Roger

April 17, 2014

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A week ago, on a day filled with downpours and thunder, April and I were on outreach. You know that Chain of Hope is out there in sleet, snow, rain, wind-whatever. The poor animals need help on those kinds of days most of all. As we went through an intersection, I glanced to the right to check for traffic and that’s when I saw a very small white animal standing in the street. April and I thought it was a little puppy. I backed up, turned up the street and we saw that it was some kind of small breed dog, not a puppy. It was a white poodle and it was drenched to the bone. As we got closer and pulled over, it ran further down the street. April got out with some canned food and began tossing some chunks of it towards the little dog, hoping it was very hungry and would come for it. It didn’t. It just kept going, running down the street. This was so sad. I bet this little one only weighed 10 lbs. April jumped back in the van and we drove up to where he was again. The mailman was walking that block and saw us trying to catch him. He told us that he’d never seen him before.

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We got this little boy in the van. He was very scared and yes, he tried to bite. He was overwhelmed.  We told him that this was the best day of his life, but I don’t think he believed it at that very moment! We got him back to the vet and decided to go ahead and sedate him and get him neutered, heart worm tested, vaccinated, bathed, and nail-trimmed.  We’d just do the works while he snoozed away the afternoon and never knew what was happening!

 

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We decided to call him Roger. He reminded us so much of another little poodle we had rescued not too long ago named Roy (http://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/roy/). They were so much alike. We set Roger up in a small, quiet room and just let him chill. The next day, if we opened his door, left for a few minutes and then came back, he would’ve been brave enough to have come out of his room and he’d be in the  hall. So, so scared, but yet a little better everyday. I knew he was going to go through a major transformation. Chain of Hope had been so fortunate to have seen it many times before. These guys  just need time, patience, and love.

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We put Roger with Crosby, a black Cocker that we had rescued not long ago ( http://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/crosby-2/  . Crosby was shy as well and the two of them seemed to like each other. After several days of just being at Chain of Hope and hanging out together inside, we took Crosby and Roger out to the yard to get some fresh air. Roger was nervous, but seemed to enjoy it, too. Having Crosby with him helped him a lot. They were becoming buddies. Now they love going out to the yard together everyday!

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Roger is still shy, but not nearly as shy as he was when he was first rescued. He is really starting to like being held and loved on. Now he’ll come up to get his pets and listen to our kind words.

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We are only out there saving lives on the streets because our compassionate supporters keep us there! Thank you for helping us to finally put a smile on Roger’s face!

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Scrappy

April 10, 2014

 

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Back in 2012, some people called for help with their animals. There were lots of people that lived in the house and  there were several animals there-inside little dogs, cats and a dog on a chain in the back yard. When we arrived, we went to the backyard to meet the chained dog. He was a super cute boy and he was living in squalor. Trash everywhere.  His name was Rex. He wasn’t so sure about us, but he was just scared. He was only about 9 mo. old, living on a chain. He had a homemade dog house made out of cinder blocks and plywood.

We met Mary and Michael, who owned Rex and also a  little Cairn terrier mix named Scrappy that they kept  in the house. We made arrangements to pick up the two dogs and get them vaccinated and neutered. We took Rex a new dog house and got him off the chain and onto a tie-out cable. We were slowly improving things over here for the animals.

Mary had had a difficult life.  She had moved up here from Arizona, where she had lost her kids. She had gotten a severe bone infection in her leg which was extremely painful and had had medical treatment for almost 2 yrs. before she and her doctors decided that she needed the leg amputated. Then, Mary had gotten caught up in drugs and the wrong crowd and ended up pretty much homeless. She hooked up with Michael at some point and they told me they had kicked the drugs together. It seemed like they were trying hard to make it and at least had a roof over their head.

About a month after we’d neutered the boys, we were able to talk Mary and Michael out of Rex! Rex was now free! I thanked Mary and Michael for making the best decision for Rex so that he could have a happy life!  These dogs always lose their old names if they’d had a terrible life, so Rex became Ollie. We eventually found Ollie a wonderful new home. No more being chained in a back yard!

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Mary and Michael really did take good care of Scrappy and they loved him very much. They kept him inside with them and he seemed happy.  One day I ran by to see if they needed anything and Michael told me that they were moving to an apartment in northeast KC. I visited them later at their new place.  They actually turned several of their new neighbors onto Chain of Hope and we spayed and neutered several animals in that building, which is always a great thing!

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Everyone seemed to be doing well. Mary and Michael were able to buy their own food now that it was just Scrappy, so they really didn’t call much anymore.  I’ve known them for about 2 yrs. now and the other day, we received a voice mail from Mary. She was crying so hard, Patty could barely understand her. She said that she had no where to go, she was homeless and she had tied Scrappy up at a particular address with a friend who was living in a tent  there. We could tell she was heart-broken.

Karen and I jumped in the van to go get Scrappy. As we got closer, I realized where this was. I had been here about a pit bull tied up a long time ago. It’s a very old, abandoned hospital. It’s huge and there’s just lots of tall weeds and branches all over. The picture only shows a part of it-it is much bigger. Homeless people kind of hang out here sometimes. We went up to the building and just started yelling hello and that we were there for Scrappy.

