Paws for Life Animal Rescue has exciting news to share! With generous funding from ASPCA ($1,000) and Petco Foundation ($7,500), we have started a new program called “Paws in Need” to highlight heartworm positive dogs and those with other medical needs. These other needs typically include treatment for mange, dental cleanings/extractions, cyst removals and surgery related to injuries or birth defects.
All funding for this program will go directly to the dogs’ medical expenses. In addition, our “Paws in Need” dogs will help us bring community awareness to the importance of monthly heartworm prevention and promote the message that dogs with medical needs deserve a second chance, too.
Goldie needs our help to raise money for her heartworm treatment, teeth extractions, and cancerous tumor removal!
This sweet gal was found in an abandoned house that was condemned and due to be demolished. Before knocking the place down they checked and found her and several other dogs inside. Animal control picked her and the others up, and she entered the shelter severely underweight at just 45lbs. Her age is estimated at 5 years old and she tested heartworm positive. Her front teeth were all worn down to nothing with the roots exposed, 2 of her canines were broken with roots showing, most likely from eating trash and tearing open canned food.
Luckily we were able to get her teeth removed and during her spay came across some cancerous tumors that had to be removed! She was covered in fleas with a skin infection but after some time in her loving foster home she is doing so much better! Goldie has come a long way but still has a ways to go.
Now that she has had a constant supply of food for a few weeks, we estimate she weighs about 65 pounds. She is house trained, crate trained, and can't wait to get healthy again so she can go off to her forever home!
This is our sweet Tessa. She is a foster dog with Paws for Life Animal Rescue here in NC. She found herself stuck at the Franklin County Shelter with two siblings left because the owner did not want to care for them anymore. Her kind eyes drew her foster in and even though she was heartworm positive the foster had to take her into her home and get her well.
The goal is to find her a wonderful forever family to match her amazing spirit. Tessa is roughly age 5. We think she is a Brittany mixed with sheltie. She is 55lbs but could stand to drop 10-15!
She is a lazy gal. She loves to lounge on the couch or floor. She is a people dog and wants to please, kiss, and follow you around! She loves dogs and cats alike. She had lived with 2 male dogs in her previous life. She lives with a male and female dog and 3 cats in her foster home.
Can you help us to get her heartworm free so we can get her into her forever home? HW treatment sucks the rescue funds right down (along with the many other medical surgical cases we face). Paws for Life does not shy away from dogs with medical needs because we know we are their best chance at survival. We rely on your donations to save lives as we are 100% non profit / 100% volunteer and 100% foster system based.
We are happy to announce that we now have Paws For Life Wine! $19.99 a bottle. All profits from selling this wine goes to Paws For Life, to help with our medical expenses.
The list of wines are:
Whisker Lickin' Good - Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby red in color, displaying red fruit aromas with slight smoky notes, this medium to full body cabernet sauvignon boasts firm tannins followed by a long and pleasant finish. This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served at room temperature.
Black Cat - Carmenere
This hand-picked Carmenere presents itself with a brilliant and deep purple, red color in the glass. On the nose there are fresh and fruity aromas, which are accompanied by spicy notes of green pepper. This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served at room temperature.
Dog Daze - Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow, clean and bright fruit aromas abound; soft floral notes with a touch of oak highlights the smooth acidity and elegant finish of this chardonnay. This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served chilled.
Mutts Rock - Malbec
Deep purple red in color, displaying aromas of blackberry, plum and violet flowers with a hint of vanilla, this soft and juicy malbec leads with cherry notes, toffee hints followed by a long and pleasant finish. This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served at room temperature.
Meow-A-Lot - Merlot
Deep and bright ruby red color, displays ripe red fruit aromas; soft and well balanced in the mouth with round tannins and a long, complex finish. This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served at room temperature.
