Appealing for funds by asking people to give money so our rescue can continue to re home neglected dogs is always a mammoth full time task, just like any other animal rescue.
Where does the money go? Is it really going directly where I want it to go? are two questions you may ask yourself.
Just so you know:
Dunroamin K9 Rescue has no paid staff.
We do not claim travel expenses when doing home visits or vet runs.
All money you donate goes on:
Food and treats
In short your donated money goes directly on caring for and then re homing dogs in need.
To break this down a bit we pay £5 per day for boarding one of the dogs in our care.
Vets fee's include neutering (£100+) , vaccinations (£40+) and the very important micro-chipping (£10+), as well as any health problems.
Rather than feeding our dogs one big meal a day, all our dogs are fed the recommended amount of food per day for them but in two meals per day. The two meal a day thing is very much recommended by vets.
To give you an idea of how our dog rescue works and where we get our homeless dogs from it is very simple but far from easy. We go to council pounds and choose dogs to help. Yes choose, it is a dreadful thing to have to do but our rescue's choice is never and will never be ageist, sizest or prettiest, but funds do play a part. On one of these horrible but necessary trips Lynda and Kari went to Bolsover Council pound with the intention of bringing two dogs back into our care, and came back with five. All five were on death row and all five have now been re-homed with a home check done, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Well done Lynda and Kari !!!!
We also get calls from people who cannot, for whatever reason, look after the dog anymore so when we can help we will, and at the very least we will do all we can to help the people find another rescue that is in a position to help.
Rescuing dogs costs money and money is something our rescue is very short of.
Mac is a Golden Labrador Retriever and he is a wonderful dog, he really is, and the good news is he is living in a permanent loving foster home. Unfortunately he is also living with a very aggressive cancer and hasn't got long to live.
Mac has had tests and lump removals and as you can imagine, to get to this prognosis has cost a small fortune, £723. Very much worth it because we are now fully aware of Mac's problems and we have done everything we can for this boy but there is nothing more can be done for Mac except make sure he lives the rest of his life happy. We have been advised that when he starts coughing it means the cancer has spread to his lungs and inevitably he will be given sleep to save suffering. We will try and make sure it is not too soon or too late. Every day counts !!
Update on Mac 10th October 2009
Mac has been given sleep. Just a week after the above photo's were taken Mac faded quickly during the night after having a normal day and was given sleep. He over came cancer right to the end and died peacefully. Mac will be greatly missed and never ever forgotten by his long term foster parents and us. What a great boy he was, a classic labrador full of love. I am personally happy to have known Mac as well as I did and very happy that he spent his last 10 months in a loving home.
Rosie is a fantastic spaniel/collie x who was actually the first dog Dunroamin K9 Rescue re-homed. This was back in June 08 when she went to live on a narrow boat.
She has since come back into our care due to her owners illness. On coming back she needed vet treatment to remove a cyst from her right eye and then if that wasn't bad enough,
one month after that she had to go through a major operation to remove a large lump from her anal gland. We had the lump sent off for analysis and the results are it is cancerous, and unfortunately all the cancer cells were not removed, meaning likely reoccurrence and probable spread. Our vet and us are considering Rosie's options but even though her vet bill to date is in total £840, Rosie will always be looked after and she will get everything she needs. She is far from poorly at the moment living in a foster home with other dogs and enjoying her life. We know this for sure because she lives with us and our dogs which include Henry, pictured above with Rose.
Rosie can class herself as living in a loving forever home. Any future treatment she needs will not come out of rescue money but it would be nice to try and raise money for Rosie's previous vet's fee's.
Monty has no vision in his right eye and very poor vision, probably just shadows in his left eye. On arriving into our care we knew Monty's eye problem would have to be seen by a eye specialist vet so he was taken to Newark. Mr Mcpherson confirmed our thoughts but in his opinion said he didn't think Monty was in any pain, although his condition will probably cause pain in the future. This will almost certainly mean removing his pain by removing his eyes.
Some people would not agree with this, and say it isn't fair to the dog but in my life with dogs, Amber went blind at 7 years old and lived a perfectly normal, happy life until she was 2 weeks off of being 14 and little Stevie who had serious glaucoma causing major pain when we first met him so had both his eyes removed and lived a very happy life. Both Amber and Stevie where extremely special dogs and it was and always will be a pleasure to of lived with them.
Daisy came to us three weeks ago, this little Jack Russell cross is only six months old and was already facing the prospect of being put to sleep if no one came for her in seven days. Why would someone leave her on the streets? We asked ourselves that question and decided she should come to Dunroamin. After being with us for a few hours it was obvious that this very underweight youngster was in considerable pain and generally unwell. A trip to the vets confirmed that she was indeed ill and would need considerable care if she is to eventually lead a happy ordinary doggie life. Daisy needs an operation to fix her pelvis so that she can play and run like other puppies. At six months old she deserves all the help we can give to her in order that she can eventually move to a new forever home. Her foster family are brilliant, their care and attention is helping Daisy to adjust to a life where humans are kind and where she feels safe ,confident and loved. They accompany her to vets visits and help her when she feels scared and alone. Vets visits are going to be numerous and already have cost the rescue nearly £500. We anticipate that if Daisy needs to have an operation then another £1000 is needed. Can you please help us to help Daisy make a full recovery and lead the type of life she deserves to have....we know now why Daisy was left on the streets to fend for herself at such a tender age. Your donations , no matter how small will help this little girl to grow into adulthood knowing that not all adults are bad. Thank you for taking the time to read Daisy's story.