Can You Help Our Hospice and Special Needs Kiddos?
As time goes by, the county shelters are calling us more and more to help them out with their senior dogs and dogs or cats with injuries or medical disabilities. Most of our rescued senior dogs require at minimum, dental surgeries and extractions, in order to relieve the bacterial stress on their hearts. Many of them require knee surgeries and lengthy rehabilitations for luxating patellas or torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL tears). Some are blind or deaf, or have other disabilities or medical issues requiring surgeries. The shelters would rather not have to euthanize these dogs or cats, but very few rescues want to take them on because their care is extremely expensive and they are difficult to find homes for. So they ask us to take them. And we do. We put them in one of our small network of foster homes and go to work getting them fixed up.
Ask any of our senior dog fosters: There is no more gratifying feeling than fostering an aging dog who has lost their person and their home. You can give them the love and care they deserve in their golden years.
Of course, our hope is always to take care of these dogs and cats medical needs and go on to find those special, kind-hearted homes to adopt them, but without an adoptive home, they become our “hospice” pets. They will stay with us until they pass away from whatever age related health complications they may have.
We have recently started making plans for fundraising to build a new Retirement Center for dogs at our beautiful, idyllic Indigo Ranch property in the country. This will be a cozy home for the dogs to reside either until they find adoptive homes, or for the rest of their lives. Our 24-hour animal care staff will care for the dogs.
How You Can Help Us Now
Until our Retirement Center is built, these dogs and cats are all living in just a few of our foster homes, and while we understand that not everyone can provide a foster home, we can really use your help with some of their long term medical care.
- Can you foster a senior or disabled dog or cat?
- Can you sponsor one of our special or hospice dogs or cats with a monthly or annual contribution to their care?
- Can you make a contribution to our Retirement Center?
- Can you help us organize fundraisers to raise the money to build our Retirement Center?
It would mean the world to us, and to all of our four-legged friends in their golden years.
If you are able to sponsor one of our hospice/special cases, please use one of the following methods to make a one-time donation or a monthly sponsorship through Paypal. Be sure to include the name of the dog or cat you wish to sponsor in the memo. Of course, if you should have any questions about any of our special kiddos, we encourage you to email us! If you prefer not to use Paypal, you are welcome to mail a sponsorship to our PO Box. Just be sure to let us know who you are sponsoring. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Remember: Monetary donations are tax-deductible.
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P.O. Box 554
Beaverton OR 97075
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Our Current List of Hospice and Special Kiddos
Use this legend to see who has been sponsored and how much monthly sponsorship they are currently receiving.
***A very special THANK YOU to our youngest contributors: Finley (age 9), Harper (age 5), and Grace (age 5). These generous youngsters wanted to do something special for Christmas and with the help of Finley’s very kind grandmother, they each decided to contribute the money they had earned from birthdays, lemonade stands, and other activities to sponsor some of our Special Cases; Reese, Patchouli, Syd, and Biscuit!!
Take a look at these girls’ darling drawings of the sponsored animals. Kids’ Drawings
Camilla is only about 6 years old, but she is almost completely blind from cataracts. Camilla came in to the county shelter as a stray. It’s possible she can see some shapes through one of her eyes, but she is basically blind and still walks into things. Don’t worry though! Camilla does not feel sorry for herself one bit! She navigates great once she knows the lay of the land. We brought Camilla to a veterinary ophthalmologist to see if we could have corrective surgery done on one of her eyes to try to restore vision, but the vet said the cataracts were too deep, so she gets an eye drop in her eyes and goes right on about her business. Camilla is a sweet girl and is posted on our website for adoption.
Brinkley is somewhere between 15.5 and 16.5 years old. He was one of three dogs we took that came from a horrific hoarding case in Aloha, Oregon, in 2010. The dogs were in terrible health. Brinkley and his buddy Disco (who passed away last year in our care), have lived with one of our fosters since then. Brinkley is blind, and almost completely deaf. He has Mitral Valve heart disease, and takes three types of heart meds and three types of eye meds, but he is still a happy li’l guy.
