Westy’s frailty and age, evident in his every movement, speak of the hardships of his 15+ years. He is nearly def and blind, and his kidney condition requires regular checkups and medicine to keep him comfortable. No hope of finding a human willing to take on such a significant responsibility and expense.
15+ Years old
At the shelter since 2023
Westy is a shelter resident since April 2023
In a cruel twist of fate, this little senior sweetie – who is partially blind to boot – was willfully discarded by his family, after more than a DECADE of showing them nothing but love and loyalty. And suddenly, this poor boy’s sole purpose became not to simply “exist,” but to endure routine and relentless pain: Seen as nothing more than a punching bag – as mere “bait” to be used by the so-called “humans” who were training their fighting dogs to mutilate another animal.
Westy had drag marks all over his poor abdomen, which indicate he had been forcefully pulled. And to top it all off, there were TWO canine teeth discovered – lodged deeply within a large, infected wound on his neck.
Altogether, these signs point to a single, harrowing conclusion: Larger dogs had tried to end his life, on more than just one occasion.
Westy’s recovery is ongoing and he would appreciate some support from afar.
Now over 15 years of age, Grandpa Petro once knew a home’s warmth. When his family passed away, he was cast aside into the wilderness by the relatives of his deceased owner. Elderly and alone, he now yearns for basic medical attention that might bring comfort to his golden years.
15+ Years old
Petro needs to take vitamins and supplements to support his aging body. He also is on joint support injections during Winter-Spring months
We are happy to announce that Halle has found her forever home with a compassionate and loving family.
After Halle’s story touched the hearts of people near and far, a remarkable family stepped forward to provide her with the safe and nurturing environment she so desperately needed. This loving family, already blessed with two older canine companions, visited the shelter and welcomed Halle with open arms into their home. We are filled with hope and optimism for Halle’s future. Though it has only been a week since Halle left the shelter, her spirits are already up, and she is adapting beautifully to her new surroundings.
Having tragically lost her own family to a brutal fate, the presence of the family’s older dogs has offered Halle a sense of security and companionship, aiding in her healing process. However, it is the loving touch of humans that she craves most of all.
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has shown their support for Halle. ❤
Westy’s weak state and partial blindness made him a great candidate for a bait dog. We hate to think that his owner suddenly decided to get involved in a dog fighting business and used his own dog as a punching bag. Most likely, Westy was sold out for such purpose or was discarded due to an old age and became an easy target for his abusers.
Imagine a life as a member of a family for 10+ years, only to find yourself as bait for a pack of hungry trained fighting dogs. Such is the life of Westy, a senior, partially blind pet, discarded by his owners who were no longer willing to care for him. Heartborken, hungry, disoriented, confused, he became an easy target.
We got a call about a dog laying on a side of the road, covered in blood and unable to stand, and rushed to his rescue. The severity of his condition was unclear until we brought him to a clinic, where multiple wounds (at least 3 days old) were revealed. The side of his abdomen showed drag marks and the dirt was ingrained into the wounds. Two canine teeth were found inside a large wound on his neck: most likely, larger dogs were trying to finish him off. Smaller wounds were cleaned up and larger wounds had to be stitched.
Westy is safe now but his body is frail and scarred, and his condition remains critical. He is anemic from all the infections and neglect. Westy is a senior dog with preliminary diagnosis of kidney issues as well as spinal cord injuries. We are doing everything we can to help this lovable senior. His medical care and upkeep require funds. We urge you to support Westy so he can live out the rest of his senior life in comfort, without any more pain and hunger.
Please donate and share Westy’s story to reach as wide of an audience as possible. Every dollar will go directly to his medical care. Westy, despite his poor condition and years of neglect is full of love and gratitude towards his caretakers. He deserves our help and support and we will be grateful for any donation you can make.
Xena’s story is all too common in rural Russia. This girl was lucky enough to be born a pure breed Sennenhund and to enjoy life as someone’s pet for most of her life. She was there when the kids were born, and was a faithful and loving “nanny” to them through their early childhood. But as she turned older, the kids got bored with her, and the family replaced her with a new puppy at Christmas time..
Eight-year-old Xena was no longer wanted, so the family brought her to a remote location and left her on a side of the highway. Instead of spending her golden years in a loving, warm home with her kids – she ended up all alone, in a strange, cold, and dangerous place. Imagine her grief and confusion. Yes, dogs have feelings, and yes, they are known to cry. Pet dogs like Xena, who spend all of their lives at home do not survive in the streets. They are rarely accepted by the street dogs, and most of them perish from cold, starvation, or bite wounds (that is if they do not get poisoned or run over by a car first).
Poor Xena was heartbroken, confused, hungry, scared and very cold. She eventually found her way to a nearby grocery store dumpster. The store owner was not pleased, called animal control, and Xena ended up in AC holding. Our volunteer frequently visits that place, and was struck by Xena’s sweetness and outgoing nature. She felt sorry for her and thought she did not belong in a kill shelter. Xena was moved to a different shelter, where she quickly became everyone’s favorite. Always sweet, happy, and loving – this girl was so grateful for every scrap of attention. She would always wag her tail, and wait patiently until one of the shelter volunteers arrives to take her for a weekly walk – her favorite time.
