Six centuries ago, St. Martin de Porres, a doctor, a surgeon and an herbalist Benedictine opened a hospital for animals seeing no difference between sick people and sick animals in their suffering. His mission continues today at St. Martin's Animal Rescue.
Bridget came to us with the worst skin condition we have ever seen. She has been seeing a skin specialist and it has been determined that she has food allergies as well as environmental allergies. Her medication and specialized food costs are approximately $100.00 a month. Her hair is growing back and the skin infections are clearing up. It has been a long journey for this little girl but things are finally looking up for her! She is a 5 year old shihtzu and is an absolutely delightful little dog! She will win your heart over. If you wish to donate to her medical care, the you can donate at the "Donate" tab to the right, or if you are interested in adopting her, then please email email@example.com.
In September 2012 I received a call from a fellow rescuer and she told me that there was a 15 year old Maltese that had been surrendered by her owners at a high kill shelter in Southern California. She asked me if I had room to take her and without hesitation, I said yes. This little dog made the trip up to Oregon and when I picked her up, she was so dirty that her coat was not even white. She was full of matts and someone at the shelter at least was kind enough to shave around her eyes and snout so she could see. Her paperwork didn’t even have a name on it. I tried to clean her up but she was too squirmy so I called the groomer and was able to get her in immediately to be bathed and shaved. My groomer asked me what her name was. Poor thing didn’t even have a name, so I told Maggie at The Pink Poodle, “how about you name her?” When I was called to pick her up, I was told, “Sylvia is ready to be picked up.” So, Sylvia it was.
Sylvia was very quiet and she liked to be cozy and warm. She didn’t like to be held, but towards the end she was letting me hold her more often and she seemed to enjoy it and gave me kisses and put her head on my shoulder.
Sylvia was most animated at meal times, giving a little dance performance to express her excitement for food. She also would devour her liver treats! After about six months with us at St. Martins; however, Sylvia enjoyed her meals less and no longer danced. Her digestive system and appetite was showing dramatic changes. Her arthritis seems to be bothering her even more. We took Sylvia in for some bloodwork which showed her liver enzymes were high in all three areas and that she was anemic. Nevertheless, she was still giving kisses and eating some, even if smaller portions. I was committed to keeping her comfortable and so we started her on a pain medication to relieve her arthritis pain.
The week following her bloodwork, Sylvia’s health declined quickly. She quit eating, then quit drinking and was not able to stand. Since she would not eat, I could not give her the pain pill. Her breathing became intensely labored and she was quite uncomfortable. Even when I held her she tried to bark but no noise came out. She didn’t kiss me when I held her.
On March 23, 2013, I made the decision to let Sylvia go. Sylvia was ready and I told her the night before that it was ok if she needed to go, but she was still hanging on the next morning. It was impossible for me to ever overcome 15 years of neglect by her former owners. They never took care of her teeth, her skin or her matts. I seriously doubt she got fed a high quality food. Although I do hope that in the last six months, Sylvia got to feel loved, cared for and comfort with me in my home. I did my best to make up for the neglect she suffered in her time with us.
I got to hold her in my arms as she passed and she crossed over peacefully. I tied a ceramic heart on her paw that will survive the cremation process so I will get it back and I can wear it around my neck. Sylvia will join the rest of my dogs and cats that have moved on, on the shelf next to my desk with her collar next to her urn. I will soon go on a search for a set of windchimes which remind me of her voice. I will hang the chimes on my back deck and when the wind blows I will hear Sylvia as well as all the others that I have had to let go. This is the hard part about rescuing senior dogs; if they are too ill to be adopted then there always comes the time I have to let them go. However, as difficult as it is, I will always rescue senior dogs. They need me and it humbles me and reminds me that grief and pain can be felt and I will survive. Rest in Peace and God’s love, Sweet Sylvia, I adored you!
Pictured below are Sylvia's shelter photo, a photo of Sylvia after a good samaratin shaved the fur from her eyes and a photo of how I remember Sylvia, peacefully resting with beautiful, white, shiny soft fur.
