Wilbur

August 14, 2014

 

 

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Chain of Hope received an urgent call one morning from an owner that had accidentally run over her own dog. This woman was very, very upset, of course. She felt terrible and she couldn’t stop crying. She told us that it had happened the night before and she had taken him to an emergency clinic. They told her that they thought the jaw was broken and of course, the eye needed to be removed. She only had money for a pain injection, which she did get for him.  She left with this poor little guy and took him back home. She said that his eye ball was hanging out of the socket and he had gone through the night like that.

Judy and I rushed right over. The woman told us that she couldn’t bear to look at him and that her older daughter had kept him in her room the night before. When the daughter brought this little dog out, our hearts broke for him. His eye ball was hanging out, he had a deep, bloody abrasion on the top of his head and a very deep wound on his front left leg where we could see the tendons. The poor boy was in bad shape. He wasn’t crying. The pain meds had been administered at 11:00 pm the night before and was supposed to hold him for 12 hrs. We had to get this boy in to the vet!

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We got him into the vet. Thankfully, his jaw was not broken! He underwent surgery for the removal of his eye and stayed at the vet for a few days. We picked him up, brought him back to Chain of Hope and got him settled in! Everyone loved Wilbur and he enjoyed a lot of time getting loved on and sitting out in the sun for awhile.

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Wilbur was doing great for about 5 days and then he started crashing. He started vomiting and having diarrhea. He wouldn’t eat or drink and was very lethargic. He had the classic signs of parvo. We ran a parvo test on him and poor little, weak Wilbur tested positive for parvo. Oh my God, I was afraid this would do him in. He only weighed 9 lbs to start with.

Wilbur was a pretty sick little boy. He was on an IV pump and receiving multiple medications. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy for diagnosing him and getting an IV in him on a Saturday night! This little one had another battle to get through, but we were all right beside him, helping him through it the best we could.

 

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Wilbur is a fighter, that’s for sure. After several days, he started turning the corner. He was doing better and we were able to take him off of his IV. We thought he was on the road, but just a couple of days later, he was having more struggles. He was not wanting to eat. He had dwindled to 8 lbs. We felt like this little boy was barely hanging on.

We finally decided to take him to Blue Pearl. They did an x-ray and a sonogram. Wilbur had fluid in his belly and they diagnosed him with pancreatitus.  Poor, poor Wilbur. Our hearts were breaking. How much could one tiny dog take? We were worried sick about Wilbur. He didn’t want to eat or drink anything, but thank you Leah, for getting all of his meds down him and in him! He didn’t want to take his pills, but you always volunteered to be the “meanie” that had to get them down him. You were a Godsend to Wilbur and one of the main reasons he’s alive and well today!

 

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After a couple of trips to Blue Pearl and the excellent care Wilbur received on a daily basis, Wilbur was healing! He was feeling much better, his appetite was coming back, and he was doing very well. He loved it when we took him outside and he got to smell around and feel the sunshine on him.

 

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Eventually, we were able to give Wilbur a friend. We put him in the back area with Spanky, a  little Shih Tzu that we had rescued. Wilbur and Spanky spent a lot of time together and they became pretty good friends.

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One of our wonderful volunteers that helps out walking dogs and cleaning  was really drawn to Wilbur. Kelly just loved this little guy, and she told us that she would like to foster him! Kelly had 2 little dogs and thought Wilbur would do great at her house. Well……guess what? Wilbur was so great that he is never leaving! Kelly is adopting Wilbur!!! We are so happy for Wilbur and Kelly and Wilbur’s new siblings!

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Here is Wilbur, dressed in his finest, with his new sister Puddin and his new brother Dolce.  They are quite a little pack! Thanks for giving Wilbur such a wonderful,  forever home, Kelly. Supporters, thanks for enabling us to respond to calls like Wilbur’s and to be able to provide the medical care that these poor animals need. We couldn’t do it without you and we can’t thank you enough! Neither can Wilbur!

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Sophie and Riley

August 7, 2014

 


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Chain of Hope received a message from a man that said he needed help placing a couple of dogs from a family member’s house. Apparently there had been a lot of turmoil and the family, unfortunately,  fell apart. While family members scrambled to take care of the human children, no one remembered about the dogs right away. This nice man told me that it finally dawned on him a couple of days later that there were dogs in the back yard. He bought some dog food, drove over and fed and watered them.

This was out in Belton and we normally don’t go out that far, but this man and these dogs needed help. He told me that there was a Cocker Spaniel and a Golden Retriever and he thought that they were both around 6-8 yrs. old. He thought that they were both fixed. He said that the Cocker was pretty matted. He said the family members had obviously not taken very good care of the dogs. I thanked him for calling and trying to find help for them. We made arrangements to meet at the house the next day to see how we could help him. I called Crystal, who runs Winding River- a doggie daycare and boarding facility. She usually has at least one Chain of Hope dog at her facility and we appreciate her and all she does for the dogs! She has a great relationship with  Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue in Colorado and I knew she could probably get Riley safely to them.

The next day, Crystal and I arrived in front of a nice,  middle class house. It had a large, fenced back yard.  Thankfully, the dogs were not on chains-they were running free. It was then that this man told us that he couldn’t touch them. He said they wouldn’t come to him. Crystal and I went in the back yard. The two dogs were running together, back over to a deck with a lot of overgrown vegetation. This must have been their home base. There was no shelter, but the dogs went under the deck. Oh joy-this was not going to be easy!

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DSCF3529They were scared was all. We tried coaxing with the smelly treats and all of that. Riley was a little more trusting than Sophie, although he hid under the deck, too, for awhile. Finally,  Crystal was able to get Riley, the Golden, on a leash. She dangled a slip lead from up on the deck, hoping to lasso Sophie when she finally peaked out from under the deck. That’s exactly what happened and Crystal had her on the leash!  I had to go around the deck and crawl under some bushes to get Sophie out.  It took some coaxing and talking to her, but eventually she let me pet her head and then she let me scratch her head and then she finally decided it was ok to come out.

 

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Crystal and I got them over to the car and Crystal showed them how to jump up in there! I love this picture of Riley with a slight smile on his face. It’s like he knows he’s safe now.

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Sophie was matted terribly! She had to be so uncomfortable. Riley was matted, too, just not as bad. He was sporting some dreads, though! We got these two deserving dogs back to Chain of Hope. Their new lives had just begun!

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Sophie was pretty nervous.  Tanner, our fabulous groomer, went to work! It was a chore, but he got through it and so did Sophie. Tanner weighed the hair and Sophie lost 6 lbs. of hair. Poor, poor girl. She was going to feel like a different dog!

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Riley got cleaned up next and then Sophie and Riley spent the next few days at Chain of Hope, getting a lot of love and attention.

 

 

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Then it became time for Riley to leave for Colorado! Off to rescue in the mountains and a wonderful new life. Good for you, Riley! Have a great life!

 

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Sophie remained at Chain of Hope and boy does she miss her buddy! I call her “nervous nilly” because she’s so frantic for attention right now. She  had been so ignored and so neglected  for so long, she is very much needing the attention now!

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Sophie is a very intelligent dog. Do you know how I know that?  She’s figured out exactly where the treats are! You go, girl!

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Sophie is up for adoption. She needs someone who can hang out with her a lot of the day. She wouldn’t do well with someone who is gone all day.  She needs some confidence, but she’ll get there. I’m sure she doesn’t trust quite yet-probably wondering if she’s going to get neglected or ignored again. You’re not, baby girl, you have no more worries-you’re a Chain of Hope dog now!

 

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Fletcher

July 31, 2014

DSCF1293   We came across a house on a corner in mid-town one day over a year ago. There was a skinny male Boxer chained in a fenced yard.  His water was filthy, he wasn’t neutered and he was too thin.  We left our information, but the owner never called. We put this boy on our monitoring list and began visiting him regularly.  One day, we finally happened to catch the owner out in the front yard. We stopped to talk to him about the Boxer. He told us that the dog’s name was Marbles. He was not that receptive and had no interest in getting Marbles neutered. There were also 2 Min Pins that lived there and they would be outside a lot of the time, too. They had a dog house.

Marbles suffered a long time. He was in a locked fenced yard with a chain and padlock around his neck. He always looked so sad. We had to try and dump his buckets through the fence because we couldn’t get into the yard. It was very hard to get the ice out of there in the winter so that we could water Marbles. Everything over here was difficult. One day in the freezing cold, we stopped by and caught the owner getting in his car. We gave him a big bundle of hay for the dog houses. He said that he was leaving, wouldn’t be gone long and to leave it by the fence and he would put it in when he got back. I decided to drive by there a couple of days later and double check and there was the hay, still sitting where we’d put it and it had new snow on it. Lazy, lazy loser of a guy.

