Oliver and another dog (non-Lab) were confiscated by local authorities in Gallipolis, Ohio, on Tuesday 2/21/17. Oliver spent the last four days in a vet hospital courtesy of Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue Inc. (his companion was rescued by another Cleveland area rescue last Saturday 2/25/17.)
Update: A HUGE thank you so much to all who have donated for his care so far, including a few folks who gave us a donation at Rally to the Rescue over the weekend!
We have estimated that Oliver will be a 3-4k dog, meaning when all is said and done, labs, meds, vet visits, nutritional supplements, neuter, AND heartworm treatment, that's about what the total cost will be.
Just a bit over $2900 has been raised to date! Thank you!
We believe about $800 more should cover his full medical expenses as long as no surprises lay ahead for this boy ~ thanks to all who have donated so far!
But again, restoring this lovable Lab to health is priceless!
If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to Oliver's care, you can use PayPal. See options below...
Oliver was in worse condition than his companion and is heartworm positive along with being extremely underweight. He weighed 30 pounds on admittance to the vet hospital.
His bloodwork is not good and he may be having liver issues, possibly due to his starved state. He is now being fed a very, very small amount of food every hour around the clock to reintroduce his body to nutrients without causing him to suffer from re-feeding syndrome.
This boy will need more than four months to recover, first to gain weight and to stabilize physically, then he will need to undergo heartworm treatment which involves 3 injections deep into the muscles near the spine over 2 months (with a medication that is arsenic based if you can believe it.)
Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue Inc. would like to thank the Gallia County Canine Shelter and Riverbend Animal Clinic for their rescue and care of Oliver until we could get there to bring him to our rescue. We also want to thank all the angels involved in facilitating his trip to us.
Most especially, we would like to thank those that have donated for his medical care already - it's going to be a long expensive road but restoring this Lab to health is priceless.
How You Can Help Oliver
If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly towards getting Oliver back to full health and happiness, you can do so one of two ways:
You can make a secure PayPal or credit card donation using the button below.
If you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to LELRR, Inc., and put Oliver in the memo and mail it to:
PO Box 135
Bath, OH 44210-0135
Any funds not used for Oliver will be used for other Labs in need in our rescue.
Please follow Oliver's story on Facebook. You can also watch the Channel 19 report on Oliver right here!
You can also contact us here if you need any assistance.
Our thanks to Laurie Cardillo for the photos of Oliver.
With deepest gratitude,
The Board and volunteers of Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc.