Tuesday, May 4, 2010

23 dogs in 24 hours! Update, thanks, and next steps.

Thanks to the incredible support of the HugABull community, we now have foster homes designated for all 23 dogs from last week's SPCA seizure. This is an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud and grateful for the dozens of people who stepped up to save these dogs and give them a future brighter than anything they've ever known.

Thank you to everyone who Twittered, Facebooked, emailed, phoned and posted for foster homes. A very special kudos to Bully Buddies (who took five puppies), Cambie Animal Hospital (who boarded and treated the dogs with barely any notice), and - of course - the SPCA who took these animals out of deplorable conditions and called us.

As exhilarated as we are, we know that our work has only begun. The dogs need significant vet care, and adoption fees won't even begin to cover costs. All of the 17 dogs in our care need vaccinations, spay/neuter, and deworming. All puppies have some degree of respiratory infection, and others have gastrointestinal problems. Three of them have mange so severe they are bald and bleeding (that's one of them, at left). The adults have open and infected wounds, and one may need a leg amputation.

It's going to be a long and costly project to get these dogs healthy and into loving, responsible homes, and we'd love your help! Fundraising is our #1 goal at the moment, so if you can donate - even just $5 or $10 - please consider doing so. Visit http://hugabull.com/how-to-help/donate for details, or go directly to PayPal. (Stay tuned for updates on our dogs and opportunities to sponsor individual pups in need!)

We'll also be needing the following in the coming days and weeks:
- transport between foster homes and vet visits (for Vancouver and Vancouver Island)
- supplies for older puppies (food, collars, leashes, jackets, toys)
- supplies for adults (food, treats, chews, collars, leashes, toys)
- temporary and relief fosters
- adoptive homes! (if you know of a loving, responsible home interested in adopting a bully breed, send them to our Adoptables page)

Once again: THANK YOU. We can't wait to share updates and stories with all of you.


August95 said...

Thank you for all that you do and are doing.

Janice Mills said...

Great Work Everyone :)
The safety and happiness grows everyday <3

Renee750il said...

From an APBT owner -- thank you. That first photo in the article looks just like my little Pittie girl.

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing story!! brought a tear to my eyes!! From a PROUD owner of a pitty...i want to thank you for all pitty lives you have saved.