Quality of life is a priority. If a pet is unlikely to receive proper care in a new home, Luckydog offers sanctuary for life. While all residents had/have some struggles which require long-term management, we try not to mention these. We want them to feel they are perfect at any stage in their journey.
Sage was living on the streets in Mexico when I found her. I was only able to foster cats at that time, so I'd hoped to move her along quickly. 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 for Sage.
Sage needed a determined guardian to get her through the diseases she encountered. First we tackled and beat the Sarcoptic mange. Then we were stumped by a persistent, severe case of demodectic mange and oral warts. These were all signs of immune deficiency.
Sage was healthy as a gabage-eating stray. We offered her shelter, vet care and "optimal nutrition". I could not understand why she fell apart.
When a vet suggested vaccines were the cause, I was even more confused. As a vet tech, I learned the best way to protect a puppy from disease was to vaccinate and feed the best "dog food". I couldn't be sure vaccines hurt her, but I wasnt' going to risk her having another. As for the pricey "dog food" I feel strongly, it was worse than garbage.
People were afraid to touch Sage and didn't want their dogs near her. I couldn't blame them. She looked awful and smelled even worse. One neighbor would let his puppy play with Sage and a dog I was fostering took on a big sister role. That companionship may have been lifesaving.
Eventually, half of Sage's skin was hairless and covered in pustules. It would bleed when she played, but she loved to play. She was comical, high-drive and brilliant despite her illness. While she seemed a happy puppy while playing, I just didn't know if she'd make it to adulthood. The fevers and swollen glands indicated a reduce quality of life.
As Sage's health declined, so did her playfulness and patience. She nipped at dogs to keep them away and couldn't be trusted alone with the kittens she helped me raise. I didn't think she'd be able to live with my other pets or ever really feel normal again. I cried buckets of tears as I transferred her to another rescue in hopes that they could heal her, rehome her, or end her misery.
After a month, Sage's new foster mom, was just as conflicted as I. She hadn't found an adopter for sage, couldn't take Sage when she moved out of state, and couldn't stand to euthanize her. I was both relieved and saddened. I wanted to restore sage's health and happiness, but I didn't know how. I was ready to try just about anything.
It seemed counterintuitive, but someone claimed a raw-chicken diet curied their dog's immune challenges. I tried it as a last resort, then stopped, then tried it two more times. Three weeks into each trial, Sage's skin would be healed and her mood was improved. Each time I tried to sneak kibble back in, she relapsed. I could not believe something so simple (and gross) could could help a pet so much.
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. While he isn't particularly bright or athletic, Smonkey is very enthusiastic and food-motivated. His charm and enthusiasm earned us "Best Dog Trick" at a big dog festival. He is now trained to offer reminders, and excels at keeping track of time. He's a very special member of the pack.
Smoo Ching has a never-ending zest for life and is the omega of our pack. Her health and behavior made her a perfect candidate for a lifetime of love at Luckydog Sanctuary. . Luckily, she landed with someone who has a degree in animal health and the awareness needed to save her life a few times. She was brought in to heal Smonkey's broken heart when his best friend left. Smonkey could/would not go on walks so he needed a companion to play with indoors. Led to her intuitively, we didn't know Smoo Ching was special needs or allergic to vaccines, we just felt she needed us. Her behavior concerns were apparent within a few days, but we had no idea what was to come. Over the next months, her specialness became very apparent. Surgery, lots of training, a raw diet, along with a continuing detoxification protocol and careful supervision have kept her alive and well.
Belli is the most snuggly muffin you'll ever meet. We fostered her for a few weeks then found her a home. She was returned for being too much for their other dog to handle. Belli was a little intese due to early traumas. We couldn't find a suitable adopter and couldn't resolve her issues so we committed to keeping her for life. Belli became Smonkey's sweetheart affter Smoo Ching left him for a rottweiller. She's now the official "Cat Tattler"" of Luckydog Sanctuary and the guardian of the pack.
Son was one-day-old when we took him in. When he was between 5 and 8 weeks old, he broke two of his legs (on different days) and wasn't growing at a normal rate. He seemed to be intellectually challenged but he was super loving and wanted to be "helpful" around the sanctuary (e.g. riding on people's shoulders as they did clean up). 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.
Peeper was mouse-sized and unable to nurse when I met her. I was able to get some calories ino her and once she "woke up" she latched onto the bottle and didn't want to let go. She was a major chonk thereafter. She had some tendencies which made her difficult to have as a house cat but she wasn't suited to be a barn or outdoor cat since she was so loving and passive. We couldn't find anyone willing to adopt her as a housecat, so we took on the challenge of keeping her safe and happy. It's been about 18 years, so I'd way we're doing a good job =)
Snoofy was found as a nervous stray. His leg had been broken and the femur ends healed in the wrong position. He didn't want to use the painful leg, so it atrophied. Amputation was recommended. We put him on an anti-inflammatory diet instead. In no time, he was using that leg to run! In his teens, he suffered from hind-limb weakness due to a suspected brain lesion so he's lucky he still had four legs. Here he is zipping around at age 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXp3Rn8IC8&feature=youtu.be
Petey could be described as a jovial, yet sassy, foodie and major flirt. His confidence is unlike any chihuahua I've met. Petey has had prostate cancer for over a year and now it has spread to other organs. His vets are doing all they can to ensure the rest of his life is amazing.
