Mickey arrived to our shelter after his owner died. The family wanted to euthanize both of their mother’s dogs – Mickey and 18-year old Dana. When Dana, his only friend, died a year later, Mickey withdrew into himself. In his grief he didn’t eat much and refused to spend time outside with other dogs. As time went by he became posessive of his belongings. He doesn’t like other dogs visiting his kennel in his absence and runs back to protect his blanket or sticks he collected outside.
9 Years old
Mickey needs to take vitamins and supplements to support his immune system. He also is on joint support injections during Winter-Spring months
Believe it or not, this tiny cutie is a rescue from a kill shelter in Korea. According to the locals he is not “the right pedigree” and is not small enough to be loved. So he is packing his luggage and is moving to the USA.
Fleur de Lis was born in Korea. As many larger dogs there, she became unwanted and thrown out like trash. She ended up in the city kill shelter but then won every volunteer’s heart and was eventually rescued. We heard about her and brought her here, hoping to find a great family to care for her.
Born in Korea and destined to die in a cold, loveless stall, Chichi was given a second chance at life when she was saved and brought to the foster home. There, she let herself hope again…only to have her dreams of living torn away from her again.
One of the reasons that Chichi was undesirable in Korea was because of the fact that she was heartworm positive. No one wanted a dog that came with a cost. Heartworm is costly but Chichi didn’t deserve to die because of that so we worked with a team to get her out, treat her, and eventually get her transported to the USA, where she could find a family and live happily But when our team pulled her from the shelter and got her into a home to prepare for her for this, everything that could go wrong…did.
Within two days, little Chichi collapsed out of nowhere and was unable to stand or move her neck. She deteriorated in a matter of HOURS, and in a panic, we rushed her to the hospital. There, her doctors were at a loss – they were not sure what was going on. Most of her tests did not find any abnormalities, and yet she was dying. It took several expensive diagnostic procedures, including a CT scan, but in the end, we learned what was wrong. Chichi had horrific trauma to her spine. We were blown away at how this could have happened? How long was she living with this? Was she deliberately injured? Did she suffer an injury from a broken crate? Our doctors can’t give us answers right now. What we do know is that Chichi was diagnosed with Alanto axial instability – the C2 vertebrae is not in proper position – and needs life-saving emergency surgery.
Chichi has a very long and expensive journey ahead: additional tests, diagnostics, and rehab, but Chichi has a strong will to live, and with the right care, she is expected to recover! Once she does, we will find her the forever home she deserves. But first, we need to provide her with appropriate care: so far, the vet bill is over $4k! We expect at least double that cost. We need your help to save this sweet and deserving survivor. Please donate today to help.
May 21, 2022
Chichi is out of surgery. Her doctors say it went well and give positive prognosis, but her recovery will take TIME. Chichi is a fighter and everything that is necessary is being done for her. She will remain at the hospital under 24/7 supervision for quite some time. We have no doubt she’ll heal completely and when she does she will fly to the USA to be adopted. But to make this happen we need your help more than ever. The bill will be hefty. It is 6,482,350 Korean Won so far (a little over 5K)
More updates to come.
June 3, 2022
It’s 5 dollar Friday and we’ve got good news for you! Look at this. Chichi really is the symbol of a miracle. Just this week, she started walking and actually RUNNING.
She is doing amazing so far and even though she still has weeks of healing ahead of her, she is on the right path! It’s so amazing to see. We are still short to pay for her surgeries and she still needs to visit her doctors for follow ups twice a week now that she is in foster care, so stay tuned as the times go by and please consider donating! Anything and everything helps!
July 2, 2022
As you can see, little Chichi is doing much better! She continues her weekly visits to a clinic and started her HW treatment and in a few months she will fly to the USA.
Chichi is so happy to have a home, even a temporary one, that she hoppes right into her carrier as soon as a vet finishes his manipulations.
We still need your help to cover all the expenses. Thank you for your compassion!
