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GRATEFUL SUCCESS !

These are some of the medical cases BRLA supporters have made possible. Your generosity is responsible for these successful medical miracles!

THANK YOU !

Inya

CLICK HERE to read the full story of Inya -hit by a car and in need of an FHO surgery.

 

Jaxson & Georgia

These beautiful pups have severe demodex mange. CLICK HERE for full story and to donate to their Medical Lifeline fund

 

Bo

This sweet youngster was found on the side of the freeway. He was rescued and found his way to BRLA. His left eye has a serious ulcer and he appears to not have any sight at this time. Bo needs to get to eye specialist to determine what can be done to help Bo.

He is super sweet boy but adopters mostly pass up dogs with medical issues. Please consider donating to Bo's fund to help him get his eye fixed up. We are all optimistic he will regain sight in that eye but are prepard for alternative solutions if necessary.

ADOPTED!

 

Dutchess

Dutchess obviously was not a priority to her previous owners. Or perhaps they did not have the fund to help her. Either way this tumor inside her mouth did not grow overnight. It is truly amazing that Dutchess is able to eat without bursing this huge growth.

Our vets will determine the best course of action to remove the growth and insure that Dutchess is able to live a normal life.

Please help Dutchess return to a healthy and tumor free Boxer able to be adopted and enjoy life as a cherished family member.

ADOPTED!

Valentino

Just look at the size of this tumor which was allowed to grow and grow. Sweet Valentino was Lucky at Baldwin Park shelter and he had a big fan club wanting to get him a chance. We gave him his second chance at life and need to get this huge mass off of him.

Valentino is one of the friendly little guys and we want him to get fixed up and to be able to join a family and have a life of love

ADOPTED!

Regan

This absolute sweetheart loves everyone. Unfortunately she was not loved enough or perhaps funds were not available for her to have this mammary tumor removed when it started out as asmall lump.

It is now the size of a tennis ball and has to come off ASAP to prevent internal spreading of invasive cells.

Once tumor is removed Regan can be adopted and live a happy life with a family of her own.

ADOPTED!

Arthur

We were contacted by the Long Beach shelter that this really nice Boxer needed a rescue to step up due to medical needs. Arthur had a prominent and very strange growth from his lower lip. He also had a lump on his back leg.

The lip growth removal will leave Arthur with a bit of a funny lip but he will be alive for people to enjoy his unique look.

When a dog has such outstanding character and is so nice we want to do everything possible to allow a life of love with a family of their own.

ADOPTED! 

 

Athena

This precious little girl wandered into a local front yard. When they people saw her horrible condition they knew she had been neglected. They brought her straight to BRLA where we can provide the medical care to cure Athena's mange.

Sadly she came in with her face looking like hamburger meat. She had secondary infections and most of her face was literally falling off. Mange takes time, medication and lots of TLC.

ADOPTED! 

Angel

This loveable old girl was literally pulled from the euthanisia room at the Riverside shelter. Her wonderful personality was not enough to be adopted from Riverside as she is older and has medical needs. Angel has multiple lumps that need to be removed and have bioposy tests.

Often times families cannot afford medical treatment and will surrender their dog due to not being able to pay a vet bill. We will take care of Angel's surgical needs and you can help.

ADOPTED!

 

Candace

Only six months only and with neglect comes mange. Poor Candace has secondary infections due to untreated condition. Mange is treatable but it takes time, medication and TLC.

ADOPTED!

 

Lana

Lana was a favorite of the Long Beach shelter where she came from. She came with multiple lumps/tumors. All need to be checked and removed especally the large angry one on her hind leg.

ADOPTED!

Buster

Buster came in with his pal and both of them had ears that are a mess. At first it was thought to be severe fly strikes but not so lucky. We have seen canine leprosy before and Buster was showing all the symptoms. He has undergone weeks of testing to rule out conditions. He requires tests, biopsies, treatment and of course TLC. After weeks of evaluation leprosy has been ruled out and this is the diagnosis we are treating Buster for.

SEVERE PROLIFERATION OF DENSE COLLAGENOUS CONNCETIVE TISSUE WITH MODERATE CHRONIC LOCALLY EXTENSIVE FIBRSOING GRANULATING LYMPHOPLASMATIC HYPERPLASTIC AND PROFILETATIVE OTITITS EXTERNA.

These lumps, bumps and bubbles are mostly benign. The problem is they can show up anywhere in the body and will not stay topical on his ears. An ultrasound showed one bubble on his kidney and it was caught in time to drain.

This is a very rare condition for a Boxer. Our vets have only seen in German Shepherds.

With proper treatment Buster should be able to enjoy a life with a family that sees through his lumps and bumps.

ADOPTED!

Rocky B

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Rocky is such a gentle sweet soul. He was found at a shelter and could not be left behind. He has some limitation with his rear legs and needs to be fully checked out. With the curling under of his feet it could be neurological, or it could be medical. Rocky needs every possible chance to see if there is anything that can be repaired to keep him moving.

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ADOPTED!

Joe

Joe was a BRLA placement from years ago. Not until his family contacted us regarding new baby being allergic to him did they divulge he had a tumor. From the size of this hanging tumor it had been growing for quite some time. It needs to come off to give Joe a chance at being adopted again and living the rest of his life with a family.

ADOPTED!

 

Riley

If ever there were a gentle giant it would be Riley. He was found in a shelter and even under stress his wonderful nature shone through. A couple of "bumps" were noticed which would be easy to have removed. Once at BRLA a more serious mass was found on his foot. It tested as mass cell and the location is a tough one for surgical removal.

Riley is first being treated with steroids to shrink the size of the mass as much as possible. This will allow for better margins at removal. Shrinking the mass first also allows for more skin for a better closure.

Riley is a sweetheart and deserves the chance to live the rest of his life in a home and this surgery provides him with that opportunity.

ADOPTED!

Sasha

Sasha came to BRLA with her female companion who was adoted. Over time Sasha began to limp more and more and it was soon discovered she had a torn cruciate. Surgery can repair this injury and Sasha will have a chance at a home life with normal Boxer activity once recovered from surgery.

ADOPTED!

Tiger

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This awesome guy came to BRLA looking for a home but was looking though a lump on his eyelid. The lump is a mass cell and has to come off so Tiger can continue to enjoy life in a home of his own.

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In order to remove the the tumor a large amount of skin will also be removed and in order to complete the procedure with a successful coverage of skin, Tigers eyeball will have to be removed. The remaining eyelid tissue will then cover the socket and be sewn shut. With the cancer removed, Tiger will be able to enjoy a normal life with little interuption as his eye should heal quickly.

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The loss of an eye is the gift of life for Tiger. Please help him get the surgery required to remove his cancer and set him on his way looking forward with one very good eye on the future.

Update- Tiger moved to a permanent foster home

 

Edge

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This gentleman Boxer came to BRLA needing a home. Edge loves everyone and quickly became a volunteer favorite and a valued assistant in testing other dogs' temperments. He is super balanced.

A growth on his tail was noticed and he went in to be checked out. Having come from poor conditions, his overall health was just as poor and tests showed poor liver function. Medication and better nutrition are helping organ function return to normal.

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Along with the tumor on his tail, Edge has a total of 5 lumps that need to come off. Please consider helping Edge to become lump free.

UPDATE: EDGE IS ADOPTED - Thank you Donors!

 

Mocha

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In a two year period Mocha went from stunning 5 year old to an almost unrecognizable form of herself.

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A vet had diagnosed her with terminal cancer which her family culd not afford the recommended lifetime of radiation treatments.

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Thank goodness for our amazing medical partners at Banfield at Western University who took in Mocha and with full and careful medical testing found no cancer. What they found was a very overweight Mocha in deplorable condition with a raging infected and impacted tooth. She has life yet to live.

The road ahead for Mocha will take some time, some work and lots of love. BRLA will provide continued medial supervision as she regains her former vim and vigor. She will also require the repair of the cherry eye in her left eye.

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This is a case that deserves the happy ending that is not far out of reach .

Mocha is adopted.

Tabitha

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This lovely lady was found in the San Bernardino city shelter. Tabitha had an obvious lump on her shoulder in the photo that was circulated to save her.

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Tabitha arrived at our hospital and it turns out she had multiple tumors. Six to be exact and all of them needed to be surgically removed.

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Our vet staff fell in love with Tabitha who is the best patient ever. She looks like a Franken-Boxer with stitches all over her body.

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With six tumors removed Tabitha ended up with a 50/50 outlook. Three of the lumps were nothing. Two were a little suspicious and are being re-tested and one was sent to pathology to analyze.

Tabitha is a sweetheart and she now has a lot to live for. Her scars will heal, her fur will grow back and she will love again.

Tabitha is adopted

 

 

Ryder

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Ryder is a resilient soul. He endured the worst experience a dog can have; being a bait dog for dog fighters. He looks pretty good for having had that experience but we found one hidden reminder of the past.

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He was limping and x-ray found a canine tooth embedded in his leg. It caused a major bone infection which will take weeks of heavy antibiotics to clear up. Vets are watching the tooth as it migrates to the surface. Best case scenario, the tooth works it

Ryder was adopted.

 

Clifford

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We have seen cleft palate in Boxers before. But Clifford has the most severe and requires surgery. Recurring infection, breathing and eating abnormalities can remain a part of his life if not repaired. There is a specialist lined up that has reviewed Clifford's case and is confident he can repair his lip and pallet.

Clifford is a strong and very lovable boy and cannot wait to be able to breath and eat normally. His cleft pallet does not affect his ability to kiss one bit and he remains the most lovable boy.

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Update: Clifford is adopted but still needs his surgery

 

 

Kimber

Kimber was not showing any symptoms of feeling sick and then wham, she was seriously ill with high temperature, upper respiratory distress and gastric inflammation. She went to vet and was given fluids and seemed to improve. Almost immediately she relapsed and this time was tested for Parvo. The test came back positive.

Her exposure to this virus is a mystery and she is currently fighting for her life in Emergency care facility as she was too unstable to transfer. She has been under 24/7 care and is getting the best medical care possible. She is holding on for dear life.

The vets report that the test for distemper came back negative which is a very hopeful sign as she would not have the strength to fight both conditions. Kimber and her vets are staying positive and and hopeful she can fully recover.

This surprise medical condition happens just days after Kimber's adoption and her new family continues to provide emotional support and lots of love to their new little girl. She can beat Parvo. With your help.

To date, Kimbers total vet bills are over $5,000 and rising. Please, please consider a donation of any amount to Kimbers Medical Lifeline to provide the financial support needed.

Thank you all for donating to Kimbers's recovery. The medical cost to save her was astronomical and any amount helps pay down BRLA balance.

Spencer

There is no sweeter Boxer than Spencer. There is also no more baffling and rare condition than what Spencer has to live with.

His symptom started at home wth bloating and then the deteriation of his back joints. Through many test and diagnosis it was found that Cushings disease was the cause. The typical symptoms were slight but the deformed hocks became the greatest concern. Spencer cannot walk as his weight actually rests on the back of his knees.

The amazing team at Banfield at Western University fell in love with Spencer and worked diligently to come up with solutions to his problems. After careful testing his Cushings can be regulated with medication. A very expensive medication but it means life.

With a way to control the Cushings from advancing there is the issue of mobility for Spencer. The specialists at Banfield found special Hock Braces that can be made especially for Spencer. Casts were made of his legs in order to custom fit these braces for Spencer. Each brace will cost $500.

With expensive medication to control his Cushings and the ability to create custom hock braces to help him walk Spencer was on the way to quality of life. Only one thing was missing, he could not live at the BRLA kennel, nor at the hospital. We asked for the impossible and we got it. Spencer has a BRLA foster home to live with our continued support.

In advance of ordering Spencer's special custom hock braces his foster dad fashioned him some protective socks that will prevent wear and tear for now.

Spencer has a place to stay. We need your help, support and donations to be able to provide him with 40mg of Tirlostane daily which cost close to $100 per month. We need to raise $1000 to be able to create his hock braces to get him walking. And we need to help his wonderful fosters with ongoing cost of care.

Please consider donating any amount to help Spencer live a quality life as he loves like no on else and deserves the chance.

Spencer is residing, recovering and learning to walk again at our partners: Boxer Rescue Ranch. He has the will of an ox and is determined to walk with the help of his braces. He will need ongoing medication and lifelong support. Please help Spencer enjoy the best quallity of life by donating to his Lifeline Fund.