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We were hollering for Scrappy and we didn’t see or hear a thing. We walked all around one huge side of this building, calling for Scrappy, pounding on doors and looking but we could not find him. When we got to the back of the building with no sign of anything,  I told Karen that we needed to walk all around the entire building, even though this wasn’t looking promising. As we came around the other side and I turned a corner, there was Scrappy! He was tied up with a red tie-out and he was just sitting there. There was a tent set up  in the corner. Scrappy was just looking at me and he hadn’t made one peep, even though we’d been calling and calling for him. There was a pair of shoes laying outside the tent, but no one ever came out, made a sound or said anything. We unhooked Scrappy and left. He was SO excited to see us and to go with us. I don’t know how many days he’d been tied up there, but I knew he was very glad to be leaving!

 

 

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We brought Scrappy back to Chain of Hope. We didn’t change his name because he really did have a good life with Mary and Michael. Plus it totally fits his personality, but hey-he’s a terrier, what can we say? Everyone loves Scrappy!

 

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Our grooming guru, Tanner, went to work on Scrappy a few days later to get him cleaned up and looking good!  He gave Scrappy a Mohawk all the way down his back, too, and we think it’s fantastic! Scrappy is such a funny little guy anyway, it just adds even more pizzazz to him!

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I am so thankful that Mary called Chain of Hope to go get Scrappy. She knew that we would take good care of him. I kept telling Scrappy that his mommy loved him very much, but she just couldn’t take care of him anymore. But, of course, I told him not to worry because he’s a Chain of Hope dog now! We wish for good things to happen in Mary’s life and for her to ultimately weather her storm and come out even better for having gone through it. Godspeed, Mary. We are taking the best care of Scrappy.

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Guinness

March 31, 2014

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Whitney has helped us with outreach before. She is a teacher and she kindly devoted a couple of days of her spring break to doing outreach. She brought her friend, Joe, with her. Joe had been wanting to go on outreach for awhile and he was fluent in Spanish, which was incredibly helpful. I sent them out with a list of Hispanic houses that we had had trouble communicating with. We were able to get some spay/neuter appointments finally scheduled, so it was great to have Whitney and Joe out there that day. I called them later in the afternoon and asked them to meet me in an alley in northeast KC that we have always found a lot of problems in. We have rescued a lot of dogs from this alley over the years and animal control has also been called out to this block many times. We try to get through every week or two-we keep a pretty close eye on it. It is heavily Hispanic, so I was looking forward to resolving some issues over here since we had Joe to communicate now.

We parked our vehicles on the side of the alley, got out and began to walk the alley. We’d walked just a little ways when Joe stopped and said, “is that a dog’s butt over there?”. Whitney and I didn’t see what he was talking about. He pointed and told us which house. There was a crawlspace underneath the house in the back with a bunch of leaves and sticks in there. Whitney and I finally saw what he was talking about and pointing to. The house was about 1/2 way down the alley. I, to this day, don’t know how Joe spotted this dog under there. The dog’s head had been down and it was facing backwards in the space, so all Joe had seen was the two haunches and the tail. It was camouflaged in the leaves, there was no movement, but Joe had spotted it. We walked over and approached slowly and called to it. The dog put it’s head up and it was a precious brown pit bull. We weren’t sure what was up yet. It could be a momma with babies under there, in which case she would be protective, as she should be. It could be injured, sick, scared. We got some canned cat food out of the van and tossed some chunks of it to this poor dog. If it landed right by it’s head, it ate it-the dog was hungry. If it was out of reach of it’s mouth, it didn’t go for it. We knew there was something wrong that it wasn’t getting up. I walked up pretty close and was talking softly to it and I saw the thump, thump of the tail. Then it sighed and just put it’s head down and closed it’s eyes. I know that this dog  knew that help had finally arrived. It had hung on however long it’d been under there and now this poor dog was just exhausted.

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We were able to go right up to it. It was not a  momma with babies, it was a male. He was pretty thin. I was able to pet him for a few minutes and finally got a slip lead on him. We coaxed him to stand up and when he tried, he just fell back down. This boy could not walk. I told Joe that now what we needed to do was sit and make really good friends with him and gain his trust. I then told Joe, who was on his first day of outreach, that after we made good friends, he was going to have to pick the dog up and carry him to my car. He said that was fine and he sat down next to this poor boy with some cat food and started building trust. This poor dog had crawled under here and would’ve died, I am sure. He was very skinny and Joe was able to pet him and feel him all over and he said that one of the back legs of the dog was really swollen. He could not even stand on it at this point.

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Joe was able to slowly get the dog over closer to him so that he could eventually pick him up. He was very careful to not hurt him more, but he slowly got him in his lap so that he could stand with him.

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I headed off to Independence Animal Hospital. We got him inside and then we could get a really good look at his leg. His back right leg was swollen huge! Dr. Wingert came in and examined him and said that the leg was definitely broken. This boy had to have been in so much pain, yet he was never aggressive in any way. They would sedate him and take x-rays the next morning. They set him up with some food and some pain meds and we would see what the next day would bring.