Barking Mad - Sauvignon Blanc
Light yellow with green shades, this crisp sauvignon blanc promotes a great balance of citric aromas and mineral notes which showcases the typical freshness of the variety with a long and subtle finish This vegan friendly wine is produced using certified organic grapes by a fair trade certified vineyard. Best served lightly chilled.
Hadley wants to say thank you to everyone who donated to and shared her fundraiser! We were able to meet our goal and Hadley had surgery to repair her leg on Wednesday, March 22nd. Sweet Hadley was the victim of a domestic violence situation in which her femur bone was broken at the growth plate. Hadley will be on crate rest for three weeks with very little activity. Even though she has to be crate-rested she is a very happy girl! She is doing very well with potty-training and very rarely uses the bathroom in her crate. She enjoys sitting with her foster parents and quietly chewing a bone, cuddling with her favorite stuffed toy or giving lots of sweet puppy kisses. Hadley is learning that cats can be her friend and when she’s all better, she will finally get to play with other doggies. Please keep Hadley in your thoughts as she continues to heal!
Romulus, this handsome big-headed boy, spent nearly a year in our foster program. In the summer of 2015, Romulus was picked up by Franklin County Animal Control at the request of his owner. He had spent the first years of his young life tied to a tree but that didn't keep his tail from wagging. Eventually, he was adopted from the shelter... but his new owner gave him up after she learned he was heartworm positive. Then, he found temporary refuge with a wonderful, dog-loving family, but couldn't stay there because his main caregiver was suffering from severe arthritis.
I was in contact with the family and eventually began to foster this big baby in December 2015. Early on this sweet boy didn't get much attention at events or online. I spent lots of time helping socialize Romulus and teaching him house manners. During the summertime of 2016, Romulus got his first chance. Unfortunately, he broke out of his crate and "rearranged" and destroyed some things in his adopter's home. He was returned to the rescue. Then, during the fall, he had his second chance. However, the potential adopter's dog was not too fond of having a new dog in the house. They said Romulus was not able to be himself so again, he was returned. They say third time is a charm, right???
Third Times a Charm
Well, this sweet story proves this to be true! Romulus met a nice family at an adoption event in Knightdale and they loved his calm demeanor. When Romulus went on his third home trial, I said if it didn't work out this time I was planning to adopt him myself! I warned the new family that Romulus is an escape artist and recommended they use zip ties for his crate. A few days in to the home trial, pictures were sent of Romulus' interior decorating skills. I was worried this was going to lead to him being returned again. The family said it was okay and he is still a good dog. They purchased zip ties following the incident.
A few days later, I received a wonderful e-mail saying Romulus did great with their young nephew and with their elderly parents and that they wanted him to stay forever. It was a Christmas miracle for Romulus! Now he has two human siblings, one fur sister and two parents to call his own. Happy life, sweet Romulus, and thank you to all the wonderful people who took part in helping save this big-headed baby from the shelter!
Don't give into the commercial Valentine hype! Forget about flowers, forget about chocolate (especially if you are buying a gift for your dog). We're ok if, perhaps, you want to adopt a puppy... but the best way you can help this Valentine's Day is by saving a ♥heart. Show your special-someone you love them by gifting them a ♥heart... help us save ♥heartworm positive dogs by donating in their name. Read on to learn more, or click here to save a heart, by donating now!
Paws In Need
Our newest program here at Paws For Life is called "Paws In Need". It's designed to allow us to rescue more animals that have medical conditions that would typically prevent them from being rescued. The most noteworthy, and most common – yet treatable – medical condition we see is ♥heartworm.
What Are ♥Heartworms
♥Heartworms are transmitted through tick or mosquito bites, and they find their way to the ♥heart to lay their eggs. Once hatching, the worms can limit the function of the ♥heart. Therefore, if not treated, can cause permanent life-threatening damage to the ♥heart muscles. Strays and surrendered animals typically aren't given the monthly preventative care they need to ward off the worms. As a result, ♥heartworm positive dogs are a very common problem at shelters. We've decided that this sad happen-stance isn't fair to them, so we're working hard to change their fate.
