More Special Stories

Big Red

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We don’t know where Big Red came from, or how he ended up where he did. He actually announced his presence a few days before we actually saw him. At least we are pretty sure it was him that was knocking over all of Rude Ranch’s recycling and trash cans and going through the trash and cans for food. It might have been on one such trip looking for scraps that the hungry dog was so startled by the cars moving around the driveway he stopped to watch. That’s when we spotted him.

It didn’t take much to catch the old guy… he joints must have ached as he walked slowly with very stiff legs. Even a slow trot seemed like an effort for him. Once we brought him inside, we could see how beat up he was. He had lots of cuts and abrasions all over his body. He had spots of mange on his ears and face. He was pretty skinny. He gulped his first meal of regular dog food with complete joy.

It only took a few minutes and a couple of blood tests to figure out why he was so stiff and achy. He had lyme disease, heartworm, hook worm, and fleas. We immediately started him on antibiotics for the lyme disease and dewormers for the parasites. Unfortunately, he needed to be alot stronger and healthier before he can be treated for heartworm.

After several days of antibiotics, we are already seeing a difference in Big Red. He walks with a little spring in his step and actually enjoys his walks for potty breaks.

Although he is doing much better, he still has a major health hurdle with his heart worm treatment. In addition to the risks associated with the treatment, the cost of the treatment itself is very expensive.

Rude Ranch is making this special appeal for donations to help pay for the special treatment this dog needs and to help rebuild our medical fund so that we will be able to help more animals in the future. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Mail donations to:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

3200 Ivy Way

Harwood MD 20776

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Chevy

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Jenn C was on her way to work at the US Census Bureau yesterday when she saw a car hit a little fluff of fur in the road. She immediately stopped to see what she could do. Although badly injured and in pain, the little kitten purred when she petted him. Not knowing where else to go, she went to Prince Georges County animal control and asked the officer on duty to do what he could for the kitten. Jenn went to work, but kept in touch with animal control throughout the day. Later in the morning, the vet arrived and examined the kitten. She could immediately tell the kitten’s hind leg was mangled and would need surgery. He also lost a lot of skin off of his jaw bone. (Luckily, the jaw itself wasn’t broken) Unfortunately, the animal control agency didn’t have the resources to treat the kitten. However he was such a nice guy, they wanted to give him a chance. Everyone in the office started calling his or her rescue contacts to find a place for the kitten.

Fortunately, for the kitten, Rude Ranch had both the room and the resources to treat this guy. Once we agreed, arrangements were quickly made to turn him over to us. Executive Director Bob picked him up and whisked him to Dr. Harrison, our orthopedic guy. The kitten, now named Chevy by the vet clinic staff got another exam, x-rays and pain meds. Unfortunately, his knee is crushed and the surrounding tissue was destroyed by the accident. His leg will have to be amputated. He will also have to have minor surgery to reconnect the tissue in his jaw bone. (and he needs to be neutered!) Fortunately, Dr H can fit Chevy’s surgery(s) in today and will start operating on him at noon on June 15.

By the time he got to the sanctuary that nite, Chevy was so exhausted, he fell asleep with his head in his dish!

Rude Ranch is making this special appeal for donations to help pay for the special treatment these cats and kittens need and to help rebuild our medical fund so that we will be able to help more animals in the future. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Mail donations to:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

3200 Ivy Way

Harwood MD 20776

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Betty & Veronica

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Betty and Veronica are two incredibly cute kittens that don’t realize they were born with problems. Betty was born without an eye. Although she had some depth perception problems at first, she has figured it out and plays like a maniac. Her sister, Veronica is "wobbly". Although she may fall over a couple times, she will definitely get to her destination.

The sisters were abandoned on a diary farm on Maryland’s Eastern shore when they were just a few weeks old. The owner of the farm felt that these two kittens were too special to become barn cats and asked Rude Ranch to care for them.

Rude Ranch is making this special appeal for donations to help pay for the special treatment these cats and kittens need and to help rebuild our medical fund so that we will be able to help more animals in the future. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Mail donations to:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

3200 Ivy Way

Harwood MD 20776

Please include your name, address and telephone number on checks.

OR:

Donate online:


Use your secure Paypal account for a one-time donation of any amount. Just click on the following image:

Ziva

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Ziva’s story started in a feral colony in a run down area of Fort Washington, MD. Her life started out pretty normal, however, when she was about 16 days old, both her eyes developed an infection, crusting her eyes shut. Although her mother still cared for the sick kitten, she was worried that Ziva’s illness would spread to the rest of the kittens in the litter. Sadly, Ziva’s mother abandoned her to save the rest of the kittens.

Cold, hungry and blinded by the infections, Ziva made slow progress as she stumbled through the underbrush looking for her mother. Then she tripped over a branch and tumbled into a fast running stream. Luckily, she latched onto a rock and managed to pull herself up onto it enough to keep her head above the water. The terrified kitten wailed for her mother as loudly as she could. Although her mother didn’t hear her, two other people did. Fortunately for Ziva, two of her feral colony feeders were nearby and heard her. They waded into the stream and plucked the kitten off of the rock.

Knowing she needed immediate care, they rushed her to Rude Ranch. Once under our care, we were able to warm her up and start treating her. Unfortunately, the damage to her right eye was too severe and the optic nerve was destroyed. At the tender age of 6 weeks, she underwent emergency surgery to remove the eye.

Although she’s been through a lot, Ziva doesn’t realize what a tough start she’s had in life. She is recovering from her illness and living each day to its fullest.

Rude Ranch is making this special appeal for donations to help pay for the special treatment these cats and kittens need and to help rebuild our medical fund so that we will be able to help more animals in the future. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Mail donations to:

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

3200 Ivy Way

Harwood MD 20776

Please include your name, address and telephone number on checks.

OR:

Donate online:


Use your secure Paypal account for a one-time donation of any amount. Just click on the following image: