TLC’s Mini Paws Junior Volunteers are at it again! This is the third year for the Saving Southern Souls program in which they help an at-risk dog rescued from a southern shelter.
This time around, the kids have chosen to sponsor a 3-4 year-old, pregnant, Shepherd-Lab mix named Louise. Louise was transported to TLC last February and gave birth to 9 beautiful puppies en route. While all of Louise’s pups have started their happily ever afters with wonderful furever families, Louise has some medical issues to be addressed before she is ready for adoption herself.
Louise has Heartworm which is a mosquito-born disease that is easily prevented with monthly preventatives. While Heartworm preventatives are easy to give (dogs think they’re treats) and inexpensive, treatment for Heartworm is expensive and takes a months of care. The cost to treat Louise’s Heartworm is in excess of $1,000. Raising Aid For Dogs At Risk (RADAR) has, generously, pledged to donate $250 of that cost but we still need to raise the rest.
TLC has also discovered that, in addition to Heartworm, Louise was the victim of a close-range shooting that left right wrist is full of buckshot & severely limits use of her leg. Unfortunately, the damage to her leg is irreparable and she will need to have it amputated. When she is ready for surgery, TLC will meet with her orthopedist to determine the best options for surgery & rehabilitation. The current estimated cost of her surgery is $4,500.
Despite all that’s happened to Louise in her past, she remains a sweet & loving dog so our Mini Paws couldn’t be happier to make her this year’s Saving Southern Souls beneficiary.
Mini Paws will be holding a Cold Treats 4 Hot Dogs fundraising events at the Rita’s Water Ice in Malvern on Saturday June 4th as the first step towards raising the much-needed funds to pay for Louise’s road to recovery.
For a donation to TLC, you can give the raffle drum a spin & pick your Rita’s prize. We hope you’ll join us between 2 & 5 PM at the Rita’s Water Ice at 430 Lancaster Ave., Frazer, PA to enjoy some Rita’s, meet some of our adorable adoptables, learn more about TLC & help the Mini Paws save a southern soul.
If you can’t attend this event, but would like to make a donation toward Louise’s care, you can make a donation here on the TLC website and select the Louise’s Heartworm & Surgery Fund from the drop down in the donation section of the form.