Saturday, 08 September 2012 01:42

Help for Belle

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AFTR was contacted recently by the Abandoned Terrier Rescue in Southern California about a dog they had taken in that needed a lot of help.

Belle was relinquished to Abandoned Terrier Rescue in Southern California just before Christmas, 2012. Even though she was only 8 months old, she was in a deplorable condition. She was soaked in urine and the pungent odor of it signaled infection. Both her eyes were edematous and she appeared to have blind spots on the cornea. Her coat was matted and stained with urine.

Belle was given up by a young, inexperienced dog owner who initially contacted ATRA about Belle’s incontinence. She had purchased Belle for $50 on Craig’s list from a person who represented that a breeder she worked for gave her Belle. Belle arrived in her new home wet with urine

Sunday, 07 August 2011 04:33


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Babs is an 8 year old spayed female.  She is beautiful and a great personality.  She is looking for an adoptive home where someone can help her learn what living in a house is like and getting all the love showered on her as possible.  She is doing well in her crate with minimum accidents; she walks pretty good on leash and just wants tons of attention and love.  Babs would do best as an only dog or with a non dominant male.  She would be fine around older children.  Please fill out an application if you are interested in Babs.

7/14/2011 Update from Bab's foster home: 

Babs, PuzzleBob and I have been enjoying each other this first week. I've been trying to establish some routines, allowing Babs to learn about the world since there are some scary things - dumpsters, plastic bags and

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:39


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Bozley is a handsome 4 year old Wire Fox Terrier AFTR rescued from a nightmarish hoarding situation in Missouri. Picked up with his pal, Charley, Bozley adapted well to living in a home environment.

His Missouri foster Mom and Dad, Kim and Brent, noticed that he had a funny little gait and took him to a vet. The vet determined that Bozley had a patellar luxation and would require surgery.

Bozley moved to Maryland to stay with Ilonka and Mike. One of his first orders of business was to visit an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Nwadike graded his patellar luxation at a grade 3 on a scale of 1 to 4. For a dog this young, there’s no question that orthopedic surgery is the best option for his quality of life.

Patellar luxation is similar to what is commonly called a "trick knee" in people

Sunday, 17 April 2011 01:38


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Gemini is a lovely Fox Terrier lady. Because of economic pressures, her family couldn’t afford vaccinations or heartworm testing since 2008. After much soul-searching, they tearfully surrendered her to AFTR in the Spring of 2011.

AFTR’s local volunteer reviewed her paperwork and quickly scheduled a routine veterinary examination. During Gemini’s vet appointment, a significant heart murmur was detected. To better understand Gemini’s medical condition, AFTR scheduled an echocardiogram to determine the severity of Gemini’s heart murmur and identify the best course of treatment for her.

Gemini's AFTR foster Mom accompanied her to the clinic and stayed with her while she was examined. Gemini’s heart was in good working condition however there was thickening of the walls of her heart. The

Thursday, 07 April 2011 01:38


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Jake was surrendered by his owner to a local Maryland shelter.  We were told that he is good with children but not housebroken at 9 years old.  He was vaccinated on a regular basis and groomed, but he was intact and desperately needed dental care.  So an appointment was made and Linda took him to the vet. 

Jake’s neutering surgery turned out to be complicated due to the fact that one of his testicles hadn’t descended.  With his age and the undescended testicle, what we thought would be a simple neutering turned into exploratory surgery.  He came through it like a champ and was sent home.

Jake recovered well from his surgery and dental cleaning.  Post surgery, he has bloomed in his foster home and will be a wonderful family pet.  He loves toys, play time and cuddling!


Wednesday, 09 June 2010 01:34


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Sophie was found by a kind hearted family in rural North Carolina along the side of a road.  She had very bad teeth and a number of mammary tumors.  She was such a sweet little dog, and we had high hopes that she could be helped. 

Sophie had a large tumor covering two of her nipples. It was hard and weeping and at best would have required surgery.  Additionally, her teeth were clearly in need of medical care.  Efforts were made to help her.  She was taken to a vet who also had hope for her, but after some testing and x-rays, her condition was deemed too grave and the mammary tumors appeared to be malignant. The decision was made to let her go gently and kindly, with caring people around her.

The sad reality of rescue is that no matter how much we would like to save all of them, not all

Tuesday, 29 January 2008 01:36


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“Ginger’ was pulled from a Knoxville TN shelter in May 2008. She had a severe cough, which was initially thought to be aspiration pneumonia. She was treated by a vet while in her foster home for a short period, and when she was adopted by a wonderful family in SC, we thought she was on the road to recovery.

Unfortunately, despite excellent care, her cough grew worse and she couldn’t catch her breath. She would collapse, wheezing. She began specialized breathing treatments twice a day, and endured round after round of medicines. Her family catered to her every need but the vet bills grew as she needed so much treatment.

When the final diagnosis came, it was advanced chronic pulmonary disease. The disease has caused deterioration of the lungs and her heart has an arterial bulge. The toll

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