In the summer, Marbles would have no water, an inch of black nasty water, rain water  or something like that. Poor Marbles-we worried and worried and worried about this boy. He had a good dog house, was thin but not emaciated and we knew from our experience that animal control would not do anything here, so we maintained him the best we could, and we never forgot about him. We were there with meaty bones and pig ears (thank you donors!) and treats at least every couple of weeks or so.

We went to care for Marbles one day and he wasn’t there! His dog house was gone, he was gone, the Min Pins were gone. We were devastated. We talked with a neighbor that told us that the guy had moved, but he didn’t know where. Oh no-we couldn’t lose track of Marbles!  What would end up happening to him without us watching out for him? We were all very sad. It is so upsetting to lose track of one of our regulars that we’ve all come to love and care for.

One day a couple of months ago, one of our outreach teams was in south Kansas City and they spotted a pretty thin Boxer wandering around. He had no collar on. They stopped and got a slip lead on him and gave him something to eat. One of the people on the block yelled at Erica and told her that he lived “down there”.  The girls walked down to the house and there was a chain hooked to the fence and a big red collar laying in the front yard. A young woman was coming out of the house and Erica asked her if this was her dog. The girl said that it was her boyfriend’s dog. Erica commented on how skinny he was and asked the girl if her boyfriend even wanted the dog. The girl said that she would ask him, but she didn’t think so. Erica gave her our card and told her to talk to her boyfriend and call us if he didn’t want him and we would come over and get him. Erica snapped a few pictures of this boy and then headed back to Chain of Hope. When Erica was telling me about this, she said, “for a minute I thought it was that Boxer from Chelsea”.

photo 1 (20) photo 2 (18)   The next day, the girl left a message on the Chain of Hope line that her boyfriend didn’t want the dog and asked if we could come and pick him up. I headed over to rescue this poor thing. When I pulled up to the house, I saw the Boxer laying on her front porch . OMG-it was Marbles!!! I recognized him immediately!!! I was so glad to see him again and he was SO glad to see me!  We hadn’t seen Marbles in over 4 months.  I couldn’t believe that we had run across him again and this time we were definitely going to be able to save him! Sweet, sweet Marbles was finally going to be ok. I texted Erica and told her that it WAS Marbles and he was now a Chain of Hope dog!!! DSCF2853 DSCF2852   DSCF2850 DSCF2851I got this boy back to Chain of Hope. He was pretty skinny, only weighing in at 71 lbs. You could see his ribs. He was full of whip worms! We got this boy de-wormed and vaccinated. We were going to let him get rid of his parasites and put a little weight on and then we would neuter him. We decided to call him Fletcher! They always have to lose their old names with their old, miserable lives! A week or two later, we neutered Fletcher and ran his heart worm test. He was heart worm positive, but we pretty much figured that. He’d lived outside only his entire life. We would begin heart worm treatment as soon as he put on a little more weight. We wanted this boy in the best shape possible to go through his treatment.

 

Everyone at Chain of Hope fell in love with Fletcher!

DSCF2856   DSCF2854 Finally,  Fletcher is all filled out, now weighing in at about 82 lbs. He is an absolutely gorgeous creature!!! What a head turner-this boy is handsome!!! DSC_0003 DSC_0007   DSC_0014   Fletcher is a great dog! He plays in playgroups very well. He is very strong, but walks well on a leash. He has finished his heart worm treatment and is ready for adoption. All of that time that we cared for Fletcher the best we could through the fence, we could never really pet him and wrap our arms around him. It felt so good to be able to love on this boy, scratch his ears, rub his head-he loves it all! He always looked so sad when he was chained in mid-town. He has some big jowls that almost make him look like he’s frowning, but believe me-this boy is happier than he’s ever been!DSCF3450

 

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Fletcher is a big, strong, handsome hunk of a dog! He has a great personality! His whole life has changed because our supporters keep us out there. We are so happy that we finally got this boy. It’s a miracle that we found him like we did, but  I know that Chain of Hope was supposed to find him again. Now Fletcher has a life he can smile about!

