On August 3, 2008, The Animal Advocates rescued a little Chihuahua in very bad condition. She was scared to death, covered in fleas and had bleeding open wounds from her ears to the tip of her tail. There wasn’t a single hair present on her tail. Her back, tail, and most especially, her hip area, looked like raw hamburger meat.
The little dog was seen immediately by our veterinarian, Dr. Renee McHenry. Upon examination, it was determined that she was approximately 4 months old, under weight, had hook worms, Coccidiosis (parasitic protozoa that can cause destruction of the intestinal mucosa), Demodicosis (mange passed from her mother), and had been burned over approximately 80% of her body. A bacterial skin infection was also present. We will never know how this little dog was burned, but the vet suspects that HOT motor oil may have been poured on her. Dr. McHenry says that people often think motor oil will cure mange. Motor oil will NOT cure mange!
When animals come into The Animal Advocate Foster Care Program, we immediately give them a name. It is usually based on the personality or the looks of the animal. In this case, we had a very difficult time giving this little girl a name. Because of her condition, she had very little personality and looked like raw meat. As the raw areas began to scab over, she looked like the bark on the trunk of a tree. So, we almost named her “Bark”, but because we had never heard her bark, it just didn’t fit. We considered many names, including “Timber”, but since she was so small & her condition was so delicate, we decided on “Twig”. I’m not sure if that name still fits after watching this little dog through her recovery. She may look like a pitiful little twig, but inside she has the determination and strength of a big solid oak tree. Her tenacious spirit has been an inspiration to us all…. It is in this spirit and in her honor, that we are establishing Twig’s Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund.
The Animal Advocates are happy to have been able to give Twig the medical care and love she needed to recover and thrive. With your help and support, we can continue to build a strong foundation for rescue and rehabilitation to help other animals like Twig. These special needs animals deserve a second chance. Won’t you help? Please give generously. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Donations can be made to The Animal Advocates with a designation that funds go to Twig’s Rescue & Rehabilitation Fund for special needs dogs and cats. These funds will be used solely for the rescue, veterinary and rehabilitation costs for dogs and cats that have been abused and neglected like Twig.
Before and After pictures of Dixie. She had been scratched in the eye by a cat. When her eye became infected, her owners took her to the Barnwell County Animal Shelter because they said they didn;t have the money to take her to a veterinarian. Her eye was so badly infected that it could not be saved and had to be removed. Dixie was adopted by the mother of one of our pet dads at Allendale Correctional Institution and now lives in Charleston, S.C.
Bob Marley was malnourished, had a broken jaw (which we had repaired surgically), and his fur was so matted he could hardly walk.
Sid was skin and bones when the Animal Advocates took him into rescue. He is a GREAT dog and is currently in our fostering program at Allendale Correctional.
Although she looked like a kitten that is approx. 8 weeks old in the "Before" pictures, she was actually over 6 months old.
Tequila had a terrible bacterial infection due to demedex.
Like most of the dogs and cats that come to our Friends for Life Center, we pulled Daisy into rescue from the Barnwell County Animal Shelter. As seen in the first photo, Daisy had been shot in the eye and would most likely been euthanized if we had not helped her. Because her eye was so badly infected, she was immediately placed on antibiotics. Unfortunately, the eye could not be saved and had to be removed by our veterinarian, Dr. Mitchell.
Ruffles had hair loss & bad bacterial infection of skin due to demedex.