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Some intake coordinators went to aCC before xmas to pull 1 small dog. A foster family had stepped up and we could place during their time off from work over the holidays. We jumped at the chance and headed down. All the other foster families were full and we could only pull one. We knew this.
Just a reminder to all New Leash on Life supporters...
Tonight, Hamburger Mary's will be hosting Hambingo with proceeds going to NLOL.
5400 N. Clark St- 7:00pm
Bingo cards will be sold for $5 OR 5 bingo cards for $20.
Also, jello shots will be sold for $2.
Singing and dancing will be provided by drag queen Mary!
Come join the fun!
Annie wasn't single for long. This skinny brindle boxer came to us and before she was officially 'on the market' looking for her new family. Her forever dad swooped in a scooped her up. She is now the reciever of 8 little hands giving her tons of love and attention.
Annie is now Devo and she is looking stunning with some weight added on. She is starting to put on the weight from her too skinny former days and her true beauty is radiating. We are so happy for you Devo & family!!
This past Saturday, our intake directors were busy picking dogs from Animal Care and Control to add to the New Leash family. They picked up 5 and all currently have foster homes once the vet releases them.For more information on each dog, please click their picture and it will transfer you to their biography. Introducing:
Being an all volunteer run organization, we sometimes wonder how the ends will be met, if all the dogs will be placed, and if we'll have enough volunteers to make our adoption events, fundraisers, and get togethers staffed/successful. But then we remember that New Leash on Life is unlike any other rescue. We are a banded group of people who love and care for our animals. When people need encouragement, or help or a dog transported from one event to another, our community steps up and helps out.
We are so grateful and thankful to everyone that is a part of New Leash on Life.
One of the many great things about New Leash is our community comprised of volunteers, foster homes and adopters. We love when we see families come full circle and come back to New Leash to add additions to their families or to foster. We really do have the best community.
Fry (NLOL Alum) big foster brother to: Hannah!
Fry (NLOL Alum) back for another foster sister: Sally!
Jude's (NLOL Alum) Family not only fostered Kameko, but ended up adopting him as well!
Fernando (NLOL Alum) helps foster brother, Nick learn the ropes of being the best dog!
These are just to name a few! Thank you to everyone who works tirelessly at finding these dogs homes!
All of our dogs come from rough backgrounds and we never know how close they are to being euthanized until our intake directors arrived a few Saturday's ago. Our intake directors arrived Saturday to begin the long (usually 5 or more hour) process that it takes to pick the dogs that come into the NLOL family. Little did they know that as they were walking into the shelter, one little pooch was being walked to the euth room. One of the workers stopped and redirected the little sweetheart to our intake directors who immediately fell in love with her shy demeanor.
Adorable, apartment sized Noca had no idea that her life was about to change big time. She was pretty reserved and withdrawn while in her crate at ACC. The intake directors took her out and spent time with her, played and just waited for her to open up, and boy, did she! She was one of our most outgoing pups, willing and eager to meet and greet everyone. Noca always made time for a good belly rub and quickly found her way into her forever home.
Congratulations Noca and your new family. We loved every minute you spent with us!
Remember this super fun event?! Well, it's happening again! Mark your calendars: February 27th 7pm at 5400 N Clark Street, Chicago. Hamburger Mary's will be hosting BINGO NIGHT with all proceeds going to New Leash on Life.
Bingo cards are $5 each or 5 for $20. They will also be serving $2 jello shots. All proceeds from bingo cards and jello shots will be directly donated to New Leash on Life.
Adoption Event will take place at: Kriser's
1658 N. Milwaukee St.
Attending this event are:
New Leash on Life is committed to rescuing dogs that wouldn't be given another chance. We are known for rescuing elder bulls and medical cases, and Bessie fits the bill. She's a bit older and was waiting for us to grab her from ACC (Animal Care & Control), we couldn't pass that sweet face. Once we got her to our vet we had her thoroughly checked, we found out that Bessie may need some extra medical testing.
We originally just thought she was a big girl, more for everyone to love at a mere 98 pounds. However, we found that her weight trouble wasn't from overfeeding, it may be something more internally. Immediately our Medical Director along with the vet staff at VCA started blood tests to identify what could be troubling our girl. They noticed on external exam that her liver seemed enlarged, they also noticed that she was drinking LOTS of water and gobbling up her food. Because of these signs, we tested her liver for Cushings.
Cushings is hard to identify, many of the signs are also signs of older aging so many owners think that it's just their dog showing signs of age. The signs include: increased water intake, ravenous appetite, pot-bellied appearance, and hair loss. Cushings disease typically effects older dogs but it can appear as early as 5 years old and is mainly in smaller breeds, however, we test our larger dogs as well. Please note: Cushings does not show up in regular blood tests, and has to be specifically tested.
Bessie's liver results came back high, but not high enough for Cushings, it could be an early indicator, so we are treating it as a precautionary.
During testing, we noticed Bessie was developing bruising on her chest, just under the skin. This worried our Medical Director (because of earlier liver testing) and decided to get an ultrasound done, thankfully, nothing showed up on the ultrasound. Bessie also had a raging upper respiratory infection and tested positive for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is something that she is a carrier, however, doesn't necessarily HAVE it. She is currently on antibiotics for all, and we are running a PCR, the test that determines if her Lyme disease is active.
We are happy to report that Bessie's respiratory infection is all cleared up, her water intake has slowed down and she is being checked regularly for her liver levels. This shows that we may think we are taking a healthy dog, and further examination shows a pup that needs a lot of TLC.
While this post may seem sad, Bessie is no worse for the wear and is LOVING her new foster home with foster sister, Ms. M and foster brother, Mr. B of Two Pitties in the City. She is happy-go-lucky and feeling 100% better than when we first got her. We are so happy to have Bessie as a part of the NLOL family and can't wait to find her a forever home!
Bessie is currently on a weight loss diet and has lost 8 pounds! She is being fed Sojo's dehydrated fruits and veggies. For more information on her diet, check out: Bessie's Diet and for more information regarding adoption an elderbull, check out this post here: On the Secrets of Elderbulls.
Levi's eye surgery went well and we couldn't have done it without the amount of support we received from everyone near and far. We were overwhelmed and humbled by the turn out. Thank you, thank you thank you. You can read about the whole story on his blog here.