Luckydog offers lifetime sanctuary and holistic support to pets with unique needs. Luckydog tries not to advertise the health challenges of pack members to gain donations. We will share case histories of transitioned pets to give others hope in challenging situations.
Sage was living on the streets in Mexico when I found her. Sage checked out as healthy, got her shots and was adopted by a family who vowed to love her forever.
Sage's family later abandoned her when she got mange. It was traumatic for her to lose them, but their fickleness may have worked out in Sage's favor. Sage needed a determined guardian to get her through the diseases she encountered- each considered a sign of severe "immune deficiency". Dog AIDS? I wondered.
Sage was healthy as a gabage-eating stray. I offered her shelter, vet care and "optimal nutrition". I couldn't understand why she fell apart.
When a vet suggested vaccines were to blame, I was shocked. As a vet tech, I learned the best way to protect a pup from disease was to vaccinate and feed the best "dog food". Was I lied to?
I couldn't be sure vaccines hurt Sage but I wasn't going to risk her having another. As for the pricey "dog food", I feel it was worse than the scraps found on the streets.
People were afraid to touch Sage and didn't want their dogs near her. I couldn't blame them. Thankfully, a friend's dog took on the role of Sage's big sister from day one. That companionship may have saved Sage's life as I fumbled around looking for ways to heal her.
Sage loved to play. She was comical, high-drive and brilliant despite her illness. While she seemed happy during play, I didn't know if she'd make it to adulthood. Frequent fevers, constant itching, a mouth full of warts and swollen glands indicated a reduced quality of life.
As Sage's health declined, so did her playfulness and patience. She began to nip at dogs to keep them away. In time, she could no longer be trusted with the kittens she'd once helped me raise.
I didn't think SAge would ever feel well again. I cried many tears as I transferred her to another rescue in hopes that they could heal her, rehome her, or end her misery. Thankfully, they failed.
After a month, Sage's foster mom hadn't found an adopter and couldn't take Sage on her move or bear to euthanize her. Sage came back to me. The reunion was bittersweet. I wanted to restore sage's health, but was so afraid I'd fail again.
I was ready to try anything, so, despite warnings from vets and the queasy feeling in my stomach, I fed an immune-compromised dog raw meat. She loved it, of course. I 'm so glad I took that leap for my friend who had apparently come to teach me a valuable lesson.
Within days of starting a raw-meat diet, Sage's skin improved. Three weeks later, fur started to grow, her glands were normal, and the warts were gone. Since then, every special-needs pet taken in by Luckydog has eaten a raw diet and achieved improved health.
The first bunch of pets are some of the lifetime members of Luckydog's rehabilitation/research program. They are not looking for adopters but still need your support. Please give a one time or weekly gift that can be used to pay for their food and medical. If you're ready for a long-term commitment with one of our adoptable pets (at the end of this pet list), go ahead and click over to the adoptions page.
Smonkey is a loving and comical dog. He came to us as a foster with a few challenges. I was unable to find an adopter who could offer him the care and supervision we were providing him. Smonkey is very enthusiastic and food-motivated. His charm and enthusiasm earned him "Best Dog Trick" at Cardiff Dog Days of Summer festival. He is now trained to offer reminders, and excels at keeping track of time. He's a very special lifetime member of the pack.
Son was one-day-old when we took him in. He seemed to be intellectually and physiologically challenged but he was super loving and wanted to be "helpful" around the sanctuary (e.g. riding on people's shoulders as they did chores). When switched to a raw diet, he got stronger and blossomed into a big, beautiful cat. We failed to find an adopter willing to continue his diet, so we took him on as a lifetime resident and cherished research subject. We look forward to many more years of his love.
Smoo Chinsg was added to the pack to heal Smonkey's broken heart after his best friend moved away. I didn't know Smoo Ching was special needs when I reached out to the person rehoming her, I just knew she needed me. Smoo Ching is thriving and has a never-ending zest for life. She dreams of being a professional athlete. She is a lifetime member of the pack.
Peeper was mouse-sized when I met her. When she was old enough to be adopted, she had some tendencies which made her challenging as an indoor cat. She wasn't suited to outdoor life either. We couldn't find anyone willing to peeper-proof their home, so we took on the challenge of providing her a safe and happy home for life.