 

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The next day, the vet’s office called. This dog’s femur was broken in 5 places. He had most likely been hit by a car. They told me that it could probably be pinned, but they would have to refer me to a specialist for that. They’ve repaired a lot of dogs’ legs for Chain of Hope, some of them pretty severe as you know from some of our stories. If they were referring me to a specialist, I knew this was very bad. The other option was to amputate his leg. This boy was about 9 mo. old and we thought that he would adjust very well to 3 legs. He had a wonderful personality and we thought that we would be able to eventually find him a home. We decided to have his leg amputated. He was neutered at the same time. I went over the next day to see him and take him some Qtrip hot dogs. He was recovering well and everyone at the vet’s office loved him!

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We named this boy Guinness. A few days later, we brought him to Chain of Hope. Guinness  felt great, got around great and was very happy!

 

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Guinness is great with other dogs. He’s a funny boy that will make you smile! He currently has “happy tail” and so he is wearing a wrapping on his tail.  His leg is healing nicely and he is getting his drain out today! We shudder to think what would’ve happened if Chain of Hope hadn’t found Guinness. Thank God that Joe spotted him-it literally saved Guinness’s life.

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Guinness has not been slowed down for one second!! He gets around really, really well. He plays with a couple of the other dogs. We can’t put him with anyone rough yet while he’s healing, but he hangs out with a couple of mellower dogs that we have and loves it! Guinness is so happy to be alive and feeling better. He is a super affectionate dog and loves to give kisses!

 

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Joyful is what comes to mind when I think about Guinness. Guinness is a very joyful dog!  Thanks to our supporters for making that happen!

 

 

 

 

Boston

March 20, 2014

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Meet Boston, a handsome pit bull that Chain of Hope received a call about last January. Of course it was bitter cold and we had lots of snow. Some people called and said that the people next door had moved out and left their pit bull behind. Unfortunately this happens pretty often. I just don’t understand it, how someone can just drive off and leave their dog standing there.

The neighbors were trying to find some help for this boy. They had been feeding and watering him. They really liked him and I think felt sorry for him. I headed over to see what we could do. We were so full and had several pit bulls in our adoption program. When I got over there, this pit was standing on the front porch of the nice neighbors. He had food and water out. When I approached, he was pretty scared of me and slipped off of the porch to head around to the back.

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I went around back of the house where he had lived to see what the conditions were back there. They had kept him in a home-made pen in the backyard. Now this poor boy was abandoned. We were crammed full of dogs because of the terrible weather and we had no where to put this boy. We talked to the people and told them that we could pay for all of his vetting and go ahead and get him neutered and vaccinated and heart worm tested and in the meantime, maybe a spot would open up or  we could locate a foster home. We made arrangements for me to pick him up the next week and get him vetted. I left them some more dog food so that they could keep feeding him and told them I’d see them the next week.

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We had several conversations with the neighbors who were caring for this dog. They had agreed to keep him if we could vet him and bring them a dog house and a crate to use in the house. They seemed to like this dog and we were relieved that he would have somewhere decent to go.

I picked up this boy the next week. While he was at the vet, the  neighbors who had said that they would keep him called and said that they couldn’t keep him after all and for us not to bring him back. Oh my goodness, this poor boy-it was like being abandoned twice! So sad. We knew we would figure something out, we knew we had to help this wonderful dog.

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We named this boy Boston. He was an amazing dog-very affectionate and grateful. We did notice that his eyes were “weird”. They just looked big and kind of wild looking. Some people were apprehensive about approaching him because of the look he had. We just thought he had kind of had freaky-looking eyes and didn’t think that much about it. He was a healthy dog, played, ate well. He didn’t act like anything was wrong with him at all.

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It wasn’t long before we had a wonderful family interested in Boston. They came and met him and really, really liked him. Boston seemed to really, really like them, too! They had 2 Doxies and they brought them down to Chain of Hope to have them meet Boston, too, and they all did great! They lived out on some acreage, but were very dog savvy as far as helping him learn his boundaries, etc. Boston was doing great for a couple of weeks.

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One day, Boston’s new owner noticed that Boston didn’t seem to feel well. He just acted like his eyes hurt and he was in pain. They ended up taking him to an ophthalmologist who ran tests and examined Boston. Unfortunately, Boston was diagnosed with juvenile glaucoma. It was not a good prognosis. Boston was going to eventually lose all of his vision-he would go blind. He would need daily medication and help to adjusting to life as a blind dog. The family that had adopted him ended up with some more unforeseen responsibilities in their lives and they were overwhelmed. They decided that this was something that they just couldn’t deal with at this particular time in their lives and they reluctantly returned Boston, with lots of tears.

Boston was back at Chain of Hope and still just loving life!

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We decided that we would get a second opinion and so we took Boston to Dr. Susan Keil of Keil Veterinary Ophthalmology.  Dr. Keil had helped me before with a dog with severe eye problems. She was delighted to meet Boston.

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Dr. Keil also diagnosed Boston with juvenile glaucoma and agreed that he was going to lose his vision. In fact, he had already lost a fair amount of it. He had had an intense spike in his eye pressure and that is when the family had taken him in the first time. That had subsided, but the goal now was to keep his pressure down in his eyes as much as we could. Boston was prescribed eye drops to be given 3x a day. She wanted to see him back in 3 weeks and we will measure the pressure and see where we’re at. We can tell, though, that Boston has had even more vision loss occur.

He’s a great dog and he loves to play! He’s great with other dogs. He’s a very handsome pit bull and he has a super personality. Boston is a happy boy! He is also one of the softest dogs in the world! His coat is gorgeous.

 

 

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We love our Boston! He’s an amazing dog. We will be right here beside him, helping him transition to being a totally blind dog, at only 2 years old. He will be just fine. There is a possibility that he might need a procedure on his eyes in the future, but thanks to our supporters, Chain of Hope will take care of anything this boy needs.

Right now what Boston needs most is a foster home or a forever home! He deserves to finally land in a loving, permanent home. Maybe it’s yours!

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Natalie

March 12, 2014

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Chain of Hope received a phone call from a man that had lost his job and had 2 bigger dogs, 2 Chihuahuas and 3 five week old puppies.  Oh boy-sounded like a mess. I headed over to check this out and was  met by a very nice man. He invited me in and all of his dogs and puppies were in the house. It was really cold outside, so I was glad to see that all of his animals were inside and warm. He had a black shepherd mix named Nigra. She was not spayed and had had a litter of puppies a year before. The beautiful, tri-colored dog was Diamond, one of Nigra’s puppies that he’d kept who was now about one year old. Diamond had not been spayed and the 3 five week old puppies were hers. What a mess!

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The man wanted us to take Diamond and the puppies. He said he couldn’t afford all of his animals. I told him that the only way that we would take them was if he agreed that we could spay Nigra. The Chihuahuas were already fixed. He agreed that Nigra would get spayed. He was very glad for the financial help that we could provide for her to get spayed and vaccinated, especially since he’d lost his job.

He carried Diamond out. She looked very scared-she didn’t understand what was happening. She didn’t understand that her life would be so much better now. She literally was a baby having babies at only a year old. No more of that!

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We got this little family back to Chain of Hope. They were ready to start their new life. We gave Diamond a new name to go with her new life like we always do. We named her Natalie. She was beautiful and sweet and pretty skinny. Natalie and the 3 puppies ate like they hadn’t eaten in a while-they were so hungry.

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Even though the puppies were crunching hard food and Natalie didn’t have any more milk, we decided to let them all chill together in a quiet part of Chain of Hope. They’d had a lot of changes! We kept them together for 5 or 6 more days and then we had a foster home become available for the puppies. It became time for Natalie to tell her babies good-bye.

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These puppies are now ready for adoption! They are all girls- Kerry, Kristine, and Alisha. They’ve done wonderfully in their foster home and now it is time for them to find their forever homes. Look at how gorgeous these girls are! One is already spoken for, but the other two are ready for their loving, forever homes. Email us at cohadoptions@gmail.com if you’re interested in one of them.

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Natalie is doing great! She is in doggie daycare and gets along with everyone. She is very playful, but she reads cues from other dogs really well. If they don’t want to be bothered, she doesn’t bother them. She’s very intelligent and so very pretty. We adore her ears! Natalie is ready for her forever home now, too. She has been spayed (as has Nigra-her mother) and has put some weight on. She’s looking good! We love our Natalie!

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Thank you for making the rescue of Natalie and her babies possible.

Cecil

March 6, 2014

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Chain of Hope received a call from a man that said that his Dachshund wouldn’t gain weight  and he didn’t know what was wrong with it. He said the dog was pretty skinny. I headed over to check on this little guy.

When I arrived at the house and went up to the door, the first thing I saw was a dead cat laying on a small table on the porch by the front door.

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A woman answered the door and said that her brother had called but he wasn’t there right then. She said that she didn’t live there, she was over visiting and he had had to go somewhere.She kept keeping the big wooden door pretty closed with just a small crack to talk through. I asked her about the cat and she said that it was old and died inside the house the day before. I asked her what he was going to do with it and she said she didn’t know.

I kept asking her about the dog but she really wanted me to come back when he was home. I didn’t have a good feeling about this. It was freezing cold that day,we’d been talking at the front door for awhile and so I finally just asked her if I could step inside. She did let me in but she was very embarrassed about the house. She kept apologizing and telling me that her brother wasn’t a good housekeeper. There was stuff everywhere. The floor was covered in trash and cat and dog waste. There were empty soup cans just laying in the floor and all kinds of other trash-it was disgusting.  This picture isn’t very good, but it shows how cluttered and dirty the house was. You can barely see him on the blanket, but there was the Dachshund laying there.

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When I got a good look at the Dachshund,  I could see that he was totally emaciated. I could see all of his bones. He was dehydrated. This poor little thing had clearly been suffering. I asked the woman if she could get hold of her brother. She called him and he was just coming up the street. I met this man and asked him how long the dog had looked like this and he told me 3-4 months. I couldn’t believe that this dog was even still alive. I asked him several more questions. The little guy was 13 yrs.old and in grave health. I told the man that I needed to get him into the vet asap. He agreed and I told him I’d call him.

This man clearly had mental issues. We got this little guy back to Chain of Hope and evaluated him. This dog was nothing more than starved almost to death.  We called the man and told him that his dog was in pretty bad shape and that he should sign him over to us so that we could provide the care that he so desperately needed. He agreed.