 

Appa

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Appa came in limping and we hoped it was a sprain, it is not. Both of his cruciate ligaments need to be repaired. He is a young boy and has his whole life ahead of him. He is patient with his limited mobility at the moment until he can get his first leg fixed. After long recovery he will need the second.

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Canela

Canela is a heartbreaker. She is a tiny young girl who arrived skin and bones without any energy at all. Our vets discovered that she has an underdeveloped liver and it’s hard for her to gain weight.  She has options and all are being explored to give her quality of life and be able to go home.

A confirmed diagnosis has been made of A portosystemic shunt (PSS), also known as a liver shunt, is a bypass of the liver by the body's circulatory system.

Congenital PSS is caused by the failure of the fetal circulatory system of the liver to change. Normally, the blood from the placenta bypasses the liver and goes into circulation via the ductus venosus, a blood vessel found in the fetus. A failure of the ductus venosus to close causes an intrahepatic shunt, while extrahepatic shunts are usually a developmental abnormality of the vitelline veins, which connect the portal vein to the caudal vena cava. Thus in the juvenile and adult animal with PSS, blood from the intestines only partly goes through the liver, and the rest mixes into general circulation. Toxins are not cleared by the liver.

Surgery can be performed to repair her liver if the affected area is concentrated into just one spot. If spread throughout the liver surgery is not a viable option and Canela would be kept comfortable with diet for as long as she survives.

If operable the procedure is very expensive. BRLA is hoping there is enough compassion out there to give this sweetie pie a chance for a normal and long life.

Update: The testing was not what anyone wanted to learn. Sweet Canela has hundreds of holes n her liver which does not make her a candidate for the surgery. She is a resiliant special soul and can enjoy the time she has to the fullest. She is on medication and a special diet to give her the best quality of life for as long as she is not suffering. For now she is like any other puppy, and is in a loving foster home where she is getting the best daily care.

 

Buddy

Buddy has not been able to catch a break. He was trying really hard to find the right spot in life. It just was not a fit and in his most recent foster home it became apparent there were medical issues that could be underlying reasons for behavior.

Turns out sweet Buddy has a defective liver. It started with blood in his urine when our vets diagnosed him in liver failure. We never give up hope and especially with a sweetheart like Buddy.

He is on a series of 5 different compound medications. It is a trial and error effort to see what works and what doesn't.

Buddy is experiencing some serious water retention and numerous diuretics are helping to regulate.

Throughout all Buddy's trials he remains the sweetest boy ever. He loves everyone and is gentle as a lamb. No one is sure of Buddy's future. We are trying to make his now as wonderful as possible. He continues to get the best vet care and could really use a foster home. You see he drinks lots of water and needs to "go" often.

Please consider helping wonderful Buddy have a good quality of life by helping with his ongoing medical care.

Buddy is doing great in a foster home. He requires special kidney food which is almost $70 per bag. He is well worth it. If you could help donate to his continued care, Buddy would be most grateful.

 

 

 

Skeeter

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Skeeter, just a year old and full of beans, only he cannot use his leg until repaired. It is really hard for a young energetic Boxer to understand why crate rest is necessary. He only goes out on leash for potty breaks to avoid any further damage and a more expensive repair and longer recovery.

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Update: Skeeter is adopted. Thank you donors

 

Stanley

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This little guy was found as a stray. He was skin and bones and made a lot of noise when breathing. First thing was to put some meat on his bones and a foster home got right on that. He developed a respitory infection which we were hoping were the cause of the breathing difficulties. A full run of antibiotics cured the infection but the rattling remained.

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Upon further evaluation it was discovered Stanley has an elongated soft pallet and restricted nasal passages.

Both conditions are repairable with surgery and he can go home being able to breath with ease and without the constant breathing noises.

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Update: Stanley had his nasal passages opened surgically and some nodes removed from his throat. The nodes were caused by the pressure required to breath prior to the nasal widening. Stanley did great and is fully recovered.

STANLEY IS ADOPTED. Thank you donors

 

Wayne

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This sweet boy was pulled from a shelter with this bleeding, oozing tumor on his underside. Boxers are prone to mass cells but they are also resilient and the quicker you take them off the better results and success rate.

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Wayne is a terrific young Boxer that deserves the chance for life, love and a home of his own.

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Thank you donors, Wayne came through surgery with flying colors and mass was removed with clean margins!

 UPDATE: Wayne was adopted.

Madame

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This is not the fairy tale of the princess and the pea where life on a mattress was a luxury.
This mattress was where Madame was tied up and left alone without food or water.
BRLA got the call regarding this situation and found her exactly where reported and in terrible shape.
It was a horrible neighborhood and people ignored her tied to this mattress. 

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Madame was so happy to be rescued. She first went for a bath and then to the vet.
It was obvious that she had not been provided great medical care in the past and had lumps and bumps that needed to be checked and removed. 

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Dogs like Madame remind us of what a cruel world it is out there for abandoned  pets.
Please donate to help BRLA to continue to help dogs like Madame find the care, the treatment and the home they deserve.

Update: Madame is adopted

 

 

Pumba

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We received notice from the Riverside shelter about this young Boxer Mix that ran away on the 4th of July and was hit by a car. This is more common than you think as so many animals are totally freaked out by thunder storms and fireworks.

Just one look at this unfortable face and how could anyone say no to helping young Pumba. His silly underbite is like punctuation marks of cuteness.

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His forearm showed considerable swelling and soft tissue damage along with a confirmed break in the bone.

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Pumba will need ongoing treatment to monitor the healing process.If all goes well a natural healing with weekly cast changes should restore stability and a sound limb. If things do not go as well as we hope then surgical hardware including pins and rods will have to be implanted.

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Pumba is a good little patient and he deserves the best care we can provide.

Update: Pumba's leg did not heal on its own. He required surgery and now sports an external fixator. This is a stainless steel contraption consisting of rods screwed into his bones on either side of the break and a bar connected to these pins/rods outside his body. This rod transfers the weight around the break and stimulates calsification which welds the bones together.

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Pumba continues to be the sweetest little guy and the investment in his medical care allows him to live a full and fun life.

update: Pumba is adopted

 

Gretchen

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Gretchen has been waiting to go home. The stress of the kennel is not conducive to good mental or overall health.  Gretchen has develop corneal ulcers which are requiring multiple procedures. Along with her eye problems, a small lump the size of a pea was noticed on Gretchen’s neck. It quickly grew to the size of a dime which makes it of great concern and needs to be removed.  

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Gretchen has already accumulated considerable medical costs and needs donations to her Medical Lifeline Fund to continue treatment and to have her mass removed.

Update: Gretchen is ADOPTED

  Duke

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Duke had one of the largest masses we have ever encountered. It was gross and was definitely gross negligence for anyone to have let it go to this extent. He is a terrific young man who deserves a chance at a happy normal life.

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He is a terrific young man who deserves a chance at a happy normal life.

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Please consider donating any amount to Duke's Lifeline

Update: Duke is ADOPTED

 

Shina

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We see plenty of mange cases. When a dog is not a priority to a human and the level of care declines, the immune system is depleted and the mange mites take over. Mange can be easily treated. But when not treated you end up covered in secondary infections like poor Shina. Her skin is raw, bleeding and terribly uncomfortable.

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She is being treated on multiple levels for internal and external repair of her skin, immune system and overall health improvement due to the deplorable condition she came to BRLA

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Please consider donating any amount to Shina's Medical Lifeline to expedite her healing and returning to a beautiful boxer so she can find a home

 

Update 2/10/12. Amazing what time, nutrition and medication can do. Shina has gone from looking like hamburger to looking like a baby chick with new fuzz coming in. She still has a ways to gositka

 Thank you in advance for helping sweet Shina

As happens with severe mange, dogs can have relapses. Shina suffered a serious set back after she was spayed. The mange came back with a vengence.

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It's back to square one for Shina's mange protocol.

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Please donate any amount to help Shina get back on the hair growning track. She will need mange treatments and nutritional boost to bring her back to looking like a dog again.

Herbie

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Yes this is how Herbie was found in a local kill shelter. This massive tumor started out as a little lump and could have been an easy fix. Sadly no treatment was provide to Herbie and the tumor grew and grew.

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It needs to come of and we are hoping the removal will set Herbie on the path to a new home and a wonderful life.

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Please consider donating any amount to Herbies' Medial Lifeline

 Update 2/10/12: Herbie had the tumor removed and is recovering.

Augie

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Augie has been patiently waiting for the right person to see what a catch he is for way too long at BRLA. He is a little older, a little grumpy which are actually very endearing qualities. He just needs someone to recognize this about him. We discovered a large and now bleeding tumor on the back side of his rear foot. The mass cell has come to the surface and broke through.

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It is in a very difficult area to get it all out and be able to close the skin. The vets have him on a two week round of high dose Prednisone to shrink the mass as much as possible so when removed the cleanest margins are possible and there is some skin left to close.

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Augie didn't need one more thing that a potentail adopter would look at and pass on him. Please consider donating any amount to Augies Medical Lifeline so he can find that home he has been longing for.

update: 2/10/12: Augie's biopsy came back as a grade 4 mass cell tumor. Exactly what he didn't need. Augie needs a permanent senior foster home to live out what time he has left.

Update: May 2012. Augie is now in a foster home enjoying a more quite environment. He continues to have medical challenges with swollen leg that had tumor removed and spots appearing on his kidneys. He will need continued medical care so please consider a donartion for his on-going medical support.

Perry

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There is wisdom in age. Perry is a wise old guy who knows that good things come to those that wait. He came to BRLA with a bad back leg and has been waiting for answers on how to best help him. First course of action was to get his system boosted with bone and joint supplements. He did not seem to improve so we called in the big guns.

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Perry was just seen by the best orthopedic vet in Los Angeles. After a very extensive evaluation the conclusion is that he was likely hit by a car and the accident not only fractured his hip it also destroyed his knee on the same side. His whole back right side is damaged.

The ortho feels that his hip has become as stable as it can be and that by focusing on fixing his knee it will provide Perry with the stability to be able to bear weight and build back muscle.

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The medical protocol set forth for Perry is going to be very expensive running close to $3000. Some may question the cost for a seven year old Boxer.. We don't. If you met Perry you would realize that he is worth every penny and deserves the chance to go home. He should have years to enjoy nice long pain free walks, thanks to your help and donation of any amount.

 

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Update: Perry is ADOPTED

Petra

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Petra is a perfect example of why all pets should be spayed or neutered. It is not just for the prevention of overpopulation but for the best health and long life. At 5 years old and never spayed, Petra began to shows signs that something was not right. It began with discharge but her owner was not financially able to make vet visit a priority. Too much time passed and she developed full blown pryometra (disease of unaltered female dogs) which can be fatal.  In a panic her owner reached out to the boxer rescue community for help. Petra was going to die.


BRLA joined with Tazzy Fund and WBBR to save Petra’s life. What would have been a $200 vet visit months ago is now a $3500 emergency surgery. But Petra is worth every penny. Her owner, like many folks today, may not have money in the bank but he has tremendous love for his Boxer and is willing to return the help he is receiving with a commitment of 100 hours of volunteering at BRLA

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Tazzy Fund has already raised over $1000.  Tazzy founder is matching donations to Tazzy Fund.  WBBR chipped in $500 and is promoting more donations.  BRLA has been asked to cover the remaining $1200 to save Petra.


This is where you can be a part of the greater world of Boxers by donating any amount to insure this one Boxer can continue living.  Together we are more powerful to make miracles happen. And yes she will be spayed as well.

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Please consider donating to Petra’s medical lifeline fund as she is currently at BLRA vet. Thank you in advance from Petra.

 

Shakira

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Talk about your super seniors! Shakira knows how to shake it. She is a wonderful loving "little old lady" but don't tell her about the old lady part. She is also a bit of a lump factory as when she came to BRLA she had numerous large tumors.

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They have been tested an they are mass cell tumors but they are exterior masses which result in a much better success rate and long life compared to internal tumors. If we can see them, we can remove them!

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Thank you to all who supported Shakira!

Birdie

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Birdie
There are some rescues that you had to be there to believe. BRLA was there for Birdie, for as long as it took to catch her and will be there for as long as it takes to find her happily ever after.

BRLA got word about a Boxer on a golf course. The golfers were throwing her food but could not get close. She had been living in the wild for weeks in an area filled with coyotes and rattlesnakes.  But she was seen daily and she needed to be saved.

The first rescue attempt was on Sunday Oct 6th and Birdie kept her distance. She was only seen from afar and no one could get close.  She was obviously injured and thoughts of her alone out there were haunting and caused sleepless nights for all.