Sammy came to us after having been adopted out by the shelter twice and failing in both adoptive homes. We adopted him out three more times, and sadly, all three of those adoptions failed. The reality is that Sammy has a fear of men, and he isn’t afraid to show it, in a not very nice way. The poor guy was getting older and older and people eventually stopped noticing him. We finally realized that it wasn’t going to be fair to try sending him to another home with a risk of failed adoption, so he has become one of our hospice cases. Luckily, Sammy loves women, or at least, the women who take care of him. Sammy’s best friend is Luke. See the next bio to read about him.
Luke is approximately 9 years old, and really doesn’t have anything wrong with him except there are too many Chihuahuas in our area. Other organizations are bringing busloads more Chihuahuas to Oregon from other states so there really isn’t much incentive for someone to adopt a senior Chihuahua. Soooo sad. Luke and Sammy are good buddies (see pic above, too!)
Ozzy is a 16.5-year-old Pomeranian/Yorkie mix. Sadly, Ozzy’s mom was put in a home for people with Alzheimer’s. Her adult daughter immediately brought her three other dogs to the county shelter, but the shelter wouldn’t take Ozzy because he was too old. He apparently had also been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but his owner didn’t remember to give him his meds with her Alzheimer’s disease. The family brought Ozzy back to the house but made him live in the garage – alone. For months, no one lived in the house any longer. Luckily, some kind people who were friends of the elderly woman contacted us and we agreed to take Ozzy. We immediately brought him to our veterinarian for a dental cleaning and extractions because although it was very dangerous for him to go under anesthetic with his heart disease, not doing it would have been much worse! The bacteria coming from his mouth was going directly to his sick heart. We got Ozzy back on a strict regimen of four kinds of heart medications, and he’s been doing much better ever since. Ozzy is in one of our foster homes, and living a happy life.
Imann (aka Nonnie), has been with Indigo Rescue since she was 8 weeks old. Her unique (and dramatic) story and pictures are on our website under Rescue Stories. Imann was unable to keep any solid food down as a puppy. Her owner brought her to the county shelter, and they quickly called us because she continued to vomit in their care. We immediately took her to our vet and her x-rays were viewed by four vets and two radiologists before they were sure what was wrong. Imann was born with a defect in her heart (called a persistent right aortic arch, or PRAA). She needed to have a very tricky heart surgery with two veterinarians working on her to repair it. Imann barely survived the difficult surgery but the condition left her with a mega esophagus, which means she can’t eat solid food from a normal dish on the floor or she will vomit the food back up. These dogs are tricky. They are at high risk for aspiration pneumonia. Often they can eat in an upright position from a special “Baily Chair,” but Imann still struggled when we tried the special chair. At two years old she weighed only 24 lbs, but we finally got her to a place where she could eat only a high calorie prescription food that we liquefy and then feed her from an elevated dish. So, we make her “meat shake” for her twice a day. She has done very well with that regimen and now, at four years old, she weighs 46 lbs. She will still have occasional bouts of vomiting and when this happens she needs to have subcutaneous fluids and medication to control the vomiting. But for the most part, we have it under control. It’s just a bit more work taking care of her. Imann is now a happy girl.
Reese is approximately 2 years old. Unfortunately, as a puppy, Reese belonged to a not-very-smart person, who snuck him into her apartment, where he wasn’t allowed. Because he wasn’t supposed to be there, he didn’t get to go out much. He didn’t develop good social skills with people or other dogs. He also didn’t get much exercise and didn’t develop proper muscles in his legs. Apparently one day his owner decided to throw a ball for him for a couple of hours, and without proper muscles, he tore both of his anterior cruciate ligaments in his knees (ACL tears). Shortly after that, the owner was caught with Reese in her apartment and dropped him off at the county shelter. He was just 1 year old. He was later also diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Reese came to us, and has had four surgeries on his legs so far. His left leg is still not right.
