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Ok, so there's no hospital, but our fearless volunteers have tackled some of the hardest cases and most time consuming cases and the rescue foots the bill. We can't save every dog and our rescue can't take in every medical case but we are able to do amazing things by budgeting our money and by the help of the community. Along with the great services of our vet's who often give us a discounted rate (even then the bills can be in the thousands), we have volunteers who are willing to take time above and beyond what a normal foster would require in order to help rehabilitate a dog.
Since Dec. 2005, Zara's List has taken in 23 broken leg dogs. You will see them referred to as BLD's. When you have that many, you find acronyms that work. Some have only needed to be X-rayed and then casted for 2-3 months, others have required extensive surgeries and yet still some have required eventual amputation. Sometimes amputation is the most cost-effective way to treat a leg injury but we never choose that option unless there is no hope for the leg to recover and only if our vet says it's necessary. So most of the time you'll see our BLD's "waving" their casts!
We also have taken in countless number of hit-by-car dogs. Yes, acronym number #2, HBC. We almost always have a few in our fosters recovering. Their recovery is sometimes the longest and require the most extensive work. Most are unable to walk, have to be carried outside and require crate rest sometimes up to 6 months. Depending on the injuries often surgery is an option.
And then there are the assortment of other dogs who are recovering from bite wounds, injuries caused by humans or simply neglect. But nonetheless, those dogs also require a substantial amount of time.
If you would like to find a way to help out the homeless pets, and don't have the ability to adopt or foster one ... THIS IS IT !!! You can sponsor an ICU Pet by giving a donation in their name. The incredible joy that follows from knowing that YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE is overwhelming. These pets not only need medical care, love and a warm home, they need a small amount of your money in order to make this happen for them.
Donations are as easy as a few clicks of the mouse thru a secure online PayPal account. Each pet has their own PayPal donation button just in their name. You may also give a general donation if you can't decide which one to sponsor by clicking the "Donate" button at the bottom of this page. If you don't have a PayPal account and are not comfortable with setting one up, no problem, we also accept donations by check. Please write the ICU Pet's name in the Memo section and mail the check to the address shown in the Contact Us section. (To learn more about Pay Pal, click HERE.)
We also are always in need of someone who has an open home that wishes to help foster an ICU dog. We provide all the financial resources for the care of the dog but it takes the warm hands, heart and home of wonderful folks in our community to bring them back to wholeness.
If you would like to open up your home to us, please contact us.
This is a list of dogs who are currently in our Intensive Care Unit at Zara's List Hospital.
Donation Needs $890
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Donation Needs $350
Donation Needs $175
Each of these loving companions has made it out of the "ICU Ward"
with the help of our devoted volunteers and through donations
from generous individuals like you. Rescuing these precious gems from their
past "life" and fostering them back to health is often how the funds are spent.
All of our past ICU listed below has been adopted into their permanent home.
A few of them, sadly, did not survive the fight
and are now at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for their rescuer to join them.
If you would like to read their story as to why they were a "patient"
in our ICU Ward, click on their name below
Empress Mai Ling
She had a little skip to her run. We noticed it right away and wondered what was going on...Turned out our little girl had a dislocated knee from years ago that had healed. Poor little girl. The pain that must have caused her. But you know what? She didn't care. She learned to run, play and join her siblings in all things puppy. After X-rays and meeting with a specialist it was determined it is what is and this lucky little girl found her forever home!
We call her Flip Flop. She doesn't need a name because she comes to anything and she comes the minute you call her. She hops to and fro and that is the problem. She's not suppose to hop. She's suppose to use all 4 of her legs but she doesn't use one of them. Rather she hops with it. We were told she had a broken leg. We know how to treat that! But no. It turns out she has a back/disc injury. What? She wants to run and jump and play like all the others. We have to restrain her. Can you believe that?
After months of treatment she finally found her forever home. Yeah for Flip Flop!
A foster asked if we could help a neighbor with his dog. She was cute, sweet, loving and well, pink. Not "Pretty in pink" but her whole body was pink. Something was wrong. Oh yeah, it was...She had mange. Not one kind of mange. But both kinds of mange. She wasn't a hairless breed but she sure looked like one! Now, she's growing all her beautiful fur in and she's so cute! She never knew what she had and she couldn't have cared less. She just loved life and so what if she was a little pink and had a little less (ok, a lot less!)fur than she was suppose to have!
Check out Butterfly in her new home under Success Stories. She found a fabulous new home!
Thor had a sore. But not one sore. He had many sores. And they weren't just sores but they were awful open wounds sprouting all over his body. It took some work but it was soon discovered the boy had allergies. No corn for this dude and all of sudden his sprouts stopped sprouting and with time he healed up!
She was bought at Christmas time from a breeder. Four months later she started having seizures and was returned to the breeder. The breeder then brought her to the vet's office to euthanize her. Our vet called and we took her in. She not only has seizures but also is blind, more than likely from the seizures.
She is absolutely the sweetest, kindest little girl. She is the light of her foster home. Her seizures were frequent and great when she first came in. With medication, monitoring, food adjustment and time the seizures are under control! We are working with a great vet in San Diego who loves our little girl almost as much as we do!
She came in from the shelter. She was on one of those emails begging people to take her because she's perfect, etc. Well, she is an absolutely fabulous dog. She is wonderfully sweet, loving and absolutely perfect in many ways. She's an 8 year old Cocker X who weighs about 55lbs. And that should tell you something just isn't right.
We worried first that she might have diabetes. After several tests it turned out she has some liver issues. We're in the midst of treating her and praying that we don't get the worst diagnosis. Cancer. It's a possibility right now and we're just going to believe the best and we should know more at the end of March. Pray for our little Jessica!
The news wasn't good. She has end-stage cancer. But Jessica still manages to have a cheerful outlook. Our little girl will spend her time out living in her foster home until we must say goodbye. It was a heartbreaking answer but we're thrilled that we can love her and care for her while she is with us and that she didn't die in the shelter.
Donation Needs $1,500
The day before he was to go to his home, a call came in from a foster home saying Seuss was limping. Now, when this foster calls, you jump. They aren't bothered by anything and they can handle every bump and bruise that comes along. So when they called, Seuss was immediately off to the vet. In our heart of hearts we knew what was coming couldn't be good.
Seuss has a torn ACL and 2 grade 3 luxating patellas. Estimated cost is $1500.
Lots of tears have been shed for the world's greatest dog. He has a spirit, personality, charm that you only wish every dog could have and yet, here he has what could be life-ending injuries. His pain must have been excruciating and he's lived with it probably most of his short 10 months. You would never know that he has any pain issues. He hides with his wonderful personality.
He's a 10 month old "miniature" Irish Wolfhound mix. Actually we don't know what is under all of that but we know it's one awesome dog who deserves help!