Help us end the year strong and reach our goal of $20,000!!
Double your gift and have twice the impact on saving dogs, mamas and puppies. This year, two generous donors offered a matching gift challenge totalling $10,000.
To end the year strong, we've set a high goal of $20,000 match challenge by midnight, December 31st. We need your help us to reach this challenge. Right now, we have dogs, mamas and puppies in kennels and foster homes who will ring in the new year without their forever family.
We continue to give love to each one of them for as long as they’re with us. And YOU can help us do that.
Your donation help dogs like Milner, who needs surgery, again!
Hear it first hand from his foster: "When Milner was first picked up by Labs and More from the Imperial County Animal Shelter in March, I told my husband “Oh look, Labs and More rescued a pointer, I want to foster him!” Growing up in Norway I had been surrounded by pointers and setters my whole life, and loved bird dogs in general. But we were already fostering another dog, so we had to wait until she was adopted. When Milner arrived at Labs and More he needed some serious medical attention. He was emaciated, his ribs and hip bones were sticking out, his tail was rotten from being locked in a crate too long, he had numerous mast cell tumors on his body, he had abscessed teeth, and was diagnosed with a heart murmur and dermatitis. He had scars all over his belly and his legs from running through sharp brush. His white fur was stained yellow, and his elbows and hips were calloused from laying down on hard surfaces and in his own urine. Milner came in with his older brother Marlo. They were rescued from a bad situation where they were used to hunt birds then thrown into cages to starve when the owners were tired of them. Their owners were later sent to prison with multiple charges, including animal abuse. The first thing I did after picking up Milner was bring him to the vet as his tumor removal stitches had re-opened earlier that day. After 4 hours he came out from the vet with a big cone, his leg covered in green and pink leopard print wrap, and a tired look on his face. When we got home it didn't take him long to accept our dog, find a soft bed, and start giving out hugs to my husband and I.Milner had a lot of physical and mental wounds that needed healing. He was supposed to be calm and wear a cone most of the time, but anyone who has ever had a bird dog is probably laughing right now… That’s nearly impossible! He HATED the crate and he hated the cone. He is also very smart, so the crafty boy started using the hard plastic cone as a weapon to itch his tumor stitches. We went through multiple types of cones and none of them could stop him. We ended up having to take him to the vet every two days for bandage changes and new staples. Sometimes the vet would call us and say “Sorry, he will be a few more hours. He just tore out all the staples in his wound again.” It was such a mess. Despite Milner’s rough past, he is incredibly sweet. Milner and our dog Sunday became fast friends, and can often be caught snuggling or kissing on a rug somewhere or sharing toys and snacks. Milner also loves all the kids in our extended family. One of his favorite activities is rolling on the couch with all the kids jumping around him. He also turned out to be a big Daddy’s boy! He just loves my husband. Milner always gives big, tight hugs, but he still hates it when I try to kiss him.Finally after two weeks, his wound was healing nicely. He hadn't been on many walks yet and we quickly noticed that his rear leg would limp after walking just 1 mile. The vet said he had limited range of motion in his right hip, probably due to an old injury of some sort. My husband and I are very active people, and we wanted to show Milner the active life he deserved. Another issue was faced is Milner would pull so hard on his leash that we were afraid he would seriously hurt his neck. We started putting him in a sled dog harness so that he could at least pull with his back and neck in a good position, and at the same time build up muscles in his legs and hips. We would take multiple short walks per day, slowly working our way up to 3 miles without limping. Our first weekend road trip with Milner was up to Big Bear Mountain. Milner did great in the car, in fact we found he loves riding in the car with his head out the window! He loved the cabin, the short hikes, and seeing the wildlife. We started to really see that Milner had begun feeling better and was more confident. We knew it was time to bring him to the Eastern Sierra's where my husband and I do most of our hiking and outdoor exploring. Milner’s first night up there was in early October this year. We slept in the rooftop tent, and he did really well! He slept quietly in the tent all night, rolled up into a ball with his favorite vest on. He was absolutely perfect. He hiked with us during the day, sat around the campfire for a little bit at night and then around 7pm he would let us know that it was bedtime and go to the truck. We have been back to Mammoth many times since that trip. One of the trips Milner hiked over 20 miles in 3 days!! Pulling really hard every. single. mile. On our most recent trip there was in the snow and we took him ski-joring for the first time. He was almost better at this than our dog Sunday who has been doing it for 2 years now! He is so strong, so smart, and his stamina is off the charts. Let’s just say Milner and I left my husband and Sunday in the dust that tripSadly, Milner’s medical journey is not over quite yet. We can't seem to get his incontinence under control, and he has nasty re-occurring antibiotic resistant UTIs. Recently, his vet did an ultrasound and diagnosed him with an ectopic ureter. This is a condition where the ureter, which leads urine from the kidney to the bladder, does not connect properly to the bladder and empties out the urine in an inappropriate place. This condition can lead to incontinence and recurrent infections, just like Milner is experiencing. We are very lucky in San Diego, to have a local surgeon who is an expert in this condition and is confident they can fix Milner’s ureter. This surgery will not only add many years to Milner's life expectancy, but it will also GREATLY increase Milner's quality of life. We are asking for donations to cover some of the expenses related to Milner's surgery, so that together we can give him the best gift of all- an improved life. Thank you!!!!"
Remember, we are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, so all funds go directly to saving the lives of dogs. Some of your donations can be considered tax-deductible (check with your tax advisor).