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The BRLA troops were back out in force daily and on Thursday Oct 11 our volunteers were able to get close enough to feed her but Birdie was too smart to be caught.  Again all left without Birdie and could think of nothing but rescuing her.  On Friday more volunteers came to help and again Birdie would get close but bolt at the last minute.  It was heart wrenching to leave without her once again, but Birdie was gone in a flash.

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Saturday Oct 13, even more BRLA volunteers came to help with Birdie. She had been living in a bramble of bushes, surrounded by rattlesnakes and was not coming out.  After exhausting every other option it was time for the bravest of volunteers to go in after Birdie.  Crawling on their bellies through the dead wood, leaves and branches, all the while listening for the rattle of a snake, our volunteers moved forward.  They reached Birdie and she did not run.  It’s like she had come to trust these people and if they were determined enough to come into her den she had to trust them.

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Birdie was rescued. Her leg was horribly mangled with open wounds and she had large tumors on her head.  She allowed BRLA volunteers to carry her to safety.  When the local golfers who had come to know Birdie from afar saw her being carried they all stopped playing golf and applauded. It was one of those rescue moments.

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Birdie arrived at BRLA late Saturday night and was made comfortable by Ursula who had not slept in days worrying about her out there alone. 

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Her tumors needed major surgery to remove and her leg was so bad the infection reached the bone.
All these things are fixable. Thank you all who came out to try and catch her, to our devoted volunteers Leslie, Jen and Kerri who finally reached Birdie and to Ursula for NEVER giving up. Birdie is the sweetest dog and needs your support.

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Thank you to all who supported Birdie

Gable

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Gable loves life to the max. He was born with a cleft pallet which does not affect the way he eats or breathes. To insure he has the best chance to find a home and to live a long and happy life the cleft should be repaired. Our vets have examined him and the procedure is guaranteed to work and to change Gable's life for the better.

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UPDATE: Gable is ADOPTED

 

Chloe

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When a dog is starved, so many things can go wrong. Their immune system is so depleted that they cannot fight off much. Poor sweet little Chloe came to BRLA emaciated and with a horrible skin infection. She has no natural defenses and was hit hard.

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Her spirit shines above her sad exterior and we are committed to getting her health back on track.

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CHLOE was ADOPTED!

 

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This little girl is a sweetheart Boxer nugget. She loves everyone. As we are seeing more and more, pet owners are strapped for finances and put of vet care resulting in simple lumps becoming large hanging tumors.

The size, feel and location of this hanging mass make us optimistic that it will come off easily without any complications or have any negative impact on Springs life. The tissue will be tested once tumor is removed.

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Please considering helping Spring get her dangling participal removed so she can then find a fantastic home.

Estimated cost: $500

 Update: Spring had her tumor removed. It was non-cancerous and she is hoping to be adopted soon.

Happy Update: Spring is ADOPTED

 

Saint

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This guys story reads like a Hollywood mega hit. Dog wanders out of desert and find nice lady that gives him food. He returns with "friends from the desert" to share the food source he has found. Saint has a huge heart but he also came with a large mass on his right rear thigh. Considering Saint's survival instinct, all we have to do is remove this tumor and he will live life to the fullest.

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Saint deserves to find a home and having this walnut sized lump remove will insure he gets in the fast lane to a loving home.

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Estimated medical cost: $600

Please consider donating any amount to Saints' Medical Lifeline

 update: July 2012 - Saint was ADOPTED!

 

Panache

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Another case of total starvation leading to serious medical conditions. Panache came to BRLA like a walking skeleton with gums as pale as could be. She is quick to give kisses to all at BRLA and such a sweet angel. We have to help her.

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You should not be able to see every bone in a dog's body but you can see Panache's skeleton as clear as day. Fattening up a dog is not a huge deal but we are not dealing with just a skinny dog here. It could be a result of her being neglected and starved but she has some serious medical issues we are hoping to find a solution to. Organ function can be compromised as a result of neglectful starvation. Our staff reports that she has a hard time eating her food, even when softened.

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Just the other day, while outside seeming to enjoy a nice sunny day with BRLA volunteers, Panache began to have what looked like leg spasms. She began to spin and we thought she might be having a seizure. Volunteers were quick to cushion her and comfort her but she went down and her breathing became shallow and she seemed to be fading.

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Panache was made comfortable and given some high calorie gel and seemed to come around a little bit. Given time and lots of TLC she regained her ability to stand. Some food softened with water was presented and she ate voraciously. She was monitored carefully and given frequent small meals and seemed better. Her gums are still extremely pale and we want to get to the bottom of her medical problems. We have seen the signs and we want to help. Please consider helping Panache with a donation of any amount.

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We discovered a lump on her belly which is likely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting Panache back on her feet, healthy and HOME.

This little old Boxer gal has the will to live and such a big heart to love.

Update: Our vets found that Panache has multiple ailments including an upper respiratory infection, Guardia and most seriously an abscess on her kidney. A course of treatment and further testing in underway. We need all the good wishes and donations for Miss P's recovery.

 

 

 

Danny Boy

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Danny Boy was on the lamb, running lose with his partner and both were in horrible shape. The minor medical issues that come with exposure were easy to fix. Danny has a large mass on his side.

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It’s location is a bit awkward and our vets did an initial surgery and removed the majority of the lump.

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Biopsy came back as grade 2 mass cell tumor. That is a number a dog can live with but they did not get clean margins on the first procedure. Danny Boy needs to have a follow up procedure to insure clean margins. This will give him a bright future with a good life once adopted.

Danny had his second surgery and they got the clean margins they hoped for. He is healing and doing great.

Update: 6/30/12 - Danny is ADOPTED

 

Noodle

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Noodle is one of the nicest most tolerant young Boxer boys we have met. He came to BRLA with a limp. It did not improve so off he went to vet evaluation. It was discovered he had an injured hip, likely from a trauma (aka automobile). He is young and vets recommended limited mobility (cage rest) to see if his bones would fuse themselves. Noodle was very patient and only went on short controlled walks for weeks. He still limped.

He was monitored regularly and it was finally determined that the only way to provide him with relief is to remove the femur head that fits into his hip socket. This TLPO procedure is very successful but very expensive.

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Once Noodle has the surgery he can begin building muscle mass back up on his legs and be as good as new. Many potential adopters have their eye on this big brindle baby.

 

Oscar

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If this face looks happy, it is. Oscar is a big puppy getting bigger every day. He was adopted as a very young gangly pup. He was all legs and they seemed to go every which way. Like a cartoon Bugs Bunny. As he grew it became apparent there was something not quite right in his leg. He was put on limited exercise which for a bouncing boxer boy was about as frustrating as it gets.

Oscar needs to have his ACL repaired. He is doing really well with training at BRLA but cannot do more than walk, sit and stay due to the need of the surgery.

Please consider helping Oscar get sound again so he can start to run again and then all will come together with mind, body and spirit. Oscar will then be truly happy.

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Update: May 2012 - Oscar is ADOPTED

Swift

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This little girl started her stay at BRLA handicapped as she is likely part Pit. That DNA alone often makes it harder to find a home due to lack of breed education. But Swift found a home. Sadly she injured her leg in that home and instead of returning her to BRLA they left her at vet to be euthanized.

BRLA got her back and she does need ACL repair surgery. It is costly and requires lengthy recovery with cage rest. Whatever the cost and hardship during recovery Swift deserves the chance to become whole again so she can start over again. She is a wonderful Boxer mix that needs to be fixed first then join a family of her own. Please consider helping Swift.

Update 2/10/12: Swif had her surgery and will start her recovery. Thanks to all friends of Swift.

 

Gracie

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Gracie was dropped off at local kill shelter by her owner because he did not have the money to pay for her medical treatment. We were contacted directly by the head of the shelter to help Gracie. We could not let this sweet girl go without a second chance and agreed to take her and do everything possible for her.

She is in overall poor health but the biggest concern is her left elbow is either dislocated or there is a proximal fracture close to the elbow joint. It is sadly a race against time to see if her leg can be saved.

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We need to get Gracie the care her owners were not able to as she is only 2 years old and loves dogs and kids. She deserves a chance and you can help. She will be taken to our experts at Banfield in Pomona to get the best care possible.

Please consider donating any amount to Gracie's Medical Lifeline. BRLA will get her the very best medical and then the very best HOME.

We will post update once she is given full exam and options are reviewed. Thank you all in advance for helping sweet Gracie.

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The leg is not really  the main concern rather her eye.. some kind of rare ulcer or tumor. She appears to have no tear ducts. Banfield needed to get more medical history and the shelter where Gracie came from is in touch with owner to get more information as this is critical.   Her face is partially paralyzed…could have to do with eye muscle…. Perpaps hearing impaired. Gracie is having a hard time eating. Even hand fed she had a hard time getting food out of bowl and down. There are so many health issues with Gracie we have to give vets time to consider best course of action.

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One never knows the full extent of medical needs until the dog in in the hands of great vets. BRLA remains committed to Gracie and will update when more information is available. She is getting the best care posible from a team of specialist. Gracie is a fighter

Update 2/13/12: In attempt to let Gracies eye heal it has temporarly been stitched shut (with opening enough for drops) along with medication the vets are giving this less invasive approach of healing a try.

It was discovered that Gracie has a ruptured ear drum which explains her being unsteady on her feet.. There is an outside chance that repairing the ear drum may improve the facial paralization. One thing after another and one thing at a time.

Thank you for the good wishes and donations for Gracie.

Update 2/14/12: Eye seems to be improving. Still no tear production but hoping eye can be saved.

More testing revealed a skull fracture that includes her jaw which may explain her eating difficulty.

Gracie's personality is starting to come out. She is on her second week of being at Banfield University Vet School where they are falling in love with this little figher.

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Update 3/1: Gracie ended up having to have her front leg amputated. She is still residing at vet and doing great post-op. She has the best caregivers any patient could want. They are now working hard to try and save her eye.

Thank you in advance for continued support for Gracies on-going medial treatment. She still has a long way to go.

Update: Gracie is ADOPTED

 

Chester

We have seen larger tumors hanging off Boxers we rescue, but sweet Chester needs this one off before it becomes any larger. It is loose and moveable so we are optimistic it has not metastasized into bone or muscle. Time is of the essence.

Chester will need to have this lemon sized tumor removed before someone is likely to want to adopt him. He is sweet, young, handsome and has a bright future once his lump is gone.

update 3/6/12 Chester had his tumor removed. Thank you!

Update: 4/12 Chester is ADOPTED. Thank you for supporting him.

Rasta

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This cheerful not so young girl will make a wonderful addition to any family looking for a nice Boxer. Only problem she came to BRLA with a rather large mammory tumor.

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In fact this tumor is so large she has been mistaken as an intact male from behind. The tumor is loose and we are hoping to get good clean margins when surgically removed.

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Has this lump been taken off at first appearance the whole experience and prognosis would be so much better. We cannot stand in judgement of what has happened in the past. Our only concern is getting Rasta ready for the home she so deserves.

You can help Rasta by donating to her BRLA Medical Lifeline Fund. Thank you in advance for donations of any amount.

Update: Rasta is ADOPTED. Thank you for supporting her medical lifeline

 

Zoot

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This guy cannot catch a break. He actually caught two as Zoot will require double ACL repair surgery. He is the nicest guy and has been on limited mobility with the hopes his injury would heal without surgery. Unfortunately it did not and Zoot will have to have both sides done and undergo limited mobility recovery all over again. Luckily he is a very nice and extremely patience guy. But he cannot wait too long to get the process started and get his first ACL done. Then we can take care of his second ACL surgery.

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Zoot is adotped and we are monitoring ACL. He is doing great.

Izzy

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It is not uncommon for dogs pulled from shelters to get kennel cough. It is very hard to isolate. Izzy came to BRLA with a terrible case of KC. He didn't want to move or eat. Even with antibiotics and rest his KC progressed to pneumonia. Izzy is trying his best but not bouncing back quickly. He has the best care and the most devoted trio of volunteers who dote over him.

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What we did not realize because Izzy was not very mobile is that he has damaged knees. Since he was not walking from being sick it was not discovered until he was starting to feel a tiny bit better. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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Izzy will need corrective surgery to correct his back legs.

Izzy is adopted.

 

Elvis (the pelvis)

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Elvis is just a baby, a pup with a completely broken pelvis. It is unsure how he sustained this injury but he needs to get it fixed to be able to live pain free and run like any dog should.

