I don't think anyone can understand how hard it is to go back and relive the emotions from that time. Constant worry, stomach aches, the need to have this resolved and allow these dogs to move onto a better life was constantly on all of our minds. However, we achieved that goal. Even those that left us too soon didn't die in that hell. They knew love. They left us with tears of sadness, but also tears of gratitude and appreciation knowing that we tried. The remaining Dobermans are what we worked so hard for. What we put our hearts and souls into. And until the last one leaves this earth, we will always protect and advocate for them 💕
Today we celebrate their #GotchaDay. Over the next week we will be sharing all of their individual stories. Stay tuned 🐶
Today marks the one year anniversary when 116 Dobermans were seized from a puppy mill in South Carolina that was run by Jordan Johnson. The Doberman Pinschers Club of America was immediately contacted by volunteers in South Carolina to reach the Doberman rescue groups that could assist in fostering these dogs.
Doberman Underground immediately took action and the volunteers started clearing bedrooms, making space, doing whatever it would take to house extra dogs in their homes. The following evening we were cleared by the Chester County Shelter to head down to pick up dogs. Two volunteers left their homes in the middle of dinner with no idea what to expect they drove from Cleveland, OH to Chester County, SC and arrived at 4:00am where the staff of the shelter were waiting for them. In the dark five dogs were loaded with no visual on the conditions of these dogs. Before leaving they spotted one dog laying in the corner who was unable to walk and our volunteer went over and picked her up and carried her to the car.
The reality was sitting in...what health condition are these dogs in, they've never lived in homes, they have had very little contact with people, what were we in store for.
At the same time this vehicle was leaving with the first 6 dogs another Doberman Underground volunteer was pulling up at another location, this one even more remote, and would pick up another 5 dogs. This process continue off and on for a week and half as we kept getting notified of more dogs needing sheltered. In total Doberman Underground transported 35 dogs to our rescue and support rescues that banned together to help these animals.
While this is difficult for many of us to relive it is important as we reach this mile stone we now can celebrate those that have been adopted and honor the ones that did not make it.
Doberman Underground's expenses to house, feed, and medical care for the 26 dogs that remained in our rescue exceeded $30,000.
Its #fosterfriday and yesterday was one of those days in rescue where we won't call it a good day but we are not going to list this as a bad day either. Instead it is a day that a tough call needed to be made to ensure the best quality of life for one of our fosters.
Teddy came to us a couple of months ago when he jumped out of a convertible and broke his Femur. We spent thousands of dollars and gave him months of care to heal the leg. We were told that everything looked fine and Teddy was ready to start physical therapy. Our foster home started questioning when Teddy still wasn't using his leg very much and we made another appointment this week for Teddy to have another X-ray done. We never expected to receive the news that the bone had not healed and to try and repair it again would be a physically long surgery, with a pretty good outcome of long term ailments to Teddy if they could even save the leg. The tough decision was made to have Teddy's leg removed to ensure that he has the best quality of life. It was a good thing we did because Teddy also had an infection in that leg that was severe.
Teddy will be heading back to his foster home tomorrow for recovery and we will keep everyone updated on his well being.
We would greatly appreciate any donations that can help pay for Teddy's medical bills which will be around $4000.00.