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We named this little guy Cecil. He was absolutely precious. Everyone loved him immediately. He only weighed 6 lbs. His skin and fur were in terrible shape and he stunk. Donna gave him a bath, we fed him and he settled in.

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Cecil did what most of our rescues do when they first come in and that is sleep. When we bring these emaciated dogs and get them settled in a nice quiet place, they will sleep for a few days (other than eating, drinking, peeing and pooping!). They are exhausted from trying to stay alive. It has taken every ounce of their strength to hang on. Now that Cecil was safe, well fed and loved, he could rest.

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After spending some time at Chain of Hope and getting a little stronger, Cecil went to  a foster home.  Rachel does a great job with our little guys. Thank you Rachel!

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Cecil did super at Rachel’s house. He felt so much better, his fur and skin started looking better, and he’d gained some weight. He was up to 9 lbs.!  Cecil’s whole life had turned around. Thank goodness the owner called us before it was too late, even though he couldn’t comprehend that he was the cause of Cecil’s suffering.

Cecil was adopted by a wonderful woman who is going to give him the best days of his life. He has an 8 yr. old  Dachshund brother named Max that he lives with, too! Thank you Marilyn for taking Cecil into your home and loving and caring for him. He deserves the best of everything from here on out.

Our supporters help us transform lives everyday. Thank you for helping us transform Cecil’s!

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Crosby

February 26, 2014

 

Chain of Hope encounters unspeakable suffering. This was one of those times.

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We received yet another call from KCK from a neighbor saying that the dog next door was terribly matted. They could not find anyone to help them, return their call, etc. Thankfully, she called Chain of Hope with her concerns.  When I called her back she told me that the woman that had the dog would give it up, she was sure. I asked her what kind of dog it was and she said it was a Cocker. She said the owners were older and both of them had had cancer. The man had died not long ago and the woman currently had cancer. She said the dog had gotten put out in the back yard and basically ignored. The neighbor had put a dog house in the yard for the poor thing. He was fed pretty well because the neighbor supplemented him with food as well. I thanked this compassionate woman for caring and told her that we would be over later that day.

Erica, Carol and I got to the house. The people came out to meet us. They told us that the dog was in the backyard and that no one could touch it. They said that he would bite. We went back to see him and we were shocked at the shape this poor dog was in. Unbelievable! Each ear was a huge mat, huge mats were hanging off of each ear, his legs had huge mats attached, he had poop stuck all over him because of the terrible matting on his behind. He was growling at us. My first thought was that he had every right to be angry and upset. Of course he was growling and wanted to bite. He was unsocialized and in pain. I would expect nothing less from a dog that had been treated like this. My heart went out to him.

I’m really not going to comment on the family situation. I was thankful to be called and to be able to rescue this dog that needed our help so badly. That’s really all my brain could process at the moment-thank God we now had this dog and could get him the help that he so desperately needed.

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We went in the back yard and squatted down and talked to him. We went very slowly with him. He was biting and growling. I was finally able to get a slip lead over his head and we slowly started to walk out of the back yard. He was very scared and flipped out. He was twisting and biting at the slip lead.  I was so afraid that he was going to snap it in two and take off. I asked Erica to go get the catch pole off of the truck. I got the pole on him. He was flipping out and alligator rolling. Erica and I worked together with both of us having a hold on him. We hated for it to be this bad for him, but it was the only way at that time to get him out of there. We told him it was the best day of his life, but I don’t think he believed us.

When we were loading him, one of the family members told us to “watch him with other dogs-he doesn’t like them!”

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DSCF1374We got him back to Chain of Hope. He was not a happy camper, but Erica was able to get him on a slip lead to walk in.

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We had totally freaked this kid out and he’d had a very stressful day. We got him set up in our isolation room. I put a pain pill in some canned food and we just left him alone so that he could rest and settle down. We would tackle this mess the next morning.

The next morning, we sedated him and Tanner began the arduous task of shaving down this monstrous tangle of hair. It took a good hour to get this poor little boy shaved down. We had him neutered and vaccinated while he was under. Thank you, Tanner, for all of your patient work on this boy.

Here he is, sedated, going to grooming and neuter!

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He got a bath and a toenail trim. He even got a warm blow-dry! I just kept thinking how he was going to feel like a different dog when he woke up.

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I named this precious little guy Crosby. I could not imagine the suffering that he had endured. He was out in the bitter, sub-zero temperatures that we had. He must’ve been wondering when and finally, if help was ever going to come. Well help finally did come, Crosby, and it was named Chain of Hope.

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DSCF1444Crosby was starting to trust me. I brought him Qtrip hot dogs and yummy things like that and just went very slowly with him. I could pet him now without him snapping at me. I knew he needed a doggie friend and just had a feeling that he was going to be alright with another dog. I let Crosby and Roy, our little Shih Tzu/Poodle mix that we have meet through a gate and they were both really excited, tails wagging. I let them be together and now they are BFFs! Roy has totally helped Crosby come out of his shell. He is still very shy with new people, but he’s doing well with the volunteers that he sees frequently. Crosby sees Roy getting all that love and then he decides that he wants some of that, too!