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Elvis is is sweet, brave and very trusting to allow us to get him the help he needs. You can see the complete break on the left pelvic bone. Ouch!

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Elvis deserves a chance.

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Elvis needs major surgery to repair his pelvis so he can stand on his own, walk on his own and find a home of his own.

Update: We've got good news and bad news. The good news is that the pelvis bones have regenerated with cage rest and orthopedic surgery will not be required. But the bad news is really bad. It was discovered when very strange hearts sounds appeared that there is a hole in the pericardial sac that surrounds Elvis' heart and his small intestines are now inside the sac.

He needs surgery to relocate the small intestine, repair the tear before further organ migration happens. This condition was likely a birth defect. Elvis is actually lucky he has been on cage rest for his pelvis as if he was a normally active puppy his liver, kidneys and other organs would have pushed through and the tear would be so big it would have killed him.

 

Elvis is adopted. Thank you!

 

Kit

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This happy fellow has spent far too much time at BRLA. He arrived a little full of himself and with the help of our volunteers became much more social and now can be matched with some dogs. Just when we thought the time was right it was discovered that Kit has a heart condition.

He need monitoring and likely either lifetime medication or perhaps a surgical correction. The analysis alone is costly but we do not want to add to Kits chances of finding a home to grow old in.

Kit got a very good report from cardiologist.

Kit is ADOPTED. Thank you.

 

Jockey

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When multiple dogs are kept in the same enclosure in city shelters its hard to know the real story if two are a bonded pair or not. Jockey and Babe are both in the same horrible shape they had to come from the same home. Both have longer hair a sign of being kept outside. Both have tumors that could have been easily removed at first sight but now are huge and require more involved surgery. They are amazing and very sweet. Dogs often never have a clue they have been neglected. They have had each other which likely keeps their spirits so innocent and happy.

Jockey has a large hanging tumor on his hind quarters. And yes the other dangling part needs to be removed as well. Jockey needs to be neutered as well before he can go home.

Babe has two lumps on either side of her head. They are likely fatty tumors or ingrown hair folicles, neither life threatening but she will have a hard time finding a home with her giaraffe antlers.

We need to get all lumps off of both Jockey and Babe.

Cost estimate about $975

Update: Babe was in kidney failure and we lost her. Jockey is now a widower and needs the surgery so he can be adopted and find a new life.

Jockey was ADOPTED

 

Dawn

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It's hard to slow this little spitfire down but Dawn would be a whole lot happier and definitely more adoptable with a properly fixed back leg. Dawn could have an old injury or a newly acquired condition that can orthopedic be repaired.

She was found in a high kill shelter nearly skin and bones and in horrible condition. Her weight is coming back and BRLA wants to make sure her legs are ready for her to run like the wind.

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Dawn is ADOPTED. Thank you.

 

Jaxs

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When you are as sweet as Jaxs, loving all creatures including cats we want to make sure you will be around a long time. Jaxs has developed a lump under her neck that does not look good.

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Jaxs is ADOPTED. Thank you.

 

Squeak

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This little pip-squeak is just 7 months old and poor kid was not anyone's priority. He contacted a viral infection which has his tear ducts inflamed. Without tears his eyes get dry and extremely scratchy. The good news is that Squeak will make a full recover with proper medical care.

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SQUEAK IS ADOPTED

 

Gabriel

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To be on the receiving end of a vicious attack is something no dog should have to endure. To survive and come away with love and trust remaining in your heat is Gabriel.

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Gabriel has been stitched back together and will heal. He has been under supervised medical care to prevent infection of his many wounds.

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Gabiel is one of the lucky ones who survived the pack attack and was able to get medical help in time.

GABRIEL IS ADOPTED

 

Vegas

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Vegas is a fantastic fun and friendly young boy. He was found in high kill shelter with huge tumor on top of his ear.

 

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We have seen canine lepresey in the past but all visible signs point to a tumor gone too long without treatment. It likely started as a small bump and could have easily been removed. Times are hard and people can't afford vet care and Vegas is a prime example. He now will require extensive surgery and reconstructive procedures. He deserves it and will make some lucky family an amazing pet.

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Estimated medical cost: $1000

Please donate any amount to the Medical Lifeline Fund for Vegas

Thanks to all donors as Vegas had the cancer removed and will live his life out in loving foster home

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VEGAS IS ADOPTED

Jake

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Jake is an active young very friendly boy. He may have been too active as he ended up with a back knee dislocation. There is a surgical procedure to re-locate his knee and make him fully sound again but it is costly.

Jake deserves the chance to run without pain and be able to join a family of his own. He needs your help, Jake needs your donation.

Please donate any amount to Jake's Medical Lifeline fund:

Update: Jake was adopted and doing great at home.

 

Eden

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This young fellow was found on the streets. His story is unknown but his condition tells us a lot. He must have been scrounging for food as he is severely emaciated. He ended up changing hands quite a few times, like a hot potato, until someone notified BRLA and he was immediately taken in.

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In foster care Eden should have gained weight quickly but his condition did not improve. He was having a hard time keeping food down and finally didn't want to eat at all anymore. Not even the most tempting tidbits offered by hand were of any interest. His body was telling him "don't do it". These are signs of serious internal condition like valve damage or intestional blockage. Surgery can hopefully correct any defects found. Eden needs to get better so he can grow big and strong and join a family for life.

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4/8/11 Update: Tests have shown that Eden does not have a blockage. His condition is very serious and the source is still unknown. He has had MRI, Barium and barrages of blood tests. We almost lost him on 4/9/11 as he now developed pneumonia. He was on nebulizer and I.V. drip. This little fighter made it through the weekend (vet staff stayed to care for him round the clock). He is eating a little, still has liquid poop so they continue to help Eden. He has such an incredible will to live. Please help BRLA help Eden.

4/19/11 It has been confirmed that Eden has distemper. He is a fighter and has an excellent chance of beating this with your help. He has been through the gastric and respiratory stages of distemper and is fighting to prevent the neurological stage which would be fatal. He is eating and taking his meds and fighting like hell. Please help Eden live by donating to his lifeline

Estimated medical cost: $1000.00

Eden fully recovered and is adopted!

 

Ginger

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This sweet gal has so much life to give, she is loving, great on leash and super active for a 7 year old. But adoption is unlikely with a huge tumor on her side and others to be removed.

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These tumors do not happen overnight and her previous owner may not have had the funds to do it. It doesn't matter how she was allowed to get this tumor, BRLA only cares about Gingers future and she has a bright one once she has her surgery.

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Along with the massive tumor on her side, Ginger has others that would have been first alerts to seeking help for her.

These kinds of tumors are easily removed and we see numerous dogs living long and loving lives following surgery.

 

4/8/11 Update: Ginger has 8 masses to be removed.

Estimated medical cost: $800

Ginger had her surgery and is available for adoption.

Ray-O

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Ray-O is nothing short of a faithful devoted pet. If only his owners had taken him to the vet at the first sign of a problem he would not be sprouting a tumor the size of an orange on his back leg.

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This is nothing short of neglect but Ray-O doesn't know any better. He loved his family as they walked away leaving him at BRLA for the medical help and home he deserves.

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Ray was also never neutered so both the tumor and "that" will be taken care of when he goes for surgery. This boy is the most friendly loving big boy and he certainly will make a terrific companion in any family and any home.

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4/8/11 Update: Ray-O had surgery to remove this mass. The doctors found that the cancer was connected to his leg so he will have to have his leg amputated. This is such a shame as had Ray-O's owner got him help he would have kept his leg.

Tumor removal and amputation: estimate cost: $1500

 

Ray-O had his tumor removal. Amputation was not done as Ray is doing great in his new loving home!

Tyson

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This sweet boy lived with people that wore blinders. He has a tumor that anyone even with poor eyesight could see and should have gotten taken care of. But no. It grew and is now is a dangling mass the size of a lemon.

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Tyson is a super happy, super friendly boy and has a bright future of joining a new family once his mass is removed.

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Of course they hadn't neutered Tyson either so he actually has two dangling parts that need to be removed before being adopted.

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Tyson's tumor removal will run about $400.

Tyson is adopted!

 

Mia

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Mia seemed totally fine until a slight limp revealed an old injury to her knee. Surgery is required for Mia to walk pain free again. Our vets recommend the TPLO procedure which has an excellent success rate.

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TPLO, also known as Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, is a surgical procedure in which the head of the tibia is surgically altered and plated to create a new joint angle. A new angle is created in the stifle to prevent the femur from sliding off of the tibia. This procedure involves the surgical cutting and plating of bone.

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After the procedure Mia should be able to bear weight on her leg. She will need weeks of limited mobility but should be good as new in under two months post op.

Mia is doing great in her new home.

 

Dorian

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Dorian has a condition known as Canine Leproid Granuloma Syndrom (sometimes called Canine Leprosy or CLGS). Although the name sounds alarming its basically just small granulomas on the skin of the head and ears that are caused by infected biting insects. The condition is quite rare however Boxers are known to be more prone to it than other Breeds.

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The good news is that with treatment Dorian's prognosis is great! However, the medicine is pricey. Please consider making a donation towards Dorian's care!

Dorian had treatment and is ready for adoption.

Maggie

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She came in with bite wounds at the base of her right ear.  The pound clipped, debrided, placed 2 penrose drains, and sutured up the area back on Dec. 16th.  Today she looks a bit better with the swelling down and drains out. 

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She still has a 1/4 inch circular, raised mass on right side of her neck that needs to be asperated and likely removed.  Lumpless dogs get adopted much quicker than those with lumps. Even when you are as nice as Maggie. She is a sweetie.

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Maggie has multiple masses that need to be removed.

Medical cost estimated between $500-$800

Maggie had her surgery and is ready for adoption.

 

Lazarus

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Just look at the stoic nobility of Lazarus. He has the spirit and soul of an angel. He is also filled with tumors. It was quite shocking to see just how many tumors we allowed to grow on this boy when we arrived at BRLA. What can you do? Take care of him.

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He has oozing tumors on his elbows.

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All of his joints have tumors.

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He has a huge tumor on his groin

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There are more areas with tumors than without. He has serious internal damage as well with a hernia caused by tumors wrapped around his organs. We are not giving up on this amazing creature.

Still Lazarus remains happy and loving. He is such a special boy and we want to give him every chance to live a productive fulfilling life.

Estimated medical costs: $1000.00

Lazarus had all his medical taken care of and is adopted!

Sutra

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There is no guarantee of a dog's health when BRLA pulls from a shelter. Sutra was young and seemed perfectly healthy and very happy. It was not until she was settled in that it became apparent she had issues with her back legs.

 

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She is a young girl and when checked out the thought of artritis seemed like a mis-diagnosis. Not only does she have arthritis but both of her back legs have torn ACLs. This is not only very expensive to fix but her recovery time is long.

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Even with our discount is will be $5000 to get Sutra walking pain free again. She will have both legs done at the same

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Please donate any amount to Sutra's medical lifeline. This sweet girl has her whole life ahead of her and deserves to run free.

Thank you in advance for helping Sutra.

1/2/11: Thank you to the many donors who raised enough funds for Sutra to have her first knee done. We are actively raising funds for knee #2.

 

 

Penne

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Penne is her name, Penne Pasta is her nickname. She does the wiggle, the bean, the noodle dance....whatever one you call it.  She loves her people!  Penne is a beautiful 2 year young fawn spayed girl with a natural tale and classic black boxer mask with a lot of cuteness mixed in. 

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Her left eye is discolored in some areas and has a growth right on the eyeball that causes her to squint and blink constantly.  It obviously bothers her and it needs to be removed so that little Penne pasta can feel better.

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Once she stops "winking at you" and we know her eye is stable we are condifent this little cutie will enjoy a happy long life with a new family of her own.

Medical cost estimate for Penne: $200- $400

Update: Penne is ready for adoption

 

Dinah

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As you can see there is a huge lump in Dinah's right eye. It is called Cherry Eye and it can be fixed. The eyelid is pulled back, the ulcer is surgically removed and the eye is stitched. It's a tricky recovery as the surgical site is very delicte and could be re-damaged. Dinah's surgery to remover her Cherry Eye is estimated to cost about $500.

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Update: Dinah is ready for adoption.

 

Winnie

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It was fate that saved this little girl and timing that brought her to BRLA for care. She had been thrown into a ditch along a creek. Two young boys found her and could not leave her there to die (as her owner obviously had). They brought her to a city shelter where a BRLA volunteer was there pulling Boxers. He intercepted the boys with Winnie and that was that. She would receive the medical care she needs to survive.

