Veterinary Work Performed on Rescued
Your dog has or will be spayed or
neutered. Our companion animals currently face an overpopulation
crisis. Each year, millions of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized
because the shelters have no room and there are no homes for them.
Therefore every animal that is adopted out of our programs cannot
further add to this sad and frustrating situation. Your contract
will state if the animal was spayed/neutered prior to our receiving
the dog or it will list the date our vet performed the
Spay/neuter not only helps keep the
shelters from euthanizing even more animals, but has physical
benefits as well. Females have a lower risk of ovarian, uterine and
breast cancers and she will never develop pyometria, an infection of
the uterus, which occurs often in older unspayed females. Males are
less likely to develop prostate, perianal, and testicular tumors and
Neutered pets have twice the average
life expectancy of unneutered pets, partly due to a much lower
chance of suffering from breast, uterine, prostate and, testicular
cancers. Many express concern that spaying and neutering makes a pet
fat. Actually, overeating and lack of exercise are the only things
that can make a pet fat. If you have another pet you would
like spayed or neutered but find the price an obstacle, please check
out our low cost clinics in Kerrville.
All Lucky Ones dogs receive their
first DA2PPv-CVK vaccination - Canine Distemper,
Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, modified-live
Parvovirus, killed Coronavirus. This is
probably the most important vaccine your dog receives. Puppies
receive a series of three shots before they are fully protected so
it is important you do not expose your puppy to areas where other
dogs have been until this series is complete. After adoption, you
must consult your vet about the need for booster shots, and
to establish a future vaccination schedule. Please see
“Parvovirus” for more information.
Canine distemper is a
virus, which affects a number of organs and causes symptoms
such as nasal and eye discharge, diarrhea, vomiting and
seizures. It is approximately 75% fatal in
canine infectious hepatitis, which is a disease of the liver
and other body organs. It is a quick killer and death may
follow even two hours after the onset of
Parainfluenza is the
most common viral causative agent of “kennel cough”, which is
otherwise known as tracheobronchitis.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious and
often deadly disease.
Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea,
dehydration, and loss of appetite. The virus can remain
in the environment at least 5 months since it is very stable
and resistant to environmental stresses. Also, dogs recovered
from an infection may shed the virus for up to 10 months. This is why it is
important to have the series of shots and have your puppy
fully protected before allowing him to walk on floors and
grass, etc where other dogs were present.
Coronavirus infects the cells lining the
dog’s intestines and causes diarrhea. It is not as fatal as
the other disease this vaccine prevents but left untreated can
kill especially weak or young animals.
Bordatella or “Kennel Cough”
Usually administered at animal control upon arrival
and 50% of the dogs come down with kennel cough (it is like our flu
Kennel cough is the most common upper
respiratory disease in dogs today. This vaccine protects against
canine infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB). ITB may be caused by
several different infectious agents either working alone or in
concert. Those agents are parainfluenza, adenovirus-2, and
All dogs are administered Frontline
Top SpotTM. When you apply FRONTLINE® to your pet, the active
ingredient Fipronil is stored in the natural oils of his/her skin
and coat. This provides your pet with protection against fleas and
ticks for a month. Talk to your vet about the best choice for you
and your pet in flea and tick control. For more information about
Frontline® please visit frontline.com
Checks are performed for the presence
of hookworms, pinworms, roundworms as well as other intestinal
parasites that may be present and need treatment.
Heartworm disease is a serious and
potentially fatal disease in dogs. It is caused by Dirofilaria
immitis, a worm found in the heart and large adjacent vessels of
infected dogs.. All Lucky Ones dogs have tested negative for
heartworm with the Idex Snap test. Dogs over 4 months of age have
received their first month’s heartworm preventative in the form of
ivermectin, which is the active ingredient in Heartguard®. Collie’s
and collie crosses need a weaker form of heartworm preventative.
Please see the contract for more information on which medication was
given to your dog.
We use the broad spectrum wormer
Strongid® which contains the chemical pyrantel tartrate. Since this
is a broad spectrum wormer it may not kill all worms your dog may
have. This is one reason why the follow up vet visit is so important
to your pet’s health
All dogs 3 months of age and older
receive a rabies vaccine. You should receive a rabies tag as well as
a certificate of vaccination. Please keep this certificate for your
records. The next rabies vaccination is due in 1 year. This is a
mandatory vaccination and you will need the certificate to license
Why should my dog still see a vet
after all this vet work has been done?
First, it helps you establish a
relationship with a vet. This is a wonderful forum for all your
questions about your pet’s needs. A vet is trained to help you keep
your new pet healthy and happy.
Second, not all possible vet work has
been given to your pet. The broad spectrum wormer may not have
removed ALL parasites from your dog or puppy. The vet will determine
if any are present, identify which one(s) and prescribe a more
targeted drug. The Frontline flea control and Heartworm preventative
lasts optimally for one month. You may obtain more by visiting your
Thirdly, as stated in the
adoption contract, "These pets were given up by their owners, or were
strays. Most have come from Animal Control (Dog Pounds) and we do NOT know
their prior medical histories." For this very reason it is important
to get a check up from your vet.
Adoption fees run anywhere from $ 50.00
to $ 550.00 (depending on the dog and the costs to save
These fees are used for our rescued dogs well
We make sure each dog that comes into our rescue
is spayed or neutered before it is adopted.
All required vaccinations are
Because we specialize in Death Row Dogs, many
of them require special medical attention.
require surgeries including expensive orthopedic surgeries,
dental work, various routine medications like flea treatments
and de-worming medicines, specialized medications to get them
healthy for adoption like ear, eye, antibiotic, and
medications, and other veterinary services.
also require professional bathing and grooming.
Adoption fees are also used to pay for transporting
the dogs from shelters to Seattle and many are a good five to
six hour round trip.
We have to pay for leashes,
collars, dog food, dog tags, food bowls, and our needs list is
No dog should ever be given away for FREE!
A "Free to good home" ad is one of the biggest
mistakes a person that truly loves their pet can make.
These ads draw animal abusers, and Class B dog dealers
that sell dogs to medical research institutions. Research
laboratories are willing to pay $200.00 for a dog. Gangs are
always looking for Pitt Bull bait and will use free or cheaply
obtained dogs for that purpose. All of these "adopters" can be
very convincing about how they are going to give the animal
the best care, care for it forever, etc.
coupled with post adoption welfare checks help ensure that
rescued dogs go to loving homes.
fees screen out the people who can not afford vet care.
If you can not afford the adoption fee, you can not
afford vet care.
No one in animal rescue gets rich from
charging adoption fees. For every dog or cat that comes to the
rescuer spayed/neutered, and in great condition, there are
several others who's actual veterinary costs will never be
recovered in the adoption fee.
That is why donations
to animal rescue groups are always welcomed!