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TX Dobes are safe in IL

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last month, we knew we had to help. However, animal welfare organizations learned a lot since Hurricane Katrina, and dogs in immediate need from the storm would be held where they were found for 30 days until their owners could hopefully come back for them. In the meantime, there were already Dobermans in shelters and rescues in Texas, so we offered to pull some to make room for when the month was up.

The first Dobe who arrived was Wrigley, who came from the Dallas area. One of our volunteers was headed there for work, and he offered to bring someone back home with him on the night that ended up being his 10th wedding anniversary, but his wife said it was okay since it was to save a dog. Unfortunately, Wrigley was heartworm positive, but he will be treated and adopted to a family waiting for him to recover.

Then Austin came up with another volunteer, who also drove to TX for work. Austin needed the full vet package, and her long Doberman snout managed to open her spay stitches, which resulted in an expensive ER bill to repair.

Two more IDR+ volunteers had a planned trip to TX and brought Chelsea and Tex back with them. They were fantastic passengers the whole drive, and they enjoyed staying in a hotel along the way! Unfortunately, Tex positive for heartworm, so he will begin treatment and will need to recover.

Finally, Bubba made the trip up on a transport, and he is sweet as pie. He will appreciate a warm coat for the upcoming Chicago winter.

Thank you to everyone who donated toward their care! Your donations made it possible to save FIVE dogs from Texas!

Heartworm prevention

Dog rescues throughout the Midwest have reported an unusually high number of heartworm-positive dogs this year. Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus has treated 18 dogs this year! Marvin, Jed, Zeke, Tia, Patches, Journey, Chiko, Ebby, Legion, Conan, Cora, Lemmy, Wrigley, Dallas, Sandy, Logan, Tex, and Cozmo are some of the HW+ IDR+ dogs in 2017.

As if these dogs didn’t have a hard enough time finding a forever home, now they have to endure a painful and expensive treatment that many rescues can’t cover. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to treat any HW+ dogs who enters our program.

Perhaps this influx of heartworm positive dogs is from people accepting some misconceptions or thinking they can save a few bucks by skipping the prevention pills. If you are reading this, most likely you are an IDR+ adopter, and you already know the importance of monthly heartworm prevention because IDR+ does not adopt dogs to homes that do not take this essential precaution. Hopefully, you can use this information to help other people become as smart and caring as you are.

MYTH: Heartworm can only be passed to my dog if a dog in my neighborhood is already infected, and the mosquito bites both that dog and my dog, and that will never happen.
It’s true that a mosquito must bite an infected animal first to pass it to your dog, but heartworm is a parasite to any member of the canine and feline families, including the “coyote, wolf, fox, bobcat, jaguar, and tiger. Other animals that can acquire heartworm include the muskrat, raccoon, ferret, otter, bear, horse, orangutan, gibbon, and sea lion” (www.thepetcenter.com). So a mosquito biting any infected animal in your area can cause an infection in your dog.

MYTH: The monthly prevention pills are expensive.
Depending on the brand and size of the dog, heartworm prevention pills are only a few dollars a month, which is nothing compared to the cost and pain of treatment if your dog becomes infected. Plus, many brands of monthly preventative also protect your dog against other parasites, such as hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms, and some brands also protect against fleas. If your dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the preventative eliminates the possibility of the larvae from growing into adult worms. A mere mosquito repellant is not enough to protect your dog.

MYTH: Heartworm is only a problem in the southern states because it’s warmer and provides a better environment for mosquitoes.
According to the American Heartworm Society, all 50 states have heartworm. Although some areas have a higher risk of heartworm, no area in the US is immune to the disease. Areas around bodies of water or warm, humid climates have a much higher risk, and many states have “very high risk areas” called “hot spots.”

MYTH: Only rural areas have heartworm. My dog doesn’t need prevention because we live in the city or suburbs.
While some areas may have a higher risk than others, no area is immune to heartworm. Dogs can get heartworm in any state, county, or city. Anytime you see a mosquito, there’s a risk for heartworm.

MYTH: Only “outside” dogs get heartworm. My dog is an “inside” dog, so I don’t need to worry.
Your dog goes outside for walks and play, so he is exposed to the risk. Also, mosquitoes can get inside the home.

MYTH: My dog gets a flea and tick treatment with a mosquito repellent, so he won’t get bit.
Only some fleas and tick brands repel mosquitoes, but repellents only deter mosquitoes from biting your dog. In the event your dog does get bitten, he won’t have the benefit of the preventative to stop the adult heartworms from forming.