Mama wags her tail so quickly we think she's part rattlesnake. She likes to pee on rugs if it's cold or rainy out. She is generally a diva, and just cute enough to get away with it. She came to us with her son "Little Boy". Mama is up for adoption to a very-nearby, natural-rearing home, with a dog-savvy adopter. The problem we've had is that once she's living with someone else, she falls back to being a resource guarder. We need her to spend quality time with her son often (daycare at the sanctuary 3-5 days a week), so she has to get along with all the residents.
Little Boy was very insecure, but so very sweet when he came out of the shelter. He's found confidence being part of a pack and even leads the pack on walks. He is a very special boy with special needs, but we aren't going to talk about his problems. Besides, he is doing great on his holistic regimen. He'll be a lifetime sanctuary resident so he can continue to receive immune-bosting care and lots of love. Smoo Ching and Belli are head-over-heels in love with him, so he's pretty happy here.
My rehab story is below.
My rehab story is below.
My rehab story is below.
My rehab story is below.
My rehab story is below.
My rehab story is below.
The six cats above had vets stumped with their "infections" and strange symptoms. They were treated with antibiotics to no avail. It took several months to figure out they were sick from pine cat litter and once that was resolved, they seemed to sufer from a deficiency that can occur from long-term antiobiotic use. They are sensitive to fragrances and hemicals. We provide them an environment free of perfume and irritants while we offer them a supportive diet. They have been doing very well. If we could get them to pee only in the litterboxes or dirt, they'd be just perfect. If you want to help us out with training them to more reliable litterbox use, please send feliway spray (wishlist link coming soon). Thanks!
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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 nor how much insurance may cover.
We are saving up to build a fantastic, coyote-proof catio. If you're a contractor and can help build it, please reach out.
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.
Click here to see his gofundme page and story gf.me/u/yvchh6
Our fuzzies have special nutritional needs to keep them in good health. Help Luckydog stock up on special diets and supplements. Anything not spent on food will help cover vet, grooming, supplies, and general "pet projects". The pets will gladly accept direct donations of food. Most of the cat/dog meals are made from scratch with natural, lean, ground turkey or beef.
This little lady was a feral kitten found starving with intestinal obstruction. She grew to trust us but was so shy of strangers, she sabotaged all adoption efforts. It seemed meant to be, because, when we brought in another feral kitten, they instantly bonded and remained best friends. Nobody wanted to adopt two super-shy cats, so we decided it was only fair to allow them both to stay in sanctuary together, for life. They were born a few months apart and died a few months apart. Their passing from cancer at the young age of 14, was an eye-opening experience for us.
This cutie was found in the bushes after her feral mother had been trapped. She maintained a fear of most people, but was very at home in the sanctuary with her adopted big sister. She was was intelligent and learned tricks easily. Sadly, she developed a deadly cancer and we lost her just a few months after we lost her best big sister. The experience taught us that a good diet was not a guarantee of health and we had some learning to do. Rest in peace, little one. You are very missed.
Blizzard and her sister Bugsy moved around to a few different homes before being adopted out to who we were sure would be their "forever family". Bugsy was happy, but Blizzard hid in a closet most of the time. When the adopters later expressed a desire to declaw the sister cats, I couldn't let that happen. I took them back and promised them they wouldn't lose another home or family as long as they lived. Fritzzy passed away when she was slmost 18 and Bugsy lived to almost 19. They were cherished til the day they died.
Bugsy is the catwho showed us that hyperthyroidism and triadidis are nothing to worry about if you have the right tools.
Ms Bear ws a beautiful, loyal, loving, gentle, fearless creature. Saved from euthanasia, she seemed immediately aware of what I'd done for her. She spent the rest of her life paying me back. I helped her transition from a nearly-hairless, mangey, "aggressive" street dog who'd been given up on years earlier to a queen in her own right. She helped foster numerous kittens and puppies and gently showed them ther ropes. We're not supposed to have favorites when it comes to our furkids and fosters, but I can say no dog I've had before or since has checked off as many boxes as this little bear did.
Sage is the dog who inspired Luckydog Sanctuary.
We miss you, Sagey.
Coco was our tiniest rescue dog. When I heard she was being kept outdoors, I immediately requestes she be brought to us for safe keeping. The plan was to find an adopter, but every attempt at that failed. In one potential adopter's home, the resident cat seemed to mistake Coco for a rodent. That was the last time, we tried to place her. Coco had experienced so much abandonment in her life, I just couldn't give her to a stranger. She came as a senior and spent her last couple years being my father's little princess. RIP, Coco, the tiny warrier princess.
Cali was a Luckydog Foster who was found in a car engine compartment. She had lost some skin on her tail but was ok with a bit of nursing care. She was adopted out when she was a kitten. She never adjusted very well to being a house kitty, but she was loved and cared for holistically. Soon after her adopters adopted another cat from us, Cali went missing. We'd be delighted to know if she found a hew home. If you've seen her in San Diego, please let us know. She was tubby when she went missing. There was no evidence of a coyote abduction/attackso we hoped a neighbor just adopted her.
Sweet Pea was a Luckydog Foster who was relinquished to the shelter as a singleton. Because we couldn't find another kitten to raise him with, we transferred him to another rescue with a litter his size. His new foster mom seemed open to protecting him with colloidal silver and allowing him to finish off his raw goat's milk formula which has more nutrition than powdered formula. I realized too late that she had no intention of raising the little guy holistically. Sadly, all of the kittens died needlessly with distemper and we didn't know until months later.
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