost of his successful surgery, and Buggie and his mom are back to their normal lives again.


Roxie Valentine McGrath2, Franklinton, LA
Roxie – Franklinton, LA

Roxie is a 1 yr old Boxer who had luxating patellas, a condition where the kneecaps slip out of place, preventing normal knee movement and causing a lot of pain. After her surgery, Roxie did very well, and is on her way to being her normal bouncy, wiggly, energetic Boxer self, with no more limping or pain.


Rocky Manderson2, East Point, GA
Rocky Manderson – East Point, GA

A 4 yr old Pit Bull, Rocky had bilateral entropion, meaning that his eyelids turned inward, making his eyelashes scrape on his corneas, causing constant discomfort. The irritation can also lead to loss of vision. The Mosby Foundation helped pay for his surgery, and his family is so grateful for his relief.


Otto Bragg, Fort Lee, VA
Otto – Fort Lee, VA

Otto is a 2 yr old Malinois/Shepherd mix. Neglected and abused in his previous home, Otto was adopted from a shelter and then found to have heartworms. His new mom and dad, both Army MPs, are stationed in two different states, and Otto lives with his mom in Fort Lee, VA. With our help, he received treatment for the heartworms, and his dad is eager to see how well his boy is doing.


Gambit Moynihan4, Charlottesville, VA
Gambit – Charlottesville, VA

Gambit is a young Jack Russell Terrier mix who was diagnosed with a rare, potentially fatal blood condition caused by a reaction to medication given for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Treatment consists of six months of blood transfusions and steroids. Gambit has begun the therapy and is doing well, although he has a long road ahead. His mom is so happy, and so thankful that The Mosby Foundation was able to help her boy!

Dezzie Kramer, Denver, CODezzie – Denver, CO

Dezzie is a young 8 month old German Shepherd from Denver who was born with two heart malformations that would have severely restricted her activity and could shorten her life. After surgery to correct the issues, Dezzie’s family reports that she is doing beautifully. “My son and I could not bear the thought of losing her. She is an integral member of the family.”

Bella Craver, Shenandoah, VABella – Shenandoah, VA

Bella, a 9 yr old German Shepherd/Whippet mix, has hemangiosarcoma, a type of cancer more common in German Shepherds. Although Bella’s vet has said he cannot help her, the family has not given up on her, and they are exploring treatment options with canine oncologists. Her mom said she will “host the biggest yard sale I’ve ever had” to help with costs if she finds someone who can help her Bella.

Cooper Brinker, North St. Paul, MNCooper – St. Paul, MN

Cooper is a 6 yr old Lab who had aspergillosis, a fungal infection often associated with exposure to hay, grass and dust. After a very rocky post-operative course that lasted almost two weeks, Cooper’s mom reports that he is finally back to his old self, and is full of energy. While it will be a while before the infection is completely gone, the vet says the worst is over and it’s all uphill from here.

Tasha Eggebroten, Grand Rapids, MITasha – Grand Rapids, MI

Tasha, a 9 yr old Goldendoodle, is a service dog. When Tasha developed a mass on her shoulder, the family turned to The Mosby Foundation for help with surgical costs. They say that she is doing great now, and they truly appreciate the assistance.


Gimme Shelter Spring 2016


Henry Green, North Charleston, SCHenry – North Charleston, SC

Henry’s mom went looking for the smallest puppy at the local animal shelter, but she came home with Henry! A Mastiff mix, Henry was diagnosed with mast cell tumors, but thanks to our great partners at Blue Buffalo and Petco, Henry will soon be able to have his tumors removed.

Sky Flipping, Galloway, NJSky – Tinton Falls, NJ

Sky is a beautiful 9 year old Siberian Husky who is a much-loved service dog for her guardian, Angelia. Sky had bilateral cataracts when Angelia came to us for assistance with the cost of surgery. With the help of The Mosby Foundation’s donors, Sky got her surgery, and her vet has given her a 90% chance of restoring her sight. We all hope Sky is back at work very soon!

Obie Nease, Woodbridge, VAObie – Woodbridge, VA

When Obie was adopted, he had a limp, and one day he just screamed and fell down. He was diagnosed with a luxating patella, which means that his kneecap slipped out of place. Obie’s mom has medical problems herself, and could not afford Obie’s expensive surgery. The Mosby Foundation referred her to a low cost clinic, and with help from our donors, Obie was able to get the surgery he needed to be able to walk alongside his mom for many years to come.

Buster Palcsik2, Middlefield, OHBuster Brown – Middlefield, OH

Buster Brown is an 11 month old Great Pyrenees diagnosed with osteochondritis in both shoulders. A cartilage problem primarily seen in young male large or giant breed dogs, without surgery, Buster would surely become lame. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, Buster Brown’s surgery is scheduled for this spring.

Simba Van Zyl4, Plam Harbor, FLSimba – Palmdale, CA

Simba is a 3 year old male Shiba Inu mix who was found as a stray three years ago. A broken tooth was causing him pain and discomfort, but his family’s home had been destroyed in a fire, and they were living in a motel and unable to afford the care that Simba needed. The Mosby Foundation and Red Rover combined forces and were able to finance his tooth removal.

Trudy Langlois4, Woodstock, CTTrudy – Woodstock, CT

Trudy is a 10 year old Shih Tzu whose fur was so matted when she was rescued that she was unable to walk properly. Trudy also had glaucoma that was so severe that it could only be compared to a constant migraine. Once her eye is removed, our hope is for a spring filled with joyful walks and long naps.

Bear Selimos2, Gainesville, FLBear – Gainesville, FL

Bear’s dad is a part-time student who got Bear from a friend. At his first vet visit, Bear was found to have severe gingivitis, a mass on his eyelid and heartworms. Bear’s dad sold his own blood plasma to help pay for some of the vet care that Bear needed, but reached out to us for help with the heartworm treatment. Bear will be started on a course of antibiotics followed by two injections of Melarsomine, which will kill the adult heartworms.

Zoey Hale5, Fuquay Varina, NCZoey – Varina, NC

When Zoey’s mom went to the shelter 5 years ago she was looking for anything but a Pit Bull mix, but then she saw Zoey. A Pit Bull mix, Zoey was baking in a cage with three other dogs, and was clearly sick. Despite her initial misgivings, Zoey’s mom felt that Zoey was “the one.” When Zoey developed a mass on her foot, her mom reached out to The Mosby Foundation for help. Thanks to Petco and Blue Buffalo, the love affair between Zoey and her mom can continue.

Rudy Crews3, Richmond, VARudy – Richmond, VA

Rudy, a 10 year old Chihuahua mix, was a rescue dog who had been confined to a crate for most of his life, because his previous family said he barked too much. His new mom adopted Rudy 1 1/2 years ago, and he has become her beloved companion and “a real blessing” in her life. Rudy had severe bladder stones when his mom, who is disabled and mostly bedridden, asked us for help to pay for surgery. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, Rudy is happy and healthy once again.

Swamper Allgood, Mocksville, NCSwamper – Mocksville, NC

Swamper is a 2 year old Lab mix who had a large ranula (a cyst-type growth) under his tongue. Because of the size and location of the ranula, Swampers was referred to a specialty clinic; however, his mom decided to have the surgery at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, because the vet school is less expensive. We wish Swamper a speedy recovery.