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Crosby will need a lot of TLC, but he’s going to be just fine. He is absolutely gorgeous and he has hope in his eyes. He will be up for adoption very soon!

This rescue was made possible by you. You have our sincere appreciation.

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Gracie

February 17, 2014

This is the story of Gracie, a true little survivor.

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Chain of Hope received a call a couple of weeks ago from an older woman that we’ve helped quite a bit. She said her daughter had called her and told her that she needed to get in contact with the dog people that came over. She told her mom that there was a puppy trapped in an abandoned house next door to her and it was screaming and crying. I immediately called the daughter and she told me that the puppy was  trying to chew it’s way out of the basement of the house and had made a hole.

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I told her that I’d be over as soon as I had the Chain of Hope dogs cared for. As I was getting close to her house about 8:00 pm, I called her to let her know that I was almost there and she told me that a white van had pulled up earlier and now she didn’t hear the puppy anymore. She said they had thought it was us, but I told her  it wasn’t. She said that she thought they had taken the puppy because she did not hear it crying anymore. I told her to keep my number and if she heard it crying again to call me. I told her I didn’t care if it was 11:00 that night or 5:00 in the morning, call me!

The next morning my phone rang and it was the woman. She told me that the puppy was still there and it had been crying all morning. I told her I’d be right there. I grabbed my hammer and jumped in the car.

I went up the alley to the back of the house and I did not hear a thing. I walked up to the house where the puppy was and I saw the hole the puppy had made in the house. I started calling for it and at first I didn’t hear anything, but then I could hear it moving around and it started crying. In just about a minute, it’s little face appeared in the hole. This really wasn’t even a basement. It was just like a crawl space under the house. The puppy had to have been put down there from inside the house. Why in the world anyone would do that is beyond me. I will say that both Chain of Hope and animal control had been to this house with a previous problem concerning another dog last winter. Then the guy had apparently moved out and that dog was gone. The neighbor told me that someone came to this house about once a month and she was pretty sure they sold drugs out of it. There were no utilities on in the house. This poor puppy had been down in that dark, cold crawl space all by itself for at least 2 days now. The first day the woman heard it she thought someone had stashed it in there for whatever reason and that they would be coming back for it so she didn’t call. By the second day, the poor thing was crying so loudly  it was screaming, the woman told me. This brave little girl was making herself known, begging for help, trying to get someone to notice her. Thank God this wonderful woman called her mom for our number. She saved this little one’s life by making that call.

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The puppy was frantic to get out of there. It was crying and crying and biting and scraping at the wood. It wanted out of there so bad. I was pulling off wood with my hammer, trying to make the hole bigger. I thought I finally might have it and tried to pull this little girl out, but her wormy belly wouldn’t fit. Her cheek was bleeding from being scraped on the wood. I was praying and praying for God to help me get this baby out of here and to do it quickly so we could get out of here. I would stop and rub her cheek and talk to her, but she was just frantic. I told her that I wasn’t going to leave her, that I was trying with all my might to get her free. There were some big nails in there and I just wasn’t strong enough to pull off some of the wood. I had gotten about as much as I could get and I was trying to figure out what I was going to do next when a car started coming up the alley. I had no idea who it was, I didn’t have the puppy free yet and I was standing there with a hammer in my hand. The car turned into the driveway next door and I realized that it might be the woman that had called me about this little one. I couldn’t see them through the fencing, but I hollered out her name and she answered me that it was them. I said, “Hurry, I need help. I can’t get this board off of here. ” She came walking over and behind her was her husband with a pickax in his hand! He came over and started helping me and it wasn’t too long before we finally had this precious little girl out of there. Thank God for his help or I don’t know what we would’ve done.

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I got this little angel to the van and started warming her up and loving on her. She was about a 10 week old pit bull puppy and I named her Gracie. I was instantly in love with her! Gracie really saved herself by screaming at the top of her lungs and also making a hole in the house trying to chew and dig her way out of there. A true survivor!

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DSCF1071I got her back to Chain of Hope and let her run around in the yard for a minute to do her business.

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I got her inside and I don’t think she was even put down for a minute! Everyone adored her, of course. She had had a big couple of days and she was exhausted!  She got her tummy full  and pretty soon, poor little Gracie could not keep her eyes open one more minute.

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Thankfully, we were blessed enough to get a foster home for this baby right away and she left Chain of Hope for her foster home. Gracie is lovin’ life now!  She adores her foster siblings, her foster mom and is a blessing to everyone who meets her. She’s just awesome!

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Gracie was one determined little girl and it saved her life! You got spunk, Gracie!

Thanks for keeping us out there.

Dodger

February 11, 2014

DSCF0809A couple of weeks ago, we were pulling up in front of a house that we had made huge improvements at for the dogs. The people had stepped up, the animals were now fixed (thank you for donating!) and we monitored them pretty closely still to make sure that things didn’t start slipping. When we pulled up, there was a bunch of kids hanging out in the front yard of the house next door.  There was a chocolate, emaciated pit bull laying in the front yard. The kids were gathered around him. We walked over to him and gave him some food and a pig ear while we tried to figure out what was going on.

