Super Troopers

There are extreme cases of care and support at Manitoba Mutts. We feature these animals as super heroes. Their will to live, and our generous community of volunteers and donors save their lives. And along the way these dogs and cats touch all the lives of those involved along the way. We call them our Super Troopers.

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Emergency #Supertrooper!

Vortex was found in a northern community in terrible condition, covered in blood. Thankfully Norway House Animal Rescue was able to get him on a plane down to Winnipeg fast and off to our friends at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre.

He is currently being assessed and we should know more about his condition soon.

UPDATE: Vortex had a broken nose, which has healed and he will be fine.  His anemia has cleared up and other than regrowing his fur and some skin on the pads of his feet and his nose he is a healthy, happy boy.  

UPDATE: Jan 30 - 11am. Vortex had X-rays on his head and lungs. There are no skull fractures but his head is still quite swollen. His lungs are okay so far and his breathing is better this morning. He isn’t eating but he is drinking a bit. Not sure about his eyes yet but he’s surviving so far.

UPDATE: Jan 31 - 9am. Vortex has more energy today and is starting to act like a dog! The swelling on his head has come down quite a bit but he still doesn’t want to eat, so he is being syringe fed. Since he was vomiting up blood over the first 24 hrs in care, we want to make sure he is capable of eating before sending him to his foster home. His red blood cell count is low and we would like to see those go up as well. It’s amazing that he has no broken or fractured bones, but we still don’t know the extent of the damage to his internal organs, esophagus or his eyes, but we’re keeping positive! 

Update: Feb 1 - 5pm. Vortex is stable today. Very low red blood cell count but it hasn’t gone down any further. He hasn’t regurgitated his force feeds overnight, which is a good sign. He will possibly need a blood transfusion, but that won’t be decided until they don’t see any improvements in his cell count. Still no update on the condition of his eyesight. On the bright side, he loves all the techs and being snuggled more than anything else.

Update: Feb 2 - 12:30pm. Vortex is eating! This is great news as it means he is capable of swallowing. Vets still aren’t sure about his eyesight as his head is still swollen, the tests they’ve been doing show limited vision. We just need him to have a bowel movement and he can continue his recovery at his foster home.

Update: Feb 3 - 1pm. Vortex got to go home!! He is eating on his own and has his first bowel movement. We’ll keep a close eye on him and hope he continues to improve. Thanks everyone for your support!

His assessment and immediate care estimate is between $1700 and $2400.
*EDIT* - Please note that the above estimate was for an overnight stay, xrays, blood work and his initial assessment with minor treatments. Vortex has a long and uncertain road ahead of him, and the expenses for his treatment are continuing to grow. 

Funds raised so far: $2595
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To help us with Vortex’s treatment, https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/

Please do not call the vet to make a donation, they are unable to do so.

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WARNING!  GRAPHIC IMAGES!!

Update: Melfie's skin grafting surgery took longer than expected but it was considered a success.  Now is the waiting period and we are hoping that he will be able to go to his foster home soon.  Due to the fact that the surgery took longer than expected they were unable to chip and neuter him, so this will have to be done at a later time. 

Melfie was brought in to the care of MMDR after the RCMP in a Northern Community discovered him wounded after being attacked by an animal.  The altercation left him without his ears, and an open wound so gaping that his spine is visible.  Our amazing volunteers have been keeping him company while the vet team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital deliberated on how best to proceed.  Melfie will be undergoing skin grafting and reparative surgery tomorrow!  

Despite his battle wound, Melfie is a happy boy who loves people.  We are hoping for a full recovery but need your assistance in the process. 

Actual vet bills: $3362.89
Funds Raised: $2757.50

If you'd like to donate to Melfie's care, please go to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and leave a note with Melfie's name with your donation. 

We will post updates after Melfie goes in for surgery!

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Update: Boondox is out of surgery!  It went well so we are hoping for a speedy recovery!

Our 3rd #SuperTrooper of 2019 is this handsome little man, Boondox.  

Boondox was found in a Northern Community before being brought in to the care of MMDR at only 6 months old. He has a broken femur and will be under going surgery in order to fix it. He is quite the charmer and we are rooting for him to pull through so that he can find his forever home and know what unconditional love and the good life truly is!

