I have tried to keep my danemail emails and blogs positive and as a way to share all the great things that happen at GDRNT. I do not want every communication to be a sad tale, a heart tug or plea. However 2013 is not even two months old and we have been hit harder than I could have thought possible. As many of you may have noticed we have had an insane amount of intakes since the first of the year. So far in 2013 we have had over 20 shelter requests that we have accepted. We have not said NO to a single shelter request as far back as I can remember. A few of those requests never got to us because they were claimed by owners or adopted by the shelter. Since the first of the year we have taken in 16 danes, that is 16 lives saved in 7 weeks. As of today we have tagged two more in area shelters, if left unclaimed by their owners they will be coming to foster care.
These numbers are not unusual and as a board we are becoming too accustomed to juggling the intake numbers. What none of us could prepare for were TWO ER visits, a severe URI, a badly broken tail and a sweet dane hit by a car. Since the first of the year we have spent almost $6,000 in emergency veterinary care, and are committed to approximately another $2,000 to a sweet girl who will need surgery as soon as she is healthy enough. Keep in mind this is in addition to our usual $3,000 to $5,000 of predictable veterinary expenses for spay/neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine veterinary care. We routinely see mild respiratory issues, demodex, heartworms and happytail for treatment. ON average it costs us approximately $700 per dog in veterinary services (our adoption fee for most dogs is $235). This is with generous discounts provided by our fabulous veterinarians.