Available to adopters in DE, MD, PA, NJ, CT, or MA.
10/5/16 update: Potter is now healthy and ready for his forever home! This little guy loves people and loves to eat! He's a senior and his sight is not good and seems to be getting worse, so it would be best for Potter to be the only pet and live in an adults-only home. He is paper trained but not completely housebroken. Potter hoards things and loves to sleep on his foster mom's clothes...he takes comfort from her scent. He likes to rough house with his foster mom. At this point in his life, he basically wants nothing to do with other animals. Potter is a people pooch seeking a retirement home!
Intake Condition: severely matted and crying because it hurts to move. Found maggots eating at him. Blood work was a mess. He was unwilling to eat at first. Clearly Potter was at death's door when I found him.
7/15 update: Before and after photos uploaded. Before=July 6th and after = today July 15th We still have a long way to go physically but mentally and emotionally I can already see the change
7/19 update: Yesterday evening I got home and checked on Potter- he was fine, happy to see me, had eaten most of his special food, had drank lots of water and had peed three times on his puppy pad. A hour later I go back in and run his bath & he won't stand up, is whining, and is growling at me. So I call doc and we decide that it's his skin. It obviously hurts. We stop the steroid just in case and gave him some pain medication I had on hand- continue the antibiotics. A little bit later and he was fine so I was sure it was his skin. All checks through the night and this morning he is his regular self. Took him in to see doc for labs and his liver is way off, his WBC count is up and his platelets have stopped going up, so we're stopping some meds, starting others, changing food, and shooting for an ultrasound tomorrow. He needs a liver biopsy but is far too unhealthy to survive a surgery. So we're still in the woods. Currently he's riding shot gun and is pain free. On the bright side, Doc was really happy with how his wounds are healing.
7/21 update: Potter's liver ultrasound was good.
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ARTBAR stands for A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue.
Our 501(c)(3) non-profit status is currently pending with the IRS. Once approved, donations will be tax deductible as permitted by law.
We are located in rural southwestern West Virginia and we seek assistance from rescues and adopters in northeastern states and sponsors nationwide. We are one of several rescues in the southern portion of the state and are always interested in collaborating with other rescues in our area to save lives. Volunteers are needed to foster dogs and drive on transports. The area we service is very rural and most of the animals we take in have lived their lives outdoors, though we do sometimes get surrendered indoor pets. We rescue from shelters, local strays, locally injured animals, and owner surrenders and get them the medical care they need. Donations are the lifeline of our rescue work.
Rescues: We have transport available to northeastern states. PA-based rescues, we are PA licensed. If you have not pulled from us before, please submit our rescue application and we'll be in touch soon. If you are not located in the northeast, you will need to arrange transport beginning in Lenore, WV.
Rescue Application: http://form.jotform.us/form/43615319121144
Adopters: We adopt to residents of MD, PA, NJ, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME. Adoption Fee: $250. Transport fee for adopters further than 100 miles from Lenore WV: $50. All dogs are altered, vaccinated, 4DX tested, wormed, and flea treated prior to adoption. Our adoption process includes an online application, vet reference, home visit, meet-n-greet with the animal and your family/current pets, adoption contract and adoption fee. Should you ever need to give up one of our animals, they must be returned to us. We ALWAYS take our pets back.
Adoption Application: http://form.jotform.us/form/52365486683164
Weekend volunteer driver help is needed between Charleston WV and northeastern states. Timing is early morning in Charleston to later in the night up in New England. If you would like to help us transport dogs to our northern partner rescues, please submit our driver application and we'll be in touch soon. We can also use local weekday transport help in this area for moving dogs from shelters to vets to foster homes.
Driver Application : http://form.jotform.us/form/50214993744156
Sponsors are always needed and appreciated! We submitted our application to the IRS for 501(c)(3) non-profit status on 1/14/17. Sponsoring saves lives!
Foster homes are always needed near Williamson WV, Logan WV, Man WV and Charleston WV.
Foster Application: https://form.jotform.com/53235966020149â
Thank you for helping A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue!
Jessica White, Founder
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