Category: “Meet Our Pets”

Meet Lil’ Dude

Meet Lil’ Dude

Meet our newest rescue Lil Dude.

We bailed him out of medical at the SLA Shelter. This poor pup has puppy strangles. Puppy Strangles is a result of an immune malfunction. The skin especially on the face becomes infected with deep sores. These sores can become so involved they reach the lymph nodes of the neck. The neck area swells with hard knots under the jaw until it looks like the baby dog will strangle—that’s how it got the name.

Puppy pyoderma is characterized by pustules on the face, and painful swelling of the lips, eyelids and face. This may also include swellings in the groin area, where the lymph glands are located.

Treatment for puppy strangles will primarily be months of aggressive immunosuppression through corticosteroids, typically with prednisone, accompanied by broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as cephalexin, cefadroxil, or amoxicillin clavulanate, in order to prevent or treat secondary bacterial or fungal infections. In addition to puppy having a compromised immune system, the exposed tissue from lesions and pustules puts him at an increased risk for developing secondary infections. Lil Dude has a long way to way to go. Check back for updates on his recovery.

 

 

 

Meet Twinky

Meet Twinky

Twinky was rescued when his owners could no longer keep him. They really couldn’t give us an explanation as to why but we knew he was shelter bound. We decided right then and there that he would not enter the shelter. He was matted, dirty, scared, confused. We don’t know how long his family had kept him in this condition but we knew he wasn’t comfortable at all. We got him groomed and all cleaned up. One of our foster parents picked him up the same day and so his new journey began.

He lived in a household with multiple cats and 1 other dog. He was very shy and would shake if anyone raised their voice even a little bit. He wasn’t potty trained either. The constant accidents and nervousness made it clear that this household was too much for him. Any little noise would cause him to shake and urinate from the nervousness. So we hatched a plan to have another one of our volunteers and foster dad, Vu, foster him for a couple of weeks. Vu was great at potty training dogs and puppies. Within one week, Twinky was a completely different dog.

After two weeks, he returned to his previous foster home where he lived in harmony with all the other pets. He never had 1 accident again inside the home. He was a much happier and a less nervous and shy dog. He was playful, joyful and a bit goofy! He enjoyed daily walks, playtime, cuddling and sometimes even playing with one of the resident cats! At one of our adoption events we used to at the DTLA ArtWalk, a couple stopped by. They weren’t very interested in the 8-week-old puppies everyone was gushing over. Instead, they gravitated toward Twinky, the 1 year old, poodle mix, ragdoll-looking dog with an underbite. They held him like a baby and Twinky was loving it! They spent most of the night with him and then to our surprise, filled out an application to adopt him!

After months in foster care, Twinky now had a potential home! A couple of days later, his foster mommies drove down to DTLA to make it official. Twinky remembered the couple and immediately knew this was his forever family. It’s been a little over a year since he’s been adopted and his parents can’t stop gushing over how perfect he is! They renamed him Leo and have visited us a couple of times. Needless to say, Leo had a tough life before but we don’t think he remembers all the bad stuff anymore. He happily eats at the dinner table on special occasions, sleeps under the covers as he pleases, travels and has become a Dodger fan like his parents! Leo is a true rescue story and we’re so happy this little guy has a bright road ahead of him.

Meet Charlotte

Meet Charlotte

When Charlotte’s family was evicted from their apartment, they left her behind. Neighbors called the building’s manager, who happens to be related to one of our volunteers, after they noticed that Charlotte wouldn’t leave the front door for days. Upon entering the apartment, the manager found the apartment in very bad shape. Bed bugs and roaches were later discovered throughout the apartment. After talking with neighbors, the building manager discovered that the dog had been left for 5 days. Neighbors assumed she was being fed so no one gave her food or water for the 5 days she was left alone. The building manager contacted his niece (our volunteer) and a plan was set in place to get her to safety.

We named her Charlotte, after Charlotte’s Web because we thought she was pregnant. She was so heavy! 25 lbs to be exact. Her new foster mommy drove her to the vet to check whether she was pregnant and to figure out why her urine had so much blood in it. X-rays showed no babies but the vet did conclude that she had multiple litters throughout her life. She was given antibiotics for a urinary infection and was put on a strict diet. In about 4 or so weeks, on an all wet-food diet, Charlotte was able to lose a couple of pounds and her urine was back to normal!

It only took her a couple of days to realize she was in a loving and safe environment to come out of her shell. She lived with feline and canine brothers and sisters and got along great with everyone! She began to trust people again and was a total love bug who loved to give kisses.

Needless to say, Charlotte won someone’s heart and she soon embarked on her new journey in her new home. After two months in foster home, she was adopted by a wonderful person who understood her trauma and wanted to give her the best home possible. Charlotte was renamed Luna and has a terrier brother named Oliver. She’s already enjoyed a day at the beach and even had a welcoming party from her mommy’s friends. She loves to go on walks and explore the outdoors as well as cuddle indoors. She even has her own Instagram account where you can continue to follow her amazing journey @Oliver_Luna16

Meet Chilly

Meet Chilly

His owners never claimed him.

Despite having his heart broken, from the moment Steffany and her boyfriend took Chilly Willy into their home, he knew nothing else but true love.

Chilly Willy was in foster care for over a year, patiently waiting for his new forever home.

We were all rooting for him! It was a long wait…. but so worth it. And so…. We are beyond happy to announce that: Chilly Willy has been officially ADOPTED! His new family fell in love with him almost immediately and decided right there and then that he belonged in their lives. Chilly Willy now has new human and fur siblings that already adore him! It was such a special and emotional moment. Have an amazing life Chilly Willy!!

Meet Sky

Meet Sky

Can you believe someone abandoned this little guy 6 months ago? Our handsome boy Sky is all grown up & ready for his forever home. He’s a Russian Blue kitty and has been in foster care way too long! Fully vetted with all his shots, microchip & neutered. He’s currently in a foster home with 2 other male cats and gets along with them really well! To adopt this cutie, please email us savingwattsdogs@gmail.com

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