 

 

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Hector

July 24, 2014

DSCF3073 Hector has quite a story. It started a couple of months ago when some kids around 18 yrs. old or so brought a sick little puppy into the vet clinic. He was very, very sick. The boys said that he was having diarrhea and was vomiting. It sure looked like parvo. He’d had no vaccinations, was about 9 weeks old and his sister had died in their back yard the day before with the same symptoms   This puppy was terribly dehydrated, of course. He was very weak. I asked the boys where they got the puppy from and they told me that they had bred their 2 pit bulls. After further questioning, I found out that  the male and the female adults lived on chains in the back yard. I asked one of the kids if he had sold the other puppies.  He told me that they had sold some of the puppies and then given some away because they couldn’t sell them all  (gee-you think the market is inundated???). They were keeping a male and a female puppy, but  the female had died the day before. This was a bad situation.

Leah and I talked to these kids for quite awhile about spaying/neutering/breeding/parvo, etc. I basically told them that they needed to sign this puppy over to Chain of Hope and that they wouldn’t be getting him back. I told them that we were not paying for everything and save this little guy so they could put him out on a chain, too. Of course, they insisted that he was kept in the house. I then asked them why the female puppy had died outside in the back yard if these puppies were kept in the house? Leah had more patience with these guys than I did, which was a good thing. I finally told them they needed to sign this puppy over to us or leave with him and watch him die, because that’s what was going to happen. I told them that this little guy should’ve had an IV in him 30 min. ago, as soon as they walked in and here we were still talking about it. I gave them their ultimatum, told them to discuss it and I left the room. When I returned about 5 min. later, one of the boys was signing the relinquishment form and Leah was getting the fluids ready for the puppy. The kid told me that he guessed he really didn’t have a choice and I said, “No, you really don’t.” I also offered to spay and neuter his adult pits for free.  I told this kid that we work in the area where they live pretty frequently and that if I ever saw his unaltered pit bulls in his back yard that I would call animal control.DSCF3075   DSCF3077   DSCF3079

The vet staff named this little one Hector.  Poor little Hector. He felt so bad you could tell. We really didn’t know if he’d make it or not, but we all knew that we were going to give it our best efforts.

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We set Hector up in isolation, got all of his meds started and hoped for the best.  This little guy sure scared us there for a while. He was so weak, but such a fighter. After a few touch and go days, Hector started turning the corner! DSC_0034

Everyone fell in love with this little boy. How couldn’t we?  He was an amazing puppy that was slowly getting his strength back.  After the vet said it was safe, Hector began going outside for a little sunshine and fresh air.

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Hector was finally able to integrate into our big room and start playing with other dogs.  He was a feisty puppy now that he was healthy, and  a little bit on the aggressive side. He had missed a crucial window of time for socializing when he was so sick, he just didn’t know how to interact.  We were pretty concerned about his behavior at first and did not make him available for adoption. We knew we needed to work with him. We began putting him with a bigger, adult dog that we knew would only tolerate so much and then they would let Hector know that something wasn’t all right. We let the bigger dogs correct him. They never hurt him, but they definitely corrected him. That is the best way for a puppy to learn-they learn more from getting corrected by another dog than by a human. We let the other dogs teach Hector.

A wonderful volunteer named Ted had seen Hector when he first came in and was so deathly ill. Ted would always go straight to see Hector when he’d come down to Chain of Hope. He watched Hector start to get better and better, he’d always take him out for walks, etc. He really liked Hector and Hector really liked Ted. DSCF3343     DSCF3444 It wasn’t long before Ted told us that he really wanted to adopt Hector and give him his forever home! He worked with Hector very well and Hector was very fond of Ted.  We were thrilled that Ted was going to adopt Hector, the brave little puppy! He’d been through so much and here he was-strong and healthy and much loved by lots of people!   On July 4th, Ted came and picked up Hector! Hector had made it and was off to start his new life.

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Here’s Ted and his daughter Chayla with the little wonder boy!

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Hector has so many wrinkles!!! People swear he’s got Shar Pei in him. Whatever he is, he is pure fun and cuteness!

 

I don’t know who adores the other the most, Ted or Hector, but I do know that Hector is finally settled in his loving, forever home. Congratulations Ted and Hector! Thank you, supporters, for making this all possible!