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Winnie's face is swollen and hard to the touch. The shelter had tested her for mites and the test was negative. This was not mange. Her glands are all swollen and her tiny body is emaciated. Her eyes are swollen and crusted shut. She sadly looks like a Boxer bobble-head doll.

Still through it all she keeps her chin up. Winnie has an amazing will to live.

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She tested negative to Parvo which was a relief and is starting treatment for Puppy Strangles.

Puppy Strangles disorder is a pustular and crusting dermatitis or skin inflammation that occurs in puppies less than three to four months of age. Pustules are usually present on the muzzle, inside the ear and on the lip margins. Swelling of the muzzle may be severe. The wounds begin draining after a few days and are replaced by scabs. Many dogs also develop swollen lymph nodes.

Puppies feel depressed and may have a fever and joint pain. This condition is not a bacterial infection but more a type of hypersensitivity or immune dysfunction. It does not respond to antibiotic therapy alone. Recover requires antibiotics and high doses of steroids.

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Winnie will be on medication for months to pull through Puppy Strangles. BRLA will see her through this, with your help...

update 12/8: The medication is starting to work. Winnie has a long way to go before we know she will develop normally. She had tapeworms which took a toll on her little body. They are now gone and she is quite the little trooper.

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Hero

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At BRLA we see mange quite often. This is one of the worse cases we have ever seen. This poor little boy has it bad. He does not have any fur on his body which is crusty, scabby and bleeding. He is swollen and itchy.

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He has secondary infections and numerous side issues all cause by major neglect. It is truly a crime to allow an animal to reach this state of deteriation and discomfort.

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Our volunteers named him Hero as his spirit shines through his horrific condition. He is gentle and allows everyone to care for him. His skin is extremely uncomfortable but he relishes gentle pats and loves being fawned over.

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Hero is on an agressive treatment and his delicate skin is protected from the elements by a t-shirt while he heals.

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It is obvious that Hero was starved as well as he is skin and bones. It will take a long time, a lot of medication, the best high caloric diet and continued care to get Hero back on track and ready for a home of his own. BRLA needs your help to provide Hero with the chance he deserves. Please help.

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update 12/28: The medication is working and Hero is regaining his coat. He is filling out too.

Update: Hero is ADOPTED!

 

Greta Rose

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Cherry eye is the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, a common congenital eye defect in various dog breeds where the gland of the third eyelid known as the nictitating membrane prolapses and becomes visible. Cherry eye may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the connective tissue surrounding the gland.

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It appears as a red mass in the inner corner of the eye, and is sometimes mistaken for a tumor. After gland prolapse, the eye becomes chronically inflamed and there is often a discharge. Because the gland is responsible for about 30% of the eye's tear production, the eye can eventually suffer from dryness

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Modern methods of cherry eye correction involve repositioning of the gland to its normal location.

Greta will need both eyes done as her "better eye" is very weak and would eventually pop.

Update: Greta is home with a loving family. Thank you for the support.

 

Hero

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At BRLA we see mange quite often. This is one of the worse cases we have ever seen. This poor little boy has it bad. He does not have any fur on his body which is crusty, scabby and bleeding. He is swollen and itchy.

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He has secondary infections and numerous side issues all cause by major neglect. It is truly a crime to allow an animal to reach this state of deteriation and discomfort.

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Our volunteers named him Hero as his spirit shines through his horrific condition. He is gentle and allows everyone to care for him. His skin is extremely uncomfortable but he relishes gentle pats and loves being fawned over.

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Hero is on an agressive treatment and his delicate skin is protected from the elements by a t-shirt while he heals.

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It is obvious that Hero was starved as well as he is skin and bones. It will take a long time, a lot of medication, the best high caloric diet and continued care to get Hero back on track and ready for a home of his own. BRLA needs your help to provide Hero with the chance he deserves. Please help.

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update 12/28: The medication is working and Hero is regaining his coat. He is filling out too.

Update: 3/11: Hero is home with a loving family.

Paul

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Paul already has a fan club but he still needs all the friends and help he can get. He was found in a high kill shelter and BRLA was contacted without much time to act. The shelter was being unreasonable and details of Paul's health continued to change. It was a red tape run around and a race against time for Paul's life.

He has blood in his urine which could be a number of things. With the help of friends Paul was pulled and taken to BRLA vet. He is undergoing testing and will be boarded until further notice.

 

Blake

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Blake came to BRLA after having some growths removed by the shelter we rescued him from. There was not much history on him and that surgical area has healed.

Blake is a really nice guy and gets shown to potential adopters quite often as he is all around friendly. They always ask about the healing surgical site but now Blake has a new growth that has appeared on his thigh. It is currenly the size of a walnut but seems to be growing quickly.

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This guys needs every advantage to stand out in the crowd of available Boxers at BRLA on adoption day. Having him lump free would be a major plus and could mean he goes home sooner than later.

Update: 3/11: Blake is home with a loving family

 

Candy

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Candy has been waiting for the right home for quite some time. She is an opinionated old gal and likes to be top dog. Unfortunately she is not on the top of many potential adopters list when they come to adopt. Being older and not so dog friendly can take a little longer to find the right fit.

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Recenly she developed a growth that seems to give potential adopters an easy out of considering her. It is completely operable and would increase Candy's chances of adoption. It is not life threatening and Candy is asking for medical sponsors.

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Estimated surgical cost: $400

Update 12/20: Candy is halfway to her goal and getting her tumor removed.

Update: Candy had her surgery, the mass was removed, margins as clean as could get in difficult location. She is home with a loving couple for the rest of her life.

 

Kona

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This is the story of Kona but it is really the story of Kimo and Kona. These two young boxers were owned by a guy in the military who was deployed to Iraq and hired someone to take care of them. They somehow got out and Kona was hit by a car and was seriously injured. She lay injured and did not have a collar with ID… but Kimo did and he never left her side.  They were taken to a shelter and then sent to a clinic because of the extent of her injuries.

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The clinic said she has fractured ribs, severe contusions and possible brachial plexus avulsion of the front right leg (which means the nerve endings could have been plucked from the spinal cord and render this leg useless).  The Clinic then sent the dogs to another shelter to await contact with an owner to ok medical help.  The owner was contacted and asked to either come get his dogs, okay payment for medical treatment or relinquish so that a rescue could step up and help.  He said that there was no way he would be able to care for her and was grateful that BRLA was willing to help.  He could not pay for the expensive medical she requires but he found it in his heart to donate what he could to BRLA in Kona’s name.

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BRLA mobilized quickly as Kona had been bounced around and was in a lot of pain and needed help ASAP.  Our dedicated father – daughter volunteer team raced to get Kona and drove the 200 mile round trip to get her to our specialist at Banfield Medical University in Pomona.  They handled her like precious cargo and she seemed to be relieved and understood she was in good hands.  Our vets were standing by and went right to work on her.

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She is resting quietly and is no longer in severe pain as she is on strong pain meds.  We are awaiting the outcome to the extent of the damage and what can be done. It will be a long road for this sweet girl.

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In the meantime we have not forgotten the faithful Kimo who will hopefully be reunited with his beloved Kona soon.

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Please donate to Kona’s medical lifeline. Any amount is appreciated and we will update her condition regularly.  

Update: Kona will make it! Her ribs will heal in time, her contusions will take daily dressing and bandage changing.

The trauma to her foreleg will have serious consequences .  The nerves and muscles under the armpit were stretched beyond the limits and are not regenerating. The only solution is amputation once her ribs have healed in about 4 weeks so she can mange life on three legs. Kona has the spirit of a true survivor and is grateful for the care she is now receiving.

Update: Kona was adopted. She is able to use her front leg for now.

 

George

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George is a good ole' boy. He came from a home with 2 other boxers (all older) and all three were surrendered when owner lost home. Obviously money had been an issure for awhile as George came in with a large growth in his mouth.

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Poor George is such a trooper he loves life and everyone in it and makes the best of every moment. He is a wonderful boy and is shown often to prospective adopters. They realize he is a little older but what is really keeping him from being adopted is this growth.

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Georges growth is not life threatening and BRLA has limited funds which are consistenly having to be used on life or death cases. George needs some kind hearted medical sponsors that can donate to his medical lifeline so he can have his growth removed.

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Not only would his profile improve, he would be able to eat more comfortably and he would be much more attractive to prospective adopters. George needs medical sponsors!

Update 12/8: George is very grateful for the angels that donated to his Medical Lifeline. He is scheduled for surgery!

Update 1/11: Thanks to WBBR George had his surgery in Canada and is now in his new loving home.

 

Desmond

You would think having a hole in your jaw is problem enough. But that is only the tip of the iceburg for Desmond.

He came to BRLA and we found that there is a hole in his lower jaw. We have never seen anything like this. Des went to our amazing team of vets at Banfield to evaulate. Upon examination they detected a heart murmur and used ultrasound to explore cause of murmur.

The ultrasound revealed quite a mess inside Desmond. His heart is being taxed by his liver and spleen which are pressing on it. These organs are completely out of place. Desmond will need major surger to rearrange his organs and allowing him a normal life.

As far as his jaw, it could have been an infected injury (from an attack) or possible a bone fungus. We are takeing one step at a time with this sweet boy to take care of all his needs.

His estimate medical costs are already over $1000.00

Please donated to Desmond's Medical Lifeline fund

 

Update 12/18/10: Desmond had his surgery and is recovering. He is such a sweet boy and now needs to see the good side of life...for once.

Update 1/1/11: Desmond has started his new life wtih a wonderful new mom.

 

Ellie

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This sweet angel was found on the street and taken in by a good samatarian. The owner who lost her was found but they did not want her. She was skin and bones. She was having colitis issues and did not seem to be getting any better. She came to BRLA and we began the typical colitis protocol.

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Ellie is dangerously emaciated. She is not interested in eating and even having a hard time with a liquified diet. She is currently in the hospital on IV drip and intrevenous feeding. She is a very sensitive little girl and we hope she has enough fight in her. We are doing everything possible.

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Update: 12/9: Her bloodwork is not giving any obvious clues to why she is so far gone. Sadly the reality is that her original owner may have starved her. Thank goodness they did not take her back to finish the job. She is beginning to take a little food but not out of the woods just yet. Ellie needs your prayers and support.

Please donate any amount to Ellie's Medical Lifeline fund. Estimated vet bill: $1000.00

Update: 12/18: Ellie is eating and holding her own. She thanks her donors and looks forward to feeling stronger and stronger.

Update: 12/28: Ellie gained a record 9 pounds and has such a will to live. She amazed everyone and was able to go home with a wonderful couple to continue her miraculous recovery.

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Update Ellie is loving her new life.

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Diva

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It just never seems to end. People neglect their pets and let them get to this state. We received a plea from a person who claimed to have spent $1000 on medical care and her baby Boxer and she could not afford continued care. This is mange! Either they had a horrible vet or they did not give Diva any care at all.

Either way it doesn't matter as she is in good hands now. With the right medication, the best nutrition and lots of TLC, this little sweatpea will fully recover.

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This did not happen overnight and should have never been allowed to happen. Diva is the sweetest little angel who did not deserve to be neglected. Please help BRLA continue providing the best treatment and care for Diva. Thank you.

Update: 12/18/10 - Diva is adopted!

Button

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It is not uncommon to see mange in young dogs. They just don't have the immune system to fight it. But Button is a rare and horrible case as she is a six year old adult. She once was a healthy girl who was obviously used for breeding. That alone will deplete your system if never given the chance to recover.

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Obviously she started showing signs of mange and her previous owners turned a blind eye to her needs. She has not one lick of hair on her body and she is swollen and terribly uncomfortable.

It has to have taken months for Button to get into this condition. BRLA was contacted and sent photos of this poor girl and we welcomed her to come and get the treatment and love she deserves. First we have to treat her mange condition and then we relieve her of her breeding days by getting her spayed. But not until she is strong enough and recovered enough.

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Button is one of the most gentle and kind creatures on the earth.

Our hearts go out to her and the suffering she must have endured. She is now on the road to recovery and then can look forward to being adopted into a home that will love and cherish her.

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Button will need months of treatment but will fully recover. Please help BRLA with a donation to help.

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Update 12/11/10 - Button was adopted and doing well.

Buddy

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Boxers are prone to lumps and bumps. Buddy came to BRLA with a ping pong ball sized tumor hanging off his chest.

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Buddy is a nice boy in the prime of his life with so much to live for. This tumor needs to come of and have a biopsy to see if further treatment is needed to save this boys life.

