"His only shelter through the pouring rain and relentless heat was under the truck..."
"She could barely walk...and was not receiving her medication"
Dear Friend of ALGBR,
It’s time for our fundraising campaign for 2018 and we would like to share the journey of two of our adoptable dogs from the past year.
Our expenses aren’t always just medical expenses. In March we took in Colby, a 1-year old black male lab mix. He had been kept in a dirt yard, chained to a truck for most of his life. His only shelter through the pouring rain and relentless heat was under the truck. He was not socialized and was truly a wild man.
He went to foster and proved how wild he was by hurling himself off the sofa and on to the kids. He would mouth so hard it would draw blood. He was quickly adopted by a wonderful adopter who was willing to put in the work. Unfortunately, the mouthing frightened their youngest daughter and she was afraid of Colby, so he was returned. Colby spent a couple weeks in boarding when the decision was made to send him to doggie boot camp. We signed him up for a two-week board and train with David Michael Sanders of Zen K9 (zenK9.org). Colby learned quickly how to better interact with people and on David’s suggestion we added on another week to his training. Colby made great progress with David. He went back to foster and was a much better dog, but still needed daily hands on training so he didn’t forget what he had learned.
We were fortunate to have a couple apply to adopt him who understood his needs for a structured life. They had experience training dogs. Colby now lives in Tucson with his lab sister and two wonderful pet parents. The cost of Colby to the rescue was $2,500.00. This included training, neuter, health check, shots and boarding. Without the training, Colby would have lingered in boarding for much longer than the 4 months he was with us. He would have been very difficult to adopt.
Halo came to us from a domestic violence situation in Elk, Nevada. Generally, we don’t take owner surrenders from out of state, but there wasn’t a rescue in Nevada that would take this sweet 10 year old girl who weighed in at 130 pounds. She could barely walk. It was known that Halo had a thyroid issue, and because of the household situation, was not receiving her medication.
We agreed to take her and searched for someone to help us get her to Phoenix. We were fortunate to find a caring woman through Pet Freedom Drivers of Arizona to drive to Elk and bring Halo back to Arizona. Cathi drove thru extreme heat and heavy rain storms to transport Halo to ALGBR.
We found her Thyroid was indeed not functioning. We were able to get her on new medication and into foster. With careful feeding and medication administration by her foster mom, Halo has lost over 30 pounds. She is a different dog. She loves to play with her ball and her foster sister. Now that its cooler she will start to go on short walks which will help with her weight loss and build up her strength.
We reimbursed Cathi for her travel expenses including gas, hotel and meals. She volunteered her time. The travel expenses and Halos medical visits has cost the rescue about $1,000.00.
These are two examples of what your donations are used for. We hope you will want to help sweet pups like these and donate. You can do so by mailing a check to at address above or visit our website at www.azlabsandgiants.org and press the donate button.
The money you donate to ALGBR goes directly to help our rescues to help save lives and provide for much needed medical care. Each rescue receives a basic vet check, heartworm test, spay/neuter, microchip, 5 in 1 vaccination and Bordatella vaccination. Sometimes, they require additional expenses that go beyond the basic. This is where donations become crucial as we believe that cost should never have to be the deciding factor to save a life.
Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 26116
Phoenix, AZ 85068