Bear Pierce2, Villa Ridge, ILBear – Villa Ridge, Illinois

Bear was found running loose with a broken chain. Despite repeated pleas, no one claimed this handsome boy, so the woman who rescued him decided that he would make the perfect playmate for her three young sons. Bear was taken to the vet for a check-up, and was diagnosed as heartworm positive. The Mosby Foundation was able to help his family with treatment so that he can run and play with his three best friends in his new forever home.


Gimme Shelter Winter 2016


Zeke Willing Martin, Portland, ORZeke – Portland, OR

Zeke is a 10 year old Golden Retriever who had a mass on his right front paw. We are happy to report that Zeke had surgery, thanks to The Mosby Foundation, and the mass was not malignant. He did have a toe removed, but he is recovering well and is already walking better than expected. He’s really doing great, but he HATES the E-collar!


Koda Vongphrachanh2, Memphis, TNKodaMemphis, TN

A 2 year old Siberian Husky, Koda was running loose for two months before his new family decided that he needed to live with them. During his first vet visit they discovered that Koda was heartworm positive. He received the first of two heartworm treatments but his owners could not afford the second injection. With help from The Mosby Foundation, Koda will receive his next treatment right before Christmas.

Miley Strakey, Waynesboro, VAMileyWaynesboro, VA

Miley is a seven year old Lab mix who is the service dog for an autistic boy. When Miley was diagnosed with a tumor on her leg, getting her surgery was a top priority, but the family could not afford it. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, not only did Miley get her tumor removed, but she also had a split tooth removed. She came through her surgery with flying colors, and is now on her way to recovery.

Mr. Biggs Ivery, Riverdale, GAMr. BiggsGrayson, GA

Mr. Biggs, a 2 year old American Bulldog, was put out of his family’s home to run loose. Picked up as a stray, his microchip was read and his family contacted. Sadly, his former mom said that she set Mr. Biggs loose rather than see him continue in their current abusive home situation. Mr. Biggs was quickly adopted but then found to have heartworms. He is currently undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ginger Fisher WAynesboroGingerWaynesboro, VA

Ginger is an 8 year old Dachshund whose dad said that her adoption fee was “the best $50 he ever spent.” When Ginger was diagnosed with gallstones, her family couldn’t afford the needed surgery, so they turned to The Mosby Foundation. On admission to the hospital, Ginger was so ill that the the vet said she only had a few days left to live. Ginger’s surgery was a success, and she will be able to give her disabled parents many more years of love and companionship.

Angel Prince3, Fairmont, WVAngel – Fairmont, WV

Angel is a 9 year old Maltese who had several growing mammary tumors, causing difficulty with urination and bowel movements. In addition, neither Angel nor her sisters were spayed. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, Angel had surgery to remove her tumors, and she and her two sisters were spayed.

Fiasco Baldwin2, Georgetown, TXFiasco – Georgetown, TX

Fiasco is a 7 year old Mastiff/Pit Bull mix diagnosed with a tumor of the right mandible (lower jaw). Fiasco’s dad was able to afford the surgery, but needed help with chemotherapy. We were happy to be able to help, and  Fiasco received his first chemo treatment in early November. He tolerated the treatment well with minimal side effects, and we wish him total remission of the cancer.

Kizzy NagelKizzy – New Orleans, LA

Kizzy was born to a fighting-dog breeder, but didn’t have the temperament to fight, so she was dumped at a cafe. She was  then taken home by a young man who loved her, but never cared for her properly. Kizzy ran away and was hit by a car, which broke her leg at the hip. Untreated, her leg withered, and she developed a severe limp. In September, Kizzy was rehomed and finally given vet care. The Mosby Foundation helped pay for a surgical procedure, and soon she will be pain free and able to use her back right leg again!

Troublez Carr, Beaverton, ORTroublez – Beaverton, OR

Troublez is a 12 year old Mini Schnauzer who is genetically predisposed to periodontal disease. She only had eight teeth, but four needed to be removed. The infected teeth, besides impacting Troublez’ quality of life, could be dangerous to her heart because she has a murmur. Troublez‘ mom is disabled and depends on Troublez to be her comfort dog. As soon she got the good  news that our  Foundation would help  with the extractions, she scheduled the surgery.

Max Btonx NYMax – Bronx, NY

Max was diagnosed with multicentric lymphoma and needed chemo. His mom couldn’t afford the treatments and feared that the only alternative was euthanasia, but decided that there was no way she was going to let her companion, her friend and a member of her family go without a fight. She found a temporary solution to pay for a few treatments while she looked for other funding. She then  turned to The Mosby Foundation for help.  Thanks to the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo providing us with a canine cancer treatment grant,  Max is now undergoing chemo and expected to make a full recovery.

Tara Salemi, Bradenton, FLTaraBradenton, FL

Tara was diagnosed with a cardiac chemodectoma, which is a rare benign tumor that can grow large enough to stop the heart from beating. Her dad, who is blind, researched and found that this type of tumor responds well to a form of radiation that is very precise. Tara only needed three treatments, but this type of radiation was only available in NC. Tara and her Dad traveled from FL to NC where she received the treatment she needed.

Digame Jones Phoenix AZDigamePhoenix, AZ

Digame is an 11 year old SharPei mix diagnosed with a mast cell tumor on his inner left thigh. Although first it was thought that amputation would be necessary, after treatment which helped to reduce the swelling, the mass was surgically removed safely without the need to amputate the leg. Surgery was performed three days before Christmas and Digame is recovering at home with his grateful family.

Lulu Jorgensen4, Jacksonville, ORLuluJacksonville, OR

Lulu was adopted from the Southern Oregon Humane Society and was recently diagnosed with a corneal dermoid cyst, which is a mass in the eye which causes irritation and which left untreated can cause blindness. The treatment for this condition is a keratectomy to remove the abnormal corneal tissue. Lulu received her treatment in early December and is seeing the world clearly through eyes that are no longer irritated.

Hook Slater, Las Vegas, NVHookLas Vegas, Nevada

Hook is a four year old Chihuahua that was adopted from the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas.  Hook’s mom was able to afford the $30 adoption fee but the other requirement for adoption was that Hook must have his teeth cleaned within 30 days of adoption.  Thanks to our generous donors, Hook will be flashing his pearly whites during the holiday season.

Autumn Forbing, Bay City, MIAutumnBay City, MI

Autumn is a ten year old Golden Retriever diagnosed with cellulitis of the tail and initially treated with medication. Unfortunately, the tail became necrotic and amputation was recommended. Autumn was in considerable pain after surgery but is responding well, soaking up a lot of love and attention as she makes full recovery.

Obie Nease Woodbridge VAObieWoodbridge, VA

Obie was adopted by his forever mom during a “clear the shelter day” at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.  Obie’s mom noticed that Obie had a limp from the time she adopted him, but one day Obie got up to follow her to the kitchen and he screamed out and fell down.  He was diagnosed with a luxating patella , which means that his “knee” got stuck out of place. 

Obie’s mom has rheumatoid arthritis and epilepsy and was unable to cover the costs of this expensive orthopedic surgery.  While the original estimate was $3000, the staff at The Mosby Foundation directed her to a low cost clinic in Richmond which routinely performs this surgery for $995. 

With help from our donors Obie was able to get the surgery he needed to be able to walk alongside his mom for many years to come.