Any amount you can donate to Buddy's Medical Lifeline will help this boy get treatment and find a home.

ADOPTED

 

 

 

George & Honey

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The medical cases never end. BRLA is contacted daily in regards to helping Boxers in need. Sometimes we cannot do it all and we reach out for help. Our Canadian friends at Without Borders Boxer Rescue go above and beyond the call at times and that is exactly what saved George and Honey.

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George was sitting at Carson shelter in isolation unable to be temperament tested due to his broken femur which needed surgery. The break was severe and we had no idea if he was dog aggressive. His time was running out and when we asked our Canadian friends if they could help, without hesitation they agreed and George was saved. It was a leap of faith.

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Honey was purchased as a puppy and when she was just 8 weeks old she injured her leg. The extent was unknown as her owners could not afford any surgery so they kept her in splints from January until July changing it monthly but never dealing with the problem. Canada already had one medical case coming so they figured why not take them both.

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Logistically it worked out better for Chantelle, the founder of WBBR to fly down and escort these Boxers back to Vancouver.  She had TSA and baggage personnel at airport   gently carrying the Boxers to the plane rather than conveyer belt them. They were indeed precious cargo.  Everyone made it back to Vancouver safe and sound, Chantelle no worse for the wear from the 22 hour day of flying in and flying right back out, dealing with customs and all the hassles of travel.  This is above and beyond at it’s finest.

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The dogs were at the vet first thing for X-rays and to plan surgery.
George was scheduled to get his bones aligned and stainless steel pins inserted to repair the leg. Unfortunately there was already considerable calcification and the decision was made to not re-break his leg but to stabilize and let continue to fuse. He will always walk with a limp but is the sweetest soul you could ever meet. He is recovering and given months of physical therapy and restricted mobility he will be ready to be adopted. Thanks to WBBR

Honey was the mystery dog- what was under that splint? It was not good. When the original injury occurred a tendon was severed. If repaired at the time she would be good as new. The 5 months of simply splinting the problem caused the muscles and tendons to die on both sides of the tear.  She literally had skin hanging from her leg bone with absolutely no muscle. It was so sad to know she could have been helped had her owners sought treatment. The damage was done and the best course of treatment is to amputate the dead limb. It is a burden to her. Honey is one of those delightful creatures that will not even miss a blink in her transition from 4 legs to 3.  She will have her surgery, recover in a foster home and be adopted. Thanks to WBBR.

George and Honey will be fine and lead happy healthy lives thanks to Without Borders Boxer Rescue.  WBBR does not go to these great lengths for BRLA Boxers because they are made of money. Quite the opposite is true; they struggle like any rescue to make ends meet. They pay for all travel costs and of course the medical expense for treating these Boxers. We are humbled and grateful for their contribution and never ending support.

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As a supporter of Boxer Rescue LA we ask a special favor that you reach out and support WBBR for the rescue and treatment of George and Honey. They definitely went above and beyond by committing to take these two broken Boxers.  They are such amazing supporters of BRLA and contribute to our ability to save so many live.


A donation of any amount to the WBBR medical fund would be a wonderful gesture to a group of people who have always been there for BRLA. Now it's time for us to be there for them.

Thank you in advance for helping George, Honey and WBBR

ADOPTED

 

 

Sam

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Sam is one very sick little man.  He has Valley Fever which has settled not only into his bones but into his spine, pelvis and shoulders making movement extremely painful.


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We are told that there was a landslide of emails circulating to get Sam pulled and to the vet. Apparently no one stepped up, because the Kern County shelter called BRLA and asked for our help.  As always without hesitation we were on our way and got Sam help immediately. It was almost too late..

Sam was taken straight to a vet. As soon as Valley Fever was even a possibility we called upon our trusted resource in AZ who see this condition more and more due to the desert conditions throughout the state. CA has our own desert areas and that is typically where Valley Fever cases occur.

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The first days were critical as Sam needed vet care prior to his arrival at BRLA.  The pain was apparent and he was given 24 hour care including morphine to try and help with pain management.  It was very emotional to his caregiver as one feels so helpless at times even knowing that everything is being done.  He cried constantly.  He was given massive doses of antibiotics and various treatments to start to deal with the infection.

The treatment has made some progress as Sam is no longer in constant pain. He does not want to move much but that is okay as he will need extensive treatment and long term care to recover. Sam is still not out of the woods.

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He is with our best medical foster, again getting 24/7 care. From day one the vets prescribed strict cage rest. He is supposed to be in a crate. Since he does not want to move we are breaking vet rules and he has the freedom of a cozy dog bed to sleep most of the day away while his medication does the work. He has an eye on him all day long. He is eating, but only when hand fed. He does not want to drink so he gets Pedialite in an oral syringe. Sam is getting the best care possible between vets and home care fostering.

 

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BRLA is in this for the long haul but can always use your support.  The first few days with intensive care cost over $1000.00.  His costs continue on a daily basis but we feel Sam is worth every penny.

For all of you out there who participated in the emails about Sam but could not afford to pull him from the shelter here is your chance to do something positive and be a part of his recovery.  You can donate to Sam’s BRLA medical lifeline.

For anyone out there who has ever heard an innocent animal cry in pain, we need your support to provide Sam with every medical option to save his life.

Thank you all in advance for joining the Sam campaign for life! Any amount will help support his ongoing medical care which will determine life or death.

Thank you to all of you who so generously stepped up and donated to Sam's medical lifeline. We were able to step up the treatment and he began standing on his own and giving his foster kisses! He was even eating and drinking on his own. Modern medicine seemed to be working and he was set for IV infusion treatments. .

The other day Sam was acting strange. His foster took him to the vet to check on a foot wound that was draining. It was a lesion caused from the lack of movement in his limbs and the highgrade infection he had from the valley fever. 

They stopped by a supporter to pick up noni and when it was agreed that he was not doing well. We squeezed in appt with the Internal Medicine specialist who would do the IV infusions that were set up for Sam to continue his treatment.. 

Sam was breathing short and rapidly. Chest xrays were taken to make sure he did not aspirate and what they found was the infection was eating away at his shoulder bones and there were many holes and gaps. This meant his breathing was pain related since the lungs were clear.

The doctor said even if the iv infusion could attack the fungus he would still have to survive the treatments and then a absolute amputation of the front leg with all the damage and still had only a 1 to 2 % chance of any quality life.

Sam had put up a brave and strong fight but he was now obviously suffering and we made the heartwrenching decision to set him free. He was loved and held until the end. When his foster returned home there was a freak summer rain shower and there was a double rainbow in the sky. We are certain is was Sam thanking us for all we did.

Thank you all for all your love, support and donations for Sam's medical treatment.

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Kayla

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What could be worse than roaming the streets of Mexico scrounging for food.


How about being shot and sustaining a serious injury to your legs? 

Wait it gets worse…How about some stupid idiot thinking that trying to remove your injured leg with a rusty saw would help. Yep it’s all true and Kayla lived through this horror.

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A Good Samaritan got her out of Mexico. Her leg will be saved, she will gain the weight back and the emotional scars will heal with love and time. 

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She has come a very long way. She is a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul and a will to live like you would not believe.

Please donate to Kayla's Medical Lifeline

ADOPTED

 

Papa - aka Popeye

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This is Papa and believe it or not he is an AKC registered purebred boxer under two years old. You would never know by looking at him.  His owner has come to the sad realization that she can no longer care for him.  She has been forced to rent out her home to survive and is moving to a tiny apartment. Papa’s condition is not from neglect. As a matter of fact the opposite could not be more true. She spent a ton of money with a vet that was happy to take their payment but has not successfully treated Papa.

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She carries a lot of guilt thinking that when Papa was a puppy she left him at her mom’s house and he chewed on posts that were termite infested.  She thought this condition was her fault and the vet apparently played on that.  Papa was given weekly injections of a very toxic medication which causes the bloating.  Papa needs the proper protocol to treat his mange and help his over-medicated body recover.

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He has a congenital heart condition with a bad heart valve - some sort of stenosis which causes the fluids to back up because - the fluids go into the stomach and dilute the foods and prevent proper nourishment causing malabsorption of the food.  We are putting him on injectible diruectics for the weekend to see how well that helps to dissipate the water accumulation.  Then he will be going back to Banfield on Monday for the week for further monitoring and watch for fluid release.  We need to get rid of the water because it is starting to affect his breathing.
 
He being put on high quality high calorie food to help compensate for the malabsorption.  We are treating him with Promeris for his demodectic mange and an antibiotic in the ears for the yeast infection which is also from the mange.  We will take it one step at a time.

Papa is now known as Popeye and he is doing well. His condition was due to a rare heart condition. He will need on-going treatment consisting of one pill per day and is looking for that special home.

Look how far Popeye has come

 

 

Rusty

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Rusty is just a baby. A baby that was neglected. When we first got him he had very little fur as he had a severe case of demodex mange. That is typically not a problem to cure but Rusty has a bigger problem, his back legs. His back right leg is disfigured and he paddles when walking.

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He is schedule to see our orthopedic surgeon to see if his leg can be restored. Please donate to Rusty's medical lifeline to insure he gets the absolute best care..

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ADOPTED

 

 

Archie

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This adorable 10 month old boy was found wandering the streets by a nice lady. She took him to a city shelter and let us know about him.Our volunteer went to visit Archie and all he wants to do is cuddle.. He is super sweet and covers you with kisses and wiggles as long as you don't touch his front left paw. He cries in pain. It is swollen and he will be sent for full evaulation. BRLA is committed to repairing the damage. Please help us help Archie.

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There is no telling the extent of the damage until we get him to our orthopedic vet.

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What we do know is that Archie is a total love bug and will be a great addition to any family once he gets the use of his bum paw back. It will involve surgery and careful recouperation.

ADOPTED

 

Tessie

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Tessie must have been in pretty bad shape when she arrived at the city shelter BRLA pulled her from. They had gone ahead and done a procedure on her right hip. She was still limping and we gave her time to heal.

It turns out they completely missed that her left hip was dislocated and she needs a TPLO (femur head removal) surgery.

Poor girl needs another surgery. She is the sweetest girl.

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Tessies TPLO will cost $900 with the BRLA discount.

 

Update: Tessie is scheduled to have her surgery and will go into a foster home for recovery.

 

ADOPTED

Tinker

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Tinker is just a baby. We are not sure how his injury incurred as this is how he came to us. What we do know is that Tinker has a torn cruciate.

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He has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee[stifle].
It is the same injury seen in human athletes ["football knee"]. There are two ligaments inside the dog's knee which cross, thus the name "cruciate" ligaments. These ligaments provide stability for the knee when the dog walks. If the anterior cruciate tears [by far the most common knee injury], the shin bone moves forward when the dog walks. This causes pain, and can damage the cartilage [meniscus] inside the knee.

Tinkers surgery will be about $1500 and any amount donated to his medical lifeline will help tremendously.

Lizzie

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Lizzie is a wonderful senior Boxer lady with great patients and obvious good manners. She was found abandoned in a gas staion in San Bernadino. At her age she was happy just to sit and wait, but no one came for her. She was injured, probably from being hit by a car but no one knows for sure.

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She holds her hind leg up and does not put any weight on it at all. Her muscles are not completely atrophied so the injury cannot be that old. She must be in considerible pain, but she certainly does not show it.

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She love kisses and gets around the best she can. She needs an orthopedic evaulation and most likely surgery. Then once recovered this senior will need a home. A foster home to recover in would be wonderful. You will see what a gentle soul she is and Lizzie certainly deserves better than to be left at a gas station to fend for herself or to die.

With a number of evaulations, all vets recommend amputation. Lizzie will need a foster home to recover in as well.

Any amount donated to Lizzies medical lifeline fund will help.

 

 

 

Poncho

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It's obvious Poncho had a hard life. He has many concrete burns which means he spent most of his time outside. Sadly they neglected his hernia when it started and it would have been an easy fix.

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Poncho has a double hernia and requires surgery. We always ask ourselves how anyone could let a dog get in this condition.

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Poncho will need surgery ASAP. And yes he will also be neutered

Update: Poncho's condition was more complicated than expected, his entire colon needed to be relocated before removing the hernias. Poncho developed serious complications and we felt it in his best interest to let him peacefully pass to the other side. He will be missed. Thank you all for your support of Poncho.

 

The Mange Triplets

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Meet Bambi, Dawn and Tony. One night they were thrown over the wall of our vets facility and their owner fled in the dark of night.

