2013 DDBR Rescue Summary

Crazy, Off the Hook, Overwhelming all describe how Rescue was in 2013. Not only did it seem like the “Year of the Puppy”, it also was the “Year of the Senior”. In 2013, we took in well over a dozen puppies under a year of age, most were in decent shape, some, like Maggie, Molly and Ethan had some pretty severe issues (they all had heart issues, emaciated, entropian and demodex and secondary skin infections, pretty bad for 3 month old pups!). We also took in about a dozen seniors for 2013, some in the double digits! Again this year, our new “hospice program” was put to use and we have a new webpage for Special Needs and “Fospice” dogs so you can follow their journeys. Most of our foster dogs from previous years that were still in Rescue as the beginning of the 2013 have been adopted, several of them by their foster homes would could not bear to part with them.

The health issues we dealt with this last year were incredible and at times, tapped us almost dry a few times. One long term foster got bit by a rattlesnake. We had several more heartworm positive dogs come into rescue. We dealt with major demodex with secondary skin infections, massive tumors,  entropian and cherry eye, torn cruciate, and deadly heart disease. We also pulled a few dogs from shelters who we knew were on deaths door, riddled with cancer and brought them into our homes, showed them love, spoiled them rotten for a day, then let them cross the bridge knowing what love was. We took in more extreme medical cases this year as in previous years, which is reflected dramatically in our financial statement.

Rescue is always trying to find ways to increase funding, and this year, we did very well, we not only utilized on line Fund Raiser Campaigns, we also did a few Facebook and online Raffles and Auctions! Our Facebook page is steadily gaining followers with well over 5000 followers now and is helping raise funds to help cover the expenses the Rescue incurs and it’s helping us get additional volunteers.

As in 2012, Social Media had us spinning in circles, we turned down more than we were able to take in again. Being contacted with dozens of dogs each week was overwhelming. Majority yet again were Pitbull mixes that we just could not take, though we did take in a few as we committed to them and then once received, discovered that they were mixes, not purebreds.  As in previous years, there were well over 400 (supposed) ddb’s needing rescue. Some we were able to take, some we referred out to other groups, some we were able to assist get adopted directly and others we weren’t able to help because we could not get a response or pictures to confirm breed.

We still need to get reps in each state, or at least reps that can handle their state and maybe a few surrounding states. Without this, we just cannot keep up. We need people not only to open their home and heart to fostering a rescued dogue, but to help with events and recruit others in their area to help. If you can help rescue in any way or in any capacity, PLEASE DO! Go to our website, complete the volunteer form. We need help in all areas from fostering, transporting, evaluating, fund raising, events, foster home support, local shelter contacts.

The message to breeders is the same as previous years, be responsible for what you produce. Check out potential puppy buyers. Microchip your puppies with YOU as the main contact so it can’t be taken off the chip. Don’t sell to just anyone looking to buy a pup. Sell on strict spay/neuter contracts (not all dogs need to or should be bred.

The message for potential buyers, please check your breeder out thoroughly, verify that they health certify their dogues (you can check this out for free at www.offa.org), and see their contract BEFORE buying a pup or sending a deposit. If they aren’t health certifying their dogs, and not selling on contract, and not willing to take their dog back, you may just want to look for a good breeder that does all of these things and more. Check with the breed club, www.ddbsa.org and see their breeder listing (verify that the breeder isn’t suspended or expelled from the breed club), look at their “tips on buying a pup”, check with the Better Business Bureau, learn about the breed before getting it to make sure it’s the right breed for you, your family and your lifestyle. If this is the right breed for you, please consider adopting a rescue dogue who deserves a great home.

 

Total number of dogues in program 2013: 94

Dogues successfully found homes: 55

Dogues in program at the end of 2013: 33 (including 7 from 2012- Howard, Daisy, Mims, Dexter, Missy, Goliath and Larry)

Dogs denied into the program because of bite history or aggression: 38

Dogues euthanized for health reasons: (not including 7 denied for health reasons) 5

Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: (not including the 38 denied into the program) 1

Average age was between 8 months and 6 years

Youngest: Nick, a 9 week old pup someone purchased off Craigs List and surrendered to us

Oldest: Our Double Digit Dogues: Dozer age 10, Jaques age 11, Fabra age 12

Males in program: 45                  Females in program: 49

Red/Brown masks: 89                  Black masks: 5

Dogues from Shelters: 60            Dogs that were Owner Surrendered: 34

Some of the health issues we treated this year besides abuse, starvation and neglect:

  • Localized and Generalized Demodex mange (and secondary infections caused by it)
  • Heartworm, other misc. worms (round, whip, hook),  Valley Fever
  • Kennel Cough (and secondary infections from it)
  • Cancer (Lymphoma, and Hemangiosarcoma),  Benign cysts, Fatty Tumors
  • Heart issues (SAS,DCM, Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia)
  • Allergies (food and environmental)
  • Torn ACL, Severe Spinal Spondelosis, Hip Dysplasia
  • Severe rectal issues (Irritable bowel, rectal tumors)
  • Seizures
  • Kidney Disease
  • Entropian, Cherry Eye

 

In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you: Fabra, Zoey, Bella, Reese Ethan, Momma and MagPie

A sincere THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteers and all of the groups who have taken in DDB’s. Without you, these dogues would not have been saved. THANK YOU also goes out to all who have donated to DDBR, your generosity is amazing and helped so many dogues in need!

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