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DSCF0811The kids said that they had never seen him before that day. One of he boys told us, “that’s my dog, I wanna keep him”. I told him that this dog needed to get some medical help and asked him if he was going to be able to pay for that. I had no intention of leaving this dog here, but I wanted these kids to think about this and realize that having a dog is a big responsibility. You couldn’t just find a stray and tie it up in the backyard with a rope around it’s neck, as we’ve found more frequently than you’d ever imagine.

The kid said that no, he couldn’t afford to pay for the medical care that this dog needed. I told the kids that I thought this dog should come with us and that we would be able to help him. They pretty much realized it and agreed we should take him. We loaded him up. He sat in the back of the van, I’m sure wondering where he was going now and what was happening to him. We told him that it was all good.  Only good things are going to happen to you now that you’re a Chain of Hope dog.

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We got him back to our facility. He was skin and bones and he had numerous sores on his legs and his backside. It was almost like some skin had been peeled off of his testicles. I wondered if he had been someplace, confined and had become frozen to the ground. When he finally pulled away, it tore his skin. He does not like to be outside for more than the few minutes it takes to potty. It’s right back inside for this sweet boy. No more starving and freezing. Those days are over.

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We are so lucky to have Dodger with us! He makes us laugh every single day, he’s such a goof ball. He’s pretty vocal, but it’s not barking-he talks to us! It’s hysterical-we can stand there and talk back to him and we’ll just have a conversation : )

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His life was once very hard obviously, but now Dodger is having a great time! He gets along with all of the other dogs. He is very playful, but respects a warning from another dog if they don’t want to be bothered. He is putting weight on and feeling great! He could sure use a foster home or better than that-an adoptive home!

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Dodger loves being a clown everyday! You just can’t have a bad day when Dodger is around!

Bella’s Hell

February 4, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



This is a very difficult story to write. It is emotional for me to remember all of the frustrations and infuriating things that happened. Yet, once again we see the forgiveness that dogs extend to humans at whose hands they  suffer. They are amazing animals.

 

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Chain of Hope helps a wonderful woman in the hood that is a true angel to animals on her block. If everyone took care of their little corner of the world like Mary does, this world would be a much better place.

We stopped by her house one day and Mary told us that the neighbor boys from one street over had come over to her house and asked if they could have some of her dog food for their dogs. Mary gave them some, but she was worried about those dogs. She told me that the Boxer mix that those people had had gotten loose a few times and run around the block and Mary said she was pretty skinny.

We went right over to this house to see how we could help. They had what looked like an older Boxer mix on a chain. Her name was Precious and she was pretty thin. They also had a brindle pit bull older puppy named Pablo. He was only about 6-8 mo. old then and he was skinny as well. They had no food and no water and had chains around their necks. There was a young man home and several younger kids. He came out back with us and we began talking about the dogs. I asked him if Precious was fixed and he said no that they had been trying to mate her! I asked how old she was and he said 7. I told him that she needed to get spayed and they should not be trying to breed her, especially at her age. I told them that Pablo needed to get neutered as well, that it is a city ordinance. We include a copy of the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in our packet of information that we give people. We told them that we would spay and neuter their dogs for free, but they were not interested.

We continued to go over here and hoped to educate them and get them to step up. The dogs never had food or water-it was continual neglect. I finally decided that we needed to call animal control. They went over and said “no violations”. It was unbelievable to me! They didn’t even get the people on having an unaltered pit bull. I can’t tell you how frustrating this is. It is infuriating.

We weren’t received very well after this. I’m sure the people pretty much knew that it was us that called animal control. This was incredibly sad for the dogs because we weren’t welcome anymore to supplement their food and bring them some cheer and company. I thought about those dogs so much and I was so disappointed in animal control.

After about 2-3 months we received a message from these people saying that they needed help getting their dog spayed! I was speechless that they finally saw the light. We called them back and asked them if they wanted to go ahead and get Precious scheduled. They said yes, but they’d have to wait until her puppies were weaned!!! What? Oh yes, Precious, at 7 yrs. old, had another litter. How totally irresponsible, disgusting and cruel this was.

We headed over the next day to give them some food. I wanted to make sure that they kept up the calories for a nursing mom. They told me that she had had 8 puppies. Pablo was there tied to the fence. Precious’s dog house was sitting there full of the hay we had put in there. I didn’t see Precious. I asked the owner  where she was and she told me that she had had the puppies behind the piece of privacy fence, which was behind the dog house several feet. I guess Precious hadn’t felt safe or comfortable enough to have them in the dog house and she had crawled behind a partial privacy fence. Unbelievable! The wind chill was near 0 degrees! I looked behind the fence and saw Precious. The puppies were all tucked up underneath her and I couldn’t see them, but I snapped a picture of this poor momma. This picture haunts me to this day.

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I told these people that they absolutely couldn’t keep her out there. The woman told me that Precious was aggressive with her and that her husband would move them as soon as he got home from work. She assured me he would and I told her that they would freeze to death out there if he didn’t. I went over to their house the next day and pounded on the door. The woman came to the door and I asked her if they had brought Precious and the puppies inside last night and she said no! I could not believe it. She told me that her husband got home late and so “he couldn’t do it last night”. BS! I told her that  they were going to die. I asked her if they were all even still alive and she said, “Precious don’t let me look in there”. She assured me that he’d do it that night. Of course they didn’t do it.