 

 

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Spanky

July 17, 2014

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William is an angel in the hood! He has saved several animals just because he didn’t look the other way. He cares. William was coming home one night on a rainy night and saw a small dog in the middle of the road.  He stopped and got the poor little thing.  He took it home for the night and called Chain of Hope the next morning. He is such a wonderful man who really cares about animals and their suffering. He said that he thought it was blind and had a hurt foot.

I went over and met this adorable little black and white Shih Tzu and he was a mess! He was also very sweet! I thanked William once again,  took the dog back to Chain of Hope and got him settled in. I’m sure he was wondering what was happening to him now and where was he going?

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We named this little guy Spanky. He is a little older-probably around 8 yrs. or so. When he walks, sometimes his right front foot bends a little weird, but he doesn’t seem bothered by it. We x-rayed him and nothing is broken in there and it doesn’t cause him any pain or impede his walking, so we are just going to leave it alone. The vet says it’s most likely some strange neurological fluke, but Spanky gets around just fine!

Spanky has dry eye and will most likely require daily eye drops for the rest of his life. They are inexpensive and something a lot of small dog owners deal with. We discovered that he isn’t totally blind, but his vision is certainly impaired. He’s not scared, though! He loves going for walks and smelling everything. Spanky walks great on a leash. The poor little guy also has an ear infection, which he is being treated for. He is neutered and vaccinated now.

The next thing we needed to do was to get Spanky bathed and cleaned up. He was matted and stinky and really needed some grooming attention. Tanner to the rescue!  Spanky was good as gold for his groom. What a wonderful little dog that was soaking wet in the middle of a street one night.  He is precious.

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Everybody who meets Spanky loves Spanky! He is delightful! He is hanging out with Wilbur, who lost his eye recently. They are great friends!

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Spanky is resilient, smart, grateful and very deserving of a loving, forever home. Spanky is up for adoption! Go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptables page to find the app!

 

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We are able to help dogs like Spanky  because of our foster homes opening up space for us, our adopters opening up space for us (and giving one of our dogs a fantastic home, of course!) and because of our awesome supporters who keep us going! We thank you and Spanky thanks you!

 

 

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The Baby Blues

July 3, 2014

DSCF2719   Chain of Hope received a call from a man whose relative had told him about us. He had a pit bull that had puppies and they were about 6 weeks old. He wondered if we could take the litter from him. We went over and met Terrance. We went in the back yard and met the momma, named Blu and her 5 puppies. Refreshingly, Terrance was not trying to keep one puppy (like so many do). At least we didn’t have that battle on our hands.   Momma had a pen that he had made and the gate was open and she could come out into the yard on her tie-out cable. The puppies looked pretty good. DSCF2717   DSCF2724     DSCF2726   DSCF2730   DSCF2720 DSCF2721   Blu’s puppies were born outside and had never been in the house. Hard to believe, but we see this all the time. We told Terrance that the only way we would “take this litter off his hands” was if he wanted to get Blu spayed. He agreed immediately and said he did  not want her to have anymore puppies. We told him to let her milk dry up and we’d get her in for her spay in a couple of weeks. We loaded up the puppies and got them back to Chain of Hope. Their lives were about to change for the better! DSCF2732   DSCF2734 DSCF2736

 

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These little ones were as cute as can be. They were also very hungry! All 5 heads dove into the food pan and they ate and ate and ate.

 

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All of the puppies were adopted pretty quickly. They were healthy and well socialized and of course-adorable!

I went and picked Blu up a couple of weeks later, brought her in and had her spayed and vaccinated. I took a crate back with her when I returned her and encouraged them to bring her in the house. We will continue to check on Blu.

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Yes, we wish we could’ve gotten Blu, too. The reality is that Terrance didn’t want to give her up, he did call us for help and he did want her spayed. We have no where to put another pit bull in our program right now and the city shelter doesn’t need another pit bull either-it’s full of pit bulls. The best we can do is what we did-get the puppies out of there, get momma spayed and monitor her care. We do not forget about the mommas, which you already know if you’ve been following this blog for long! The mommas are near and dear to our hearts.

This is a litter of puppies that normally would have been given out around the neighborhood or to family members, probably never fixed, and would continue the tragedy of overpopulation by reproducing themselves when they turned 6 mo. or so. Chain of Hope resolved this situation and shut all of that down. Thank you for your support-we are making a difference out there!