We have taken Reese to a surgical specialist and a physical therapist and one of our volunteers does physical therapy with him every day. He does the underwater treadmill and his is successfully a wheelchair to get more exercise and help him remember to keep his legs moving. He is still facing more surgery to correct his left leg and we have been told the outcome is guarded. Oh, and each of those surgeries and physical therapy are VERY expensive! We continue to work on his behavior issues. He is super-sweet with everyone in his foster home, including visitors, but is still guarded and can be very aggressive outside of the home. Wait, this is actually the reverse of what a GSD is known for. Can someone please explain to Reese that you are supposed to guard the home against intruders, and be friendly to everyone outside of the home?!
Check out this video series of Reese’s progress using his wheelchair.
Pit Bull mix
Patchouli came to the county shelter with a litter of puppies, and malnutrition and mange so bad that she was almost completely bald. With lots of TLC, her hair grew back and she turned into an adorable Pit Bull. At first she was very scared of people and would growl to show she was afraid, but she quickly got over that. Now, she takes a minute to figure out someone is safe, and then she is a sweet, sweet girl. She still definitely does NOT like children and she will bark and lunge to tell them to back-off. We don’t know what happened to her in her past, but we’re betting it wasn’t good. Patchouli is approximately 6 years old and has been with us for over 4 years.
Merlin is 11-12 years old. He came to the county shelter as a stray. He has a heart murmur, and came to us with severe dental disease. He has immature cataracts and hearing loss. He also has arthritis and is weak on his back end. But, Merlin loves, loves, loves to truck around the yard checking things out. He’s the sort who likes to kick up his back legs and help thatch the lawn after he does his business…sweet boy. Merlin has been posted on our list of adoptable dogs for almost 3 years and has not received a single inquiry in all that time. NOT ONE. So sad.
Runtley’s male owner went to jail and his female owner had to move into a bedroom at a relative’s home with her three children and three dogs. She decided she had to give one of the dogs to the shelter and Runtley was the one. He was 10.5 years old at the time. The tech who worked at the shelter told us he was so sad when they left him there that it broke her heart. He has ear allergies and arthritis in his back end, but Runtley is the sweetest boy. He is now 13 years old.
Baby Biscuit came to the county shelter as a stray. He is approximately 9-10 years old and weighs only 4 lbs. He has a heart murmur, severe dental disease, and luxating patellas on both sides. His knees are so bad that he walks very bow-legged. Biscuit became really sick while at the county shelter and they were very afraid he was going to die so we rushed him to the vet and got him on antibiotics and fluids. He is recovering well and is now facing three surgeries, with rehab in-between. *Note: Biscuit has had his dental surgery with extractions and is now waiting for his first leg surgery.
Bebe’s elderly owner passed away and his family did not want her. She was brought to the county shelter and was so terrified she could hardly stand up she was trembling so hard. She was also extremely thin, so we wondered whether her owner was remembering to feed her before he passed away (he lived alone). Bebe is 7.5 years old and weighs only 4 lbs. We determined that she had severe dental disease, and luxating patellas on both sides. She will need three surgeries, with rehab in-between, but we are waiting until she gains a little weight before we start with her surgeries. *Note: Bebe has had her dental surgery and is now waiting on her first leg surgery.
White and orange Tabby cat
Syd is a sweet, 10-year-old cat who was living with a 90-year-old woman who started losing her memory and feeding him multiple times a day. Okay, it may have been ten or twenty times. As Syd got bigger and bigger, the family noticed and started rationing the cat food they brought over for the elderly woman, but grandma would run out of two weeks’ worth of food in two days, and then start panhandling for cat food from the neighbors in her assisted living home. As a result, Syd now weighs 28 lbs. He is considered morbidly obese. Of course, being overweight is unhealthy for any species, but it puts cats at high risk for hepatic lipidosis (liver failure), so it is especially dangerous for them. We have taken Syd in and put him on a diet, but his weight loss will take a long time in order to be done safely and without risk to his liver. *Note: Syd is on a special diet for kidney disease and has lost 6lbs! He is finally able to jump up on a (human) bed again, which makes him very happy.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Kimball is approximately 10 years old and came to the county shelter a mess! He had growths all over his body and his eyes were swollen nearly shut. We got Kimball all fixed up, but his tear duct is destroyed in one of his eyes so he requires two types of prescription eye drops to keep that eye from drying out and starting to swell up again. Kimball is otherwise a happy guy who definitely knows his job – POINTING!