De-worming a ♥heartworm positive dog is an involved process which requires various tests to gauge the extent of the infection (read more about the process on WebMD's de-worming dogs page). So, even with the reduced prices given to us by many of our vet sponsors, it typically runs us about $500 for a treatment.
What You'll Get
Last year we were able to save nearly 40 dog's lives! However this year, with your help, we're looking to save even more! When you donate as part of our fundraiser, we'll send your loved one a personalized card. It'll feature a picture of a dog they are helping save, along with a message of your choosing that we'll hand write on the back. It's a gift that is much more personal than either chocolate or flowers. It's got all the feels... definitely will warm your significant other's ♥heart.
Click the donate button below and fill out the form. Choose an amount to donate, and a message you'd like us to write in the card... and let us know who to send it to. Then, click the "submit" button to donate through PayPal. Every dollar helps and we really appreciate your donation. At $500 per ♥heartworm treatment, we've got lots to raise to meet our goal, so please also consider sharing with your friends!
Alex: 1 yr old Boxer mix; 45 lbs; confident, playful guy; loves kids & other dogs; loves toys, treats, and play; needs a fenced yard to get his energy out; would love a doggie sibling
Jeanine: Chi-pit mix; currently weigh (in the ballpark) of 30 lbs. Playing, eating, playing, sleeping, playing and more playing are my favorite things to do. Good with other dogs
Lucy: Beagle/Lab mix; 25 lbs; sweet, shy girl; dog & cat friendly; likes people but needs time to warm up to you; she is looking for a stable, quiet home and a desire to share your warm bed; since she is shy she is slowly being introduced at events and will only be out between 1:30 and 2:30 if you would like to meet her
Penguin: 5 month old Hound/Bulldog mix; currently 22 lbs; LOVES to play with kids; good with other dogs and cats; new to program and is still learning crate training, potty training, and basic good manners; he’s a fast learner
Shasta: Young lab mix; 45 lbs; LOVES her people & good with kids; her favorite place to be is your lap; crate trained & house trained; lots of energy so a fenced yard is a priority; she is a sensitive girl that is easily re-directed if needed
Snickers: 3 yr old Pug/Beagle mix; 18 lbs; big sweetheart ♥; loves kids and being around her people
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Ash: 1.5 yr old Lab/Great Pyrenees mix or Weimaraner/Great Pryenees mix; 46 lbs; playful, confident, energetic guy; chases cats if they run; good with older kids (12 & up); loves other dogs and he THRIVES with canine companionship so it is highly suggested he goes to a home that has another dog; a large fenced yard and an active family to take him for regular walks/runs would be a big plus to help him exhaust his energy; prefers to be nearby, but not a lap dog; house trained and crate trained… but really would love to sleep in your bed at night
Buster: 3 -4 yr old Lab/Border Collie mix; 60 lbs; huge love bug; good with kids & dogs… cats unknown; do not leave unattended outdoors as he likes to practice his fence climbing skills; heartworm positive, but is being treated by Paws for Life through our Paws In Need program.
Coco: 3 yr old Pug mix; loves toys, playtime & giving kisses; loves other dogs
Duncan: 1 yr old Lab/Border Collie mix; 65 lbs; sweet boy with lots of energy; house-trained & crate-trained; loves his people and other dogs… loves to chase cats!; favorite toys are Kongs and squeaky toys
Gypsy: 3 yr old Lab mix; sweet, stoic nature; she has two speeds: all out or couch potato; she would LOVE a large fenced yard to run & play in; loves children & can live with other dogs & cats; she finds crates insulting; you can confidently leave her with run of the house with no worries of destruction… she will pretty much be where you left her
Sage: Lab/Chow mix; very sweet, adorable girl who is crate trained & house trained; LOVES going for walks; loves people & other dogs, but chases cats; stuffed squeaky toys and cow hooves are her favorite indoor activities