MYTH: My dog has a thick coat, so the mosquitoes can’t bite him and give him heartworm.
Mosquitoes will search for the path of least resistance. The hair on your dog’s face, ears, and feet is much thinner and a perfect spot for a mosquito to bite.

MYTH: If my dog contracts heartworm, it can easily be cured, so why bother with monthly prevention pills?
The cure for heartworm is time consuming, painful, expensive, and sometimes fatal. The treatment consists of a series of intra-muscular injections over several months, depending on how heavily infested the dog is. The dog experiences pain at the injection site and lethargy for several days after the injection. During treatment, the dog must be kept still and not allowed to run or get its heart rate up, which could cause clumps of the dying worms to be forced from the heart and lodged in an artery, which can cause a pulmonary embolism and death. Heartworm treatment is costly, which contributes to many rescues not being able to treat infected dogs. Treatment costs several hundreds of dollars per dog, which doesn’t factor in the frequent trips to the vet for the treatment. Heartworm is the only fatal illness that is 100% preventable! Do you and your dog a favor by putting him on monthly heartworm prevention.

 

13th anniversary gala!

Thank you to the amazing generosity of our auction item donors and everyone who attended our 13th Anniversary Gala, the event was our biggest fundraiser ever! 190 people filled the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison to bid on amazing items, enjoy a delicious dinner, and raise an incredible amount of money to help IDR+ save more animals. We really are astounded at everyone’s generosity and support!

Of course, the number of animals we can save is still limited to the number of foster homes we have, so if you want to make a huge difference that is as important as raising essential funds, please consider fostering. Even with a record amount of money raised, foster homes are still the backbone of IDR+.

Here is the video we showed during the presentation.

Thank you to Laura Horan for taking photos. Here are a few, but please enjoy the full album of pictures from the evening.

Monthly Miracle Makers

mmm stickerIn January 2011, we received an urgent call from animal control about a severely emaciated Doberman literally left in the trash in an alley. He was 33 pounds, and his body temperature was so low, it didn’t register on a thermometer. The vets were worried he would not survive the first night, but he soon started to turn around! We named him Miracle after he started to have a miraculous recovery. After several months of TLC, Miracle transformed into a fully healthy 90-pound dog who loves his life with his family.  Miracle received many generous donations when he came in for his care, and his family wants to encourage everyone to continue donating to IDR+ for other dogs like him.

IDR+ is asking donors to become Monthly Miracle Makers. Sign up for an automatic monthly donation, and we will send you a durable vinyl sticker to thank you! You will receive a letter for your taxes each month, and you don’t need to worry about remembering to donate. Please consider making an automatic monthly donation to make more miracles!

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Mail your Donation!

ILLINOIS DOBERMAN RESCUE PLUS
PO Box 435
Barrington, IL  60011-0435

Thank you for your generous donation!  Our orphans thank you!

iGive

Do you do any online shopping?

Chances are, you could be generating money for IDR+ by accessing those sites through a donation site called iGive.com.

iGive is FREE for the shopper. The stores make the additional donation to the charity of your choice (hopefully us), and you just shop online like normal.

Each new member who signs up generates a $5 when they select IDR+! When you sign up, you can download the iGive “button” that guarantees you never miss a donation. Many of you are already registered with iGive, but you aren’t using the button. Please install that now and see how easy it is to generate instant donations for IDR+!

One IDR+ volunteer uses iGive all of the time and has generated $1,200! In the past few years, IDR+ has received over $5,500 in donations from iGive!!!

An additional way to generate donations is to use the iGive search tool. It is powered by Bing, and for every search you do, IDR+ gets 1 cent. Trust us, those cents add up!

If you use this link by 11/20/15, we receive a $5 bonus for you joining! Please choose Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus as your cause.

Meet & greet events!

Saturday, November 25, 2017
11am-2pm: Petco @ 60 E. Golf Rd. in Schaumburg, IL

Saturday, December 9, 2017
11am-1pm: Petco @ 801 w Lake Ave. in Peoria, IL

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10am-1pm: Petco @ 364 Randall Rd. in South Elgin, IL

**ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. IF YOU ARE DRIVING A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE, PLEASE CALL AHEAD AND MAKE SURE OUR VOLUNTEER IS THERE BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE. SOMETIMES EMERGENCIES HAPPEN. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.