Sweetie needs your help
Help needed for Gunther
Gunther Needs Your Help
The following is from our latest newsletter.
In this issue, it is our sad duty to inform you that a nine-year-old girl and a tiny cat face losing their best friend.
Gunther came to ADR from a foster home that was the 7th residence in his short life. This incredible string of relocations was due to misunderstandings and abuse.
When Sheri took him in, he was 20lbs underweight (that’s one- third of his ideal body weight), unwilling to eat, and would throw up if left alone. (Conversation with previous fosters had indicated a history of seizures, but he hasn’t had one since being with Sheri.) Also, he would get violently stressed when left alone, would attack any dog he saw, hump humans as a stress reaction, and would run away when scared (which was every day for about a year)
Although we don’t know the details of his history, it’s obvious that this guy has been through more than one dog can be expected to take. Upon arrival at Sheri’s, he was so depressed that it took her a month to get him to eat food that was not offered from her hand. Even then, he wouldn’t eat unless she was there.
Today — 2 years later — he is a different dog; he has adjusted and become (somewhat) normal. He no longer humps people, settles much quicker with visitors in the house, and has made friends. He now plays with Sheri’s coonhound, tolerates their dachshund, and has fallen in love with the kitten, Nermal. Nermal is a cornish rex kitten who came to them as a tiny thing that could curl up in the palm of your hand. Gunther instantly took a shine to him. This huge dog is so cute as he constantly watches over this tiny ball of fur like a mother hen.
Gunther also sleeps with Sheri’s daughter every night. She is 9 and has a fear of the dark. Since Gunther also dislikes the dark, they have become each other’s security blanket. He tucks right in, under the covers, beside her. Gunther is very sweet now, very loving, and deserves a chance to live without pain.
His back end has always been weak and painful, so he was treated with acupuncture and chiropractic. After x-rays, one vet told Sheri Gunther could not be helped as it appeared that a kick had broken his back at some time in the past.Upon reviewing further x-rays, a surgeon has now opined that surgery could help. If surgery is not done, Gunther will eventually lose the use of his back legs and, most likely, his life. So, Sheri’s daughter and Nermal are in danger of losing their bestest buddy.
Since Gunther cannot be expected to take the stress of another change, he has become a permanent ADR foster with Sheri. Helping him will cost about $3500. An amount like that puts us in the all-too-frequent conundrum of weighing the cost of helping a single dog when the amount could help many other dogs. The ADR executive has agreed to foot half the cost if we can raise the other $1750 via a designated “Gunther Fund.”
If you can find it in your heart to help Gunther (and his friends), with $5 $10 $20 (or whatever you can afford) this surgery will help relieve his pain. Will you help Sheri help Gunther?
You can help Gunther (and Cora and Nermal) by using either of the buttons below which are located on the bottom of our website's home page. Or, you can donate directly – just make certain that Gunther is mentioned with the gift.
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Available for Adoption
Scooby and Jeeter
We still need donations to help us catch up from the many vet bills we have had in the last few months. Although we have very generous veterinarians that help us, the costs do add up. Any donations would be gratefully accepted to help us continue to help the dogs that need us! Donations can be made at the bottom of this page.
There are no upcoming events right now.
Welcome to Alberta Dachshund Rescue. We are a group of dog lovers who focus their efforts on matching homeless dachshunds with families who will love them forever.
Many of the dogs coming into our care have been abandoned or otherwise mistreated. Some of them have been malnourished or have serious health issues. Others have — for good reason — developed a mistrust of humans. We provide veterinary care to bring them back to health and behavioral therapy to restore their faith in people before we offer them for adoption.
We are a not-for-profit organization and have no paid employees. The funds; which come from donations, fund raising activities, and our modest adoption fee, are all expended directly on the dogs.
All the dogs offered for adoption have: been spayed/neutered; received all their vaccinations; had medical/dental issues addressed; received behavioral assessment/modification as required. If there are ongoing health or behavioral issues, these will be discussed with anyone interested in adopting the animal before adoption.
We always welcome more volunteers. We can use volunteers from anywhere. If you'd like to help us rehome these little dogs, please email us. We'll send you a list of the things we need done in your area. Our most pressing need is for foster homes. Although we have kennel facilities available, we prefer to have the dogs that are awaiting adoption live with families.
We can guarantee is that adopting a homeless dachshund will bring immeasurable enrichment to your life. Thank you for considering it!
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED
Thank you to all who have volunteered to foster; we are still looking for more foster homes so keep sending in those applications. Keep watching for new dogs. We will post dogs that are looking for foster homes.
Making a donation
To make a donation to ADR click on the donation button. You can now set up a recurring donation by clicking on the recurring donations button.
Note 100% of all proceeds go directly back to the dogs. We are stricly non-profit. There are no paid employees in ADR. It is run by volunteers who are volunteering their time to help the dachshunds that need them. All members, foster homes, board members, transporters etc. are 100% volunteer.
We now have Charitable Status so we are able to provide receipts for donations over $10. Please let us know if you would like a receipt. ADR's Charity Registration # 81659 8064 RR0001
Thank you for your donation.