2015 DDB Rescue Summary
To describe 2015, the words “crazy”, “hectic” and “overwhelming” come to mind. As last year, the average number of dogues “IN” our rescue program was above 30, occasionally reaching up into the 40’s. Also as last year, a lot of the dogs we took in were senior or close to senior (we brought in over a dozen dogs over 9 years of age and if not “hospice”, they actually got adopted!). We only took in a few dogues under a year old that year. And once again, we took in over a dozen Hospice Dogs, some are still with us, a few were adopted and others passed while in rescue. Again at year end, we have 3 “Fospice” dogs on the books that will live their life out with DDBR as they just are not adoptable due to their severe health issues.
As the year before, DDBR took in several dozen extreme medical cases and had few “easy placements”. As in years before, we also took in several dogs that were ready to head to the rainbow bridge and crossed in the arms of a DDBR Rescue Angel. DDBR is truly blessed with not only amazing volunteers, but amazing supporters as well.
DDBR did not do nearly as many fund raisers this year or few auctions as in the past as our President and chief fund raiser was diagnosed with lung cancer the spring of 2015, so she stepped into the VP role and our VP Marie, stepped into the President roll until Kris was done with treatment and able to get back to helping more. We did several “You Caring” fund raisers last year that helped quite a bit, but as always, funds are always needed. We do have several really awesome fund raisers, auctions and such planned for 2016, so keep an eye on our Facebook page!
Just like previous years, Social Media was off the hook. So many dogues needing rescue, dozens a week we were notified about. And once again, we turned down and/or refered out more than we were able to take in. As in previous years, several dozen “dogues” we were asked to take where not dogues, but rather pit bulls or mixes, which we referred out to other groups. Yet again, the number each year needing rescue keeps going up, for 2015, that number in the USA was close to 500 and over 40 additional that we were asked to take were in the UK so we referred out to our sister group DDB Welfare. As in years past, what we were not able to take into our program, we tried to refer out to other groups and were able to get several adopted directly with previous adopters or people that were waiting for something specific that just so happened to come in. Also as in previous years, others we were not able to help for one reason or another (aggression/lack of response from shelter/owner ).
The backbone of Rescue is it’s volunteers and DDBR has some pretty awesome volunteers. We are so very thankful that we have such a wonderful, nationwide network of volunteers willing to open their home and hearts to dogues in need, but we need more volunteers. 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. DDBR turned down almost 34 dogues in 2015 due to bite history. This could be genetic, this could be the owners. Something is up with more bad temperaments each year. If your dogue bites people, this is NOT acceptable. For the sake of the breed (think breed bans/legislation), please don’t breed these dogues, have your vet put them to sleep.
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 US! We don’t refer, but we can tell you if we trust someone and we can send you a list of questions to ask potential breeders.
Total number of dogues in program during 2015: 134
Dogues successfully found homes: 86 (plus 9 pending at year end, just waiting on paperwork and adopt fees)
Dogues in program at the end of 2015: 37 (including 9 with adoptions pending)
Dogues who will likely live their lives out with DDBR as they are not adoptable: 3 (Freckles, Brooke, Mia)
Dogs denied into the program because of bite history or aggression: 34
Dogues euthanized for health reasons: 10 (not including 8 denied for health reasons)
Dogues euthanized for temperament reasons: 0 (not including 34 the denied into the program)
Dogues transferred to other groups: 1 to CRC
Average age was between 2 years to 8 years, dozens of “senior dogs” were brought into the program
Youngest: 4 moth old pups
Oldest: Our Double Digit Dogues: Mia(12), Stella (over 10), Jean Luc (over 10), Amelie (over 11), Dee Dee (over 10)
Males in program: 73 Females in program: 61
Red/Brown masks: 132 Black masks:2
Dogues from Shelters: 57 Dogs that were Owner Surrendered: 77
Some of the health issues we treated this year besides abuse, starvation and neglect (it’s the same each year for the most part):
· Localized and Generalized Demodex mange (and secondary infections caused by it)
· Heartworm, other misc. worms (round, whip, hook)
· Kennel Cough (and secondary infections from it)
· Cancer (Lymphoma, and unknown cancers), Benign cysts, Fatty Tumors
· Heart issues (SAS,DCM, End Stage Heart Failure)
· Allergies (food and environmental), ear hematomas, Fly Strike
· Torn ACL/CCL
· Entropian, Cherry Eye
In loving memory to those we lost this year, may there have been a better world for you: Chuck, Jean Luc, Amelie, Babette, Cali, Dee Dee, Stella, Hugo, Brewster and Wrinkles
A sincere THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteers and all of the groups who have taken in DDB’s. Without your help, 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!by