It is a fact that shelter animals can have several health conditions that are treatable and there are conditions that can be rehabilitated. Shelters that are moving toward success in the no kill status must have rescue partnerships that can make room for dogs that can be treated and rehabilitated. Rescues are often full because there are so many dogs that fall under the category of URGENT and need to be rescued immediately. The No Kill status as written by Nathan Winograd states that a shelter must ask the question of whether it is succeeding in saving the life of EVERY SINGLE HEALTHY AND TREATABLE ANIMAL that has entered the shelter.
The Manatee County Animal Services shelter has several URGENT dogs that need RESCUE in order to save their life. The treatable conditions include hip dysplasia, very common in large dogs, and some fearful issues. Fear is also COMMON in shelter dogs, and these dogs need to be rescued and can be rehabilitated to conquer the fear and restore trust. Please share these stories to every available rescue to get these dogs out of the shelter immediately.
*April’s Story: ID A070260 I am a large, brown German Shepard Mix who has found herself in the shelter. My prognosis for hip dysplasia rehab is fair. I have a Temp Score of 101.4. I would greatly benefit from being RESCUED ASAP to get on the road to being able to live a long life. My hip dysplasia is extremely common in large dogs. My x-rays show that this is mild for me. I currently have meds and my Plan as set by the shelter is for Rimadyl 100 mg 1-1x a day for two weeks and then when needed. My photo can be seen at the shelter and I am a beautiful girl. I would be so grateful to be rescued as soon as possible.
*Chicago’s Story: ID A070184 I am a black male pit bull that has a moderately good prognosis for my bite wounds. I need a RESCUE as soon as possible to recover from my wounds. My photo can be seen at the shelter.
*Tyler’s Story: ID A069939 I am a handsome brown and white male lab mix. I admit to showing aggressive tendencies, but this shelter is scary and loud. I deserve a chance to be rescued as soon as possible so that I might be able to be rehabilitated and learn to trust again. My photo can be seen at the shelter.
*Jamie’s Story: ID A069938 I am a cream colored kitty and I also admit to showing aggressive tendencies. The shelter is loud and scary, and my aggressiveness does not mean that I am a bad kitty. Please take heart and rescue me for a better life. My photo can be seen at the shelter.
*Brown’s Story: ID 067240 I am proud to have been assessed by Andy Sands, a professional animal behaviorist, who volunteers his services to the shelter. I was evaluated as Fearful, but am a definite candidate for rescue and rehabilitation to restore my trust. My video and assessment can be viewed on the SOSA Face Book page (Save Our Shelter Animals). Please visit their page to view my video and evaluation. I am a beautiful chocolate male Rottweiler mix. Please share my story.
*Maple’s Story: ID 069841 I am a pretty tan and white girl lab mix. I have been described as very sweet but fearful. This shelter is loud and noisy, and anyone would be scared in here. I am proud to also have been evaluated by Andy Sands and he says that I could go to a good home with an experienced loving pet parent. I can go to rescue, but would prefer to be ADOPTED to go to my forever home. My photo can be seen at the shelter.
*Dominic’s Story: ID 070491 I am a handsome black and white male, American Staffordshire Mix. I also have hip displasia, very common in large dogs. I am very thin, but good food would be appreciated for my rehabilitation. I do not deserve to lose my life because of this condition. My photo can be seen at the shelter.
*Blackie’s Story: ID 069797 I am a handsome big boy, brown lab mix. I admit to showing aggressive tendencies, but that does not mean that I am a bad boy. Several shelter dogs that have been deemed “Aggressive” have been rescued and rehabilitated with training. RESCUE NEEDED.
All of these are marked URGENT by MCAS. All conditions are treatable and these can be rehabilitated. Please share these stories to all rescues. Dogs will not be euthanized for space, and all fall under the No Kill standard for treatable and rehabilitation. Rescue partnerships should contact the shelter immediately to pull these URGENT animals.