Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Week at Rescue TV

Courageous Officer Drives Man to the Vet in the Middle of Snowstorm to Save His Dog’s Life. As an animal lover, it goes without saying that your pet’s well-being is very important to you. You would do anything to make sure your dog or cat is taken care of, but sometimes mother nature has a different plan.

When a recent snowstorm hit western North Carolina, Reginald Spencer went to check on his elderly mother and found his dog needing urgent care. It appeared that Trooper, Spencer’s Yorkie, was struggling to breathe. With the roads completed iced over and dangerous to drive on that night, what could he do? Call for help, and luckily, Animal Enforcement officer Jason Stepp came to the rescue. Even with the county animal enforcement officers being swamped with animal welfare checks due to the snow storm, Stepp still found the time to rush the dog to the veterinary’s office.

“Everybody was iced-in, frozen,” Spencer told News 13. “Fire department was busy. He’s [Trooper] suffocating and dying before my very eyes. I called and begged the sheriff’s department, and they sent a four-wheel drive.”

Animal Enforcement Officer, Jason Stepp, drove Spencer and Trooper to the veterinary office. The pup is now in Intensive Care for pneumonia and getting the treatment he so desperately needed.
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 “This is like one of our children, you know. He saved my child. Thank you,” Spencer said. “Words can’t express when someone saves something you love and care so much about.”
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We are thankful Trooper is at the veterinary office, but according to Lindsay Martin, one of the veterinary nurses, he isn’t out of danger quite yet. “It’s really a day to day thing right now. We have him on oxygen. He can’t leave oxygen without having a hard time breathing,” she said.

The Spencer family faces thousands of dollars in veterinary costs. If you would like to make an “angel fund” donation on Troopers behalf, Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital says you can contact the clinic at 828-697-7767. Every little bit helps!
Finch Frozen to Fence Rescue. While feeding my horses on New Year's morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the horse water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures. First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the bird's feet, while also gently restraining the bird's flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the bird's feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my finger and thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face... a delightful way to start a new year.
Oltaiyoni, Kamok and Roi graduate to Ithumba.
Our three 'big' girls made the next move in their journey back to a life in the wild when they graduated to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit in December 2016.

Watch their journey, which began with an incredibly early start at 3.30am!

Read the full story here: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.or...

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Abandoned Puppy with Broken Leg Saved by Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue (Ep #18 Rescuing Rogue). Just when you thought you couldn't get enough of cute puppies, Terri saves more - and of course, one has a broken leg. This story reveals that not everyone who registers their dogs micro-chip wants the dog back if they are found once lost.
This Dog rescue is part of the Rescuing Rogue series - Episode # 18 with Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue featuring Terri Sumpter and Produced by WA2S Films: HIRE US AND HELP MORE DOGS!

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Puppy Who Was Hit by a Car and Left in a Ditch for 12 Hours Had No Hope – Until This Happened. When Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society got a call about a young puppy who was found injured in a ditch, they wasted no time jumping in to help this sweet gal.

It’s suspected that this poor pup spent a staggering 12 hours lying immobile in the cold after being hit by a car. Thankfully, she was picked up in rural Alberta and rushed to SAVE – Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency. Rescuers checked her for any identification, but none was found.

This is how the sweet pup was found. It just breaks our hearts to think about how scared she must have been.
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Now named Nutmeg, the dog is being treated for a fractured pelvis and will require strict rest for a minimum of six weeks in order to heal.
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“We want to thank Team Task Force for bringing Nutmeg in to us so she could be given the medical attention she so desperately needed.” Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society wrote on their Facebook page. We are also thankful Nutmeg is now safe and on the mend!

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society is also sending out a plea to anyone who wants to make a donation towards their new Veterinary Hospital which can help Nutmeg. The rescue group sees over 3,200 animals in just a year and veterinary bills are the most expensive.

While it seems like Nutmeg was a stray dog, her story is an important reminder to pet parents. Taking the extra steps during the winter months will make sure our furry friends stay safe and warm. Most importantly, please never leave your dog or cat outdoors when the temperatures drop and always ensure their tags are up to date. For more tips on how to protect your pet during the winter months, click here and please share with your friends and family. All image Source: Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society/Facebook

Scared homeless Pit Bull hides in a tiny pipe for many weeks until Hope For Paws was called
This Rescued Water Buffalo Loves to Splash and Play
Extreme dog fur: ‘Rasta’ dog, 69 other mistreated animals rescued from their own filth

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His face tells the story. Oscar was living in hell. Oscar lived like a ghost in hell.
During the day he hid inside an abandoned house, at night, when noone could see him, he ventured out trying to find something to eat and drink.
He failed most of the time.

He became weaker and weaker, lost all his hair, his skin covered in crust and scar tissue. For months, people saw him decaying to this point, but noone did anything.. until today.
We found him surrounded by garbage and rocks, right next to his mother, by now barely alive. He was terrified of us and tried to run away but we managed to get him. His mother escaped. I promise you we will go back for her.

We rushed Oscar to the hospital, he was too weak, unable to stand up.

Please read Oscar´s full story HERE:
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Starving dog found in crate now living the dream. When police officers found a puppy nearly dead and abandoned in a crate in North Austin, no one thought she was going to make it.
Weighing only nine pounds and unable to walk or stand up, police officers found her covered in feces, urine and rain water. They took her to the Austin Animal Center for treatment. Elizabeth Mancera was the veterinary technician working at the center at the time.
"The day she came in was a really hard day," Mancera said. "She was not really moving. She was barely breathing. She couldn't stand."
Mancera worked to keep the puppy alive. She bathed her, put a catheter in her and started blow drying warm air on her to bring her temperature up.

"She just kept looking at me, and I was just talking to her to let her know that we were here and she was OK," Mancera said.

Mancera decided to take the puppy still in a diaper and unable to move home with her, rather than leave her with emergency care. That's when she decided to name her.

"When I called her Sophie, she kind of looked at me, and that's when I just knew she was going to be OK," Mancera said.

About two months later, that same puppy is happy, healthy and living the dream. And it's all thanks to Mancera, as she went the extra mile to make sure Sophie got back on her feet.

Unseen Footage from Budi's Rescue. This video includes unseen footage of our dedicated vets caring for Budi when he first arrived at our centre.

We are reflecting on this video today, as this time of year marks two years since Budi was rescued by our team and rushed to our veterinary clinic. Budi’s devastating story touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world and helped to raise awareness of the plight of orangutans.

Budi has come such a long way since this first video was taken two years ago. Even now, it is shocking to see the state Budi was found in. We are so grateful to everyone who donated to help us care for him; he wouldn’t have survived without you.

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Dogs in Detroit Get A Lift from Executive Towing (Ep 4 The Rescuers DNA - A Dog's Purpose). Meet Dave Smith and his rescue dog Hank (rescued after being hit by a truck) as we stop in to Executive Towing and meet some dog loving people working very hard to provide comfort and safety to their canine neighbors.
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Look for a new series starring Hank, a half dozen of his buddies, Dave, and the rest of the Smith Family as we go behind the scenes of their successful Detroit towing and parts business from the perspective of the dogs... Stay tuned, announcements soon.

This video is part of The Rescuers DNA short film series - Episode #4 with Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue featuring Terri Sumpter and Produced by WA2S Films:

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You Will Never Find Dogs Looking Happier Than These 8 Who Were Saved From a Meat Farm. While we hold great respect for many cultural traditions around the world, the practice of eating dog meat, which is considered a tradition in several Asian countries, is one we cannot allow to endure. Because of this so-called “tradition,” our four-legged best friends are kept in pitiful conditions until they are brutally slaughtered in the most disturbing of ways.

So, it came as a great relief to hear that Humane Society International (HSI) successfully rescued 200 dogs from a commercial dog farm in South Korea, sparing them this horrendous fate.

The 200 dogs were rescued from filthy cages at this South Korean dog meat farm.
The rescues included dogs of all breeds and sizes, many of which had been stolen from lives as family pets.
The sense of relief these dogs emanated was palpable as they realized they were finally in the arms of good people.
One by one, the dogs were transferred into individual kennels in preparation to leave this vile farm of doom.
HSI volunteers comforted the new rescues who were no doubt fearful and startled by all that they had recently witnessed and endured.
The dogs were then loaded up and transported away from this terrible place.
Just like our own pets, these dogs want nothing more than the love and security of a good home.
And they were more than ready to leave this place for good.
Eight of the rescued pups have since made it to All Dogs Matter in the UK, where they now await loving homes where they can live out their lives as the pets they were meant to be.
If you’re interested in adopting one of these dogs, you can apply online here.

HSI confirms that the dog meat farm from which these dogs were rescued is now permanently closed. We’re happy to report that this is not the first establishment of the dog meat trade to go down, and it’s incredibly important that it also not be the last.

We must keep fighting hard for all of the innocent dogs who stand in harm’s way as a result of the dog meat industry, and you can help by signing this petition and by sharing this post to make more people aware that these places exist.
As awareness grows, more people are stepping up to stop this monstrous act of cruelty, and protests are even starting to take place directly within the region. This is a welcome step in the right direction, but we still have much to do before all dogs are free of this gruesome fate. Please consider also donating to HSI, which uses these funds to lobby for better laws, to support local Chinese partners in intercepting dog meat traders’ trucks, to care for confiscated animals, to help dog meat farmers transition to humane livelihoods, and much more. Photo credit: HSI / Facebook

Goats of Anarchy is at it again! The non-profit sanctuary, whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate baby goats with special needs, recently rescued three baby goats with frostbite.

Goats are the epitome of happiness and enthusiasm, always jumping, playing or otherwise seemingly incredibly content. They have great balance and coordination; they can climb trees and jump over five feet high. But sadly, not everyone appreciates these animals for their inherent wonderfulness, and goats are commonly subjected to horrific lives in the meat and dairy industries. Thankfully, for these three goats, at least, they are now safe in the hands of Goats of Anarchy, where they will receive the care and love they deserve.

Frankie is one of the new additions to the Goats of Anarchy crew! Sadly, because of the frostbite, his ears are falling off and he is having trouble walking.
The rescue team picked up the goats all the way from Minnesota and is making the trek back to the Goats of Anarchy sanctuary, in New Jersey.
Even though the goats have a long road to recovery ahead of them, they are all safe at Goats of Anarchy. All three goats have been seen by a veterinarian and are settling into their new home. We are so thankful for Goats of Anarchy and all that they do to help our goat friends!

Understandably, the medical bills for these little ones are very high. If you are able to donate, please click here. To stay up to date on these cuties and all of their friends, you can follow Goats of Anarchy on their Facebook page. All image source: Goats of Anarchy/Facebook

The Rhino Orphanage is a non-profit organization located in South Africa that is dedicated to caring for orphaned and injured baby rhinos, with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Even though their focus is on rhinos, they, of course, won’t say no to helping elephants. And that’s exactly what they did recently.

When a baby elephant was found stuck in mud, The Rhino Orphanage jumped in to help. The baby elephant has now been named Jabu, aptly meaning happiness. Jabu could not stand when he arrived because he was exhausted from struggling to get out the mud.
Little Jabu received expert care, including formula and lots of rest.
Caretakers report it was touch and go with Jabu, but they are happy to report he is now standing and walking on his own. Go Jabu, go!
Not only has Jabu been standing and walking on his own, he has been adorable playing in his water bowl. So cute!

We are so thankful to The Rhino Orphanage for helping Jabu! It comes as no surprise to see how smart and playful this little elephant is and we can’t wait to see him grow and develop. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world sees elephants as the beautiful, smart individuals that they are. The reality is one elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa, with a staggering number of 100 killed every day for their tusks due to the illegal ivory trade. There are only 650,000 elephants remaining on the planet and they are in real danger of extinction.

If we can learn to see these wonderful animals as socially complex creatures and not commodities, we could make a change. Join us by sharing this post with your friends and family! Image Source: The Rhine Orphanage/Facebook

It’s hard to believe how many dogs have to face a fate which should never be a part of their lives. We see homeless animals on every street, hear about dogs being abused by their guardians practically every day. However heartbreaking it may be, we cannot look away from the instances and such behaviors – it’s critically important to pay attention to them, help whenever we can, and do everything to educate and inspire others to do the very same.

Mutts in a Rut Rescue recently became home to Malachi, an extremely abused dog. He came to the rescue as a stray, but it’s highly probable that this dog’s past was not simply one of a stray animal roaming the streets in search of food and shelter. The rescue team suspects that Malachi could have be abused by his previous owner. It’s enough to look at this poor creature to see why such suspicions come into play in this case. At one year old, Malachi weights only 19 pounds, which means he is at least 20 pounds underweight! It is very likely that he was being starved and then thankfully escaped.

Malachi is currently under the specialized care of Mutts in a Rut Rescue’s vet. His health is seriously impaired – he is anemic and dehydrated and will need a lot of careful attention and medical care.
Due to the risk of overfeeding, which is a serious worry after periods of starvation, as long and severe as the one Malachi had been subjected to, he is now being fed small portions many times throughout the day.
Once Malachi feels better and is in better physical shape, he will be moved to an experienced foster home where he will be recovering and awaiting adoption – a new family that this time will not fail his love and trust.
It’s frightful to think how many dogs face the same fate as Malachi – how many incredible animals who only want to be our best friends and give us all their love get treated in such an unbelievably cruel way. Fortunately, many organizations like Mutts in a Rut Rescue work hard to change the world for those animals.

Click here to visit the rescue’s website and learn how to donate, become a volunteer, or even a foster home! All image source: Mutts in a Rutt/Facebook

Calling all animals lovers and animal protectors: we need your help! A dog abuser is on the loose, and there’s a $2,500 reward leading to that person’s arrest.

On January 17th, 2017, a small brown and tan Rottweiler mix was found with severe and disturbing injuries. His ears and nose have been forcibly removed. A concerned citizen contacted the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) after discovering the injured pup near Livernois and Warren in southwest Detroit, and the dog was quickly transported to the Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit for care.

Authorities are now requesting public assistance in identifying and locating the individual(s) responsible for this act of cruelty.

“It appears that someone purposely maimed this poor dog, which has caused it a great deal of suffering,” Mark Ramos, the lead cruelty investigator for MHS, said in a news release.
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MHS is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who carried out this brutality. Anyone with any information that may aid this case is asked to contact the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department at (313) 872-3401 immediately.

Animal abuse is never justified, and Michigan maintains robust felony cruelty laws to bring this case to justice.

Unfortunately, animal abuse is not confined to Michigan, nor this one case. If you witness or suspect animal cruelty, abuse or neglect in your area, be sure to document it with detailed notes, photos and/or video and include specific dates and times. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Instead, contact your local Humane Society, animal control services, or ASPCA and report it right away, like the Good Samaritan in this case did. For more information and tips on reporting animal cruelty, visit the ASPCA website. You can also reference these Animal Rescue Hotlines.

Also consider supporting the MHS mission so that it can continue to rescue, protect and care for animals like this sweet Rottie. Image source: MHS

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