This cruel and murderous war revealed a lot of heroes who did not escape and stayed behind to continue helping those who are in need. We are certain you would love to know whom we’ve been helping with your tremendous support. We will be updating this blog with information on everyone we help and their incredible work.
We’ll start with a volunteer – an amazing young man whose work we’ve been following and admiring.
Meet Aleksii. He is a miner, animal lover and a volunteer. He lives in Brovari, a small town just outside of Kiev. Aleksii has been rescuing and helping animals for the past decade in his home town but when the war started his mission has expanded. He drives around Kiev region with as many bags and cans of food his small car can fit in order to help both animals and those people who opened their hearts and homes for distressed animals despite their own struggles. Aleksii believes in humane way to reduce stray dogs population by sterilization program which he continues to implement even now.
We have been following Aleksii for a while, way before the war, and have always been impressed with how many lives he was able to save single- handed. Now, during the war, Aleksii has completely dedicated himself to saving animal lives. So many abandoned, injured, lost, and displaced during the Russian invasion!
Aleksii is all by himself, he has no logistical/on-the-ground support and financial support, except BLLAR.
We are very grateful for all the donations and wishlist items! Your kindness and support is so incredibly helpful to the people and pets of Ukraine that are in great need. We are packing and shipping all your donations of much needed supplements, wound care, treats, blankets and much more to a shelter outside of Kiev.
Thankfully, volunteers are also able to buy food local and with your support we are able to provide funds. Unfortunately prices skyrocketed 3 times.
We don’t know what happened to Jonny. He was dropped off at the kill shelter in South Korea – dirty, tired, and with a broken leg – the elbow and carpus joints are both deranged.Korean volunteers rescued Jonny and took care of him. Love and care once again have done miracles and he turned into an adorable pup who will melt your heart. His leg is in bad shape, and does cause him discomfort and pain. Our consulting veterinarian Dr. Amy Shroff strongly feels the broken leg is creating a lot of discomfort and suggests Jonny sees an orthopedic surgeon for a consult. You’ve already seen what miracles this doctor has done to help #beema_biglittlelife walk again, and we hope there is a possibility to repair Jonny’s leg as well.
Jonny is only 5 years old. It is very possible he lived with this injury for years but now he has a chance to a happy pain-free life. With your help he can finally have it!Please consider donating to help us fund his consultation and surgery.
This story is about a sweet but betrayed dog named Leon who came all the way from Russia in hopes of finding what he so sadly lost.
Before coming to a small rural shelter in Russia, Leon was owned by a man who eventually served in the Russian army.
Being an active Australian Sheperd/Border Collie Golden cross, he was given up by this man’s family, who no longer had time for him. Leon walked in the woods with his owner daily and now was in a shelter, with lots of other dogs who he loved.
Big Little Life Animal Rescue wanted to try to find someone like his previous owner here in the US. So, he came to the US in June and was a happy boy getting field training and playing with his other 2 shelter buddies, Mani and Raphael, also from Russia.
Things changed when his trainer suddenly left. Once she could not do this training, he became fearful, developed cage aggression and has been languishing at this shelter ever since. His friends, Mani and Raphael are also gone, he has no one now.
Our deadline is December 30th to find him a good foster home, where he can have downtime, and peace while also getting the daily exercise and one on one training he needs to thrive.
Leon is a sweet dog but like most herding breeds, he does not like loud frenetic environments. He needs that relationship with a single person or couple who can give him daily walks and a quiet warm loving home. He is great with other dogs, and he prefers a home with no children.
Leon has been through so much, and he deserves this chance to thrive. His heart is broken, and he is scared and nervous all the time where he is.
So, I am asking you my friends, to help me save this boy.
If you have it in your heart to take him in, he will reward you with love and a fierce bond. He is active and needs a place to decompress. He has let people know he is not happy. This is why he needs a special foster person. Someone who will take the time to understand him.
We will also be working with a trainer, but we are desperate to get him into a safe home first.
Thank you, if it’s you, please message me. Or share this to all you know. Remember, the clock is ticking for this little man.