Simba Miller Palmdale CASimbaPalmdale, CA

Simba is a 3 year old male shiba inu mix who was found as a stray three years ago.  Simba had a broken tooth that was causing her pain and discomfort.  Simba’s family had a fire that destroyed their home and they were living in a hotel, unable to afford the care that Simba needed.  The Mosby Foundation and Red Rover combined forces and were able to finance his tooth removal. 

cora nacman webster ncCoraWebster NC

In early 2006 Cora’s forever mom visited the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control dog shelter with the intent to just visit with the dogs. During her visit she met Cora.  Her mom says Cora “was adorable…really adorable. Like overwhelming puppy cuteness that is almost too hard to handle”.    However, Cora’s mom didn’t want to fall just for a puppy…she wanted to be a “responsible rescuer” that gave the older dogs a chance too. However, when they brought Cora into a big play area her mom “saw something in Cora that I see in myself;  a young and beautiful being with great fierceness on the outside yet love and fear on the inside. I still see so many characteristics in her that I see in myself, most notably her fierce loyalty and love of nature. “

Cora’s mom calls Cora her copilot because she is always by her side.  She has been with her mom through many life events and different phases, from Athens, Georgia to Rochester, New York and now Western NC, with different people, places, and preferences along the way, Cora has been her mom’s constant. Her mom has struggled with mental and emotional wellbeing throughout her life and Cora has helped her immensely. More recently Cora’s mom has been battling health issues that gradually left her unable to work, and unfortunately Cora’s health came under attack around the same time. The fear and panic that her guardian could not financially care for Cora was profound. Luckily, Cora’s mom was told about The Mosby Foundation and we agreed to help pay for Cora’s surgery.

Cora’s surgery went very well. Her surgeon said that the mass was well encapsulated and was removed quite easily, but he emphasized the importance of removing such a large growth in such a spatially sensitive area (especially at the rate it had been growing). Cora felt great after coming home from her short hospital stay and it was tough to keep her calm – especially because her mom was thrilled to see her feeling so well! The next week her surgeon called to report the pathology results were in and they were good: the mass was only a lipoma – nothing malignant.

Cora continues to thrive and she and her forever mom continue to enjoy their days together.

anna chamberlain dale city vaAnna – Dale City, VA

Anna is a 4 year old Boxer that had been brought to a local park by her previous owner and left there tied to a bench.  She ended up at a shelter in Northern Virginia.  She was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in her stomach.  Although her Vet says that she is “the poster dog for good chemotherapy results” her owner was struggling with the overwhelming cost of her chemotherapy and contacted The Mosby Foundation for help.  Anna had lost a lot of weight but is now slowly regaining her strength and is able to run around a little and play catch with her grateful owner.

maggie Thompson frederick mdMaggieFrederick, MD

Maggie is a 19 month old Labrador Retriever whose mom is a disabled Air Force veteran.  Maggie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and needed the 22 week CHOP Protocol.  When told of The Mosby Foundation grant to help Maggie, her mom broke down in tears in the grocery store.  Thanks to our generous partners at Petco and Blue Buffalo, Maggie is currently getting the treatment she needs in order to go into remission.

Dollar An Los Angeles CADollarLos Angeles, CA

Dollar is a 4 year old mixed breed purchased from a Breeder.  Dollar was diagnosed with Lymphoma stage III-IVa with enlargement of multiple lymph nodes on both sides of his diaphragm with possible liver and spleen involvement.  His prognosis was poor without treatment and his guardian was unable to afford the chemotherapy regimen needed to keep him alive.  Because of generous grants from  Blue Buffalo and Petco Dollar is currently undergoing Prednisone and Cyclophosphamide chemotherapy. 


 

Gimme Shelter Fall 2015


Daisy Torres New Orleans LADaisy – New Orleans, LA

Newly rescued and adopted Daisy was diagnosed with severe glaucoma causing constant pain that the vet described as as “having a daily migraine.” Daisy needed major surgery to remove both of her eyes, and her new mom needed help. They turned to The Mosby Foundation as well as other organizations, and Daisy got her surgery. Now a different dog from the pain-wracked girl adopted a few weeks earlier, Daisy happy and healthy, and loves to sit next to her mom on the couch, being told she’s a great dog, and that she’s loved more and more every day.


Jojo Brzytwa Lake OHJojo “Butter eater” – Lakewood, OH

JoJo is a Lab who was dumped on a street in San Francisco, probably because he had multicentric lymphoma which had spread to his lymph nodes and hind legs. His rescuer adopted him, but he was unemployed and could not afford the chemotherapy JoJo needed. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, JoJo is receiving the needed chemo and is responding very well; his lymph nodes are stable and he has more energy to enjoy his life with his new dad.

Vienna Crain Liberty Hill TXVienna – Liberty Hill, TX

Vienna the Dachshund was found on her new family’s ranch, abandoned with a bb in her back. She recovered quickly and has been a great addition to her family for the last 6 years. A mischievous girl, Vienna gets into trouble constantly! Her latest adventure included climbing two chairs to get to a bottle of Vitamin D, ingesting 18 times the lethal dose. Thankfully, her family got her to the emergency vet in time. With the help of The Mosby Foundation, Vienna was able to get the long treatment necessary to get healthy.

Coconut Shippe St Augustine FLCoconut – St. Augustine, FL

Coconut is an 8 year old Goldendoodle who was diagnosed with lymphoma. Because of our canine cancer treatment grant from the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo, we were able to contribute to Coconut’s treatment. Chemo wasn’t easy for Coconut during her first treatment, but after some adjustment with the meds, she has gained back the weight she lost, and is enjoying days at the beach with her mom and Labradoodle sister, Breeze.

Bear Pierce Villa Ridge ILBear Pierce – Villa Ridge, IL

Bear was found running loose with a broken chain. Despite repeated pleas, no one claimed this handsome boy, so the woman who rescued him decided that he would make the perfect playmate for her three young sons. Bear was taken to the vet for a check-up, and was diagnosed as heartworm positive. The Mosby Foundation was able to help his family with his heartworm treatment so that he can run and play with his three best friends in his new forever home.

Dipsie Chaves Knoxville TNDipsie – Knoxville, TN

Dipsie had been with her loving family for 12 years when she developed an ear mass that caused chronic ear infections. The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine donated some of her medications and cytology, but she needed to have the mass removed and biopsied. The Mosby Foundation used funds from our Canine Cancer fund to help her grateful family get Dipsie the help she needed, and she has made a full recovery.

Jillian Lizana Baton Rouge LAJillian – Baton Rouge, LA

Jillian was found in a mud puddle with gunshot wounds to her face, feet and abdomen. She was also heartworm positive and full of intestinal parasites, and The Pit Stop Rescue of Baton Rouge asked The Mosby Foundation for help. Jillian is currently in a foster home with other dogs and children to play with, and she is in heaven! Once she finishes her HW treatment, she will be spayed and be ready for adoption.

Ellie Bone Meier Nunnelly TNEllie – Nunnelly, TN

Ellie was rescued from a breeder who called her “worthless” because of a small pink spot on her nose. Ellie found a wonderful new home, but then had an anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. By the time she got to the vet, Ellie’s temperature was very high, her throat was swollen, and she was disoriented and panting. She was treated immediately, but her mom couldn’t pay the vet bill. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, Ellie is back with her forever family and has made a full recovery.

Morgan Dresser Rockford MNMorgan, Rockford, MN

Morgan is a 9 year old Golden Retriever who, with a contribution from The Mosby Foundation, recently had surgery to remove some lipomas (benign fatty tumors) that were affecting his mobility. He was pretty sore and wobbly after the surgery, but is doing well now. Morgan and his very relieved mom are taking it easy as his recovery continues.

