Save Sevie the Rescue Pup
Organized by: Joe Ruiz
On Friday, January 15th, my wife and I drove to Chicago, IL to save a puppy who, according to a friend, wasn't being properly taken care of by her owner. Accused of neglecting her pups, the owner agreed to give her puppies away for free to anyone who wanted to take them home. All we were told was: 1. They needed vaccinations. 2. They were 3 months old. 3. They were full breed shih tzus. I was sad that by 3 months these pups hadn't had the necessary vaccinations, but I thought, if the puppy is free, the vaccinations wouldn't be much of an expense. Where we live there's a service that provides each round of shots for $65, and includes a de-worming medication just in case. The fact that they were shih tzu puppies was great, because they're said to be hypoallergenic. Since my wife is allergic to pet hair, this was the only way we were going to have a dog in the house. When we arrived at the woman's house it seemed odd. There were bars on the doors and signs everywhere threatening house alarms, security cameras, and dogs. She really didn't want anybody coming in. I had set an appointment with her via text though to make sure she'd be home. But when she opened the door she seemed surprised that I was there. That's when I noticed something unexpected. She could barely open her front door. A little boy stared blankly at me from the walkway inside. As we stepped in I quickly realized that this woman was mentally ill. You've heard the term hoarder? If you haven't check out a clip of the TV show Hoarders on YouTube. That was her. Stacks of trash and papers and food filled every room in the house. My 4 year old son covered his nose and complained about the smell. The path from the living room through the kitchen, to the room where the dogs were held was narrow due to all of the clutter. You literally had to walk heal to toe - one at a time to get there. After stepping over a mountain of magazines I found the dogs - about 8 of them, stuck in a roughly 3x3 enclosure. There was one bowl of food for all of the dogs. It was filled beyond the top and spilling over. The dogs smelled like they'd never been bathed. They all barked as if to cry for help. How could we not take one? If we could've afforded to take more, we probably would have. We picked a dog and left promptly. When we got back to Indiana we bathed it and gave it a name. We named him Sevie, short for Severus Snape - a tribute to the actor Alan Rickman who had passed just one day before. For the next 3 days we played with the puppy, cuddled with the puppy, and moved through the process of potty training him. Even though potty training is frustrating, we loved him immediately. And then he started acting sick. As the days passed he ate less, drank less, and played less. Then, Wednesday morning he began vomiting and had diarrhea. We rushed him to the vet. They quickly diagnosed him with parvo. Canine parvovirus is the worst thing a puppy can get. We contacted my friend who confirmed that all of the other puppies in the litter had it too. We were stunned. All of the sudden this free puppy, who we'd already formed a bond with, was faced with possible death. And it was primarily the fault of his former owner, who allowed them to sit in their own filth and never see the light of day - unvaccinated. So, he's been at the vet since Wednesday. Now they want to keep him for the weekend. They say there's hope, but so far his symptoms haven't subsided. And whether he lives or dies, we're going to be railed with vet bills in the ballpark of $1,000. This is a heavy burden for our family right now. Heavy. Our greatest hope is that he pulls through this and we've got our family pet for years to come. But either way, we could use a hand with the unexpected vet bills. Of course we hate asking for help. But at this point I believe it's necessary. We're going to fight for his life as long as he is able to fight. Thanks for anything you can offer. - Joe
We just spoke with the vet and Sevie has taken a turn for the better! He had a really positive weekend, started eating again, and they're going to let him come home today! And the bill only came up to $949 as opposed to $1,000.
That means we've got half of our goal. But we could really use some additional help. Anything you can give us appreciated. Thanks for standing by Sevie. He's a proven survivor! - Joe
He's home! So far everything is going well and the vet says he can't get it again now that he's been able to fight it off. We're excited to be able to give him the quality of life he deserves now that he's free from his previous owner AND his sickness. Thanks again for your show of support everyone!
If you're checking in and notice that the goal has gone down it's because we were given some kind cash donations. We reduced the amount of the cash donations to ensure we only raised what we needed. We're almost there! - Joe