Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heartworm treatment for Rocky/Remy

Attached is a success story about Rocky (Remy) who was homeless at Red Lake with porcupine quills from looking for food. He came in with one other dog abandoned at the same house. He spent some time at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and then was thankfully transferred to Tricounty Humane Society in St. Cloud and was adopted.

Rocky had not been checked for heartworm before he left RLRR shelter, but he was a positive. Rather than reject Rocky, this young lady went all out to get him the help he needed. Please read her story.

Thank you- Karen

In May of 2014, I adopted my first dog from Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, MN. Despite being only 24 years old and a graduate student with not a lot of extra money lying around, I knew I was ready for the responsibility of having my own animal. I even prepared a monthly budget for my new dog’s expenses, which later proved to be extremely insufficient! 

When I adopted Remy, a year old shepherd-mix, I received a list of all his vaccinations, medical history, and was advised to go to the veterinarian to get his overall health checked out. At this vet appointment, I learned that Remy is heartworm positive. Growing up with several dogs, I knew that monthly heartworm medicine was important; however, I did not know what it meant if a dog contracted the disease. 

Basically, when a dog is HW+, the treatment is not just a single pill and one vet visit. It involves 4 - 5 visits over a 4-month period involving several weeks of steroid medication and two deep-tissue injections of an arsenic-containing compound. This treatment is very risky, such that the worms start breaking apart inside the arteries and may clot if the dog exerts energy. My summer started with hiking and running with Remy to watching this high-energy dog be crated for almost 24 hours a day. 

While it’s finally October now, and he will make a full recovery, constricting a young Shepherd mix's energy for months is just torture. I am shocked that most people I talk to are not aware of what heartworm disease is or how complex and costly the treatment is. 

 I appreciate the help from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, where Remy (old name Rocky) was originally found. It is because of their generosity I was able to keep Remy and pay for his treatment. He is truly the best dog and I am excited to be able to take him for his first walk soon.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bonnie: Attacked by dogs

Bonnie is a beautiful blue-eyed, Siamese-mix cat that was attacked by dogs in Red Lake. Poor Bonnie had no treatment for 5 days and then came to the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.  Bonnie received a safe cage and antibiotics until a vet could help her 2 days later. 

Bonnie has a wound that goes all the way through one side and out the other. Thankfully, the bite did not go through the urinary or digestive tract.  It is a flesh wound with some exposed bone.  In spite of her condition and pain, Bonnie is a wonderful young cat with a great personality.


Bonnie has a very good prognosis.  She is a fighter and is now doing some walking, drinking, eating, and using the litter box. 

A very special Thank You to Mary Ann at Pet Haven for agreeing to take Bonnie. I think her luck is changing because she will be fostered by friends of RLRR, Mike and Lauren!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Community Champion Award for RLRR

"The ThomsonReuters Community Champions Awards program encourages and recognizes employee volunteerism and community service. Since 2001, more than $1 million has been donated through this program to local non-profit groups our employees support with their time and talent."


I edit the blog for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. My blog posts also are shared on the Facebook page for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. I've been doing this since 2008 at a rate of about 300 posts per year. I applied for a Community Champion Award for this volunteer work through my employer, ThomsonReuters, and received a donation of $1000 for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. I wish it had been more money, but I wanted to share this information for two reasons: 
1. Karen made me write this post (and include the old photo), and 
2. I hope others will also volunteer and seek donations and recognition for RLRR.

At my company, I am able to volunteer two paid eight-hour days a year and I usually help at a clinic or drive a transport for RLRR. The company matches my charitable donations annually up to $1000 a year and I donate as much as I can to RLRR. There is also a Dollars for Doers program for which the company will donate up to $1000 for volunteer time to a non-profit, like RLRR.

I encourage you all to seek out these and similar opportunities to maximize your ability to support RLRR or another organization that you believe needs and deserves that support.

I'm including my application for this award to further encourage you to make that effort:
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: (Describe the organization you work with, outlining its history, purpose, who it serves and where it is based.)Since 2006, Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (RLRR) has been a 501(c)(3) companion animal rescue located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a shelter for abandoned or surrendered dogs and cats on the Reservation. The board of the organization consists of Native people living on the Reservation. Reservation residents contact RLRR for help with their animals or to report an abused or injured animal. After a temporary stay at the shelter, all of animals are transferred to one of the dozens of rescues that support our mission throughout Minnesota and into Wisconsin for foster care and adoption. 
COMMUNITY NEED: (What is the community need? Describe why this cause is needed or what the community need this cause is supporting):
Overpopulation of unwanted companion animals has been a longstanding problem on the Reservation due to the lack of availability of veterinary services and the extreme poverty of the residents.  Following the Red Lake massacre in 2005, when a 16-year-old shot and killed ten people and wounded five others, a local Native woman was moved to do something positive for her people. She began to rescue homeless pets, which grew into Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (RLRR). As others were inspired to support her efforts with donations, she was able to supply food and provide medical care in emergency situations. Now funds are raised to host spay/neuter clinics with mobile units and veterinary staff coming from the Twin Cities area. RLRR also provides humane education for the care of companion animals at the local schools and when young people volunteer at the clinics or the shelter. Because RLRR does not adopt out animals, no adoption fees are received as income. All money to support RLRR is in the form of grants and donations. 
 COMMITMENT: (Describe your support of and commitment to this project and organization, including time, fundraising, and financial commitments.):
I created a blog (or online journal) for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (RLRR) in January 2008 and have written/edited nearly 2000 posts since then – an average of over 300 per year – and I estimate that the average post takes an hour to prepare. In March of 2011, I started a Facebook page for RLRR and my blog posts are also displayed there. I receive information from many sources, but I edit and release each post on the blog. Other volunteers also contribute occasionally to the Facebook page. Typically I receive multiple e-mails containing information and photos that I must combine and edit to make sense in a concise post about a particular animal or event. I strategically include photos and try to write headlines that catch the eye when I can.
IMPACT: (Describe the impact or outcomes of this project.)The growth of viewership of the blog and Facebook has increased steadily. We started with a handful of views each day and now see several thousand views of the posts on a regular basis. The posts help us to raise funds and place animals with rescues. A post this week about the severe problem with wood ticks and deer ticks had nearly 6,000 views on Facebook and we are receiving the medications we needed. A few months ago, a dog was attacked with a knife and left for dead in the snow. That story had a record 70,000 views on the blog. Red Lake Rosie's Rescue created a model for companion animal rescue on the Reservation and it is already being replicated on the neighboring Leech Lake Reservation. Sharing the news of our accomplishments is critical to extending our impact as far as possible.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: (Describe your personal and professional growth and/or skill development as part of this project.)I have worked for West Publishing and Thomson/Reuters for over 26 years, first designing and maintaining the CD-ROM products, then designing new databases for Westlaw and most recently I am in a more traditional role editing a complex print/Westlaw product. Certainly the skills I have learned and used at work have helped me in creating and editing a blog and Facebook page for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. The volunteer work is time-consuming, but it is extremely rewarding to be able to publish information about this remarkable organization. My posts are a window into the organization for both the residents of the Reservation and the people on the outside who would like to offer help as donors or volunteers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sarah Beth Photography supports RLRR