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Their mange is so severe that you see the result in swollen feet and and limbs. All had secondary yeast infections which are under control with medication and topical treatments.

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Their little spirits are not dampened by their itchy skin, they love each other and are doing very well.

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The medication at times is a little much for little Dawn and her belly swells up.

Bambi has the most hair of the three, which isn't saying a lot.

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Our mange triplets will need months of treatment and your support is greatly appreciated.

Update: Thanks to supporting their medical lifeline the triplets got the best of care. They have all been adopted.

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ALL THREE TRIPLETS WERE ADOPTED

Stella

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The first thing you notice about Stella is just how fabulous her personality is. She is so calm and patient and loves everyone.  She is friendly and playful and at first you think she has the typical Boxer snaggle tooth, but that is not the case.  Stella was born with a cleft pallet. She is about 3 year old and has survived just fine with this hole in her face, nose and in her mouth. She deserves better.

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Stella deserves to have reconstructive surgery to correct this defect to insure good breathing for a very long and happy life. She is so amazing that she deserves only the very best.

Please donate to Stella’s medical lifeline to correct her cleft pallet

 

Update: Thanks to all the medical lifeline support Stella had her surgery (you are seeing post surgical tubes in her face). She needs one more to fix a slight problem in her nose but she is doing great. Just look at that smile. And such a sweetheart.

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Please donate to Stella's medical lifeline for her final nasal surgery.

STELLA WAS ADOPTED

 

Laney

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This sweet girl is just a youngster, but she has carried a burden for some time.  Laney’s front left leg is completely useless.. She mostly holds it up and hops around. Occasionally she will fool you and straighten it out looking like she can put weight on it but she cannot. It is apparent her leg was damaged before and she did not get the medical care required.  Our vet found neurological damage and her leg has to come off.  Once free of this dangling limb Laney will adapt in no time to life on three legs.

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She is such a sweetheart and loves people and dogs with abandon.  Please donate to Laney’s medical lifeline so she can get the amputation she needs and can heal and find her very own home.

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Update: Laney was sponsored by our friends at Without Borders Boxer Rescue in Vancouver. She flew home with them and had her amputation surgery. She also has been adopted and will go home Oct 25.

 

Calypso

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I’m sure when you see the size of this tumor you will ask yourself “what kind of person let’s their pet get into this condition?”.  The answer is the same person that eventually turns their pet into a city shelter rather than providing any medical care.   Calypso is a great big sweetie pie. She is very calm and loving and is great with everyone. 

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She is careful while walking as this hanging tumor the size of a grapefruit dangles from her leg. We have seen one other tumor this size and the prognosis is very good once removed.

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Please donate to Calypso’s medical lifeline so this hideous tumor can be removed.

Update: Calypso had her surgery:

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Frosted Flake

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Mange may not be the most deadly condition but it is one of the most dramatic to see treated. Unfortunately Frosted Flake is just a baby. It took her months to get this bad and she is only 3-4 months old.

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Letting a puppy go like this is horrible to see. But just wait and see what treatment can do for this little sweetheart.

Even with skin that itches her constantly and cracks and bleeds little Flake is a happy spirit. Secondary yeast infections are common with mange and she is being treated for that as well.

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Help BRLA help this little puppy recover from Demodex mange (not contagious to dogs or humans)

 

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Any amount to Frosted Flake's medical lifeline helps.

Update: Frosted flake fully recovered and is adopted.

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Sheila

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We rescue dogs from shelters all the time. We were a little taken aback when we rescued Sheila. We got the call that a nice Boxer lady needed BRLA. The shelter (who will remain nameless) spayed her before releasing her. That is routine in many systems.  What was not routine was to leave a huge festering tumor on poor Sheila while they had her under anesthesia. We would have happily paid the difference to have the growth removed at the same time given the opportunity.  But we can’t change what happened and we immediately got Sheila the surgery she needed to remove her tumor.

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The after-the-fact procedure cost over $1000 but Sheila did great and is recovering nicely. She is a trooper with a heart of gold.  Please donate to Sheila’s medical lifeline to help pay for the procedure she should have had the first time she was in the operating room.

Update: Sheila was adopted.

 

 

Sampson

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Sampson is a gentle giant who must have been banished to the backyard as anyone having to look at his hernia and leg tumor in the house 24/7 is unthinkable. He is such a sweet soul that he deserves a chance to get the surgeries required so he can be adopted. Why people let things go so long and get to this point is a question we find asking again and again.

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Sampson was adopted 7/11/09.

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Beasley

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This young boy is on his way to BRLA for treatment of his right rear leg and then a home of his very own. It appears to be a fracture that is weeks maybe months old. He has limited rotation and callus have developed at the knee. He does not bear any weight on this leg. We need to X-ray and find a plan of action to get Beasley back on his feet. All four of them.

After his initial evaluation and many X-rays it is suspected that Beasley has Valley Fever which has gone into his bones. This is a serious fungal infection that is difficult to fight. We are investigating and acquiring the special medications that are needed to give Beasley a fighting chance.

Please donate to Beasley's medical lifeline fund:

BEASLEY WAS ADOPTED!

Limerick

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No you are not seeing things. This Boxer's bottom lip is literally hanging off his face. It's an old injury and we found him in the shelter this way. How anyone could let their Boxer spend one day like this is beyond belief. liime

The good news is that our vets can fix Limerick so he once again looks like a normal dog.He is such a friendly lovable guy that deserves the chance at life. He is just a few years old and has his whole life ahead of him.

Limerick has has his lower lip re-attached twice. It still continues to want to detach.

Limerick just had his 3rd surgery for his lower lip. We are hoping this one sticks.

Can you please help Limerick get his face back? Donate to the Limerick Medical Lifeline Fund. Thank you.

LIMERICK WAS ADOPTED!

 

 

Blanco

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Meet little Blanco.  He is a 3 month old deaf baby boxer boy.  He somehow managed to break his elbow. It is going to take a very specific complicated surgery to fix him up.  Our vet is kind enough to let him stay for free and get over his kennel cough, while we raise the money for his procedure. 

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We cannot wait too long as arthritis can set in and he is a growing boy and we don’t want his growth plates to be impacted.  He is the absolute favorite patient of everyone at the hospital. Just look at that sweet face. His little Boxer nub is super turbo charged.

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How could we deny this angel a chance at a life on 4 good legs? BRLA is teaming up with Tazzy Fund to get Blanco funded ASAP so he can get his procedure as quickly as possible. Even with the generous discount from our vet the bill will be in the thousands. We need your help.

Any amount will help little Blanco.  When we get a fair percentage of the cost he will get his surgery.  We will keep everyone updated on Blanco.

Blanco's surgery went fantastic and he is doing well in crate rest in a foster home.

Now he is adopted!

 

Mazie

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Mazie is a precious angel who is currently sight challenged. At first we though she was completely blind in her left eye and had partial sight in her right eye.

We discovered that her third lower lid has grown over her eyeball on the left side and removing this extra flesh will reveal her eyeball which may have sight capabilities. We want to give Mazie the chance to see again.

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With this eye surgery Mazie has the best chance of being able to see. Even without sight she is the most loving little girl and loves people and other dogs. In fact she clings to both every chance she gets.

Please help Mazie get the gift of sight by donating to her medical lifeline fund

Mazie is adopted and having her surgery

DJ

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We see lots of Boxer tumors at BRLA, but DJ has the largest one we have seen in a long while. Poor guy has this double grapefruit size tumor hanging from his knee.

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This horrible tumor swings dangerously back and forth when DJ walks. It's like a twisted game of volleyball. It's anyone's guess how long this monster tumor has been growing. I guess when his owners could no longer stand to look at it, they dropped him off at a kill shelter instead of getting it removed.

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It always horrifies us when people let their pets go this far. But then again after 31 years of rescue, we are never surprised to see what people are capable of.DJ has suffered with this burden for long enough. This tumor has to come off and we have to insure that he will be able to keep his leg. You can help.

DJ's surgery was a success and he has been adopted.

Oso

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This tumor did not grow overnight. Oso's previous owner had to see this mass increasing in size but obviously did not give a hoot. We do and want to get Oso the surgery to remove this with clean margins to guarantee this wonderful young boy a bright future. He is so sweet and deserves to live.

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Oso surgery was a success and he recovered in a great foster home and was recently adopted.

Hop-Along

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This sweet young boy was born with an under developed rear leg. He managed to get along with it and his previous owners did not do anything about it. Well they eventually did by leaving him at a high kill shelter. BRLA saved him and he was taken in to be evaluated. It was determined that the leg was too far gone and amputation was the best solution.

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Hop-Along did well and is recovering in a foster home. BRLA takes on these medical cases knowing that our wonderful supporters will help us continue to be able to give the less than perfect Boxers the same chance at a happy ending.

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Hop-Along's surgery was $800, which is a small price for such a wonderful Boxer. He is such a sweet guy with an incredible temperament. He wanted to live and BRLA stepped up to save him.

 

Popeye

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Imagine weighing just 30 pounds and being hit by a car so hard that you end up with two front broken legs, a back broken leg, your hip out of socket and a fracture in your pelvis just to start. Well that is the true life trauma of 5 month old little Boxer pup Popeye. This little guy was taken to the shelter by his owner who did not want to pay for the surgery to care for him after the accident. Unable to walk and in horrific pain this pup got a second chance.

BRLA pulled him from the shelter and got this baby to a hospital right away. Popeye is such a lucky dog as the Orthopedic Specialist came in on a Saturday to start his surgeries. He will have the following procedures done: Fix front broken leg, cast the other front broken leg, repair fractured Pelvis, put the hip back in place and repair broken back leg. He will be all put back together soon but the medical expense is $7500 and will take some effort and time to pay off.. Can you please help Popeye? Money always seems to stand in the way of rescuing a dog but how could we leave him behind.

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Popeye had his surgery today. He has three bandages and is on very strong pain meds.

Today he had his right front leg casted to repair a broken ulna. The left leg was plated with a full break in the radius. The left hip was put back into socket, fractured pelvis was set and back broken (same Leg) leg was plated. Now the long recovery.

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Popeye definitely has youth on his side and of course a lot of pain medication. He is doing remarkably well for having endured so much so quickly.

Yes, the surgeries for Popeye were very expensive. But look into those eyes. Could you have let him go? BRLA has partners with Tazzy Fund to give Popeye the chance he deserves. Please help us fund Popeye's medical costs of over $7000.

Please donate to Popeye's Medical Lifeline fund. Thank you.

Update: Popeye has flourished in his amazing foster home. Just a few more weeks and he will be ready for adoption.

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Popeye has been adopted and is now called Willie.

Jed

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In these challenging economic times, many people cannot afford medical care for their beloved pets and they end up abandoning them. It's such a shame. Jed was rescued from a city shelter. He is a fantastic, spunky little guy with such a lust for life. He has a condition called Cherry Eye.

The procedure to fix Cherry Eye is realatively simple and has a very high success rate. The cost will be about $600 and you can help Jed by donating to his Lifeline Medical Fund.

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update: Jed had a successful cherry eye surgery and awaits adoption.

Rex

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Rex is a gentle giant who gives the most amazing Boxer hugs. He has lived a good six years and suddenly finds himself without a home. Could it have been the tumor on his neck. BRLA rescued this wonderful gent and got him the medical treatment to save his life.

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He may look a little like Frankenstein right now but scars heal and fur grows back. The main thing is that Rex is alive and thriving and will enjoy a second chance at life.

With your support, BRLA can continue to help those who need help the most, like Rex. He is healing nicely and is such a grateful soul. He is so patient with the dressing and caregiving require for his post surgical care. Please help BRLA pay for his surgery.

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update: Rex has recovered and was adopted. He is very much loved.

 

Darran

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It does not take an eyeball to have a good outlook on life. Darran's left eye was diagnosed as unsavable. He is a young, mellow loving guy who would warm up any home. BRLA took on the challenge to save his eye. Our fantastic team of vets say that his eye can be saved. We learn every day and we learned that when a dog is in pain, that organ or part of the body will digress. Long story short, Darrens eye was shrinking back into his head and would most likely be lost.

Our team of amazing vets are treating his eye and he will most likely be able to keep his eye and will hopefully have sight in it.

Darren's eye was saved! He was adopted December 08.

Mike

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Mike came to BRLA a very skinny happy boy. As many dogs in a kennel do he was exposed to kennel cough: a relatively common ailment which is self limiting (a dog can recover on their own). But Mike was not strong enough to fight the virus and it suddenly turned to pnenuomia. He was rushed to emergency and put on fluids for his 104 degree fever.

