Pets with Special Medical Needs
The pets on this page have special medical needs requiring costly treatment. Your donation of any amount helps us help them. Every cent of Medical Needs donations pays veterinary expenses. We are happy to provide a receipt if we have your contact information.
Check or money order to RnRAF-Medical Needs, PO Box 700062, Tulsa, OK 74170-0062.
Cash, check or money order donation during our Adoption Events at PetCo at 41st and Yale in midtown Tulsa. (Please mark it as Medical Needs.)
PayPal: $25, $50, or $100 donation
Meet Alvin, our little Christmas chipmunk ... well, not exactly ... under all of that matted mess and goo is a Shih Tzu. This darling little docile and sweet senior boy was found abandoned, clinging on to hope in a lot of pain and discomfort.
We spent a couple of hours cleaning his ears, trimming his nails and shaving him down a bit and giving him a bit of a hack job, but it sure is better than nothing! Alvin didn't flinch the entire time. He was worn out. He had cockleburs and sticks stuck all over his little body, and his eye. Well, it ruptured two days later and we tried to get him in several places for surgery, but finally had it removed on Friday, 12/10. He also had 3 teeth pulled, his mouth was rotten and smelled of garbage. He also has a bad back leg. He seems to favor it. We aren't sure what's wrong, but we are waiting for the doctor to get info back from a radiologist. Oh, and let's not forget the huge junk of nastiness that came out of his left ear. He has an ear infection too. That's poop stuck to his back side, lots of hard, old poop. UGH.
Poor little Alvin has a huge heart murmur and we weren't even sure he would survive his eye surgery, but he did. He is just the sweetest little boy. He cries like a newborn baby when he needs something, it seriously sounds like a baby's cry. He wants very little. He is otherwise extremely quiet and moves from place to place, sometimes, room to room, to find a comfortable spot. He just sneaks around and is almost invisible, probably just like he was for whoever owned him before. He does love affection though. He loves to be held in a blanket and loved.
Please help us with some funds for Alvin. His eye removal, radiographs of his leg and heart, dental and teeth removal, antibiotics and ear treatment. It all adds up and he still hasn't been vaccinated since he is so compromised. We will do that in the coming weeks if he rallies, and he should. His foster parents are the best and will make sure he gets everything he needs. Look at him curled up under the Christmas tree! Foster mom found him there one day and snapped this quick picture. Precious.
Help us help Alvin ... these cases are expensive and never planned. Help our little Christmas chipmunk get better! It will be his best Christmas yet.
Chip and Dale
UPDATE 10/10/2021:These pictures were taken after we loaded them into the car post surgery. And, check out their designer cones! The amazingly talented Dr. Puckett at OVS always draws on his patients’ cones, and Chip and Dale’s cones were no exception or disappointment! It looks like Dr. Puckett took his wardrobe choice from Rescue Rangers, so cute! Chip is in a fedora and bomber jacket and Dale is in a red and yellow Hawaiian shirt. The boys have mastered how to eat with their cones on, that took only a couple of days … but they sure were messy at first! And look at this picture of Dale’s new eyes! No more blue! We are so happy for them!
Their one week post-surgical check up is this week … so we still need donations. They have to go back again after that at a 2 week interval, a 1 month interval, then 3 months, then 6 months! We hope they are adopted by then though and t heir new family will be bringing them. They are full of energy and zest. Playful and not skipping a beat from their life changing surgeries! We will keep updating you as often as we can, and thank you again for all of your prayers, good wishes and donations!
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Meet Chip & Dale, our two new Toy Poodle brothers who need your help today! These little guys were surrendered to us about a month ago, and it was immediately obvious that Dale (the bigger boy) was bumping into walls and was blind from cataracts; both of his eyes were blue! Chip had a blue eye too, but only one of his eyes has a cataract! Chip is Dale’s “seeing eye dog”. It’s very cute to watch Dale take his cues from Chip. These boys are still young and lively, friendly and super sweet. At 8 years old, we can’t just stand by and not give them their sight back if it’s possible!
Off to OVS we went to see the wonderful Dr. Jonathan Pucket for exam and evaluation of their eyes. Dr. Pucket confirmed that both boys have cataracts causing vision deficits, mostly likely genetic. The good news is that Dr. Pucket feels both boys are good candidates for cataract surgery; Chips right eye and both of Dale’s eyes. If we do nothing, there is an 80% chance other complications like glaucoma or retinal detachment may occur. Glaucoma is very painful and often requires the eye to be enucleated (removed). Poodles carry a gene that can cause early retinal degeneration. Poor little guys.
