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August 9 th

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Tucker the beagle

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Tucker is a 12 & 1/2 year old beagle abandoned by his owners and picked up as a stray. He was wearing tags, but the owners had moved and left no forwarding contact info. He was about to be put to sleep at the shelter. He is overweight, blind in one eye and fairly deaf. He also has two fist-sized fatty tumors, dental disease/gingivitis and severe ear infections. We have started him on anti-fungal and antibiotic ear medication and  are brushing his teeth. He has blood work next week and we are certain he will be low thyroid. If so, thyroxine supplementation will help with his infections and weight. We will schedule him for a dental, if he is healthy enough for the anesthesia.He is a sweet old guy and it is incomprehensible how some people can abandon an animal after so many years. Please consider adopting a senior animal, they will be so grateful. Old dogs & cats should not be dying alone in shelters.

Tucker, the abandoned senior beagle

 

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May 4 th

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JERAS Newsletter May 5, 2012

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JERAS Newsletter May 5, 2012

We have had a busy and eventful month since the last JERAS newsletter. In early April, we agreed to take in a 9 year old beagle from the local shelter so she would not be put to sleep. She has a microchip which was never registered, but we were able to trace her back to the company which had implanted it. They are the world’s largest supplier of puppy mill puppies and ship puppies world-wide. “Rhonda” will be 10 in September. She arrived here with kennel cough and had to be isolated for a few weeks. She was also extremely hyper excitable and somewhat dog aggressive, so we sent serum to Hemopet for thyroid testing. She came back in the lower half of normal. Despite this, I decided to give her a trial of very low dose thyroxine and within a few doses, she was calmer & less aggressive. I asked Dr. Dodds (of Hemopet) what she thought and she said Rhonda was probably  “subclinical hypothyroid” and it was OK to keep her on the low dose if it improved her behavior. We are seeing more improvement even after 10 days, as it can take a few weeks to fully take effect, metabolically speaking. She is still kept away from the other dogs, but the house & yards are set up so I can “juggle” dogs to keep everyone safe. For now, she has part of the kitchen all day and an outside yard and can see everyone else, but can’t get herself into trouble. She also had a lot of tartar which she has managed to scrape off her teeth with chewing on bones. She is learning to accept tooth brushing, also. She also has some nighttime incontinence, but it is no bother to wash her bedding…I really hate seeing senior dogs ending up at shelters, it is not the fate they deserve after years of serving as someone’s pet.

Rhonda

Rhonda

We also accepted a 19 year old Arabian gelding whose owner could no longer keep him due to health problems. His name is Rusty, so now we have a “Big Rusty” and a “Little Rusty”. Big Rusty  arrived with rain rot (skin fungus) and thrush (infected hooves). Both are responding well to treatment. He also has some insecurity and a few behavioral issues, but we are working on them. He has 2 acres to himself as the mustangs were being too aggressive towards him. Once we have the additional acreage fenced and another shelter (thanks to the Pepsi grant, second half coming soon), we will try putting Rusty and Raven there, away from the mustangs. Right now, even Raven has rejected him. Raven would probably be fine with Rusty once they can be moved across the driveway to the new area.

Big Rusty

We just filed our midterm report with Global Giving/Pepsi Refresh and were approved for the second half of the grant. The next $5000 will fence more land and put up another shelter. We are so very grateful to our friends who voted for us, to Pepsi and Global Giving.

Three days ago, Shyla and Bear tangled with a rattlesnake. I treated them at home with conventional veterinary medicines, homeopathy and herbal remedies. Shyla was fully recovered after 2 days and Bear still has some swelling, but feels pretty well.

Shyla after rattlesnake bite

Bear after rattlesnake bite

The desert is a beautiful place to live. We have no mosquitoes, no fleas, no ticks, no gnats, very few flies… but we do have rattlesnakes.

Shyla 2 days post bite- back to normal

 

We have been having our spring hay funds drive. The funds from the October hay drive were used up by the beginning of March due to rising hay prices. I searched the internet and found grass hay from Idaho that sounded nice. The rancher’s wife sells some horse hay as a side line. She sent us some and it was clean & green. They also had their hay analyzed by a lab. We found a shipping company who can bring us 20 tons… total for the hay, shipping and unloading/stacking on this end will be about $4750.00. 20 tons of Az. hay from the feed store would have cost about $8000. We hope to have it by the middle of next week. It should last us through 2012.

So far, donations to the hay drive are at about $3800. This includes $800 of matching funds generously offered by one of our loyal supporters who has offered to match up to $1000. We hope to bring in another $1000 by the end of May to cover the 20 tons of hay we are getting, as we cannot deplete our general funds- we still have other animals to care for and feed, supplements, supplies and an occasional vet bill.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We will be randomly choosing (names pulled from a hat) donors at the end of May to receive art and other thank you gifts, plus an Equi-Spirit ball (horse toy) generously donated by Lisa & Kenny Williams.

JERAS is now home to 10 dogs, a pig, a sheep, 9 horses and 5 burros. Esperanza is very big, but no baby yet! Nothing would be possible without your support and we greatly appreciate our friends & donors.

Esperanza

 

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April 21 st

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JERAS Sanctuary News April 21

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JERAS Sanctuary News-

It’s been busy around here. We took in an old beagle from the local shelter 2 weeks ago. She arrived with kennel cough and had to be kept isolated for about 12 days.”Rhonda” seems hyperactive for almost 10 years old and also is hard to get weight on…we will be getting her thyroid tested Tuesday, as these can be signs of low thyroid. She is spunky and vocal and quite a little character.

Rhonda

We also have a new horse. His name is Rusty, so now we have Little Rusty and Big Rusty. Big Rusty is a 19 year old Arabian whose owner could no longer keep him. He is very sweet. He arrived with some fungal skin infection (‘rain rot”) and some infection in his feet, but a  medicated bath, hoof soaking and trimming and our dry climate is fixing those problems fast. He is somewhat thin, but also does not have a great appetite. I moved corral panels today to give him a private eating area. I filled his feeder with some alfalfa cubes, hay pellets and CoolStance. After 3 hours, he had eaten the CoolStance and only about half of the other food..this has me somewhat concerned and I have asked his previous owner about his lack of appetite. She just had his teeth done and vaccinations given not long before he came here. Right now, he is out with Mariah and Pepito. Mariah is quite smitten by him.

Big Rusty getting hoof soaking

 

Big Rusty

Big News!

Our Spring Hay Funds Drive is underway and we are really trying to reach $4500 so that we can cover a semi load of out of state hay. This will save us $3500 over the next 7-8 months! We found some nice grass hay and had a sample sent to us. It is clean & green. The grower also had it analyzed and it came out very acceptable for feeding horses. Donations are really needed at this time & are always greatly appreciated! Being able to get this hay will save us lots of money and the quality is better that the hay we have been paying so much for here locally.

That is the latest JERAS Sanctuary News. Please consider donating towards the hay drive, it is greatly needed at this time. Thank you!

 

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