 

 

 

 

Miami

June 24, 2014

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Chain of Hope received a call from a woman that said she had a small dog and she couldn’t keep it any longer. She wanted to know if we could take it. I headed over to see what was going on. It turns out we’d been to this house before. Last year, they had found 3 puppies, called us and we went over and got them.

When I walked into the house, there were several family members there. The woman that had called told me that her husband had cancer and they just couldn’t deal with the dog anymore. The dog was a very scared little Yorkie mix named Princess.  She wouldn’t come to me or to the woman. I felt so sorry for her. I told the woman that we could take her. She asked the grand daughter to pick up Princess, but the grand daughter couldn’t get her. Finally, the woman that had called was able to pick her up. I asked her to carry Princess out to the car and this is how she carried her:

DSCF2911There was no “good-bye”, no pat on the head-nothing. She carried Princess out like this and put her in the van. How very sad that this little girl had not been loved and cared for like she should’ve been. Princess was pretty scared in the van, I’m sure wondering what was going to happen to her now.

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Chain of Hope always changes the names of the animals that we rescue. Their old name belongs with their old life. Their lives are so much better once they’re a Chain of Hope dog that they start their new life with a new name. The vet staff named this little girl Miami. We just treated Miami like we’ve treated the other scared little dogs like Crosby and Roger-we let her come to us. We didn’t force any interaction with her, we just let her decide when she was going to trust us. In just a few days, she was doing much better with Judy, Karen and me. At first, we had to carry her out to go potty, but eventually she began going out on a leash. We put her with Crosby and Roger and they all got along just fine. Miami was still scared and would hide behind something most of the time, but she started gradually coming out and started interacting with us. She really was a great little dog. She was very much liking the attention and love that we were giving her. You could tell that she hadn’t had that for quite awhile and she was really needing  it!

 

After a couple of weeks, Miami was doing fantastic! We asked Tanner to groom her and this is what she looked like when he was through. Tanner likes giving these little ones their mo hawks, which we think is adorable!  It definitely gives them personality!

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What a doll!!! We put Miami’s picture up on face book as one of our “newbies”. Because someone shared our face book post (thanks to those of you that share!), a wonderful young woman saw Miami and called to inquire about her. She was very interested and so we had her fill out an application. She passed with flying colors and we set up a time for Holly and her son, Silas,  to come down and meet Miami. They loved her the minute they met her!  Miami really seemed to like them a lot as well. Silas threw some toys for her and Holly and Silas took Miami out for a walk.

 

 

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After having Miami in their home for a few days, Holly sent us a couple of videos! Miami’s new name with them is Iko. Iko looks like she is right at home and very much loved!

 

 

Thank you supporters for keeping us going. Thank you Holly and Silas for giving Iko such a wonderful, loving home! She deserves it!

George

June 11, 2014

DSC_0039I was driving in the inner city one day when I noticed a puppy chained up that had not been there before. It was a black and white pit bull puppy and it had an igloo way back in the far back of the yard. He was on a chain, sitting there looking towards the back of the house. It was so sad because it was so obvious that he wanted to be in that house with his people! Instead, he was another pit bull puppy to grow up on a chain….

We monitored this boy for awhile and we were eventually able to make him a Chain of Hope puppy! When we got him into our facility, he immediately dove into a bag of food that was sitting there, ripped it open and started eating! Poor little thing was so hungry.

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Next it was into the bath! He wasn’t so sure about that!

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DSCF2137We named this beautiful puppy George and got him settled in. Thank God he wasn’t out there on a big chain anymore! George made lots of friends at Chain of Hope and even took on big Boston in tug-of-war!

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We all fell in love with this boy!  George  was neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed. He put some weight on and was the most fun little guy!

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George went to one of our pet adoptions and he never came back! Andrea, who was volunteering that day and has foster flunked twice already, fell in love with George. She took him straight home from the adoption event to foster. George fit right in and they started thinking like foster flunkies again!  They were seriously thinking about adopting George when Andrea’s mother sent out an email abut George with some pictures. A friend of hers named Pam called her immediately wanting to know more about George!

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George went to live with Pam and her family, which included 2 Jack Russells. They are so fun to run and play with-George is in heaven! We shudder to think what George’s life would’ve been like if we hadn’t seen him and put him on our radar for some help.

