You may have noticed things have been quiet on our page for a few days. It wasn't intentional to be quiet for the last week, but it happened, because, truthfully, I wasn't sure what to post or how to post it. In rescue, we rescuers try to bear most of the burden and worry. We try to share the good, and focus on the positive. We try and show the encouraging aspects, so that people don't assume the endeavor of rescue is hopeless ~ because its not. Every life saved is a WIN. However, rescue and all that comes with it is hard. For each rescuer, the hardest part is different - sometimes its being in the kennels and seeing all the pups needing help, sometimes its making hard choices at the vet, sometimes its admitting not every rescue story can have a happy ending. For me, personally, the hardest part of rescue is the financial aspect. It's asking for money, putting a hand out, pleading for help. It is beyond incredibly hard for me to assign $ values to a life, and yet, I have no choice. We try to make the best possible financial choices based on needs of the pups ~ we have great vets that we work with, and we try and have supplies donated so that all available cash on hand can go right back into saving more pups. Not a single person at FLDR has a salary or paycheck. We do not pay for office space. We keep all overhead to a bare bones minimum and directly pup related. Budgets are looked at daily and we try and stretch every single dollar until it screams at us. Sometimes though, poop happens. For the last month, that has been the case. We pull from shelters with limited information, although our rescue coordinators are great and forthcoming with all they know, but diagnostics are limited, especially at a couple of the more rural shelters we partner with. We always try and figure in extra costs. This month though, we got hit big time. We took in a few very scared, fearful pups that were surrendered to a shelter we don't normally partner with, and shortly after the shelter informed us that they had been exposed to parvo. That has meant an almost 3 week stay at the vet, in quarantine, as these pups had no prior vaccines before arriving at the shelter. It meant preventative medicine to try and help boost their systems to have the vaccine take hold rather than the virus. It mean parvo tests at the first symptom (vomiting or diarrhea), which could be for a variety of reasons, but we had to be safe. They will finally received the "all clear" tomorrow (hopefully!) and be able to move to foster care. Needless to say, the medical bills have quickly added up, and as great and amazing as our vets are, they still have to cover their expenses, and we have to pay the bills by end of month.
Additionally, in the meantime, we rescued a few other pups that were slated to be euthanized that also had major medical issues, such as Preston, a young poodle mix pup that was hit by a car, and his ortho issues. In the process of trying to save him, we received the call that he didn't make it through surgery. It was heartbreaking on multiple levels - he was a young pup that through no fault of his own was injured, not properly cared for by his people who were supposed to love and protect him, and then finally he found people (FLDR) who did care and took a chance, and he just wasn't strong enough to hang on ~ and secondly, because with funds so tight, the guilt of even trying to save him instead of another, all while knowing who ever else we tried to save may have had the same result. We have no way to know, but the doubt, guilt and second guessing has been overwhelming.
These are the heartbreaking behind the scenes look at rescue that I have debated, long and hard, about whether or not to share. After much discussion this morning, the decision was made that if we were going to embark on asking for donations to help us cover our vet expenses, we need to be transparent in why, even if it meant sharing the not so happy aspects of our April. It hasn't just been raining, its been pouring ~ April even rained out our big garage sale! We can not seem to catch a break, and yet we are trying to hard to just dust it off, stand back up, and move forward. I'm not going to lie, its not been easy. I have cried more this month than any other month in rescue. This brings me to the hardest part for me - I am begging for help. We need to get our vet bills paid this month so we can continue to save more pups. Please, please consider helping and making a donation so that we can at least try for more pups like Preston, who's medical is the picture for this post ~ Duchess's medical report had the same last line "euth when due out", and just look at her now. Our goal at FLDR is to have as many "euth when due out"s turn into stories like Duchess as we can, this month has just hit us very very hard.
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Thank you so very much, for reading this, for following and supporting FLDR, and for everything each one of you has done for our pups.
Looking for something super fun to do every Tuesday night, AND enjoy the amazing weather we are having?? Join our friends at The Hammered Lamb for a fun-filled entertaining night of trivia from 6-8:30, Hosted by the always entertaining Scottie Campbell. All proceeds go to Florida Little Dog Rescue! Come have some fun on the patio and enjoy the weather! 1235 North Orange Ave. Orlando, Fl. 32804 Located Across from Lake Ivanhoe.
During March,trivia nights raised over $300 to help us save dogs from Animal Control. Please go have some good food and good fun and let's save even more this month!
Save a Dog on Death Row!
Please help us save dogs on Death Row at local Animal Controls. These are dogs that can't be adopted out directly from Animal Control, mainly for medical reasons. When they can't be adopted, they need a rescue to save them when their time runs out. These pups desperately need our help, we are their last hope!
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Florida Little Dog Rescue Group rescues dogs from all over the state of Florida, but our main focus is the Central Florida area. Our volunteers live anywhere from Tallahassee to Tampa, but almost all of our dogs are fostered in the Orlando area. We are 100% volunteer-based, which means no overhead or salary costs. Your donation is used directly for dog care. We do not receive government funds. We are entirely supported by charitable donations.
We ensure that each dog is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms and other parasites, examined by a vet and treated for any known conditions prior to adoption. All known medical information is fully disclosed to new families. While awaiting adoption, the dogs live in foster homes that provide love, patience and TLC to the pups! A pup's stay in foster care could vary from several days to several weeks, depending upon the dog's conditions and needs. Unlike shelter or kennel living, fostering the pups in a home environment allows us to personally evaluate each dog for behavior and temperament issues. We are able to see how they interact and react to other animals and children, if they are house trained, like to go for walks, play ball, etc. and that makes it easier to know what type of home/family would be best suited for them!
Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit. We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!