There are extreme cases of care and support at Manitoba Mutts. We've selected a few dogs to feature as super heroes. Their will to live, and our generous community of volunteers and donors save their lives. And along the way these dogs touch all the lives of those involved along the way. We call them our Super Troopers. Follow their stories. Share. Donate.
Grizzly’s Story Background: Grizzly’s owner was no longer taking care of him when he was wandering outside and hit by a car. Challenges: The car crash broke Grizzly’s leg, resulting in amputation. Total estimated vet bills: Surgery, pain medications, neuter: $1123. Funds raised: $440. Update: Grizzly’s leg was amputated at Transcona Veterinary Hospital on September 28th and he is currently recovering in his foster home. **Take a look in the comments below to view Grizzly’s x-ray.** To donate to Grizzly’s care please visit http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with Grizzly’s name so your donation goes directly to his care.
Doodle’s Story Background: Doodle was found near a farm so he stayed in the barn while the people in the area looked for an owner. Sadly they had no luck so Doodle came into care. Challenges: During Doodle’s intake exam, he came up heartworm positive and needs entropion surgery which involves tightening of the eyelid and its attachments to restore the lid to its normal position. Total estimated vet bills: Hospital stay, surgery, medications: $1000. Funds raised: $491. Update: Doodle is doing very well now that he’s had his first heartworm treatment and his energy seems to be slowly picking up. He's drinking lots of water which is a side effect of the anti-inflammatory drugs he’s on. It’s probably why he had his first accident in the house last week; He peed on the carpet at the door and then rolled the carpet up into a ball as if to hide it. Poor guy. He won't have his eye surgery or neuter until his heartworm is gone as the vets say his heart and lungs might not be able to take the anaesthetic. If you would like to donate to Doodle’s care, please go to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with his name, so your generosity goes directly to his care.
Mandy’s Story Background: Mandy’s owner left the community, leaving Mandy on her own. Luckily Mandy was fed for awhile but the people in the community didn't know she was pregnant at first. The fire station in the community also kept Mandy safe while she was waiting for transportation to the city. Challenges: Once Mandy came into care, she tested positive for heartworm during her intake exam. Total estimated vet bills: Pre-treatment medication, x-ray, hospitalization, heartworm treatment, IV: $1000. Funds raised: $536. Update: Mandy escaped her foster home and went missing for a few days. During that time, Mandy birthed her puppies and once the Mutts team found her, there were no puppies in sight. We searched the area for many hours with Mandy on a long lead to see if we could find them, but no luck. We even tried using tracking dogs to help. We assume the babies had already passed away since Mandy had no drive to search for them. Mandy is safe and back at her foster home and will be undergoing her first treatment soon. Mandy just visited the vet again because of a concern with her breathing and the vets have found that her lungs are not healthy so she is now on antibiotics. The prednisone is causing her to drink like crazy and consequently, pee like crazy too. Physically Mandy has gained weight and her coat is much better since birthing her puppies. She still eats like a starving dog, but only time will help with that. Mandy is a very sweet girl who is very attached to her foster mom. Her energy level is still low but that is great considering the condition she is in. She loves to cuddle whenever she can and really loves attention. **If you would like to help Mandy, please donate to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with her name, so your generosity goes directly to her care.**
Beauty’s Story Background: Beauty came into care as a pregnant stray from Sioux Valley. She was in care for 21 days before giving birth to the Beauty and the Beast litter. Challenges: Beauty was walking funny since she came into care but we thought it was because of her pregnant belly. Once Beauty gave birth to four lovely kittens, she still continued to walk weird so her foster took her to the vet. Turns out Beauty had a broken hip all along - She’s one tough lady! Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, hospital stay, surgery, medications: $800. Funds raised 100%. Update: Beauty is scheduled to have her surgery on August 10 at Transcona Vet , so until then she’s resting in her foster home. Her foster says, “Beauty is the sweetest cat and you can't even tell she's in pain.” If you would like to donate to Beauty’s care, please go to http://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with her name, so your generosity goes directly to her care. **Take a look at Beauty’s x-ray in the comments below.**
In Memoriam This section is dedicated to the Super Troopers that have crossed over the rainbow bridge, run free sweet babies.
Run free sweet Hally Background: Hally was very emaciated when found; There was no contact information through her tattoo but records show that she was spayed in 2010 and had no other vetting since. Challenges: Hally was brought to the vet because she was lethargic and wouldn’t eat. Her bloodwork showed us that she had elevated liver enzyme levels which means that she most likely had liver damage. Hally also tested positive for heartworm. Total estimated vet bills: Bloodwork, x-rays, IV fluids, hospitalization and euthanasia: $660. Funds raised $100. Update: It was too dangerous to do a biopsy since Hally was extremely sick and severely emaciated so she was let go on August 31, 2016. If you wish to donate to Hally’s memoriam fund to help cover the bills, you can donate online or by mail. We thank everyone who donates to help us give each animal we bring into care, the best chance for a healthy life. Sometimes even the best efforts can’t win, but we invest the funds to give them each the best shot at life.
