Monday, July 26, 2010


Makita, a female husky mix was seen laying along the road on the reservation for several months. I assumed she belonged to someone in the Bigstone community so each day I passed her by.

One day a concerned citizen from that neighborhood came to the shelter and brought Makita. She said she had been feeding her and all along she was a homeless stray. She was frightened and seemed ill.

Well, she warmed up to me quickly and turned out to be so affectionate to me but kind of a loner with other dogs.

I had her spayed, vaccinated, and tested for heartworm and turned out she had lymes, anaplasmosis and heartworm. I treated her 3 weeks with doxycycline and then treated her for heartworm also with a 2 day injection of immeticide on 7/5 and 7/6.

She is a very good girl. I left the kennel door open and the only time she left was to toilet and never goes anywhere else. She loved the attention and petting I would give her, but never got enough from me because of all the work that needed to be done at the shelter.

She went to Tricounty Humane Society on July 17 with the promise of a foster home which she got.

Well- today I hear that she also needs to have surgery on her leg and Tricounty said they do not have funds to pay for that- and will return her to the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. Unfortunately, the treatment here is not as good as in the metro- so I would hope and pray that she could get the funds necessary to have the surgery needed so she can be adopted and have a life with a real family.

She has a tear in her ACL in her back left knee and possible miniscus tear. She will need a TPLO surgery or an Extra Cap Sealer repair

I know my requests for medical for the special "broken" kids is a lot lately, but Makita breaks my heart- she has been through so much and somehow we need to help her.

I know but we have paid about $500.00 so far in her vet bill, and every time we take from our budget, we are dipping into clinic and neuter/spay funds. I'm hoping to get more donations to help. It just seems the needs are greater than the resources.

I thought I would put this out to the supporters of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, especially now as we have the opportunity of doubling the dollars donated with the matching funds available.

Thank you all for every way in which you help this work.


We heard back from one of the vets.

Because of her breed and the size of Makita she will need a more expensive surgery called a TPLO to fully repair the leg. If they were to just go in and do a less expensive version, there is a high likelihood that it will tear again and then they will have to go back in to do another repair down the road.

So, with a very generous discount from one of the area surgeons, the surgery can be done for $841.00. I know it's a lot of money and I don't know where you guys sit right now for funds, but I know that we are pretty low ourselves.

Also, the surgery cannot be performed until she is fully recovered from heartworm treatment, which is not for another 2-4 months, or until she starts testing negative. So it does give you guys some time to try to raise/save up some money.

I'm sorry this wasn't better news. I hope that you guys are able to figure something out. Let us know what direction you would like to go, we are still able to find foster care for her here... hope we can still help you out!

Tri-County Humane Society
Animal Care Managers

Thanks to Tri-County for working with Red Lake Rosie's Rescue so faithfully!

1 comment:

Jo Tallchief said...

$841 is pretty good. I would think $1,500 at least for this kind of surgery. There's one person in my family that I've been thinking of asking for a tax-deductible donation to Red Lake Rosie. I'll call them at home tonight & talk to them about it. They just sold their home down in the cities. Thank you for taking in this sweet dog, Karen! :)


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