If you'd like to help Boondox find happiness, please go to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate and along with your donation please leave a note with Boondox's name so that your generosity goes directly to his care

Estimated Costs: $4000
Funds Raised: $2429.50

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SUPER TROOPER KOONA

This handsome little man is Koona. He's spunky, energetic, and a happy little man but there's something very sad and unique about him. Koona is completely blind. He was born without one eye while his other eye has been overgrown with a cyst.

He has almost no eye on the left, which is a congenital malformation. The right eye is a bit smaller as well and has some inflammation and what looks like an old healed ulcer centrally. He is blind

As per the doctor's recommendations, we are going to get his one remaining eye removed (as the cyst will continuing growing) and then have both eye sockets closed shut to avoid any infection, etc.

His surgery is scheduled for today and we are hoping that all goes well!

Estimated vet bills: $1400
Funds raised: $1400

If you would like to help out Koona please go to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate and include a note with your payment that includes Koona's name so your generosity goes directly to his care.

We will give an update once he is out of surgery.

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We try our best to give every animal we rescue the chance at a better life, but sometimes our hardest just isn't enough and they pass over the rainbow bridge. This is an album to honour those animals.

Rest in peace Jasko

Background: Jasko was hit by a car a couple days before coming into our care. 

Challenges: Jasko’s back leg was dangling - he had one shattered femur and another broken femur. Jasko was suffering and recovery would have been too hard for him, so sadly we needed to euthanize him.

Total estimated vet bills: Hospitalization, pain medications, x-rays and euthanization: $710. Funds raised 100%.

**If you would like to donate towards Jasko’s memory, please go to https://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 memoriam.**

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Run free little ones

Background: Fire and Rain were found outside of a nursing station.

Challenges: Both Fire and Rain started showing signs of canine distemper which is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure, so both girls needed to be euthanized before their suffering worsened. 

Total estimated vet bills: Parvo and distemper tests, blood work, IV fluids, antibiotics, hospitalization and euthanization: $1450. Funds raised: 100%.

**If you would like to donate towards Fire and Rain's memories, please go to  https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with their names, so your generosity goes directly to their memoriam.**

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Run Free Rusty

Background: Rusty was found tied up at a dump with no food or water. He has a tattoo but the WHS can’t trace it to anyone.

Challenges: Rusty is having stomach issues and either his leg or hip may have artheritis because he is walking very stiff. Rusty is house trained but he has bladder issues. He has scar tissue in his ear and two bald spots in his armpits from licking which is caused by pain. When Rusty eats too fast he vomits and he’s fighting an infection as his white blood cell count is extremely high. 

Total estimated vet bills: Daily pain medications, urinalysis and multiple blood work panels: $1000. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Rusty passed away in his sleep on June 2. For the short time that Rusty was in care, he’d like to stick his nose in the grass and have his big fluffy butt in the air. On the way to his vet appointments, Rusty would bark like a seal because he wanted his foster to drive with her hand on him. Rest in peace Rusty, you were very loved in your final days. Thank you to Rusty’s foster family for giving him a peaceful and loving home.

**If you would like to help Super Troopers like Rusty, please donate to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and be sure to include a note in Paypal with the Super Trooper's  name, so your generosity goes directly to their care.**

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Unfortunately the news we have to share this morning is not what we were hoping for.

Lexi's surgery was sadly unsuccessful. Her bladder had completely detached from her ureter and the attempt to reattach it, didn't work as she was such a small girl. Urine filled her abdomen and she was in a lot of pain, so the decision was made to let her go.

We want to thank to Alicia from Strays That Can't Pay Inc. who alerted us of this poor baby and for transporting her to the vet. 

Another thanks goes to Dr. Carla Loewen and her team from Virden Animal Hospital for doing all they could to save her, and for comforting her as she passed. 

Run free over the rainbow bridge little Lexi, may you feel no more pain.

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Rest in Peace Sweet Perry

Background: Perry was a stray who was seen hanging out in a group of other dogs.

Challenges: Perry was in rough shape. He was extremely skinny, had some missing teeth and had mange disease.  

Total estimated vet bills: Antibiotics for a severe skin infection and UTI, bloodwork, urinalysis and kidney worms removal: $360. Funds raised: 100%.