So, now the hard part … cataract surgery for these boys is expensive! The estimated total for both boys to have surgery is $5,900.00. YIKES. Can we do this? YES, we can and we have to! We have raised money before, a few years back for the same surgery to help a schnauzer, a bichon and a cocker spaniel. All 3 dogs are thriving in their homes and doing great, so let’s give Chip and Dale the same experience. Let’s give them sight. Please, donate today … these boys are otherwise very healthy. They are neutered, have had their dental cleaning, are fully vaccinated and heartworm negative. They are on prevention and doing great in their foster home. They are playful, loving, fun, great with other dogs, cats and people. They totally deserve vision to live another 8 years … toy poodles can live a long time, and we know they will be so happy to see well again!
Can you help Chip and Dale? Can you help us get to our goal? We know it’s a big number, but we can do this!!! Surgery is scheduled for the week of October 4. We have not had a big fundraising plea for a long time, so now is the moment. Oh, and Chip and Dale say THANK YOU for whatever you can donate to their cause!!!
This face … qualified medical foster and/or adopter needed!!!
Please meet our Cream Puff girl, or Puff as we call her. This beautiful girl was forced to live in a pen, having litter after litter for too long, unspayed, having more litters of pups than necessary! But today, she is safe, as is her most recent litter. We had to pay her ignorant owners $200.00 to surrender her to us! We were notified about this family and we just had to help. This litter was 9 puppies, yes, 9. Not all of the pups were shown in one of these pictures, but trust us, there were 9 in total! That’s a lot for a 6 year old dog! All of these gorgeous puppies (clearly Dad was a Heeler), were vetted and sent North on a transport to a better life to one of our receiving/partner rescues who we trust!
Now, about mom … PUFF … was supposed to go up North too, but she is heartworm positive and the most receiving rescues will not take any heartworm positive dogs. The Northern states do not want heartworms brought into their states, and they don’t want the added expense to treat the disease. We understand, and we are happy to help her get health! No doubt she was left outside 24/7 in the elements but this girl is so sweet, so resilient. We have started her treatment and she is doing well so far. When a dog is heartworm positive and going through treatment, you must keep them calm, leash walk them and watch closely for lethargic behavior and coughing. As the heartworms are dying from the medication/treatment, it is stressful on the dog’s body, so we need someone who can be diligent with her and follow our instructions carefully.
Puff is a beautiful Golden Retriever. She is estimated to be 6 years old and now weighs 46 lbs. She is docile, happy, friendly, affectionate and pretty much starving for attention. She loves belly rubs. She is finally eating better and is acting less anxious. Coming with us was a big change for her, but we are so happy with her progress. She seems to be just fine with other dogs, no aggression or negative behavior from her … she probably needs some work on house training but we are pretty sure this girl is smart as a whip, so don’t delay! Contact us if you can help.
This is just another example of neglect and how hard RnRAF works on its mission to save animals. Puff will be an expensive intake to treat for heartworms, never mind her basic vetting. Donations are critical, but so are fosters and volunteers! Keep us in mind, we need all the help we can get!
Please help us get Puff out of boarding and into a qualified, medical foster home or an adoptive home where she can start to enjoy indoor doggie living, love and attention. Call Volunteer Amy to discuss the details or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Share her post today, let’s get Puff into a home soon!
UPDATE 10/25/21 - Puff has had her 1st Heartworm injection and is on "leash walk" only for the next 60 days to keep her medically safe. She gets sweeter every day -- Puff loves to offer her paw to you and belly rubs are totally her fav.
UPDATE 11/15/21 - Still looking for a qualified, medical foster home or adoptive home. Puff is eating better and is acting less anxious. Coming with us was a big change for her, but we are so happy with her progress. She seems to be just fine with other dogs. Puff is on heartworm treatment and needs to be leash walked for at least 60 days. When a dog is heartworm positive and going through treatment, you must keep them calm, leash walk them and watch closely for lethargic behavior and coughing. As the heartworms are dying from the medication/treatment, it is stressful on the dog’s body, so we need someone who can be diligent with her and follow our instructions carefully.