UPDorever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary’s rescue success stories extend far beyond the confines of its pastures. FAAAS has assisted in numerous rescues and placements to other caring individuals and organizations, and Michele has successfully helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to support these efforts for others. Under a First Right of Refusal contract with FAAAS that enables our organization to place and monitor animals when we are unable to offer them permanent refuge on our farm, we continue to advocate for, and safeguard the well-being of animals that need our help. Meet a few of our rescues, old and new!
In March of 2015, Fash was placed with a person in Alabama. Today Fash is currently enjoying life with Kathryn F. in Georgia whose adoption contract is pending our approval. They were surrendered to our organization in December of 2014, when their prior family just couldn’t keep them due to health and age themselves. We are happy that Kathryn is taking good care of them . Fash is a more than twenty-one year old Tennessee Walker who has COPD, and requires a monthly injection. He also has an autoimmune eye problem and receives daily eyedrops. He is a very handsome horse, and great on the trails! Thank you for opening up your heart to this senior Kathryn!
MILA and WILLOW
Mila and Willow were pulled out of a severe neglect situation in Southern California where they were literally starving to death due to a genetic condition and lack of appropriate care. As eight week old puppies, both Willow and Mila were diagnosed with a medical condition called Canine Megaesophagus (MegaE)* a genetic condition that causes puppies to regurgitate food. A woman purchased them knowing they had this condition, but did nothing to manage it. The night before they were saved, the owner planned to take them to a shelter; in Southern California, any shelter is a death sentence, especially when there is a medical condition.
A volunteer by the name of Christina rerouted her plane flight, rented a vehicle and went to pick the girls up from the owner before she could take them to the shelter. Christina sadly found two severely underweight doodles that were matted in vomit. She drove over eight hours from Southern California to her home in Oregon through snow and ice to make sure they were safe. Willow was the smaller of the two, weighing 16 pounds at 8 months old. Christina took them to the vet, who confirmed their diagnosis. They then were taken to a groomer who spent over five hours cleaning the two sisters.
Due to her work schedule, Christina was unable to foster the girls, so she took them to another volunteer named Emily, who lived in a different part of Oregon.Emily is a VP of a rescue and has dealt with many special needs dogs in the past, but never a MegaE dog, let alone two of them. Emily and Christina were able to come up with a feeding routine for the girls and a proper diet. They need to be fed in an upright vertical position so that gravity will help their food get to their stomachs. After a week, Emily felt confident enough for Willow to fly to her committed adopter in Pennsylvania. So off she went!
A few days after arriving to her forever home,Willow started regurgitating (she hadn’t done so since Christina picked her up and started feeding her upright). Her adopter took her right to the vet who did x-rays and said that she had aspiration pneumonia (AP)*. Willow was put on ten days of antibiotics and the AP cleared up. She was also fortunate enough to stumble upon a vet that is committed to her as everyone else is, offering free services for any vetting that Willow needs now or in the future- including surgeries.
Willow is now a member of a large doodle family and has become a princess in her forever home, being waited on hand and foot! She even befriended a kitten by the name of Gracie, who she adores. Willow is waiting on her Bailey Chair* to arrive from California to help her with her eating process, but is doing extremely well considering where she was just three short weeks ago.
Mila (below left) is under a FAAAS foster agreement in Oregon (adoption pending), while Willow (below right) is under an adoption agreement in PA.
*MegaE is a condition in which the esophagus muscles are deformed and do not contract to push food the the stomach. The muscles are weak, like a latex balloon that has been deflated, and just like the balloon, the esophagus develops pockets where food and water get trapped. Because of the entrapment, the dogs fail to thrive because they constantly regurgitate and very little makes it to their stomach.
*Aspiration Pneumonia is a very dangerous pneumonia that is caused by in inhalation of food, water or other foreign objects into the lungs. If not caught and treated immediately, AP can be deadly.
*Bailey Chair- a Bailey Chair is a special designed chair to help keep a dog in an upright, vertical position during and after feeding. Being in an upright position allows gravity to assist in the digestion process by pulling the food to the stomach. (baileychairs4dogs.com)