Sadly, many thousands of dogs are euthanized each year because they are in need of surgery or other costly medical treatment. Shelters and rescue groups often don’t have the funding to provide the needed surgery or treatment that would change a dog’s life and make them adoptable. It has been our experience in our past rescue efforts that these dogs adapt very well after surgery or treatment and are highly adoptable. It is true that some people would not be interested in a dog that has had a leg amputated or an eye removed, but we have seen that there are many adopters that are very interested in rescuing these special dogs and providing them with wonderful permanent homes.
We believe that it is a true statement that “there is a dog for every person and a person for every dog”. We are completely confident in our ability to place these dogs thus saving many more canine lives each year. As a new privately funded rescue, we do not currently have funds to cover surgical costs and treatments for these special needs dogs. We have started the Oz Fund named for a dog who was to be euthanized due to an orthopedic injury. Oz was a highly adoptable dog who was surrendered after being hit by a car. After a costly orthopedic procedure Oz was successfully adopted and is thriving with his new family and his new lease on life. The Oz Fund will be put in place to reserve funding for dogs that are adoptable but at risk of euthanasia due to their medical needs. The Oz Fund will help dogs with a variety of medical issues ranging from mange, heartworm disease, orthopedic injury or pregnancy. The program will be reserved for dogs with known disease processes, medical diagnoses, or injuries prior to rescue commitment with We Rescue Love. We are excited to have an expanded rescue mission to include a special population of dogs in need.
Dogs with heartworm disease comprise a special population and are often euthanized first in kill shelters. Heartworm disease is 100% preventable, yet experts estimate one million dogs in the U.S. are infected with the parasite. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs. Heartworm treatments are costly but effective, and we believe that this treatable condition is no cause for an adoptable dog to be put to death. We Rescue Love has skilled foster homes in place to care for the heartworm positive dogs while they undergo this lifesaving therapy.
Dogs with orthopedic injuries are common occurrences in kill shelters across the US. Many of the injuries are treatable. Unfortunately, because there are very few funds available to properly vet these animals in need, they find themselves in immediate peril. We Rescue Love is committed to accepting dogs into rescue that require medical attention due to a variety of injuries.
We Rescue Love is also pleased to offer a unique program under the Oz Fund to provide rescue to pregnant mother dogs. Mothers that find themselves in a shelter environment are at extreme risk and are often euthanized quickly. Many shelters do not allow mother dogs to whelp in a shelter setting and without rescue commitment these vulnerable dogs and their unborn babies are put to death through no fault of their own. We Rescue Love has several experienced whelping fosters available to provide the care needed for moms and babies until they are old enough to become adoptable.
Since the development of this unique fund in 2014, We Rescue Love has provided life saving treatment for over 50 pregnant mother dogs, 9 complex orthopedic surgical cases, 6 heart worm positive dogs, 36 dogs with severe skin conditions, and we have bottle raised over 40 puppies who were left with no mother to care for them.
Each of the dogs featured on this page (any many, many more) came to us with significant medical conditions - look at their faces... This is why we rescue!