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While at the vet they discovered an enlarged kidney and a high white blood cell count.

Mike is fighting for his life and your support to his medical fund is greatly appreciated. His vet bills are already over $1200. Any amount is welcome.

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update: Mike has fully recovered.

 

 

Mac Mullen

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Mac Mullen is a sweet 2 year old who was dropped off at the city shelter with his leg in a cast. He is getting new x-rays and a qualified diagnosis to insure this little guy has four working legs very soon.

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Mac Mullen will get the medical treatment he needs thanks to your donations.

9/08-Update: Mac had his cast off and waits to be adopted

11/08. Mac is adopted and loving life. Thank you!

 

Patton

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This sweetheart came to BRLA with a limp. When X-rayed it was discovered that Patton needs surgery to repair his crucial ligament on his back knee. It is so sad to think that Patton's otherwise loving family could not afford the surgery and left him at a city shelter with the possibility of euthanasia.

BRLA rescued Patton from the kill shelter in time and will get him the surgery he needs. We need your help.

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Your help in raising the funds for Patton's knee surgery is greatly appreciated. The cost will be in the thousands. Any amount helps this sweet guy get his procedure and be one step closer to being ready for adoption.

Update: Patton has a home!

 

Chata Ching

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When Chata Ching first came to BRLA we thought she had the worst case of fly strikes we had ever seen. But they just were not getting any better. She saw our vet and received full panels and tests and we await the results. We are dreading the fact that this is probably cancer.

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After numerous vet visits, a negative cancer diagnosis, numerous medications to fight the bacterial infection it was determined that Chata Ching had canine leprosy.

Update 8/20: Chata Ching had both her earflaps amputated to save her life. She was so incredibly patient with the treatment protocol to this point with many uncomfortable washes which she never complained once. She is now pain free and her ears can begin to heal. .

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Update: Chata is fully recoverd and awaits her new home

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Roxy

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Roxy is a beautiful, young, loving flashy fawn we recently pulled from a high kill shelter.  The paperwork said her owners turned her in because she was "too much dog" and didn't want to deal with her anymore.  What do you expect from a Boxer puppy only about a year old?!  Roxy has an ACL tear and needs surgery that costs $2500.  She can barely walk and winces in pain any time she puts pressure on it.  Roxy is confined to her crate and only let out for potty breaks.  She’s great with other dogs, but can’t even interact with them due to her severe injury.  Please help us get Roxy the care she deserves.  This little angel has so much love to give and deserves to be playing, jumping and living life to the fullest the way all Boxers do!

Update: 5/08: Roxy was adopted and is doing great.

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Faith and Joe

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2/2/08: Faith and her brother Joe Schmoe were left behind in the backyard by their family when they moved due to foreclosure.

The neighbors were watching to see if anyone was going to come back for them. One day Faith would not get up anymore and was moaning so the neighbors called animal control. Why they waited so long is beyond me.

These two poor Boxers had been left with no food or water. Both are starved and their bodies reflect this terribly. Exposed without shelter to rain and the freezing cold. Both Faith and Joe have swollen bleeding skin from mange and parasitic infections.

When animal control arrived they were laying in five inches of water not moving.

Crying the animal control officer carried Faith into the San Bernardino hospital. Faith was considered dead when she arrived. No temperature, her eyes were rolled back in her head, but with love and medical care she survived and is fighting to survive
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Faith weighs 36 pounds but should weigh at least 80 pounds. Joe weighs 65 but should weigh over 100 pounds.

Who could do this to these sweet animals? The proper steps are being taken to find the owner and press charges.

Please help Boxer Rescue and Tazzy Fund continue to offer the best medical care available to these dogs they need to stay in the hospital as long as they need to.

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Update 2/8/08:Faith has gained 10 pounds in one week. The bad news is sheis developing an upper respiratory infection and the concern is pneumonia. Keepin mind Faith was found laying in five inches of water after the horrible rainstorms close to death. Today it is a miracle she is alive and she is fighting.She had another bath today and seems to enjoy the rubbing and touching againsther poor itchy skin. She was let out today in a side yard with Joe Schmoe and they lit up when they saw each other. Joe is doing well. He is gaining weight and even found his voice today and barked at another dog. He wants to be with his sister but she is too sick so they get to see each other for short time periods in the yard. The hospital said it will cost a minimum of $5000 to treat these dogs and get them healthy. They will stay in the hospital for at least two to three more weeks. Please spread the word to help raise donations.

Update 2/25/08: Here is a long overdue update on Faith and Joe the two Boxers left behind when their owners moved. It has been four weeks and they are still in the hospital and will be there for another couple weeks.

Both Faith and Joe are gaining weight and their skin has stopped bleeding. The Boxer wiggle has returned which is a very good sign.

Due to the amount of weight loss from extreme starvation they still have to be fed small meals because when they see food they panic and gulp it down really fast. This of course causes vomiting. After such horrible neglect it will take them awhile to realize they are not looking at their last meal. Soon they will understand that  no one will ever starve them again. Faith is still so very skinny so she proudly wears a red hoodie to keep warm. She really loves it! These two have come so far and deserve a second chance at a great life. Please consider a donation to support their expensive but very needed medical bills to stay in the hospital and receive the best care possible. Thank you to all of the people who have already donated!

JOE NOW!!!!

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FAITH NOW!!!

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  Update: 4/08: Faith and Joe are enjoying life a Chico Boxer Rescue

 

Floppsy

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They never even slowed down!"
Floppsy's story is common and tragic: a dog too young to know what cars really are, was out in the road and had no clue that the roaring machines would hurt her. A Good Samaritan saw her get hit and brought her to our emergency hospital in critical condition. No collar, no microchip, and no idea what just happened to her. Her left hind foot, bent at an impossible angle, was attached by only skin on one side. Her knee and her hip were in similar stages of derangement. Some wounds can't be fixed; her left hind leg would have to be amputated.  We stabilized her with fluids, morphine, and antibiotics and waited for a family to come. A young dog this kind and sweet had to have a family somewhere going crazy to find her. We immediately updated animal control with her description, but no one came.. We call her Floppsy because of the way she now had to lay down.

Over the days Floppsy became stronger. She would walk on her three good legs and then flop onto her right side to rest. She took food gently from our hands and let us change her large bandage without even curling a lip. Someone had shown her love and kindness, she knew how to trust! We kept Floppsy at the hospital as long as we could, but legally, she had to go to the shelter. Families look at shelter's for lost pets, not emergency hospitals. We sent Floppsy with more antibiotics, pain medicine, and a promise for a happy ending.

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With endless phone calls to the shelter we got her released to BRLA. A volunteer went and picked up Floppsy from the shelter. She then drove her round trip 4 hours to Los Angeles to our specialist and after the report from the vet we are glad we took  her to the best.

The vet reported
"This dog should have NEVER left the hospital were she was first taken especially to be taken to an outdoor animal shelter. It is a miracle she is not infested with maggots! Floppsy's left leg is in the most horrible condition with bones sticking out and looks so much worse then it sounds. She has road rash so bad on her whole pelvis area and on her side it looks like ground hamburger which means the car that hit her dragged her very far. She will need multiple surgeries to save her life. She has a high fever and is in shock from the pain she is suffering with. It would have been more humane to euthanize her then take her to a shelter". She will survive but it is going to cost us of course even with generous rescue discounts.

Update on Floppsy 3/3/08 She is out of the shelter and at our animal hospital. She arrived with a 105 degree fever and in a lot of pain. She is now resting pain free waiting for her surgery.

She is in worse shape then we thought. The person who hit her must have dragged her because her tummy area is very raw and down to the muscle. Pray for our girl

Update on Floppsy 3/4/08 Floppsy had her surgery to amputate her left hind leg. It was in such bad condition there was nothing that could be done to save it. She is on pain meds and will be in the hospital waiting to see what our next step is to address her other injuries.

So far her medical bill is over $3000. Thank you to all of the people who have donated so far.

Winston

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2/12/08 Winston came to BRLA 3 weeks ago. He was thin and was not gaining weight. His blood work was inclusive. Winston has been in a foster home that provided the ultimate TLC until today. He needs serious medical treatment.Winston was rushed to Dr. Alan Schulman where ultrasounds and scans will hopefully get to the bottom of his condition.

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Winston continues to be one of the sweetest Boxers ever. Why is it always the nice ones that suffer so?

Update 2/13: Winston was thoroughly check for parasites and all tests were negative. He was also negative for any cancer (thank God!). He has no major organ failure which is also encouraging news. Here is what we do know. Winston does have pneumonia and is on strong antibiotics. Because he is severely anemic he will have a plasma transfusion. He is starting a course of steroids to build him up. Winston is also on a special high caloric diet. He will remain at the hospital to monitor the effects of this treatment course. We feel this is all guarded good news for Winston. Please donate to his ongoing medical care.

Update 02/22/08: Winston left us this morning with the help of the vets and techs. He was held closely and let go early this morning. He was bleeding inside his intestines and could no longer get up.

Thank you for allowing us to spare no expense to give him the chance he deserved.

We are sorry we could not do more for this boy with the coolest ears.

 

 

Syndey

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2/2/08
Sydney was attacked at the city shelter. BRLA pulled him from the shelter and got him to East Valley Animal Hospital. He needed a lot of stitches.  He is now suffering from tetanus and his entire body is completely stiff.  He will need hospitalization until the toxins are out of his body and he regains some flexibility.

 

Freda & Rita

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2/5/08: These sisters came from Escondido where they were involved in a dog fight with a neighbors dog. Their owner did not get them proper medical care and now their injuries have serious complications. Freda had facial injuries and currently has stitches and drains. Rita nearly lost her foot from infection but will hopefully fully recover.

Update: Freida & Rita were adopted.

 

Precious

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tumor

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2/5/08: Precious had the most hideous tumor removed from her groin. How can an owner stand by and watch something like this simply grow and grow. After the surgery, the incision opened up and became a gaping hole in her abdomen and had to be flushed numerous times and day. She has to have saline soaked gauze to pull out the toxins from her body. She is a precious girl that needs continued medical attention.

 

Jack

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02/23/08: Jack was found by LA county animal control on February 15, after being hit by a car.  He was brought to an emergency clinic for stabilization.  Vets determined that the front legs were injured, with possible fractures to both.  Temporary bandages and casts were placed on him.  He was sent to Baldwin Shelter, waiting for his owner.  Of course, his owner never showed up.  BRLA picked him up as soon as he was available. But he had to spend eight very uncomfortable, scary, and probably painful days in the shelter.  Despite what he has gone through, Jack is very sweet, and quite a happy and energetic young boy.  He is only a year and a half.  Jack was taken directly to Dr. Shulman at Animal Medical Center of Southern California for treatment. Attached are some pictures of our handsome dear boy.

Update 02/27/08: Jack has a broken left leg and is having surgery today to have it plated. Luckily his right leg is not broken just has a very bad laceration.

He has come down with kennel cough but has been on antibiotics for five days. He is eating well and his pain is managed with medication. Jack's surgery will cost $2600 please consider a donation to help Jack.

Update 04/21/08 Jack continues to do well with his cast. He is still only allowed some potty time and Jack is full of himself. He gets into everything and is such a charachter.

Update 5/10/08 Jack got his cast off and the vets permission to become available for adoption. He's ready to go home. Adopt Jack

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Pedro

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Pedro was attacked by two dogs. The injury to his shoulder became grossly infected going into the bone. We believe the infection is clear but caused major damage as the shoulder is growing and twisting his body. Dr. Shulman will go in and see if he can repair it at all if not he will need to amputate the front leg and a good portion of the shoulder to relieve Pedro of pain and discomfort.

Pedro update 1/16/08: Pedro's injuries were not reversable and his leg and part of his shoulder were amputated. He is recovering well and will soon be on his feet, all three of them. His medical bills will be just short of $2000.

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2/3/08 Pedro was adopted. His dad takes him to work everyday and he even has a title. CCO - Chief Chicken Officer

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Chester

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Chester has whats called a subluxation of the Meta Tarsol. More simply he has a fracture in the foot joint in his back leg. This causes slipping of the toes and possible breaks to them as well. He will need a plate and pins to secure foot and joint.   Poor Chester will be in a cast for four months to ensure proper healing and to walk normally.
Chester update 1/17/08. Chester's surgery was a success and he is resting comfortably. He has a wonderful foster home set up for his long recovery. His surgery was $3000.00

update 2/7/08: Chester is recovering in a wonderful foster home.

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