Onyx Powell2, Yucca Valley, CAOnyx – Yucca Valley, CA

Onyx is a 12 year old Newfie/Lab mix, and is the BIG brother in a household that also has two Pomeranians and a MinPin. Onyx developed a lipoma (benign fatty tumor) that was affecting his walk. His mom asked The Mosby Foundation for help paying for the surgery to remove the lipoma, and thanks to our generous donors, Onyx is now on his way to feeling better and walking with ease.

Duke Runge Carmel INDuke – Carmel, IN

Duke was rescued just hours before he was due to be euthanized, and has grown to be his mom’s best friend. But in April 2015 Duke was diagnosed with two bone dissolving tumors in his face. His mom, a student, contacted The Mosby Foundation for help, and in July Duke had surgery to remove the bulk of the tumors. The surgery went well, and Duke recovered nicely. He began radiation treatment, finishing just in time to move with his mom to the Chicago area.

Snickers Manisco Key Largo FLSnickers – Key Largo, FL

The Mosby Foundation sponsored a Special Fund Drive to help Snickers, who had been suffering from a painful enlarged eye for quite a while. Because of his own medical issues, Snickers’ dad couldn’t afford to pay for the surgery needed to remove the eye. Snickers came through the surgery well, and is on the road to recovery. He and his dad want to thank everyone who donated to make this happen.

Ginger Nicol Mesa AZGinger – Mesa, AZ

Ginger the Beagle’s family got her 10 years ago as a wedding gift. Ginger was so cute and lovable, and quickly became their spoiled little baby. She was a healthy and a happy dog until she developed a tumor on her foot. With help from The Mosby Foundation, she was able to have the tumor removed so that she can run as fast as possible to cuddle with her owners.

Gunner Carlson Charleston SCGunner – Charleston, SC

Gunner, a German Shepherd, was rescued along with another dog after being abandoned in Charleston, SC. Because he was heartworm positive, Gunner’s chances of adoption were slim, so his rescuer, a police officer, decided to adopt him. Now free of heartworms thanks to funds from The Mosby Foundation, Gunner’s tail never stops wagging! He patiently waits at the door for his family to come home and is a loyal companion to the kids. The family sleeps well knowing that Gunner is on watch.

Jacob Hull, Toms Brook, VAJacob – Tom’s Brook, VA

Jacob, a 3 year old Pug/Pomeranian mix, was so tiny when he was found that he could be held in one hand. Jacob needed surgery to remove cysts on both sides of his jaw, and possible reconstruction caused by incomplete bone formation due to the cysts. He also had luxating patellas which needed to be fixed to prevent severe pain and crippling. Thanks to The Mosby Foundation, Jacob had his surgeries, and with the love and support of his forever family is on his way to recovery.

Quincey Trusssler Williams Bay WIQuincey – Williams Bay, WI

Quincey was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His family took him to the UW Veterinary teaching hospital in Madison, Wisconsin and were told that there was no cure, but it could be treated and Quincey’s life prolonged. Unfortunately, his mom could not afford the cost of treatment, so she asked The Mosby Foundation for help. Now Quincey has more time to spend being spoiled by his loving family.

Nannook Outenreath, Sierra Vista, AZNanook – Sierra Vista, AZ

Nanook is a 10 year old Siberian husky who was part of a litter that had been turned loose behind a fast food restaurant. Nanook had two tumors: one on a back leg and a smaller one on a front paw. Nanook’s mom contacted The Mosby Foundation because she was homeless and unable to afford the veterinary care necessary to treat the tumors. Because of the generosity of our partners at Blue Buffalo and the Petco Foundation, she was able to get Nanook the veterinary care she needed.

Gemma Huff San Antonio TXGemma – San Antonio, TX

Gemma, a 10 year old Sheltie, was diagnosed with oral papillary squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer that required surgery. Gemma did quite well after the surgery, and thanks to The Mosby Foundation, she will soon be frolicking with her Sheltie siblings Charm and Clay!

Rose – Roanoke, VA

Pretty little Rose was diagnosed with a severe heart murmur causing congestive heart failure. Her mom was unable to afford the $1500 estimate from the vet for her treatment, so she reached out to The Mosby Foundation for help. Because of our generous donors, we were able to help Rose’s family afford the veterinary care that Rose needed to continue to live a long and healthy life.


 

Gimme Shelter Summer 2015

Kaz Britt, Milwaukie, ORKaz – Milwaukie, OR

A 4 year old German Shepherd Dog, Kaz started crying when he tried to jump into the truck. Kaz’s family took him to the veterinarian, where he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his lumbar spine. He needed surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve roots that was causing his intense pain. Kaz’s family had invested in Pet Insurance, which covered 80% of his veterinary care. That remaining 20% was still more than Kaz’s family could manage, so they turned to The Mosby Foundation for help. We made a contribution toward Kaz’s veterinary care, and we wish him a full recovery.

Mop Dog 2015Mop Dog – Fredericksburg, VA

Rescued from a shelter as an older blind, hairy “mop” of a dog, Mop Dog was hiding a nasty tumor under all that matted fur. Once she had been shaved down, her new human companions discovered a large mass on her belly. Mop Dog’s new family approached us for assistance, and The Mosby Foundation used our Canine Cancer Fund to make a contribution toward Mop Dog’s surgery.

Ross Metz2, Sellersburg, INRoss – Sellersburg, IN

Ross’s family contacted The Mosby Foundation for assistance with treating the 10 year old Husky mix for lymphoma. Ross had received his first chemotherapy treatment, but then he needed additional hospitalization to treat side effects of the chemotherapy which added unexpected costs to Ross’s treatment. We were able to use our Canine Cancer Fund to assist with the cost of Ross’s additional chemotherapy treatments.

Two Step LaBarre2, Kelseyville, CATwo Step – Kelseyville, CA

Little Two Step was rescued when her current human found the little Westie/Schnauzer mix lying in the yard covered in burrs, ticks and foxtails. Over the year that Two Step has been in her current home, she has become a beloved family member. After helping nurse her new dad through recovery from a stroke, Two Step herself now needed medical care – she needed extensive dental care to treat and extract badly diseased and painful teeth, and she needed to have tumors removed from the eyelids of both eyes. Once again, The Mosby Foundation was able to tap into our Canine Cancer Fund to assist with the cost of Two Step’s care.

Butch Hilbern, Oklahoma City, OKButch – Oklahoma City, OK

Butch’s human companion took him to the veterinarian when she noticed his mouth was swollen. He was eventually diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his mouth that would need to be surgically removed. The Mosby Foundation used our Canine Cancer Fund to assist with the cost of Butch’s surgery.

Harley Woolard, Greenville, NCHarley – Greenville, NC

At 8 years old, Harley still has the curious eating habits of a young puppy, and that got the Doberman Pinscher into serious trouble. Harley’s family called The Mosby Foundation for help when their veterinarian determined that Harley would need emergency surgery to remove a foreign object from her intestinal tract. We made a contribution toward her surgery fee, and we are pleased that Harley is recovering well after the surgeon removed a portion of a corn cob!

