Place of Hope
A program of Southern States Rescued Rottweilers.
Other ways to help
Is your birthday coming up? Have everyone send a donation to “Places of Hope” in your name, what better birthday gift than to help senior citizen dog!
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Carlie (formerly Violet) lived on a chain, neglected in every way possible, for what must have seemed like an eternity to her. Fortunately, an Animal Control Officer in St. Landry Parish, LA saw her and saved her from such a horrendous existence. As the ACO described her condition: “Her spine, arched, raised, almost like a dinosaur. Her twisted frame tears at my HEART. Today, I watched her frame sway with the chill in the air. Every fiber in her body, quakes, trying TO STAY WARM. She is the kindest dog.” She collapsed as the ACO freed her from the chain she was on.
Carlie was so emaciated that her body had started eating itself. She weighed a mere 33pounds. She had worms and an infection in both eyes that needed to be treated as well as being heartworm positive. She was one of the worse cases of neglect that we have seen. We have no idea how Carlie survived. But survive she did.
Carlie has gained weight, is free of those worms, including the heartworms that she went through and completed treatment for. Her infections are long gone but due to how bad they were, Carlie has had problems seeing and would walk into things occasionally. Today we found out from our vet that Carlie is now completely blind but being blind hasn’t stopped her. She is a very happy playful little girl living with our fabulous Transport/Intake Director, Cheryl Shaw.
Belle was rescued from the Escambia County Animal Shelter in Pensacola, Fl. in July 2018. Bell had had a rough life. She was a happy little dog, lived with her mommy in a house and was loved. But then her mommy died and she was in the house guarding her waiting for someone to come help them. when help came, the people took her and wanted to kill her, the lady's family didn't understand Rottweilers and everyone thought she was vicious. But the lady's neighbor said he would take her. But he didn't care for her the way her lady had, he kept her outside, never took her to the vet, let her have puppies, and didn't feed her very well. She kept getting out, trying to find a better life.
Over the holiday weekend she got out again, wandering to find good people. She ended up finding someone to take her in but they couldn't keep her and took her to the local shelter. The man's daughter came to get their other dog that got out too, but decided she wasn't going to take Bell.
So, this sweet girl was hoping someone would get her and love her. She was so sweet and gentle and starving for love. She needed some care. She was probably 20lbs underweight, had lost a lot of hair from flea allergies and a bad diet. She needed her dew claws removed, and she had mammary tumors. But she still had the biggest smile! She was so ready to be someone's special girl.
When you looked in her eyes, you didn't see fear or anger, all you saw was softness and love. She needed to come into rescue, land in a soft place where she could get vet care and good food so she could grow strong. And we knew she would pay that kindness in kisses and cuddles and love!
When she was picked up by our volunteer at the shelter, Belle was not her usual self. Over the last week our volunteer had gone to see her multiple times, while working to secure her a rescue and foster. She was taken out in the yard to play, met another Rottweiler for a meet, and she was bouncy and happy and playful, despite being so underweight and having a mass on her abdomen. The day we took her, however, was a different story. Something was wrong when our volunteer went to get her from the kennel. She wagged her nub like she normally did, happy to see her, but had trouble standing and walking. She seemed disoriented, but our volunteer thought maybe it was just the heat since it was July. Our volunteer got her in the car and hurried to our wonderful vet, Animal Hospital of Pensacola. Once we got Belle into the exam room, Belle collapsed. At that point we thought we were going to lose her. Her temperature was 105, her gums were pale and she was unable to even lift her head. Some quick blood work was done in order to decide what to do. Surprisingly, the blood work was all in normal range, except for some anemia. So, she was given fluids and antibiotics and we would wait and see. We were determined to give this sweet girl a fighting chance!
But this would not be cheap. The vet stay, fluids, meds, and care for 3 days alone came to about $1600. Love is priceless, but vet care is not. And this girl deserve the chance to live and experience love and family, not just be used to make puppies and tossed aside when she was no longer able to do so. Our wonderful SSRR family came together and donated to Belle’s medical expenses making it possible for us to get her what she needed.
Today (November 13, 2019), Belle is living her best life and enjoying the outdoors
Bo was confiscated from his family by Chesapeake, VA Animal Services. When they confiscated this boy, he was so emaciated and week that he couldn't stand on his own had open sores on his ears back and rear end and was heartworm positive. He was immediately brought to a local Vet where he was treated for his more pressing health issues. Bo recovered at Chesapeake Animal Services for 2 months before he was rescued by SSRR.
It took Bo a little while before he felt he could trust anyone again but now he has learned what love is and what it's really supposed to be like to be a dog. Bo has learned how to play with a ball and toys. He is doing wonderful with his foster dad and will be starting his heartworm treatment soon, since he has gained the weight that he so desperately needed.
|Buster was surrendered to the shelter by his 'family', no reason was given except he was old. Buster was heartworm positive and very arthritic. As most seniors in shelters he was confused where he was and why his family had left him there all alone. Another special foster home stepped up and said, I will give him a home and Buster went to live in his forever foster home with his foster sister "Hope". Buster was treated for heartworms and given anti-inflammatories for his hips and all the love he could imagine. Buster loves his family and lives every day in the now as the loving and well behaved gentleman that he is. Because of SSRR's Place of Hope program, senior Rottweiler's abandoned in shelters will have a second chance to live out their days in a home with love and care.|
|Gertie was picked up as a stray by the Montgomery County Animal Control (TN), she was not doing well at the shelter. Gertie was considered a bit difficult because she was scared and nervous, she wanted out of the shelter. But like most seniors, especially ones that are heartworm positive, arthritic and ‘nervous’ her chances of adoption were slim. SSRR, Inc. approved Gertie for a position in the Place of Hope program and she was saved. Once outside in the fresh air her complete personality changed to a very happy and very wiggly butt girl. Gertie loves going for rides in the car, going for short walks, her squeaky ball and cuddling in her favorite chair. Gertie was successfully treated for heartworms and is up to date on all her shots. Her arthritis hurts early in the morning and when she walks too much. She takes glucosamine but probably will need something a bit stronger in the future. Please consider sponsoring a senior Rottweiler.|
Jade was surrendered to a shelter with her son, daughter and granddaughter when her family fell on hard times. As we all know, the chances of a senior Rottweiler getting adopted are slim to known so when SSRR pulled Jade’s family we ensured Jade had a foster home too. Jade moves slow these days but still several short walks a day. The pretty senior girl also enjoys sleeping on the sofa, having a full meal and sleeping in her human foster sister’s room at night. Jade currently takes glucosamine to ease her discomfort but a sponsor would enable her to get regular injections of Adequan that could help her aching joints.
Giving them HOPE for a Tomorrow
Select Pledge Level:
________ Guardian of Hope: Gift $100.00 or more
________ Angel of Hope: Gift $50.00 to $99.99
________ Messenger of Hope: Gift $25.00 to $49.99
Select One time donation:
________ Sponsor a Place of Hope Dog: Gift $250.00
________ One Time Gift, thank you!
Your tax deductible monthly pledge allows SSRR to commit funds for Seniors in the Place of Hope program.