I felt helpless and hopeless. I’d already had animal control to this address before and gotten “no violations” with an unaltered male pit bull standing there. There was a good dog house full of hay right there, so shelter was available to Precious, which is what is required legally. I was between a rock and a hard place. All I felt I could do is to go over there every day until they did something. Of course, this woman did not like us by now and really had an attitude. She wouldn’t let us go back in her yard and we couldn’t get up there from behind.

The third night I was so upset with her that she called her husband at work and had me talk to him on the phone. He kept assuring me that he was going to take them in that night. I told him that that’s what they’d been telling me for 3 nights now. I kept asking if they were even all alive. I didn’t see how they possibly could be.

The temperatures were brutal, so of course Chain of Hope’s phone was ringing constantly. We had lots and lots of calls for dog houses, hay and crates, as well as all of the reports about animals in terrible circumstances that we needed to get to. But everyday, either myself or Judy and Karen would be over at Precious’s house pounding on the door, knowing that the woman was going to be hateful and rude to us as soon as she opened the door. Finally, on the fourth day, Precious and babies were inside. Five of them had frozen to death, only 3 had survived with their momma. I was devastated. I was angry. I felt defeated. I felt so sorry for this incredible momma. She had endured so much, not just now but her entire life. She’d had multiple litters and horribly neglectful owners. She looked far older than her 7 yrs.  She’d been through hell.

Through all of this-there was Pablo tied up in the back yard, starving. He never had food, never had water and was always hungry. The people were totally unfriendly to us now, but we would not stop feeding Pablo. About 3 times a week, one of us would fix him a big bowl of food and just run it back to him. We’d water him quickly, sometimes leave a bag of dry food on the porch, cram his dog house with more hay and get out of there. Chain of Hope basically kept Pablo alive during this time. He was a sweet boy and didn’t deserve any of this either. No dog did.

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Judy and Karen asked to see the puppies right after they were moved inside and the woman surprisingly took them down to the basement to see them. I just could not get Precious out of my mind. I kept thinking about her being in a dark, filthy basement. could just picture it that she had to go potty all over the basement because I knew these people were too lazy to take her outside. It was literally driving me crazy to think about her in there. That, and the fact that if we weren’t feeding Pablo, he’d probably be dead, was really weighing on me. I finally contacted a supervisor at animal control and told them everything. I told them that I was very worried about the momma dog. She was pretty thin before she ever got pregnant. I could only imagine after birthing puppies and nursing them how thin she must be now.

Thank God, this supervisor was very concerned. They took a couple of officers and went over to the house. Of course, Pablo was in the back yard, skinny with no food or water. They knocked on the door and told the people that they needed to see the Boxer and the puppies. The woman brought Precious up out of the basement and you can see what condition she was in. She was totally emaciated, just like I had feared. Animal control impounded all of the animals from this house-Pablo, Precious and the 3 puppies. Thank you animal control! We went to the shelter to see all of them. Precious was in poor shape, just pathetic. She has scars on her ears from years of fly strike, she was heart worm positive, and she was extremely thin. Poor girl.

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DSCF0566Precious’s puppies were adopted out very quickly from the Zona Rosa branch of Kansas City Pet Project. Pablo and Precious were in the shelter. Due to our very limited spots, we could only pull one of the dogs from the shelter.  Chain of Hope was able to pull Precious and take her into our program. The day I went to get her, I was walking out with her and the people that had had her were walking into the shelter-to get Pablo. They looked casually over and said, “There’s Precious” to their kids, like no big deal. It made me sick to think about them getting Pablo back. They had signed Precious and her puppies over, but they would not sign Pablo over, thinking they would get him back.

We got Precious back to Chain of Hope and everyone welcomed her with open arms!

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We changed her name to Bella, because she is so beautiful! Bella had to fight off a round of kennel cough, but she did! This girl is a survivor, no doubt.

We kept her in a quiet place to give her time to adjust and to chill and to get stronger. When she was feeling better, we brought her into our big dog room. She was afraid at first, but we slowly introduced her to the other dogs and one by one she began making friends. Now Bella is one of those dogs that you can put with anyone-she’s just laid back and finally getting to enjoy her life instead of suffering.

We LOVE this girl-I cannot say enough good things about Bella. She is delightful and we are so glad to see her happy and playing and having no more worries. She has gained enough weight and is finally able to get spayed. No more being a puppy factory for her irresponsible, despicable owners.

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I was in the shelter the following week and there was Pablo!!! They had not gotten him back! Apparently, the losers thought they could walk in there and get Pablo back for free. They were not willing to pay the fines, etc. so Pablo is now up for adoption! He has a chance at a better life. Pablo is extremely handsome and has a great personality! His # is 21562397. What a great dog that has also made it through hell. I LOVE this dog!

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Bella needs a committed, loving, protective forever home that will never let anything bad happen to her again. She is healthy and joyful and is much loved by everyone at Chain of Hope.  We really do change a lot of lives because you keep sending us out there. Thank you for your continued support.

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