Carl Fishback15, Kirksville, MOCarl – Kirksville, MO

A sweet 1 year old Golden Retriever/Poodle mix, Carl underwent many tests and procedures to determine why he was so sick. Finally, he was diagnosed with a liver shunt, which means blood was bypassing his liver and not getting detoxified the way it should. He would eventually need a very specialized surgery to correct the shunt, but that surgery was proving difficult to schedule, since the very experienced surgeon who would perform the procedure needed to be brought in from New York. In the meantime, Carl’s family applied to The Mosby Foundation for assistance with his extensive medical care. We made a contribution toward Carl’s veterinary fees, and we are pleased to report that he is already improved with medical management, so he will be an even better candidate for surgery later this summer. Good Luck, Carl!

Rocky Headlee2, Canyon Country, CARocky – Canyon Country, CA

Rocky’s human companion applied to The Mosby Foundation for help with treating the 11 year old Akita/Pit Bull Terrier mix for lymphoma. Rocky’s cancer specialists advised a series of chemotherapy treatments and then radiation to give him the best chance for a long-term remission. We used our Canine Cancer Fund to pay for a portion of Rocky’s cancer care.

Shayla Mulroy4, Killeen,TXShayla – Killeen, TX

Shayla, a 6 year old Weimaraner, suffers from epilepsy. While medication has decreased the severity of her seizures over the past year, she continues to have frequent partial seizures, and her veterinarian needed to complete blood screening to assess whether her medication could be adjusted to reduce the seizures. Shayla’s human companion was struggling to keep up with the cost of Shayla’s care after an unexpected emergency visit earlier in the year. The Mosby Foundation stepped up and paid for a portion of Shayla’s laboratory fees, and we hope an adjustment in her medication will better control her seizures.

Gronk Manning3, Portsmouth, VAGronk – Portsmouth, VA

A 4 year old Neopolitan Mastiff, Gronk’s former owner was trying to sell him on Craigslist, even though he was clearly in need of better care. Instead, Gronk’s new human took him in and reported his former owner to the Humane Society for neglect. Unfortunately, Gronk tested positive for Heartworm Disease. His veterinarian thought he may have possibly been infected for several years, since the degree of disease was very advanced. Gronk would need intensive care along with the usual treatment to kill the heartworms. The Mosby Foundation agreed to pay a portion of Gronk’s veterinary fee, and we wish him a successful treatment and recovery.

Queenie Hall-Abbott2, Hampton, VAQueenie – Hampton, VA

At only 4 years old, this American Bulldog needed emergency surgery to remove her spleen. The biopsy confirmed that she had a serious cancer called hemangiosarcoma. Queenie’s cancer specialist recommended a course of chemotherapy to improve her life-span. Queenie’s family applied to The Mosby Foundation for assistance, and we were able to use our Canine Cancer Fund to cover the cost of Queenie’s initial chemotherapy treatments.

Tucker Abilucea2, Katy, TXTucker – Katy, TX

Tucker is a 10 month old Labrador Retriever mix who had the misfortune to develop a growth abnormality, which left his right front leg deformed. With pain medication and restricted activity, Tucker’s lameness improved, but he would need a specialized surgery to realign the leg if he were to have a normal lifestyle. Thanks to the generous response to a special fund drive, The Mosby Foundation is able to make a significant contribution toward the cost of Tucker’s surgery, which is scheduled for July – we wish him successful surgery and speedy recovery!

Dudley Domienik, Albuquerque, NMDudley – Albuquerque, NM

Dudley’s human companion contacted The Mosby Foundation for help when the 8 year old English Bulldog needed surgery to remove two skin growths, along with an extensive dental procedure to treat advanced periodontal disease. We made a contribution toward the cost of Dudley’s veterinary care, and we wish him a full recovery.

Jack DiNoble, Durango, COJack – Durango, CO

A 9 year old Standard Poodle, Jack had always been a healthy dog, until he was diagnosed with an aggressive and advanced cancer of his anal sac. By the time the cancer was found, it had already spread to the local lymph nodes and apparently to his lungs as well. Jack’s family applied to The Mosby Foundation for financial assistance to treat Jack’s cancer with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and extend his life by several months. We used our Canine Cancer Fund to assist with the cost of Jack’s palliative chemotherapy.

Gunner Hungerford, Gladstone, ORGunner – Gladstone, OR

An 11 year old Hungarian Kuvasz mix, Gunner needed surgery to remove a rapidly growing mass from his front leg. Gunner’s human companion applied to The Mosby Foundation for assistance, and we used our Canine Cancer Fund to make a contribution toward the cost of Gunner’s surgery.


 

Gimme Shelter Spring 2015

Ariel Erickson2, Lake Mary, FLAriel – Lake Mary, FL

A 9 year old Labrador retriever mix, Ariel was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer called a spindle cell sarcoma. These tumors are very invasive, so Ariel’s veterinarian advised surgery and follow-up chemotherapy to improve her chances for a cure. The Mosby Foundation used our Canine Cancer Fund to make a contribution toward the cost of Ariel’s cancer treatment.

Billy Erden presurgery 020915Billy – Benson, AZ

A rescue organization contacted The Mosby Foundation for help with one of their rescue pups. Ten year old Chihuahua Billy had been treated for a fracture in his right front leg, but after the leg failed to heal, it was determined that he would need the limb amputated to relieve his pain. The Mosby Foundation contributed to the cost of his surgery, and we are pleased to report that he is happily bouncing around on 3 legs now. Unfortunately, the biopsy showed an aggressive cancer in the bone that might show up again, but for now he is pain-free and enjoying life.

Camo Daum3, Camden, NCCamo – Camden, NC

Camo, a 4 year old Great Dane, tore the cruciate ligament in his knee and needed surgery to stabilize the joint. The Mosby Foundation contributed a portion of his surgery fee and we hope he will be back on all 4 paws soon!

Coco Terry3, Silver Springs, MDCoco – Silver Springs, MD

A 10 year-old Shetland Sheepdog, Coco needed surgery to remove painful bladder stones and to have her teeth cleaned. The Mosby Foundation made a contribution toward to cost of Coco’s bladder surgery and dental procedure.

Little Man Green, Holly, MILittleMan – Holly, MI

An approximately 4 year old Yorkshire Terrier mix, LittleMan was found wandering the streets as a stray. LittleMan’s rescuer to him to the veterinarian, where he was found to have a severely damaged left eye that would need to be removed, and he also needed to be neutered. The Mosby Foundation made a contribution toward the cost of LittleMan’s surgeries, and we hope he has a long and happy life with his new family.

Willi Karten3Willie – Key Largo, FL

Willie’s human companion contacted The Mosby Foundation for assistance when the 7 year old Miniature Dachshund was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid gland. Willie also had evidence of cancer spread to his lungs, so the specialist advised a combination of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to extend Willie’s life. We used our Canine Cancer Fund to pay for one of Willie’s treatments.

Rosie Davidson, Cooperstown, MYRosie – Cooperstown, NY

A 6 year-old Brittany-Pit Bull Terrier mix, Rosie needed surgery to treat a painful bulging intervertebral disc in her neck. The Mosby Foundation made a contribution toward the cost of her surgery, and we wish Rosie a full and speedy recovery.


Sammy Kramer3, Michigantown, INSammy – Michigantown, IN

Poor Sammy was severely attacked by a wild animal,  probably a coyote. The 8 year old Shiba Inu survived the initial attack, but after 11 days in intensive care, he was still not healed enough to go home. Sammy’s family could no longer afford to keep him in the hospital, yet he was not well enough to go home, so they were faced with making the decision to euthanize him if they could not raise more funds for continued treatment. The Mosby Foundation made a contribution toward Sammy’s hospital care, and we hope he stays very close to home and away from dangerous wildlife!

Isabella George, Cottageville, SCIsabella – Cottageville, SC

Isabella’s family contacted The Mosby Foundation for assistance when the 6 year old Shepherd mix needed surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament in her left knee. We made a contribution toward the cost of her surgery, and we wish her a full recovery.

Blitz Crews2, Bridgewater, VABlitz – Bridgewater, VA

At only 6 weeks old, little Blitz vomited every time he tried to eat. An otherwise happy Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Blitz was diagnosed with a birth defect called a Vascular Ring Anomaly – a blood vessel near his heart grew around his esophagus, making it impossible for him to eat solid food. His esophagus was just too narrow, and he would need surgery to free up his esophagus and allow him the chance to grow into a normal puppy. He was referred to the Teaching Hospital at Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine for surgery, and The Mosby Foundation paid a portion of his surgery fee.

Stella Fuller2, Woodstock, GAStella – Woodstock, GA

Stella’s family applied to The Mosby Foundation for assistance when the 3 year-old Hound mix was diagnosed with a benign, but invasive, tumor in her lower jaw. The tumor had already disrupted several teeth, which would need to be extracted when the tumor was removed. We donated a portion of Stella’s surgery fee, and we wish her a speedy recovery and excellent prognosis.

Snoopy Long, Oklahoma City, OKSnoopy – Oklahoma City, OK

Poor Snoopy was suffering from a painful injured hip for several days after the 1.5 year old mixed breed dog was hit by a car. When Snoopy’s owner contacted The Mosby Foundation for help, we agreed to pay a portion of the treatment cost for Snoopy to have the injury diagnosed and treated. Radiographs showed a dislocated hip and after so many days, the only option was to surgically remove the dislocated ball part of the hip joint to relieve Snoopy’s pain and allow her to use her leg normally again.


 

Gimme Shelter Winter 2015

Brownie Davenport06, Clarkston, GABrownie – Clarkston, GA

A 9 year-old Hound mix, Brownie developed a rapidly growing mass on his right ear. The mass ruptured open and became secondarily infected. Brownie’s veterinarian advised immediate surgery for the best chance of a complete cure. With funding from The Mosby Foundation’s Canine Cancer Fund, Brownie had his surgery and we wish him a full recovery.

Emma Bradshaw2, Valley Village, CAEmma – Valley Village, CA

Emma’s human contacted the Mosby Foundation for assistance when the 12 year old Golden Retriever was diagnosed with Lymphoma. She had been evaluated at a specialty practice, where the veterinarian advised an intensive chemotherapy regimen to treat Emma’s cancer. With financial assistance from The Mosby Foundation’s Canine Cancer Fund and other organizations, Emma began her chemotherapy treatments, and we wish her a long and happy remission.

Liv Rice, Costa Mesa, CALiv – Costa Mesa, CA

Little Liv, a 5 year old Shih Tzu, tore the cruciate ligament in her knee, and she also suffered from a luxating patella (dislocating kneecap). Liv’s human companion sought assistance from The Mosby Foundation and others, so that Liv could have her painful knee stabilized surgically. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

Pumpkin Pi, Concord, CAPumpkin Pi – Concord, CA

Rescued from a shelter at the age of 2 years, Pumpkin Pi’s early life experiences are unknown, but she surely had some kind of severe injury to her ears, which her veterinarian suspects is an old dog-fighting injury. The resulting scar tissue closed up her ear canal and left her susceptible to repeated ear infections. After a year of trying to manage her ear problems with medications, it was clear to Pumpkin Pi’s human that this was not working, and her veterinarian advised ear canal ablation to remove all the damaged tissue and allow the 3 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier to live the rest of her life without the pain of persistent ear infections. The Mosby Foundation sponsored a special fund drive for Pumpkin Pi and thanks to many generous donors, she has had her surgery and is recovering well.

Libby Grisdale, Cheboygen, MILibby – Cheboygen, MI

Shortly after adopting Libby, her new family realized the 5 year old mixed breed had a serious sinus problem. She was very congested all the time and she was sneezing bloody discharge with increasing frequency. After extensive evaluations, Libby was diagnosed with Nasal Aspergillosis – a serious fungal infection in her nose and sinuses. Libby’s new family sought fiinancial assistance to treat her infection, and the Mosby Foundation sponsored a special fund drive for her treatment. Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to help Libby receive treatment, and her family is thrilled that she has responded well to anti-fungal medication, so she did not need surgery. Libby is doing great!

Jenna Brooks, Richmond, VAJenna – Richmond, VA

At only 7 years old, Jenna, an Australian Shepherd, was diagnosed with Lymphoma. She needed intensive chemotherapy to get her cancer into remission, which meant a visit to the specialist almost every week for 5 months. Jenna’s human contacted The Mosby Foundation for assistance, and we were able to tap into our Canine Cancer Fund to assist with the cost of Jenna’s chemotherapy treatments. We wish her a successful course of treatment and a long and happy remission.

Bailey Gambini, Manassas, VABailey – Manassas, VA

A small Pit Bull Terrier mix, Bailey’s short life has been full of traumas. She was adopted from a shelter in Florida by a man who turned out to be a drug dealer and dog fighter. Bailey was no fighter, and she ended up back at the shelter with serious injuries from an alleged “wildlife attack”, which placed her in rabies quarantine for 45 days. Fortunately, while Bailey was in quarantine, the previous owner ended up in jail, and he missed his opportunity to appeal to get her back. After her quarantine ended, Bailey was transferred to a foster home in Virginia. Bailey’s new foster mom soon discovered that Bailey was infected with heartworms, so now the not quite 2 year old dog needed more veterinary care. Unprepared for the medical costs of treating heartworm infection, Bailey’s new foster mom reached out to The Mosby Foundation for assistance. We made a contribution toward her treatment, and we wish this poor sweet girl finds a loving forever home – and a monthly dose of heartworm preventive – very soon.

Isabel Kilgore, Hope Mills, NCIsabel – Hope Mills, NC

Isabel’s human contacted The Mosby Foundation for help when the 6 year old Chihuahua mix developed Lymphoma. Once again, we tapped into our Canine Cancer Fund to help a sweet pooch receive the necessary chemotherapy to put her cancer into remission. We wish her a successful treatment and long remission.

Kismet Guida, Mineola, NYKismet – Mineola, NY

A 5 year old Labrador Retriever mix, Kismet had a mass removed from her left ear, which appeared to be benign and completely removed. Three months later, though, the mass had recurred and a specialist diagnosed Kismet with a much more aggressive and potentially malignant kind of cancer. The treatment plan included several doses of radiation, and when Kismet’s human asked us for help, The Mosby Foundation used our Canine Cancer Funds to pay for a portion of Kismet’s radiation therapy. As of mid-December, Kismet was responding well to treatment and feeling great!

Oscar Patterson3, Ridgefield, WAOscar – Ridgefield, WA

A 5 year old Boxer, Oscar developed a nasty growth that his veterinarian diagnosed as a Mast Cell Tumor. This is a common skin cancer in young dogs and it can often be successfully cured with aggressive surgery. When Oscar’s human approached The Mosby Foundation for assistance, we were able to use our Canine Cancer Fund to contribute toward Oscar’s surgery fee. We wish Oscar a speedy recovery and we hope he has an excellent prognosis.