Mercy showed up as a stray at a high kill shelter. She looked pretty bad and had clearly been neglected. No one seemed interested in saving this little girl, so St. Martin's gave Dr. Brooks a call and Dr. Brooks said, What would St. Martin do? Well, St. Martin would see what could be done for Mercy. Dr. Brooks examined her and Mercy is about 11 years old, had not been spayed, had severe KCS "dry eye," has some spinal damage which causes her to walk like Charlie Chaplin, had mammory tumors and a very neglected mouth. Dr. Brooks removed nine bad teeth from Mercy's mouth, removed two mammory tumors, spayed her and we now have her KCS under control. Mercy definitely feels better and she shows this by being able to sleep contently and loving to be held and rocked in the rocking chair. Thank you, Dr. Brooks for helping to save this little one and for giving her the beautiful and fitting name, Mercy.
Update: Mercy has been adopted! Happy ever after sweet, Mercy!
Below: Mercy's shelter photo and then her photo post op.
is an older (est. 8 years) neutered, white, Lhasa/Poodle cross who was surrendered to County Dog Control in California.
There, questions about his skin, eyes and weight made him "unadoptable" and scheduled for euthanasia. He was rescued and transported to St. Martin's Animal Rescue in October. Exam at Homestead Veterinary Clinic's Last Chance Club showed he could loose a few pounds, he has scars on his back (burns?) and needs flea control and his major area of concern are cataracts in his right and left eyes. His vision is decreased, he does"bump" into things in new environments but does "get around".
Currently a St. Martin's Animal Rescue fund raiser is active to help with future eye surgery costs.
Update: Denny is not a candidate for cataract removal surgery. His cataracts are too mature. He was evaluated by the eye specialist at VCA Northwest. It saddens us greatly, but he still has a good life and is very affectionate. He would like a quiet home with a special person to hold him tight and ensure his safety.
Elsee was found by some good samaritans wandering around Amity, OR with icicles hanging from her fur. She had infected skin from a severe flea infestation and a yeast infection on her forehead. She had a heavily matted coat that was very dirty with a tar like substance. Elsee's teeth have been ground down from years of her chewing on something hard; metal of a kennel/crate or rocks. She was about five pounds underweight and had the tell tale eye discharge from KCS, "dry eye." Her founders took her to Yamhill County Animal Control where she did not do well at all. She tried so hard to get out of her kennel there that she tore out her fingernails and they bled. The wonderful officers at Yamhill County Animal Control contacted St. Martin's to see if Elsee could be taken in to the "Inn." St. Martin's said, "of course!" Elsee was taken for a good bath and grooming and then she had a vet appointment the next day with Dr. Brooks of Homestead Veterinary Clinic. Elsee was given a thorough exam, given all of her vaccinations, a spay scar was located and a treatment plan was implemented to clear up her skin. Elsee's skin eventually cleared up as well as her eyes and she put on weight. Once Elsee began to feel good, her personality began to shine. She was content to sleep in a cozy dog bed or in the toy basket. She found the dog treat jar and would do what she could to climb and reach it. She is a very snuggly girl who likes to be cuddled and be taken care of and warm....and she HATES being in a crate! Elsee has a very happy ever after as she was adopted along with Mercy to a loving and doting adopter. Below is a photo of Elsee as she was found and then some photos of her after she started healing.
Helena was an owner surrender to a high kill shelter. She was not able to use her hind legs at all. She just drug her hind end around and she was very matted and dirty. When St. Martin's sprung her out of the shelter, we thought she had the typical "luxated patella" issue that many small dogs get; but no. After extensive radiographs and fluid draws from her joints, Helena was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her previous owners did not do anything to try to put the RA into remission before it damaged the bone and cartilidge in her toes, her elbows, her knees and moved up into her hips. Helena will probably not live as long as most Shihtzu's but in the meantime, St. Martin's is committed to keeping her comfortable. Helena takes pain medication which is managing her pain and she takes a medication to help keep her RA at bay. Helena has been fitted for front leg splints and a quad cart so she can be more mobile as she so much desires. The medication she takes for her RA does suppress her immune system, so much care is taken to keep Helena free from any injuries or bacteria that could lead to an infection. Below are photos of Helena's shelter photo, her "now" photo, her radiographs and her leg splint casts so the leg splints can be specially made for her. She is one special girl and we are so pleased to have her at St. Martin's!