In the Bible, Zion referred to a place of utopia. A promised land. Somewhere holy. Where harmony and perfection exist. Where everything is good.
Our Zion, this handsome and loving dog, did not come from such a place.
We don’t know much about Zion’s former life. Like many of our rescue dogs, he came to us from a reservation. Like many of our dogs, he was injured. Like many of our dogs, his story haunts us.
Zion was found in a ditch.
In the middle of winter.
And he couldn’t walk.
Our best guess is that he was hit by a car.
And they left him for dead.
A band of selfless individuals teamed up to get Zion to safety. He was rushed to the emergency vet as soon as transport could get him there. Fluids. Pain meds. X-rays.
Those X-rays showed us that Zion had two horrific pelvic fractures and a luxated C6-C7 vertebrae. Based on the emergency vet’s recommendations, Zion needed emergency surgery to manage his cervical injury so that he would not become permanently paralyzed. He was then again rushed to Des Moines, Iowa where a wonderful orthopedic surgeon was able to place 4 pins into his neck to stabilize the injury. Because of the nature of his pelvic injuries, they were unable to be operated on. He was sent home on crate rest.
As a result of the injury to his spinal column, Zion had permanent damage in his right front leg. He was started on an intense physical therapy regimen to attempt to help him regain function. Unfortunately, he caught his right foot in his kennel and sustained a laceration that was unable to be easily repaired. After a thorough and heartbreaking discussion with Zion’s vets, and in order to prevent further injury to that leg in light of his decreased sensation, the decision was made to amputate his leg.
Zion has since been in his foster home and is healing his mind and body. He continues to work with his foster to gain confidence and learn that he is in a safe place. Dogs, although resilient, can often show the emotional scars of years of neglect, abuse, and trauma. Our hope is that he will continue to improve with time, patience, and positive reinforcement.
We don’t know where he came from, or who hurt him. But we do know this. He is perfect despite the injuries. And that he deserved a world in which no one hurts him. A world in which he is loved. And fed. And kept safe until his time here is done. A perfect world for an imperfectly perfect dog. A Zion.
On April 15 we welcomed a bunch of new Almost Homies to our crew! Unfortunately we quickly discovered one pup was very sick. Not long after another became sick, and then another, until we had 9 very sick puppies, one of which did not make it.
Parvo is a highly contagious virus that is most susceptible to unvaccinated puppies. The virus attacks the intestines, stomach, and white blood cells. If not treated it is 100% deadly.
With hospitalization and treatments they have a 90% survival rate but the first 3-4 days are critical.
We want to give these pups a fighting chance. The cost is not what we want to think about right now but have to.
Estimated cost for one pup with Parvo costs approximately $2,500+. You guys-we have nine. We are looking at between $20,000-$25,000+ to help save these puppies.
AHCR is a 100% volunteer based local rescue and we do not have an extra $20,000+ in our bank accounts. We rely on fundraising and our amazing donors.
Thankfully all of these pups have gone home and are recovering well. We look forward to watching them grow and find their forever homes!