In March 2016, RAGOM learned of 11 dogs living in a hoarding situation. The dogs were in terrible shape, having barely survived without sufficient food and water, and all were severely underweight. Intravenous fluids and nutrition were required.
Knowing these dogs were in need of physical and emotional care, RAGOM offered to help. Transport was quickly arranged, supplies were gathered, and 11 families volunteered to foster the dogs. It was an amazing display of RAGOM’s ability to mobilize and act on a moment’s notice. Because of the kindness and generosity of so many, these dogs were given a second chance at living a healthy and happy life.
Braden 16-044, pictured above when first rescued and then fully recovered, was one of the dogs seized. He arrived at 32 pounds, approximately 30 pounds underweight. His foster began feeding Braden three high-protein, high-fat, high-calorie meals per day. Due to his near starvation, he ate as much as he could, as fast as he could. Exercise was restricted until he gained weight and muscle mass.
With the gentle care of his foster family, Braden grew physically and emotionally. He began to show affection and to trust humans. After a month, he was strong enough to chase squirrels in the yard and go for walks.
Today Braden and the other dogs from this case are thriving. The generous support of our donors makes it possible for us to help when needed in these situations. Because of your support Alana, Braden, Cait, Declan, Eamon, Finnbar, Garret, Hannah, Iona, Janette, and Fuzzy are receiving their second chance at a golden life. The case against the dogs’ owner is currently under prosecution.
These wonderful dogs need permanent families to call their own, families who are willing to help them learn that a clean place to sleep, nourishing meals, and plentiful water are now a given in life, and that humans can be kind and caring.