Dixie Goes Home!

It was a cold, February morning, 2 days after Valentine’s Day. A black dog had been found on the side of the road.  She couldn’t walk, and it appeared that she had been hit by a car.  The frostbite on her stomach indicated that she had been lying in the ditch, in subzero temperatures, for days.

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We could tell almost immediately that this girl, who we named Dixie, was a fighter.  We put out a plea to gather donations that would cover a life-saving surgery for Dixie.  In less than 24 hours the donation goal had been met, and exceeded.

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Over the next few months, Dixie was monitored by veterinarians, and recovered in a foster home.  By summer, she was ready to be placed up for adoption.  She was beloved by so many of our staff and volunteers, that it became a united mission to find Dixie a home.  We shared Dixie’s story with the public.  We took photos, videos, dressed her up, took her to events, did everything we could to show the world what a great dog Dixie was. Everyone was rooting for Dixie, our little 4-legged survivor.  One generous donor even sponsored Dixie’s adoption fee, hoping that would help her get adopted faster.

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Because of the way in which Dixie came to our shelter, we didn’t know anything about her background.  All we knew was that she didn’t always play nice with other animals, and she became very protective of anyone she claimed as “hers.”  This meant she needed to find a home where she would be the only pet, and where there wouldn’t be a lot of in-and-out company–not the easiest to find, it turns out!

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So, the months slowly passed, and we waited patiently alongside our, “Mama Dixie,” as she was affectionately nicknamed, for the perfect family to come along.  We held onto hope that someone was out there, looking for a dog just like Dixie.

Then one day…

A woman named Sherry visited our adoption center.  She met Dixie, and it was love at first sight.  Because we knew Dixie could be somewhat temperamental, we allowed Sherry to foster Dixie in her home for 2 weeks, just to make sure it was a good fit.  Sure enough, it was.

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On February 19, Sherry brought Dixie back to Cedar Bend to adopt her.  We couldn’t believe our eyes:  Dixie was a new dog!  She was happier than we had ever seen her before.  We all took turns hugging “Mama Dixie.” She wagged her tail and gave lots of kisses, all while staying close to her new mom, Sherry, with whom she had clearly formed a bond.

After a few tears, we all waved goodbye as Dixie waddled out the door.  Finally, our girl was headed home.

Congratulations to Dixie and Sherry, and thank you to everyone who helped Dixie find her way home.  Your donations and support truly are life-saving.

 

 

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Quincy & Daisy

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Earlier this month, Quincy, a Pit Bull/Shepherd mix and her three-week-old puppy, Daisy, were brought to the Cedar Bend Humane Society. They had been rescued by the ASPCA from a hoarding situation in Alabama. Daisy is the only one of Quincy’s puppies to survive the conditions they were in.

Here at the shelter, Quincy was instantly loving and affectionate to everyone she met. A testament to an animal’s ability to truly understand that they have been rescued, which makes Quincy’s story that much more heartbreaking: she tested positive for heartworms, a deadly, parasitic disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Quincy will begin the lengthy treatment for her heartworms as soon as Daisy is fully weaned from nursing. Daisy will begin her own heartworm prevention regimen as soon as she is 8 weeks old.

Treatment for heartworms can be hard on an animal’s body, which is why we are so grateful to the Kauten family for agreeing to foster both dogs while Quincy undergoes treatment. “My husband and I love animals,” says Sydney Kauten, “and fostering feels like a great way to help animals [outside of] the shelter.”

Heartworms are difficult and costly to cure. Once infected, larvae grow into adult heartworms and lodge themselves into the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Then they begin to reproduce. The safest way to treat heartworms includes an extensive pre-treatment workup, including X-rays, blood work, and all the tests needed to establish how serious the infection is. Then, injections are given to eliminate the living heartworms. With all the prep work, costs can exceed $1,000.

In addition to seeking loving families, like the Kautens, to join our foster program, monetary donations to off-set the costs of treating these animals is always needed and appreciated. Quincy is the fourth dog in 6 months to come to CBHS in need of heartworm treatment.  The costs are substantial and add up quickly, but with donations from supporters like you, we can give dogs like Quincy and Daisy the fighting chance they deserve. Please, if you are willing or able in any way, help us help these animals.

UPDATE:  As of August 12, we are happy to announce that the ASCPA granted CBHS the funding needed to cover the costs of Quincy’s and Daisy’s heartworm treatment! Thank you, friends of ASCPA, for all that you did for these dogs, and continue to do for voiceless, abused animals.

In Memory of Joey

Joey’s is a story that is hard to forget.  It was the afternoon of Sunday, July 12, and Waterloo Animal Control received a call that kitten cries could be heard from an open storm drain in Cedar Falls.  Animal Control officers carried out a swift rescue, retrieving baby Joey (as he came to be named) from the drain.

But Joey’s battle had just begun.

Joey was dehydrated, malnourished, and suffered from an upper respiratory infection.  He was treated here at the Cedar Bend Humane society, and was sent to a foster home with medication to continue his recovery.

However, despite the best efforts from our medical technicians, and the constant love and attention from his foster mom, Baylee, Joey developed what we believe to be pneumonia.  We are deeply saddened to report that little Joey passed away yesterday morning. Joey may have lost his battle, but thanks to his foster mom, he died comfortably in a loving home, not in the streets, scared, or alone.

Joey’s story is the same story for so many kittens who arrive at CBHS every single day in need of extensive medical care.  It is only thanks to generous donations, as well as our devoted foster families, that we are able to give these babies a fighting chance.  If you are in any way able to help us help these kittens, please consider joining our foster program, or making a donation in memory of little Joey. With your help, we can turn Joey’s sad ending, into a happy one for countless kittens in need.