Update: Unfortunately we had to let Perry go over the weekend. He had multiple medical issues including mange, UTI, kidney worms, and severe separation anxiety that was so hard for him that he couldn't even handle being in a kennel for a few minutes. He ate through an indestructible kennel and had metal shards in his stomach and lost his teeth after being alone for under an hour. Poor fellow spent too many years without a home. We thank his foster home for showing him love his last few days, and for being with him as he crossed the rainbow bridge. Rest in peace sweet Perry.

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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.

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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%

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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%

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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%

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Run free beautiful Akira.
We're glad we got to know you.

To donate to Akira’s care, please visit: https://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.

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Rest in peace Miss Beazley.
We're glad we could show you love.

To donate to Miss Beazley’s vetting costs please visit:
https://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%]

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Rest in peace sweet Ace.

To donate to Ace’s vetting costs please visit:
https://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.

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Macy’s Story

Background: Macy was very skinny when she was found limping with an injured leg.

Challenges: Macy tested positive for parvo during her intake exam. She was hospitalized but continued to decline in health. Macy received multiple blood transfusions and eventually became bright enough to go home with her foster.

Total estimated vet bills: X-rays, parvo test, IV fluids, hospitalization, antibiotics, bloodwork and blood transfusions: $3000. Funds raised 100%

**If you would like to help Macy, please donate to https://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.**

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Super Trooper Memorial – Macy

Background:  8 week old Macy was initially brought to Manitoba Mutts suffering from parvovirus and a broken leg.  After a rough five day stay with the vet, she was sent home to her foster family.  Her foster family would help her through the last of the parvo, as well as mange treatments and ultimately a leg amputation once she was well enough to sustain the surgery.

Challenges:  Following her leg amputation, Macy continued to struggle to walk and after multiple vet visits and x-rays, it was determined she was also suffering from severe hip dysplasia.  She had also developed severe arthritis in her hips, despite her young age, and as a result of these injuries, had also torn a knee ligament in one of her remaining legs.

Outcome:  After much discussion with veterinary experts, it was sadly determined that a good recovery outcome was not going to be possible.  Despite being a sweet and happy puppy, she would only continue to struggle and be in pain.  Out of kindness and love for Macy, she was euthanized at the age of 8 months, with her loving foster family right with her at the end.  From her foster mom:

“Our family fostered her for almost six months, and all of us, including her furry MMDR foster sisters, were totally in love with her. We are so glad we have been able to share with her all the love we had to give. Because she never had a chance to be adopted, we wanted her to always have a home with us – so we paid for private cremation and have her ashes back with us now, so she did end up with a forever family”

If you’d like to donate in Macy’s name, please visit to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and include a note indicating her name.

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RIP TINA 💔 🌈

EMERGENCY SUPER TROOPER!

Tiny Tina is a 6 year old small breed gal who was transferred to us from a northern humane society a month ago. She had to have major dental surgery to remove some rotten teeth shortly after coming into care but today she is fighting for her life with our friends at McLeod Veterinary Hospital. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis and we don’t know how long she has been battling, but we hope we caught it in time. She will be at the Vet receiving treatment for the next 3-5 days.

UPDATE: Feb 9 11:30am. Tina got to come home to foster! She’s still has a small appetite, so we’ll work on building that up slowly. She’s definitely in less pain, which is wonderful! Will post updates as we get them.

UPDATE: Feb 10 9:45am. Unfortunately Tina took a turn for the worst last night. She was in a lot of pain despite being on pain meds and she lost all desire to eat. We rushed her to our friends at Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre. She made it through the night, but we will see what’s going in once she has an ultrasound. 

UPDATE: Feb 10 7pm. Tina has an ultrasound today and unfortunately it showed a very large mass. What was first diagnosed as pancreatitis was actually pancreatic cancer. Tina was in a lot of pain and no longer had an appetite and euthanasia was the most humane thing we could do for her so this afternoon sweet Tina was sent over the bridge. Our hearts go out to Tina’s foster homes for showing her love for the past month. Thank you to all who have donated for her care and had Tina in your thoughts. We appreciate your support.

Vet bills: $5579.61
Funds raised: $808

If you'd like to donate to Tina’s care, please go to https://manitobamutts.org/how-to-help/donate/ and leave a note with Tina's name with your donation. Or click the donate button to donate via Facebook.

We will post updates as we get them.

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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.

View the full Alumni album on Facebook: Super Trooper Alumni