Run free Benny, Benny first started coming to a lady's house in Black River for food in October. He was too timid for her to take him inside, so she fed him and gained his trust for the next two months. Eventually Benny ventured inside to eat and we planned to bring him in. However, Benny disappeared for four days until finally the day before his ride was coming, he returned but it looked like he had been attacked because he had fresh cuts. Benny came into care with serious internal injuries, hernias, multiple puncture wounds, trouble breathing, broken ribs, a raging infection and was euthanized that same night on January 16, 2016. Total vet bills: $700 Funds raised: 100%
Rest in peace sweet girl This little girl Kia was very sick when she arrived at the Southglen Veterinary Hospital. She was diagnosed with parvo and was so weak that she could barely lift her head. Her owners surrendered her to MMDR because they couldn’t afford the large treatment fees. She was there for one night and passed away. If you wish to donate to her memorium fund to help cover the bills, you can donate online or by mail. We thank everyone who donates to help us give each animal we bring into care, the best chance for a healthy life. Sometimes even the best efforts can't win, but we invest the funds to give each animal the best shot at life they can. Total vet bills: $230 Funds raised: 100%
Rest in peace little Iggy Iggy came into care of Manitoba Mutts for three days before she became lethargic, started vomiting, had diarrhea and was diagnosed with Parvo. She was immediately placed on IV fluids, IV medications and was given transfusions. Despite the best efforts of the staff at Southglen Vet, poor Iggy continued to deteriorate to the point it was necessary to make the decision to end her pain and suffering. Iggy was let go with her foster parents by her side on April 19, 2015. Total vet bills: $1450 Funds raised: 100%
Run free beautiful Akira. We're glad we got to know you. To donate to Akira’s care, please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate Background: Akira first came into care in December 2014 as a surrender from a small community in Nunavut, where she used to be part of a sled dog team. Challenges: When Akira came into care, she had an infected, prolapsed uterus. The day after the corrective surgery and spay, she escaped from care. She ran through downtown Winnipeg with her cone still on her head, and got hit by a car. She continued to run all night and late into the next morning through several neighbourhoods. After a massive search by volunteers and people posting sightings online, Akira was finally caught. She was taken straight to the vet to be checked out and, miraculously, she had no new injuries and her stitches were still intact. Successes: Akira’s surgery went well, and she is resting in care after her big adventure. UPDATE: Akira began showing some symptoms such as watery eyes and lethargy so she was brought to the vet. Unfortunately she tested positive for Distemper, a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. Akira's foster family took her back home to allow her to spend her final days in a loving home. She passed away on January 14th. Vet Bills: Hospital stay, blood work, fluids, surgery, pain meds: $850. [Funds raised to date: 100%] Thank you to all who donated towards Akira's care.
Rest in peace Miss Beazley. We're glad we could show you love. To donate to Miss Beazley’s vetting costs please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html Background: Miss Beazley came into care as a stray from a Manitoba community on October 31, 2014. She was living outdoors in a school yard, where the principal watched over her until we could bring her into care. Challenges: When Miss Beazley came into care, she had a broken hip, was severely dehydrated and underweight, had bloody stool, refused to eat, and was very lethargic. Testing revealed that she also had parvovirus, a life-threatening disease. Miss Beazley was so weak that she would not have been able to handle the surgery and intensive parvovirus treatment. She was beyond our help and the best thing for her was to end her pain. Vet Bills: hospitalization, IV fluids and meds, x-rays, euthanasia, cremation: $700. [Funds raised to date: 100%]
Rest in peace sweet Ace. To donate to Ace’s vetting costs please visit: http://manitobamutts.org/donate.html Background: Ace came into care as a stray from a Manitoba community on September 26, 2014. Challenges: While in his foster home Ace's foster mom noticed that he was lethargic and had difficulty breathing. He was immediately rushed to Southglen Veterinary Hospital. While in care we learned that Ace was suffering from pneumonia. He was immediately put on IV antibiotics and IV fluids. Success: After a couple days of treatment, Ace is getting better! He's currently in his foster home and he will be available for adoption soon. Vet Bills: $1750 for IV antibiotics, IV fluids, and boarding. [Funds raised to date: 100%] UPDATE: Ace was introduced to you all as a Super Trooper last week and after rebounding for a few days he took a sudden turn for the worse. Ace's foster mom noticed that his symptoms were coming back and rushed Ace to an emergency vet hospital on Thanksgiving weekend. Ace then suffered from three grand mal seizures and it was apparent that whatever he had, he wasn't going to recover from. While we don't know for sure, his pneumonia-like symptoms now combined with seizures point to distemper being the likely cause of death. Run free Ace, we're glad we could show you love.