Rest well, little Joey.

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Update: New X-rays Scheduled for Dixie

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The Cedar Bend Humane Society wants to share another update on Dixie. Dixie is the black lab mix picked up on the side of the road in February by Black Hawk Animal Control after getting hit by a vehicle. At that time, she was unable to walk or stand. The Cedar Bend Humane Society took her to Companion Animal Clinic for an examination, and it was determined her pelvis was broken.

We sent a copy of the x-ray to a specialist in Des Moines who determined surgery would cost around $2,000. We made efforts to raise the money as soon as possible so there wouldn’t be any financial delay in getting the surgery done.

Thanks to so many wonderful supporters, we received more than enough donations to cover the cost of surgery for Dixie!

In early March, we transported Dixie to Des Moines for her consultation and surgery with Dr. Brent Reimer with Iowa Veterinary Referral Center (IVRC). After evaluating Dixie and taking additional x-rays, Dr. Reimer determined the pelvis was already forming a callus and the healing process was starting. Dr. Reimer said it would be in Dixie’s best interest not to undergo surgery as this injury would heal on its own. We were happy to receive his recommendation because this was good news for Dixie!

She was on crate rest to limit her mobility, and she was on pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

Now, Dixie is not doing as well as everyone initially hoped. As we scaled back Dixie’s pain medication, she appeared to still be in pain and limping badly. It’s possible Dixie re-injured herself or the injury isn’t healing as expected on its own.

We’ve scheduled another appointment with the specialist in Des Moines to get more x-rays and to re-evaluate the course of action for Dixie’s injury.

Dixie will continue to be monitored, and we hope to know more from updated recommendations soon.

Please continue to check our Facebook page and blog for more information.

Update on Una: Adoption Approved!

Update: Una was adopted and went to her new home on Tuesday, March 31st.

Thanks for following her journey! We’ll keep you updated as we get pictures of Una in her new home.

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The Cedar Bend Humane Society is happy to let you know Una is doing great after eye surgery, and she is now available for adoption!

Una is currently in a foster home, and not at the Cedar Bend Humane Society. If you’re interested in adopting her, please click here to fill out an adoption application. We hope to place Una in her new home within a week.

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Una is a nine-week-old German Shepherd mix. She came to Cedar Bend with a severe eye injury that required surgery and removal of the eye.

Una had surgery on Friday, March 20th. She then went to a foster home for her post-surgery recovery.  Una got her stitches removed on Monday, March 30th, and she’s doing great!

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She loves rawhides, she loves exploring, and she loves belly rubs!

National Puppy Day: Meet Una

*Note some of the pictures in this post may be difficult to look at.

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In honor of National Puppy Day, we wanted to introduce you to an injured puppy we recently took in. You can see her in this 30 second video we posted to YouTube.

Una is about eight weeks old. She’s a German Shepherd mix that came to us with an eye injury. Due to the severity of Una’s injury, it was necessary to remove her eye.

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She had surgery on Friday, March 20th.

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Una is doing very well just a few days after surgery. She loves rawhides, she’s a curious pup, and she loves belly rubs (as you can see from her video)!

Una is recovering from surgery in a foster home. We are NOT accepting adoption applications for her yet, but please check back for updates in the next two to three weeks. We want to give her all the time she needs to heal before finding Una her forever home.

Thanks again if you previously donated for Dixie’s surgery, she is the lab mix with a broken pelvis. Some of that donated money was used to cover the cost of Una’s eye surgery.

The Cedar Bend Humane Society is always accepting donations to help us care for the many sick and injured animals that come through our door. You can click here to visit our donation page. THANK YOU!

Click here for more information on National Puppy Day.

Update: Good News for Dixie!

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We want to share some good news with you regarding Dixie. She is the black lab mix picked up by Black Hawk Animal Control after being hit by a car and stranded in the cold for at least two days.

An initial examination and x-rays by a local vet showed Dixie had a broken pelvis. We sent a copy of the x-ray to a specialist in Des Moines who determined surgery would cost around $2,000. We made efforts to raise the money as soon as possible so there wouldn’t be any financial delay in getting the surgery done.

We transported Dixie to Des Moines for her consultation and surgery with Dr. Brent Reimer with Iowa Veterinary Referral Center (IVRC). After evaluating Dixie and taking additional x-rays, Dr. Reimer determined the pelvis was already forming a callus and the healing process was starting. Dr. Reimer said it would be in Dixie’s best interest not to undergo surgery as this injury would heal on its own. We were happy to receive his recommendation because this was good news for Dixie!

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Dixie is currently in a foster home. She is on crate rest to limit her mobility while the injury heals, but she is able to walk and get around. She is also on pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Dixie will continue to be monitored to make sure further medical attention isn’t required. She may always have a slight limp, but there’s no reason to believe she won’t make a full recovery from this injury.

We received more than $3,200 in donations to help cover the cost of surgery and rehabilitation for Dixie. We are truly grateful for your incredible support!

While we expected the money raised to go to Dixie’s surgery, the money you donated will still be used to help injured and sick animals at our shelter. We currently have two animals, Nacho and Six, who need to be treated for heartworms. That treatment will cost us between $700 and $800. So this good news for Dixie is also good news for other pets whose treatments may have been delayed without this financial assistance you have provided us with.

Thank you for your donations and support. MANY animals are getting the help they need because of YOU. We appreciate all you do for our homeless pets!

Please continue to check our Facebook page and blog for updates as Dixie recovers from her injury.