Check out Halston’s video, Broken but Not Defeated.
Twelve-year-old Halston was found cowering at the bottom of some apartment stairs in the winter cold. He was being harassed by another dog and was terrified. A good Samaritan startled the bigger dog away and then took little Halston in to his home for safety until the shelter opened. At the shelter, 5lb Halston was diagnosed with a luxating patella, severe dental disease, cataracts, and a wobbly gait. His back is also a bit hunched, probably from arthritis. Poor little guy! He was very lucky the nice man who found him took the time out of his life to help him. Now, we are going to start taking care of his various surgical needs. One surgery at a time…
X-rays have revealed that poor little Halston has sustained a broken back between vertebrae T-12 and T-13. Our vet couldn’t be sure how it happened but it explained his wobbly gait. We are consulting with a physical therapist to see whether there is anything they can do to help him move easier, and we are trying to find tall enough booties that will help to keep his feet from dragging and give him traction. Currently he cannot use his rear legs correctly and falls over frequently. He is also emaciated so we are working on building his weight. Through it all, Halston has proven to be a sweet, loving little dog. All he really wants is to do is roll around on his back on his person’s bed and get belly rubs.
Sponsor Updates: Look who’s found a home!!
- Lexee: Senior Tri-colored Lhasa Apso. Has extreme allergies that require expensive medication.
- Marcel: Senior Poodle/Bichon Mix. Suffered from bladder stones and needed surgery to remove them. Needs prescription food.
- Mollie: Senior Lynx Point Siamese. Needed surgery to remove a hematoma from her ear after her 92-year-old owner passed away.
- Sophie: Senior Terrier mix. Suffered from severe bladder stones and needed surgery to remove them. Needs prescription food.
- Babee and Hadlee: Senior American Eskimos. Were infested with fleas and worms to the point where their coats were stained pink from licking. Needed major dental surgeries and had various tumor growths that needed removing. Also needed to be spayed and neutered.
- Honee and Dudlee: Senior American Eskimos. Same story as Babee and Hadlee. We love when SENIORS stay as a PAIR!.
- Sarge: Sarge, a Great Dane mix, was born with a genetic deformity in his rear legs. He is basically severely knock-kneed, and duck-footed. He was adopted but returned to the shelter. He came to Indigo to help exercise him and work on a few behavior issues.
In Memory Of
We finally lost our wonderful little JoJo when his sick heart succumbed to congestive heart failure. Our hearts are broken and we’re all going to miss his joyful, spunky spirit. Rest in peace little man. We know you’re strutting your stuff over the Rainbow Bridge.
JoJo was rescued by a good Samaritan because at 4.5 lbs and 10.5 years old, he and another Chihuahua were living outside in a dog house in rural Washington – in the snow! The good Samaritan felt so sad for them that she convinced the owners to sign the dogs over to her. We agreed to take the dogs and JoJo was promptly diagnosed with a heart murmur and congestive heart failure. He is on three types of heart meds, and is a sweet, and happy little guy. He is now 11.5 years old.
Nick is approximately 15-16 years old. He came to the shelter as a senior dog and we could see he had cataracts and was mostly blind and mostly deaf. He also has arthritis and has had numerous masses removed. What we couldn’t see but recently discovered through x-rays, is that Nick also has two bullets lodged in his hind end. Apparently, someone shot at him while he was running from them. Gotta love those compassionate people, huh? Nick takes pain meds and eye meds daily.