By Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Adoption Coordinator
Sweet Ollie’s situation was first brought to our attention by a member in early November. Ollie is an 8-year-old sable/white male who was the victim of extreme abuse due to neglect and was brought into rescue down in Arkansas in early October. This poor boy has bad hips, terrible teeth, was very overweight and heartworm positive. Ollie has a fissure adjacent to one of his back teeth that is open to his sinus cavity and it will require extensive dental intervention. While in Arkansas, Ollie started to lose some weight and gain some confidence as he learned to be a house dog and Ollie is oh so happy to be an inside dog. He was described to us as “sweet, sweet, sweet, and gentle – a true collie gentleman”. Arkansas Animal Rescue could not afford Ollie’s dental care or heartworm treatment and was looking for another collie rescue to take him in and give him a loving home for his remaining years. MWCR couldn’t help but agree that, despite his many physical issues, this sweet boy deserves a chance at a much better life than he has had.
One concern when bringing in a case like this is finding a foster home willing to commit to what is definitely going to be long term foster care, but one of our wonderful homes in Wisconsin stepped up almost immediately. The next hurdle, arranging transportation to Wisconsin, proved to be more difficult. Several transports that were set up, including ones with help from Pilots and Paws, fell through at the last minute and we were starting worry. We greatly appreciate the help and suggestions from our members and other rescue groups when we posted about the situation and were thrilled when a member in Missouri not only volunteered to pick him up from Arkansas but to foster him as well. As an added bonus, they live near a vet who specializes in the type of dental care that Ollie will need.
Happily, Ollie is now in his MWCR foster home and has started the first phase of his heartworm treatment. Thi
s involves a course of specific antibiotics that will help improve his health in general and kill a parasite inside the heartworm that is believed to make treatment riskier. He has also had his initial visit to assess his dental needs. We will continue to update everyone on his progress.
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to get Ollie into our care. If you would like to donate to MWCR to help with his medical bills, you can do so through the Donation link at the bottom of our homepage www.mwcr.org
. Our member’s dog, Sailor, is helping to raise money for Ollie as well. If you would like to donate by sponsoring Sailor just let us know with a note on the donation form so he can thank you personally!