 

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We found George because we’re on the streets 6 days a week. We are out in the community and constantly looking for animals in trouble. Thank you for helping us to make such a difference in so many animals’ lives.

 

Now George knows that he is loved and wanted and that he is finally in a true, forever home. Have a great life, George!

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Floyd

June 3, 2014

 

 

 

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About a month ago, I was at the eye specialist with Boston in Overland Park. I received a frantic phone call from Judy, who was on outreach with Karen. She said that they had come across a skinny Boxer tied with a chain to a stop sign on 23rd street, which is pretty busy. She said that he was freaked out and acting aggressive (because he was scared) and they couldn’t get up close to him. I told her that I had just gotten to Over land Park for Boston’s appointment and that I couldn’t come and handle this situation. I told her that I would call animal control. Judy told me that she and Karen were going to stay there near this Boxer until animal control arrived so that nobody tried to mess with him.

Animal control said that they would send an officer over as soon as possible. Judy said that when the officer arrived and got out of the truck, the dog really started freaking. It turns out that he wasn’t tied to the stop sign, he had been dragging his chain and had gotten all wrapped around the stop sign. In his frenzy and aggravation when animal control arrived, he had spun around the sign and had gotten himself loose. He took off running, dragging his chain. Judy, Karen and the aco chased after him. They lost him. They all looked hard for about 45 min., but eventually everyone had to get going onto other things.

We were all worried about this dog. He could get caught up in anything with that big chain dragging behind him! He was skinny and obviously hadn’t been fed very well. I hated to think about him out there running with that chain dragging behind him, hungry.

Finally, later in the day when I was getting ready to go home, I asked Judy which direction the Boxer had run, where they had  lost sight of him, etc. I told her that I was going to go drive around that area on my way home. I got over there and just started driving slowly, looking everywhere. I started thinking like a dog and I thought that this boxer may gravitate toward another dog. I felt like if he came across another dog, he would probably go up to it and try to play. I realized I was close to a sweet mixed breed dog that the people kept chained up way in the back of their very big back yard. He was a young dog and we had been intervening over here for quite awhile, but with little success.  I went down Cypress and pulled up in front of  the house and looked way to the back where Chico was chained. There was the Boxer!!! He was back under the tree with Chico! I walked closer and I could see that these 2 babies were terribly tangled together in their chains. They were happy and they were trying to play with each other, despite their circumstances. I went to the door and asked the woman about the dogs. She said that they knew the dogs were like that and her husband had tried to go over and untangle them, but the Boxer was acting aggressively. They couldn’t get them apart, so they had called animal control. I asked her how long ago she had called them and she said about 30 min. I went back over to look at the dogs again, poor babies!

 

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I was in my car going home when I had found him, so I didn’t have a lot of supplies with me. We were going to have to cut the chains with bolt cutters to get these dogs out of this situation. I called Tanner, who was still at Chain of Hope and asked him to please grab the bolt cutters and hurry over to the inner city where I was. In the meantime, I had some canned cat food in my car so I took it over to the boys and they were both wagging their tails and smiling! They ate that up! I knew that the boxer was going to be fine.

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Tanner cut the chains to free these guys. We hooked Chico up with yet another tie-out cable and turned around to go.

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We got this handsome boy into Tanner’s car so that Tanner could take him with him back to Chain of Hope! I think this wonderful boy was ready to get out of there!

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Tanner named this very handsome boy, Floyd. He is a delightful dog! Floyd was under one year of age and had a lot of love to give to others. He fit right in at Chain of Hope and was friendly to everyone.

 

 

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Floyd started having the time of his life. He loved the swimming pool-that was a big hit!

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Floyd had some sort of tag on, but it was untraceable. He stayed at Chain of Hope for about 1-2 weeks. He was neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. We had hooked this boy up!

We moved Floyd to a great Boxer rescue group in South Dakota. They renamed him Getty. He is in a foster home and doing great. The foster mom’s brother has put in an application for him and we are told that if that doesn’t fly for some reason, they have 3 more people very interested in this fabulous dog!

We know that we could’ve placed this dog eventually, but this rescue group is exceptional and was  able to take him almost immediately after they were contacted. Chain of Hope tries to get help from other rescue groups, of which several are very gracious and receptive to Chain of Hope dogs. Since we are on the front lines out there, there are many times we have to get a dog out of a hell hole right then and there.  We must have the space to bring emergencies and priority animals into Chain of Hope on the spur of the moment. Moving dogs along either to other rescues or through adoptions is imperative to being able to grab the forgotten ones when we can.