Belli is the most snuggly muffin you'll ever meet. Two adopters gave up on her, but that's not because she was a bad dog. She just needed help to feel secure. In the months that we searched for an adopter, Belli always had a way to sabotage our plans. I think she was doing her best to be sure we kept her forever. Thankfully, she eventually achieved near-perfect health and behavior. She's the official "Cat Tattler" of Luckydog Sanctuary and the guardian of the pack.
Tino had spent most of his money on vet bills for chronic eye, liver, and kidney issues. He had little money or life left when he was 14 and also developed pancreatitis. Though he'd been sick for a while, he wasn't ready for the rainbow bridge. In June of 2020 we started him on a simple solution of DMSO and colloidal silver. His pancreas, liver, and kidneys seemed to breathe a sigh of relief within hours. His appetite returned the next morning. Within weeks, his cataracts were almost gon which gives us an idea of the internal healing that also took place. He had a good appetite and good quality of life for another year and half. We just got word that he passed away and we are heartbroken. See the Heal Thy Pet Page for before and after of Tino's eyes.
Little Boy was insecure, but so very sweet when he came out of the shelter. He's found confidence being part of a pack. He is a very special boy with special needs, but we aren't going to talk about those. He's doing great on his holistic regimen. He'll be a lifetime sanctuary resident so he can continue to receive immune-bosting care. Smoo Ching and Belli are head-over-heels in love with him, so he's happy here.
This sweet guy loves to cuddle. He's a hand-suckling cuddle-bug one minute then a lightning fast fly-murderer the next. I have never met a cat that can move the way he does. I sometimes think he's a ninja. Blackitty is praying for someone to donate some cabinets to house our abundant rescue supplies. He does best in a very neat, spare environment.
This little guy is uber-freindly once he trusts you. He loves dogs once he learns to trust them. He and his brother seem to have adopted Mama the chihuahua. It's funny because she HATES cats. She attackedl one of their littermmates when they were tiny but, now that they're twice her size, she's their pet.
Boots is a character. He Loves to love. He loves to talk. He loves to eat raw meaty bones. He also loves shoes. As a kitten he was always sleeping in my sneakers. When he couldn't fit in them, he slept on them. He's a super-chill guy when he wants to be. He is always a gentleman and a mama's boy. He is learning to use the litterbox more consistenly. Please donate Feliway collars and spray to help his training. Thank you!
Little Baloo is something special. He is a prime example of how diet, stress reduction, and gentle remedies can help a kitty thrive. He's so soft, and so sweet. He's quite demanding sometimes but it is an absolute pleasure to be his slave. On his wish list is raw organic ground beef cat food. He is a foodie and raw burgers are his absolute favorite.
AS you can see, Karma is a character. He is a big, fat cuddle bug. He's making progress in his behavior modification and really does his best to be a good boy. Around midnight, he turns into a love bug but he doesn't like to be handled any other time of day. He's a funny guy, for sure.
This guy is a seriously snuggly, gentle, and loving young man. He prefers an environment without fragrances or chaos. He is bonded to our 18-yearo-old cats and is the only youngster gentle enough to be their roommate. He brings a little extra light to their lives and they provide him calm company that feels safe.
Donations are not tax-deductible. If you want to support Luckydog's mission on a grand-scale, a fiscal sponsor may be able to help out to ensure you receive a tax-deduction. Thank you for your support!
This flock of fuzzies has special nutritional needs to keep them in good health. Help Luckydog stock up on special diets and supplements. Anything not spent on diet/health supplies will cover grooming, grooming supplies, and general pet upkeept to keep them healthy. The pets will gladly accept direct donations of food. Most of the cat/dog meals are made from scratch with organic, lean, ground turkey or beef.
Smoo Ching will have hernia surgery and hysterectomy once funds are raised. $1,800 is an estimated amount as we are not sure what hospital will provide the procedure.
Help us build a fantastic, coyote-proof catios and puppy play-yards so the pets have a safe outdoor space 24/7. If you're a contractor and can help build enclousures, pergolas, shade structures, etc, please reach out. Our parnter rescue may be able to offer you a tax deduction receipt for your help.
Smonkey needs oral surgery, broken tooth repair, and eyelid surgery. Due to his heart condition (which seems to be improving), he requires a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist to be present during surgeries.
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