Kit is a medium size hound mix, about a year old and she came to us from Animal Control. She had been found wandering the streets and it looked like she had been on her own for awhile. She was emaciated and she appeared to have just given up. When Kit came to ORHS, she was still very thin, quiet and frightened. She seemed to like our volunteers when they sat with her and they eventually got her to walk on leash after carrying her outside, but she was still very afraid. Kit needed a foster home. Kit's foster mom sent us a description after having her for just a week.
My best description of Kit’s personality is that she’s a treasure chest full of love to share and we have the key. She is shy at first but I don’t think she’s been abused. She has no issues with men and once she feels comfortable she wants to be with people and wherever the action is. She thrives on affection and attention. I really think she’s spent most, if not all of her life alone, neglected and never comforted when she was afraid. Sad.
At our house Kit has an older foster sister who sleeps most of the time, and a 2 year old foster brother that loves to play. He quickly showed her what toys are all about. Now they play tug and toss toys in the air, they wrestle and then they sit in the sun together. We thought having another dog would help Kit adjust your her foster home but I don’t think it’s necessary. Kit loves our dogs but she is most interested in being where people are. She always knows where I am and follows me room to room. She gets so excited when she sees me getting her food ready. Her whole body wags. She seems happiest when we sit to watch tv and she gets lots of pets and snuggles. She has a silly side to her that comes out more each day.
What frightens Kit seems to be loud noises. Trucks or construction noises are scary and thunder will send her hiding. She relaxes when comforted but during a storm she runs into her crate where she feels safe. When it's over, it's over and life goes on. She's a sweet girl with lots of love to share. Kit is smart and eager to please. With patience I think she will be easy to train. She is crate and house trained and she walks pretty well on leash.
This is one special little girl and with a family to love her she will blossom into a wonderful and loyal companion.
According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm disease is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
The treatment of heartworm disease is a long and tedious three-month ordeal, which includes injections and close monitoring by a veterinarian to help reduce the risk of complications. During this period, dog needs to stay calm.
ORHS accepts dogs even if they are heartworm positive. All adult dogs that come into ORHS’s care are tested for heartworm disease. If they test positive, we work with the veterinarian on starting treatment. The cost of treatment for each dog can be $500 or more.
The number of dogs we rescue that are heartworm positive is at a high level. Over the last year we have treated or taken in over a dozen heart worm positive dogs and we expect that number to continue to rise. We remain dedicated to offer the medical care to these dogs. Currently we are striving to maintain our level of commitment without the financial support from fundraising events that were cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
Our goal of $10,000 will enable ORHS to offer this life-saving treatment for another year.
Heartworm disease is serious. Your support, no matter how much or how little, means everything to the dogs who will be able to receive treatment and have a second chance at a forever home and a happy life.
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Meet Petey. He is a handsome, long legged, hunk of a dog who is sweet as can be. He desires a family who will love on him so he can fill up on that love and give it back twenty-fold. “Just watch me wiggle,” he says. Petey loves spending time with humans, the more the merrier. He loves being brushed and taken care of. He loves air conditioning but if you are outside, he would rather be outside with you. He keeps his kennel in immaculate condition. He does great on a leash. All the women volunteers love him; he’s such a Casanova.