Angel Jones3, Evansville, INAngel – Evansville, IN

Angel’s human appealed to The Mosby Foundation for help when the 9 year old American Eskimo Dog was diagnosed with a mass on his liver. Angel had 3 episodes of extreme lethargy, suspected to be due to the liver mass bleeding. Angel needed an abdominal exploratory for definitive diagnosis and hopefully removal of the mass. We used our Canine Cancer Fund to pay for a portion of Angel’s surgery fee. We are happy to report that Angel had the liver mass removed and is doing well, even though the mass was diagnosed as potentially malignant. We hope that the clean surgical margins means that Angel is truly cancer-free.

 Koosman Moss, Phoenix, AZKoosman – Phoenix, AZ

Poor Koosman needed surgery to remove painful bladder stones. His human applied to The Mosby Foundation for help, and we made a contribution toward the cost of surgery for the 6 year old Cockapoo.

Barkley Rodriguez2, Wawkesha, WIBarkley – Waukesha, WI

A 16 month old American Bulldog, Barkley developed painful entropion – a condition where the eyelids roll in and eyelashes and hairs can touch the eye surface causing severe irritation. Barkley’s veterinarian was hopeful that a temporary eyelid tacking procedure would allow his eyes to heal, and a more extensive eyelid revision surgery might not be needed. The Mosby Foundation made a contribution toward Barkley’s surgery fee, and we hope he has long-lasting relief without more surgery!

Mikey Rubino, Antioch, TNMikey – Antioch, TN

When Mikey had emergency surgery to remove chicken bones, the veterinary surgeon found mass lesions on his spleen and liver. Mikey’s veterinarian advised additional surgery to remove the 13 year old Labrador Retriever mix’s spleen and the liver mass. The Mosby Foundation contributed a portion of the surgery fee, and we wish Mikey a speedy recovery and favorable biopsy reports!

Scout Craven3, Kelseyville, CAScout – Kelseyville, CA

Scout’s human contacted The Mosby Foundation for help when the 8 year old Beagle was diagnosed with a mass on his spleen. We tapped into our Canine Cancer Fund to help with the cost of Scout’s surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery and a favorable prognosis.

Kodi Bear Bossow3, Volo, ILKodi Bear – Volo, IL

Poor Kodi Bear, a 1 year-old miniature Australian Shepherd, was suffering from a painful condition called ectopic cilia, where abnormal eyelashes and hairs form on the eyelids and tissues around the eye. These hairs can cause conjunctivitis and severe ulcers when they rub on the cornea. Kodi Bear needed to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist and these hairs would need to be surgically removed to relieve his discomfort and preserve normal vision. With assistance from The Mosby Foundation, Kodi was able to have his surgery – we wish him a full recovery and normal pain-free sight!

 

How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

The terrible truth about puppy mills
Luray, VA

1459775_681170375249621_1717045574_nAs Scotlund Haisley, founder of Animal Rescue Corps, walked the grounds, he witnessed an all too familiar sight. Some 132 dogs were scattered about the property, barely clinging to life. Fearful eyes peered through wooden boxes, most likely breeding dogs that only saw the world through the narrow window of wooden slats.

A few yards down, four and five dogs were jammed into 2’ x 2’cages, jockeying in vain to find a comfortable spot to sit. Those very same cages were stacked one on top of another, excrement raining down on the heads of the dogs in the cages below, forming a floor for them to stand on, the only floor they had ever known.

Forced to live in such unnatural confinement, fighting often occurs. Injuries go unnoticed and untreated, leading to death. Some dogs are forced to endure “de-barking,” a painful procedure that severs their vocal chords to reduce incessant barking, a cry for help and attention.

10711124_873217626044894_3461785706031279806_nNails that have never been trimmed grow back into the skin causing infection. Not only is this extremely painful to dogs, it can lead to other life threatening medical conditions. Coats matted with dirt and feces can also become life threatening because the fur actually grows into the cage, pinning the dog down in one spot.

On this day, July 3rd, Operation Liberty Dogs as the rescue was named, began the heartbreaking work of reclaiming survivors from the horror of this canine concentration camp. Six dogs were rushed to emergency veterinary care; two of them died.

The high levels of ammonia in the air stung the eyes of volunteers as they worked to free these innocent dogs from a fate much worse than death. “It’s hard not to get emotional when you reach into the cage of a dog that has known only pain and suffering their entire existence,” Scotlund said with a sad shake of his head. For Animal Rescue Corps, ending this cruelty is not just their mission, it’s their life’s work.

1614251_779867625379895_6412397925372584474_oWith the help of its strong network of partner rescues around the country, ARC not only bears witness to the cruelty of greed for the price of a puppy in a pet store, these dedicated professionals work to make a difference.

“There are quite a few logistics in getting a rescue to work,” Scotlund told us. “It’s important that we do our work to the best of our ability so that these animal cruelty cases are successfully prosecuted.”

And that’s what ARC does incredibly well. They get convictions. Working from tips or phone calls from disgusted citizens who stumble upon a puppy mill or evidence of organized dog fighting, ARC credits its success to careful planning, gathering evidence, and working with law enforcement to obtain those convictions.

With a staggering cost of between $20,000-$50,000 for rescue efforts, ARC incurs all of the expense for getting dogs removed and placed in a temporary emergency shelter, for getting them vetted, and transported to approved rescues.

1150882_636672646366061_703498216_nIn the Page County case, one of ARC’s placement partners suspected that several of the dogs they received were victims of a puppy mill. All the classic signs of abuse were there: bad teeth, extremely matted fur, emaciation, skin issues, and open wounds. Once a veterinarian confirmed the cruelty to these animals, ARC got to work.

The first action step was to drive by and take pictures of the property. Because animal protection laws aren’t what they should be in this country, ARC also documents EPA and OSHA violations, tax evasion, as well as state and county violations of the suspected property.

Their report is thorough and well documented. When Scotlund presented the report to Page County Sheriff Thomas, he was more than open. He successfully did away with cock fighting in his county, and he was ready to tackle a puppy mill. “We don’t tolerate animal cruelty in our community,” he said flatly.

Animal control officers, along with ARC and a veterinarian walked the property. By law, animal control officers have the authority to inspect a property without notice. Within minutes, all that ARC suspected was confirmed.

970860_597113610321965_1759613105_nConditions were atrocious with animals near death. Scotlund wrote a report on the scene and handed it to the sheriff. Within hours of the inspection, a judge signed off on a search warrant. ARC team members from other states and surrounding communities were standing by. Sixteen- hour days were ahead in order to save as many dogs as possible.

With hearts full of love and compassion, these deeply committed rescuers confronted the hell that had been many a dog’s life and death. When these dogs were finally released from their prisons and placed on solid ground, they could not stand because the ground did not make any sense to them.

Can you imagine dogs that don’t understand the ground beneath their feet? We can’t.

While it is difficult for us to even imagine such an extreme confinement, in the eyes of a puppy mill owner, these dogs are just puppy machines. But rescue is only the beginning of a long journey to wholeness. With a host of needs, emotionally and physically, ARC is the resource that vets them, assesses their behavior, their medical status, and brings these survivors back to life.

954762_594880607211932_1063506558_nAnd that is the critical difference between law enforcement intervening on its own and having the resources of an organization like ARC. With tiny budgets and little experience in rescue, law enforcement departments are often forced to kill the victims of such horror. With the resources and manpower of Animal Rescue Corps, the burden of having to kill innocent dogs and puppies is averted.

