If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you are probably familiar with Heath’s Haven Rescue in Post Falls, Idaho. The sanctuary takes in dogs with neurological issues, spinal injuries, paralysis and mobility problems. It is one of the most dedicated rescue groups I know and I’ve been in animal rescue for more than 16 years.
This week Heath’s Haven is sponsoring an Online Auction to raise funds for the dogs in their care. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the dogs. I hope pet parents will pop by this important Online Facebook Event and show their support.
Heath’s Haven Rescue began when husband and wife team Jolene and Shawn Heath, adopted a Husky mix puppy named Phoenix. At 6 weeks old she was abandoned in a pet store parking lot with the temperatures soaring to 105 degrees that day. When she was found Phoenix was unconscious, severely dehydrated and unable to use her hind legs. Jolene and Shawn brought her home and the experience changed their lives forever.
I love Heath’s Haven because of the good work I’ve seen them do for disabled dogs. The couple goes to great lengths to see that all of the dogs receive the best treatment and rehabilitation for their condition. And when each dog is ready, Jolene personally finds them a new forever family. The rescue has adopted more than 60 special needs dogs in the past two years.
I first met Jolene in July 2014 when a rescue group in Albuquerque, NM contacted me about a 4 month-old paralyzed puppy that was found on the side of the road. They named her Lizee. The rescue group was very small and could not afford to care for the puppy or pay for the medical attention she needed. Somehow they found my tiny blog and reached out for help. I in turn contacted Heath’s Haven.
Jolene took Lizee into her rescue and the puppy was transported from New Mexico to Idaho through a network of animal rescue groups organized by Jolene. When Lizee’s condition improved she was placed with a foster family that ultimately adopted her.
Heath’s Online Auction will run until Saturday, April 16 at 11:59pm. To bid on an item, go to the section called Recent Posts and click on “See All Posts” and a photos of each item will pop up with the description, value and minimum bid. You place your bid as a comment.
Ready For A New Home
Here are four dogs who were rescued by Heath’s Haven and are ready for a family of their own.
Jackie is a 8 month-old Wheaten terrier mix who was rescued from a California municipal shelter. It is believed that she got stuck somewhere and injured herself trying to pull free. Because of this Jackie lost part of her tail and walks with a wobble. She does not need a wheelchair, but does have to wear a diaper.
Leo and Walter (Leo’s on the left) are 9 month-old Maltese mixes who came to Heath’s Haven via Iran. Both puppies were born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia which affects their balance, coordination and depth perception. The dogs don’t know they are different so they like to wrestle with each other and act like typical young dogs.
Eddie is a 3 year-old Bernese Mountain Dog that suffered an embolism in his spine. At first he was paralyzed in his hind end, but he has regained use of his legs. His tail remained paralyzed. Eddie is still incontinent and has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Because of this Eddie’s tail was amputated. To help his IBD Eddie is on a raw diet and he need frequent baths to keep his hind end clean.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these pups, please contact Jolene at: firstname.lastname@example.org and please SHARE this story with other pet parents. You can follow Heath’s Haven on Facebook.