 

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Floyd-you are no longer forgotten. Have a GREAT life!

 

 

Many Kitties Receive Our Help Too!

May 20, 2014

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Chain of Hope helps a lot of cats and kittens on outreach. There are so many that are just trying to make it.  Although we are not set up to house kitties at our facility, we do spend a lot of money on medical expenses for kitties and we provide a lot of food for them.  Thank you for your support so that we can care for the numerous cats and kittens that we come across daily.

 

 

 

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This is Onyx. He is a very sweet 6 mo. old kitten that Chain of Hope brought in for neuter. After we got him in here, we discovered that he had open wounds on his back. We think he’d been in a cat fight, but something definitely got him. Onyx needed several stitches to close the wounds. He is negative on his combo test, which means he has no contagious diseases, which is great. He’s now been neutered and vaccinated and now he just  needs his forever home.  I can’t say enough about what a sweet boy this is. Onyx is a very affectionate kitten and so grateful to have been rescued. Let us know if you’d be interested in adopting Onyx. Call 816-221-8080. He is healing up nicely and doing very well in a foster home.

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This poor boy had tangled with something, whether it was another cat or a raccoon or opossum, etc.  He had a severe wound at the top of his tail and one of his testicles was almost ripped off entirely. He’s been fixed up and neutered and returned to his caregiver. Hopefully with being neutered, he won’t be getting in fights anymore!

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There were about 10 cats running around at this house. They were mostly just neighborhood cats and these kind people fed them. Chain of Hope came in there and spayed and neutered everybody. We continue to drop food to this house periodically.

 

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This poor old man who we named Charlie was very sick when Chain of Hope brought him in. We found him in the hood.  He was emaciated and had sores all over. He tested positive on his combo test and unfortunately, we had to euthanize him. He was pretty far gone, but at least he didn’t suffer and die in the streets or under a porch somewhere. Rest in peace, Charlie.

 

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Princess had a wound on her rear end. It was pretty deep and getting infected. Chain of Hope provided medical care, paid the bill and returned Princess back to her owner.

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This young momma we found one day on outreach.  She had 2 kittens with her as well. We couldn’t touch them, so we continued to go over and feed all of them. We were finally able to catch them and they went to Furry Kids, who we thank greatly for helping us out with this little family.

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This momma and her babies are off the streets, all of them are fixed and they are up for adoption through Furry Kids Refuge.

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Oscar was a stray that hung around a house where he and some other stray cats were fed by a wonderful young woman. She called us one day and said that one of the cats had been in a fight or something and that his entire left eye was swollen, looked infected and the front of his head was very swollen as well. We brought Oscar in for treatment. He had a horrible abscess, which was drained and cleaned. Of course, we neutered him while he was under for his wound procedure! We returned him to his caregiver after about a week and he is doing very well.

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This man had found this cute kitty as a stray and decided to give it a home. He called Chain of Hope for help. We picked up Susie and had her spayed, took the guy back some cat food when we brought Susie back to him and they are doing fantastic!

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This beautiful cat named Sylvia had an infected tooth that was causing her some discomfort. Chain of  Hope took care of the bill and she was spayed while she was under getting her tooth pulled. Good as new!

 

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There are about 10-12 cats here. They all live outside, but a kind woman feeds them. We help her with food and we have been making our way through the colony getting them spayed and neutered. So many babies need our help!

 

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Marcy had gotten her leg caught in something and by the time  someone had called us, it was pretty bad. Marcy ended up having her leg amputated, poor baby. She did very well and we ended up being able to find her a new home.

Here are some more kitties that Chain of Hope has been able to help because of our wonderful supporters.

 

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Although we don’t talk about it very much, Chain of Hope is out there helping too many cats and kittens to even count. We could not do this without our wonderful supporters. So many kitties need our help. So many things can happen to stray cats out there. We  have taken care of so many of them with wounds and injuries. We are glad when someone in the hood is concerned about them and calls Chain of Hope for help.  Many of these kitties we come across just by being out there on the streets. They are everywhere.

Thank you for your support so that we can help the kitties too!

 

 

 

 


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