In January, volunteers noticed a bump at the base of Xena’s tail. At first, the vet was not concerned – but the bump kept growing and eventually ulcerated. By the time volunteers brought her to another local clinic, the mass did not look good. After general testing, Xenia was found to be heartworm positive. They could not diagnose the mass without extensive biopsy. The local veterinarian considers surgery to be the best course of action, as the biopsy would require general anesthesia regardless.
We would like to give Xena a fighting chance. She needs expensive heartworm treatment and surgery/biopsy of the mass on her back. Once biopsy results are obtained, we would have a treatment plan for Xena. We are hopeful that we can get her back on her feet, and asking for your help with Xena’s medical expenses. She has no one but us, and without funds, she will not be able to receive much-needed treatment. She needs your prayers and support.
News like these are always dreaded and bring us to our knees. Despite all we tried to do, Nayda is not with us anymore. She crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully, while in her sleep at the clinic.
For months, doctors did everything they could for Nayda, and we all hoped she would pull through. Despite doctors’ efforts and our prayers her body gave in to tumors. This loss could have been prevented if people had shown mercy.
Her life was an everyday struggle to survive, but for a short time in the end she felt loved and safe. We hope she knew that we fought for her together. Her life mattered.
These eight helpless little puppies, all girls, were dumped in a box outside the veterinary clinic in Tula.
Our volunteer who was visiting another dog boarded there for a treatment, grabbed the box and ran to the clinic for help just to get this response: “we can euthanize if you pay the fee. That is all we can offer. Otherwise, just leave them – they are dehydrated and will just freeze. Do not worry, it will be over quicky. This happens most days, and there is nothing we can do.” There are people who can go by their day knowing someone is in distress and then there are people who can’t.
It is a second litter of puppies our volunteer finds this month; she is overwhelmed and has no recourses to help eight more, but no way could she let them die. She sent us the video and we cannot let them die either.
We desperately need YOUR help and donations to have them checked by a vet, arrange for safe boarding (until they are old enough to be spayed), vaccinate and de-worm. And then they will need safe homes.
Please help them grow old.
If you’d like to sponsor a puppy for spay/vaccines and boarding, please let us know.
We did not expect to hear the news we received from the specialty clinic in Moscow. With the suggestions from local doctors we expected a different outcome. However, local rural veterinarians have made many mistakes in the past – which is why we take our dogs with uncertain diagnosis to Moscow.
So, there are good news and not so good news. According to Kelvin’s CT scan results, the surgeon recommended against reconstructive surgery. The bone which was stabilized by doctors in Kelvin’s home town, started to heal, as much time was lost prior to his arrival to Animal Control and while we waited for our appointment. CT scan showed volumetric inflammation of soft tissues but there are no pronounced bony sequestrum observed.
Certainly, no corrective surgery is not ideal, yet the doctors believe re-breaking the bone at this stage would be too risky, and the outcome would be uncertain. However, Kelvin’s CT scan was sent to another orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion and he confirmed the same. The bad news is that Doctors found P. aeruginosa that is causing significant swelling and pain around the wound. The treatment is lengthy and complicated (P. aeruginosa is often resistant to many classes of antibiotics and therapeutic agents, and this makes it problematic during infection as it can be difficult to treat). Doctors took an antibiotic resistance test and selected the treatment which should help Kelvin get rid of this nasty bacteria. If we can treat this condition, Kelvin is expected to be able to walk (with a limp, but on his own).
Kelvin was discharged to the shelter with a treatment plan which will be followed by local doctors until his next appointment at the end of the month. He will need to travel back to Moscow for a follow up.
Kelvin is such a big baby, a bit scared of doctors and refuses to leave his comfort zone. We have to initially beg him to go to his appointments 😀 But once he is in, he stoically handles all the manipulations as there is no more excruciating pain he felt for so long.
Gentle Giant Deliberatley Beaten & Left Screaming From The Pain In Cemetery
To all Oscar’s friends – THANK YOU! Your kindness and generosity showed Oscar that miracles are possible. He is receiving the best possible post-op care that should put him back on 4 paws. We are very proud of Oscar as he continues to make great strides toward recovery. His PT includes daily massages and therapeutical exercises. The wheelchar exercises are aimed to straighten his spine and a water therapy – to gain muscle mass.
Oscar was a stray and an easy target. A living punching bag that no one would miss or care about should something happen. And some monstrous person took full advantage of that by savagely beating him with a sledgehammer.
If a picture worth a thousands words, then a video worth a million. We’d like to share a few special moments to show how Oscar is doing today. Granted, he still has a lot of work to do but his positive response to all the activities is making us cry happy tears.
As you may already know, TNVR is a the best long-term solution to humainly reduce overpopulation and suffering of stray animals. Spaying one female prevents the birth of 2500 unvanted puppies/kittens if all her female offsprings get pregnant.
Five more stray cats were spayed under the program in Kherson yesterday at a newly opened clinic “Mishan”. Stray animals get very good discount when visiting this clinic. If you’d like to contribute to this great cause, please check their pricing below and donate.