Much like a prisoner of war, these animals need time to recover from their experience. ARC’s placement partners provide the love, security, and gentle re-training that helps them remember what it really means to be a dog. As you can imagine, some dogs never fully recover. For those survivors, known issues are relayed to the adopter and special accommodations are made for their new companion at home for their lifetime together.

560461_382043855162276_1513716348_nNo community is ever proud that a puppy mill exists in its midst. Instead, they are ashamed and grateful that Animal Rescue Corps was there to take it down. As Scotlund told us, “It’s our hope that we have made a lasting solution in that community, and in educating that community.”

The sad truth is there are approximately 15,000 puppy mills just like the one in Page County in the United States. These mills produce over 4,000,000 puppies each year, which supply nearly 100% of pet stores. Equally as sad, over 4,000,000 dogs are put to death in shelters each year.

When The Mosby Foundation heard of the Page County puppy mill rescue, there was no question that we would help. It broke our hearts to know that this kind of cruelty was so close to home. We also feel sure that the foundation has helped many of the puppies from that mill over the years.

536023_379175928782402_179390945_nWhile ARC deals first hand with the actual abuse of mill dogs, The Mosby Foundation sees the other side of this abuse. These are the puppies that are sold to unsuspecting dog lovers. Guardians never see the mother or father. They never see the conditions in which these animals live. And they never see the 2’ x 2’ cage that imprison them, or their lack of clean food and water.

What they do see is the product of deplorable conditions, an adorable puppy that they immediately fall in love with. What they can’t understand is why their companion develops heart or hip problems at an early age, or early onset cataracts, or a disease stemming from poor immunity. These guardians always ask us, “How is this possible? I take good care of my dog. I don’t understand.”

534936_383823054984356_1930262962_nThese loving owners wrack up hundreds and thousands of dollars in debt trying to save their dogs from a lifetime of pain. But it’s very hard to undo the torment that mill owners force upon the parents.

ARC gets a permanent standing ovation from us. They see the handiwork of society’s cruelest element. And yet, Scotlund says, “I consider it a great honor to be in a position to save lives. Because of our work, the animals will suffer no longer.”

If that doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, what does?

We are tremendously proud of our donors for allowing us to support the Animal Rescue Corps with a $3,000 donation. Thanks to you, 132 abused dogs got the medical and emotional care they so badly needed. Nothing would give us more pleasure than to see puppy mills eradicated, and you understand that. The greed of puppy mill owners cost all of us in money and heartbreak.

311192_261142713919058_407481777_nThe foundation also understands that for some, buying a purebred dog is important. That’s why we encourage you to review our checklist, “What To Look For In A Reputable Breeder.” Let’s stop this suffering.

Every dog in the world should love the ground beneath his feet. 


What To Look For In A Reputable Breeder

  • Loves their dog and wants to share their bloodlines with others.
  • Produces litters on occasion.
  • You can meet the mother and father of your prospective puppy.
  • Will have a written record of the parent’s medical history.
  • Doesn’t let you pick out any puppy you want. Instead, matches up the personality of the puppy with your lifestyle and personality.
  • Requires you to sign a contract. Just because you have a purebred puppy doesn’t mean you should breed it.
  • Will take back any animal of their breeding at any time and for any reason.
  • Has a working knowledge of genetics and generally avoids inbreeding.
  • Does not breed extremely young or old animals.
  • Breeds in their home and considers the animals part of their family.
  • Offers guidance and support to new guardians.
  • Provides accurate and reliable health, vaccination and pedigree information.
  • Animals are sold on a limited registration; spay/neuter contract is in place or the dog is altered before placement.
  • Never sells to pet stores.

Warning Signs Of A Puppy Mill Breeder

  • Refuses to let you see where the dog lived.
  • Refuses to let you see the dog’s parents.
  • Has no written history of the parent’s health.
  • Won’t take the dog back if there are any problems with it. Or, if they do, will frequently offer you another dog and likely kill the dog you return.
  • Advertising the dog for sale on Craig’s List
  • There is no contract.
  • Offers to ship the puppy to you sight unseen or to meet you in a parking lot.
  • Sells almost exclusively to pet stores.
  • Sells from a website. Also offers multiple breeds of dogs.
  • Animals are kept in tightly confined living quarters with little or no access to clean water and food.
  • May have significant behavioral or medical problems.
  • Breeds the dog continuously. Pups are taken from their mothers before they should be. A lot of these breeders will sell these pups before they are 8 weeks old.

Please be aware that backyard breeders or neighbors that breed dogs can be suspect of many of the traits of puppy mill dogs.

 

A Note From Carole

Carole-ARCAlbert Schweitzer once said, “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” We wish everyone who buys a puppy from a pet store or online could see the conditions puppy mill dogs live in. Our feature story is only one example of that horrible industry. Literally thousands of puppies are born under similar circumstances in this country every year, and the breeding dogs languish in cages, cruelly disposed of when their bodies can no longer sustain yet another delivery.

We at The Mosby Foundation were joyful that those dogs in a nearby puppy mill were rescued. They are now getting the treatment and ongoing care they need and being adopted into loving homes. We are proud to have made a substantial contribution to that life-giving care. You, our donors and supporters, were our silent partners in this effort, silent but absolutely essential. Through your support, you have enabled us to provide life-saving treatment for so many dogs across the country. The letters in this issue from the grateful families of these dogs tell the story of your generosity. As we enter 2015, we ask that you continue to be our partners in the mission of helping dogs in need, by making a contribution of any size. We also request that you help educate your friends, coworkers or anyone who does not know about the evils of puppy mills. We ask all to refrain from buying dogs from these sources that help perpetuate this business and to report any suspected puppy mills. Let’s continue working together to make 2015 a year of love and blessings for our wonderful canine companions!

In honor of all dogs,
Carole Adams
President and Founder

Lilly Belle – Kapolei, HI

PLEASE HELP LILLY BELLE

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If you can help Lilly Belle and her family please send your donations marked “Lilly Belle” to The Mosby Foundation, PO Box 218, Deerfield, VA 24432.  For Pay Pal donations use the PayPal button below. Every dollar helps! 100% of your donation will go to help Lilly get this much needed surgery.


Update 2-15-15
Lilly Belle
Kapolei, HawaiiHi Folks, to date we have raised $2181 out of the $5000 needed to help sweet Lilly Belle. We are still in need of raising $2819 to help this precious deaf dog get the much needed surgery she needs! Please visit our website at www.themosbyfoundation.org to help Lilly if you can. Absolutely any amount will help her. Remember we are a 501©3 and 100% of your donation will go towards helping Lilly Belle.The following note is from Lilly Belle’s Mom that we received today………….
Lilly Belle is doing okay. Increasing pain and decreased use of her back left leg. We have pet insurance now! It still won’t cover this current surgery, but it will cover anything in the future.I’ve attached some pictures. Lilly dreams a lot of the outdoors. She cannot wait to get back to the dog park and play with all of her friends!! She also cannot wait to run on the beach and swim in the ocean – the water is so warm here compared to California! She spends a lot of time on the couch and in bed as it’s nice and soft on her joints. She utilizes her Kong and Kong bone a lot to relieve energy and anxiety. It’s hard being an anxious, deaf, pup that can’t run around (not even inside!). Pillows and blankets also help me feel cozy and less anxious. I let her know every day how much love she has and how many wonderful people have donated to help her feel better – she sleeps well at night knowing that help is on the way!! We start every morning thankful for the donations and help as well as another day closer to fixing her knee!Mahalo!