Update 7/1/15: Everest is doing incredibly well and is being fostered by one of our wonderful dog volunteers who recently lost his dog of nearly 19 years. It looks like they are both helping each other feel better. Everest has lots of energy and loves sunbathing and hunting for bugs. We thank everyone who donated towards Everest’s care and sent good thoughts to him – it is with all of your support that he was able to survive!
Original Story: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria recently rescued an entire family of German Shepherds who had been living without proper care in the City of Alexandria. Our Animal Services Officers are looking into charging their former owner. The father, mother and their puppies are now safely in our custody.
When they arrived, the three puppies were in terrible shape. They were extremely emaciated, sick, and filthy. One of the puppies, Everest, needed to be immediately transported to VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital for 24-hour intensive veterinary care. Our AWLA veterinarian, Dr. Kaci Angelone, felt that if Everest had gotten to us even one day later – he would have died.
Everest is still at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital on IV fluids and a host of medications. Even with VCA’s generous discount, the cost of his care will be over $1000/day. He is so thin that his ribs, hips, and spine can easily be seen under his skin. The veterinarians are trying everything they can to help him survive. Everest has a very long struggle ahead of him and his prognosis is “guarded”.
If you would like to help Everest with his “climb” to recovery, please donate now to AWLA’s Sarah’s Fund. Gifts to this fund care for very sick/injured shelter animals. If you donate, we will send you updates on Everest’s recovery progress.
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