Dear Forgotten Dog Foundation Friends and Supporters,
It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2015, and while here in California we are dealing with a major drought, there is far from a drought when it comes to the number of animals that desperately need saving in Los Angeles. This summer has been an all time high for the rescue community, and we need your support now more than ever. To give you insight into what we are faced with every day, here are the stories of ten dogs that we rescued in just ten days. Three of the ten dogs needed extensive surgeries that cost over $10,000. Despite the difficult life each has had so far, each and every one will have a wonderful and happy ending because of our dedication to them, and because of your loving and generous support.
With thanks from all of us at The Forgotten Dog and the Lucky Ten!
Truman was seen being hit by a homeless man as he scrounged for food. This filthy and starving 11 month old was rescued by our Watts Angel, Kathy, who had a knife pulled on her as she saved this pup! She immediately brought him to us. After getting him fully vet checked and bathed, we discovered that this sweet and gentle boy was just an amazingly sweet dog, despite the horrors that he had clearly been through.
Truman is now living the good life in Pacific Palisades and is so loved and cherished!
We got a call from another rescuer telling us that Bailey would be heading to the shelter in the morning as the person who had him was unable to keep him for any longer. With the animal numbers way beyond capacity at the shelters–because of the deluge of lost dogs found running scared from the 4th of July fireworks–we knew that even a dog as cute as Bailey might not make it out. We immediately sent someone to get him, and we are so glad that we did! Bailey is a two year old Havanese mix and is just an adorable and easy boy, who just needs a spot to sit beside you on the couch. He’s good with all people and other dogs. Now neutered, vaccinated and groomed, Bailey is with one of our fosters, but ready for his forever home.
Lincoln is a calm and sweet one year old Shep mix. We rescued him with the help of Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws and Lisa Chiarelli. He had been starving for months on the streets of Watts, begging for food at the Taco stand. Lincoln bonds easily and is loving and well behaved. He is good with kids and adults alike, and all dogs, big and small. He would be best with active owners who are not gone all day. He is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines.
LEO AND LINUS
After being bathed, fully vetted and treated-microchipped, neutered and vaccinated–they are now healthy and happy! These spectacular boys are good natured and will be large breed dogs for sure. We wish to place them with other playful dogs apart. They are good with all dogs and people and need active owners!
This shy and gorgeous, roughly one year old Golden retriever mix, now named Cheyenne, was found terrified on the streets of South LA right before the 4th of July. Efforts were made to find her owners, but with no collar, ta
g or microchip, our search was difficult. After no owner stepped up, she became one of ours. After we had her vaccinated, microchipped and spayed, Cheyenne was adopted and is living with a loving family in Eagle Rock, CA!
At seven pounds and seven months old, Hoot came into the South Los Angeles shelter as a stray with a fracture in her leg. She was put in ISO with other injured dogs and there she sat. With time running out and euthanasia a definite reality, a long standing foster saw a plea to save her and reached out to us. We immediately got Hoot to safety and to our orthopedic surgeon. Turns out the broken leg had healed and surgery was not needed.
Hoot is a happy, loving sprightly angel who prances and plays and gives kisses all day. She was also just adopted by an actor and his wife and is enjoying her new life in New York City!
Little Mimi, a cockapoo pup that was only eight weeks old when we rescued her, was hit by a car in Bakersfield and was then left untreated for 24 hours! When we learned of this situation, we immediately had a transporter get Mimi and bring her straight to one of our specialty vets. After putting her on fluids and oxygen for a day, Mimi was stabilized and x-rayed. We learned that she had two broken legs. Dr Olds, the wonderful orthopedic surgeon at VCA Brentwood, did surgery on Mimi’s one leg and splinted the other. Because she is so young, spirited Mimi is healing fast and ruling the coop at her foster’s home! This little princess will soon be ready for her forever home.
Tommy was found in a field in Bakersfield fending for his three Shep/pit mix pups. Sadly the mama of his babies was nowhere in sight, and so Tommy was both mom and dad to them. Papa and babies were taken into someone’s back yard. We were told they were going to another rescue when we offered to take them all. We were horrified to learn that they were never given to a rescue, and they all got out right before the 4th of July! Ten days later Tommy was found starving and filthy scrounging for food. We had him immediately picked up and brought to our vets in LA. He was dehydrated and riddled with ticks. After a few days of vet care and grooming, Tommy was neutered at a different facility and suffered a rare complication post surgery and he nearly died! Fortunately after emergency surgery to stop the internal bleeding, Tommy is finally on the mend and doing fine!
This sweet, two year old boy has adopted Leo, our giant Schnauzer puppy, as his new son for now. Sadly, after posting reward signs in Bakersfield for his babies, none have been found.
The call came late at night, and a texted photo of a little, blind gray dog. Hit by a car in South Los Angeles – the driver did not stop, no one else stopped, no one cared. Except one woman who saw the horrible hit-and-run, who called a friend… who called The Forgotten Dog Foundation.
The easy, simple thing to do is say no, sorry, we can’t help. But that photo… a matted, dehydrated little bag of bones who had obviously suffered a lifetime of neglect, finally fending for her herself on the mean streets. We immediately rushed to save her.
We named her Tilly and took her to go to the nearest all-night vet. Tilly was thought to be blind and thought to be a senior. She was immediately given a pain injection and put on fluids. Once stabilized, x-rays showed that she had a double fracture in her pelvis, and dislocation of both hips. The car ran right over her.
We transferred her the next day to our orthopedic surgeon in West L.A. where wonderful Dr. Olds was reluctant to perform surgery on Tilly’s hips for eight weeks, until her pelvis had healed.
He also discovered that Tilly is not a senior as first thought, but somewhat younger. And after a very gentle, warm bath, the little gray waif was free of a coat of motor oil and filth, and transformed into a fluffy, white, mostly-Maltese beauty. Most importantly, Tilly was wagging her tail and giving kisses to the doctor and staff. We knew that we would do whatever was necessary to restore the sweet little girl to health, and find her the happy forever home she so deserved.
Unfortunately, Tilly’s injuries were such that she could not go to the bathroom, and stopped eating. Dr. Olds performed surgery last week. He realigned her pelvis, performed an FHO (removal of the top of the femur) on one side of her hip, and relocated the second hip.
We are pleased to so that Tilly came through with flying colors and is on the mend!
Thank you for your continued support of The Forgotten Dog Foundation. Together, we can continue to help save more dogs like these lucky ten.
With appreciation and gratitude,
The Forgotten Dog Foundation