It's October and Red Lake Rosie's is once again the rescue of the month for Sarah Beth Photography. A percentage of all pet session fees this month will be donated to RLRR.

If you have been thinking about having some professional pictures taken of your pet(s), now is the time! Take a look at Sarah Beth's fantastic photos -
In addition, she is offering incentives for clients who support rescue:
   $100 Print Credit
If you adopted your animal from a RLRR, get $100 toward prints or products when your session takes place during October!
   $75 Print Credit
As an additional benefit to anyone who has adopted from any rescue, you will get $75 towards prints or products!
Sarah Beth at her first RLRR clinic

FROM SARAH BETH PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG:Red Lake Rosie’s : This organization is dear to my heart, as they hosted the first spay/neuter clinic I ever attended, giving me a glimpse into both the desperate situation for animals on the Reservation, and how far they’ve come in turning that situation around. If you haven’t read it before, please check out the blog post from my first visit to RLRR in early 2010:

According to oral tradition the Ojibwe, the Anishinabe had a very special connection to maheengun, or the wolf. Original man walked across the North American continent long ago with maheengun by his side. After their journey together as brothers, they parted their ways. What would happen to the wolf would surely happen to the Anishinabe. The Anishinabe were always to regard the ancestor of the wolf, animoosh or dog as a friend. Red Lake Rosie reminds the Anishinabe to keep their covenant with maheengun. ”The health of a nation can be determined by how it cares for it’s animals.” Traditional Anishinabe respect all living things including animoosh and gazhigees.

There’s not much demand for adoptable pets in Northern Minnesota, so after the animals are rescued and brought into the shelter on the Reservation, they are transported to the Twin Cities for additional vet care and foster placement in other rescue organizations. RLRR is all volunteer-based, with many dedicated souls making the 5+ hour drive (one way) time and again for transport, taking food and supplies, working at the shelter and clinics, and more.

RLRR brought a couple of their fosters over for photos, and they couldn’t have been sweeter. First up is Schatzi, a cutie Dachshund / Chihuahua mix. She has a treatable eye condition, but once she has surgery to correct it, she’ll be more than ready for her new home!

Then we’ve got Gidget, a mystery mix… best guess is a Shi Tzu / Dachshund. She’s so cute and scruffly, I doubt she’ll have much trouble finding a home!

If you’d like to help out Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, they’re always in need of supplies and monetary donations, as well as volunteers and families willing to foster their wonderful creatures! Follow their blog or Facebook page for updates on animals and events.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Native American Humane Society presentation

Diana Webster, founder and director of the Native American Humane Society, has allowed us to share this presentation she prepared using case studies of animal cruelty from the Red Lake Reservation.  Red Lake Rosie's Rescue provided the information on these cases.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Native American Humane Society visits RLRR

August 29th was a very special day at Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue. We had a get-together of White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake animal projects and the pleasure of meeting Diana Webster, founder and director of the Native American Humane Society. 

L-R: Teresa, Bill, Marilou, Karen, Craig
The meeting was coordinated by Marilou Chanrasmi, co-founder of Leech Lake Legacy. The people visiting Red Lake Rosie’s were Bill and Teresa of White Earth Reservation representing WE R Furr Feline Rescue; Marilou and Craig representing Leech Lake Legacy and Diana Webster of the Native American Humane Society.

The group spent the day working with the animals, eating lunch and discussing ways we could coordinate our programs and making recommendations to Diana Webster regarding our challenges and areas we are looking for support. Financial support was a major consideration. Our goal is Inter-Tribal Cooperation and Coordination to help companion animals.

We had a very productive time together sharing mutual concerns and having lots of fun too!. The group is hoping for continued support for neuter/spay clinics, and hoping to get some clinics started on the White Earth Reservation. WE R Furr Feline Rescue is willing to work for White Earth tribal support for staring these programs as well as acting as the White Earth contact people for these projects. Native American Humane Society is planning on carrying the banner of our needs and the needs of First Tribes companion animals nationwide.

The next day we parted our ways with an animal transport. We are hopeful that the result of this day will have sustained effects for the future!
Thank you Diana for traveling so far to meet with the northern Minnesota tribes to take our testimony in behalf of the companion animals of reservations.

Karen Good
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