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Rescue! - Behind the Scenes

Can't adopt but see one that tugs your heartstrings? You can still help!

Our Mallies need your time and attention (for walking, play time, grooming)! Donations of equipment such as large dog houses, 10' x 6' kennel panels, leashes, collars, and warm blankets are also appreciated. Funds to help with food, vet expenses, and transportation costs are always welcome. Please see our sponsorship options and Thanks!
We thought it would be fun and informative to document a rescue so you can see all the various steps we go through before our dogs are adopted to their forever homes. We have also outlined the various expenses involved, which we often do not recoup with our average $195.00 adoption fee.

If you would like to help us with this rewarding work, please contact us at rescue@moonsongmals.org. You can "like" us on Facebook here. Read more about volunteering here.

Transporting to Safety

In this case, we found out about Tundra literally 3 hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. A local rescue put the call out, and MMR Mom happened to check her e-mail just then. Suzie Walter, MMR volunteer and board member, jumped in her vehicle and drove the hundreds of miles to retrieve him, in the nick of time. We often find out about dogs on their last days, with hours of driving to get them from often remote locations in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Nevada.

Suzie and Tundra the night of his "rescue" after a little brushing and dinner.
Suzie and Tundra the night of his "rescue" after a little brushing and dinner.
Suzie Walter, MMR volunteer and board member, jumped in her vehicle and drove the hundreds of miles to retrieve Tundra, in the nick of time.
Suzie Walter, MMR volunteer and board member, jumped in her vehicle and drove the hundreds of miles to retrieve Tundra, in the nick of time.

Vetting, Bathing and Grooming

We were lucky to be able to get Tundra a vet appointment for necessary vaccinations the very next day, have him microchipped and have a small wound on his paw checked out.

Since Tundra was a stray, we had the vet give us an idea of his age. Many rescue dogs are strays and no previous information is known about them. We often have to get our rescues neutered or spayed, but didn't need to in this case.

Thanks to All Valley Pet Clinic for taking our charge in at such short notice!

Tundra waits for his vet appointment.
Tundra waits for his vet appointment.
Just what we needed - Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap!
Just what we needed - Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap!
Next was a stop at the local do-it-yourself dog wash! All this time, we were evauating Tundra's temperament; how he responded to being brushed and handled, what kind of training he had, how he was around people, kids, dogs, cats, food, toys and how he liked being all soaped up!

Thanks to K-9 Wash and Go for putting up with flying Mal hair and one mighty clogged drain, not to mention numerous wet towels!

Suzie and Tundra during bath time.
Suzie and Tundra during bath time.
All clean and happy it's over!
All clean and happy it's over!

Fostering

We needed to find a foster home and family for Tundra to stay with while we listed him on PetFinder and our web site as one of our newest adoptable rescue Mals. Suzie knew a nice couple who were interested in fostering Tundra. They already had a couple dogs they had rescued in the past and Tundra seemed to fit in fine with their "pack".

Tundra enjoys a meal at one of his temporary foster locations.
Tundra enjoys a meal at one of his temporary foster locations.
A gentle leader head halter was used since Tundra wanted to pull while on leash.
A gentle leader head halter was used since Tundra wanted to pull while on leash.

Tundra's foster home worked with him on some basic obedience and behavior training during the short time they had him. We try to work with all the rescue dogs before they are adopted.

Adoption

We had a really strong adoption application only 2 days after Tundra came into rescue with us! After a successful home visit and excellent references, we felt confident in arranging transport to meet Tundra's new owner. He now has a wonderful home with Ben J. and his daughter Jadin, who feel so lucky to have found him. See our Happy Tails section for his and many other happy endings.

Ben meets Tundra for the first time. His new name is now Timber and he is one happy dog!
Ben meets Tundra for the first time. His new name is now Timber and he is one happy dog!

Rescue Expenses

  • Roundtrip gas to shelter in Central Idaho to retreive Tundra - approx. $50.00
  • Vet appointment for inoculations, heartworm test, paw treatment, microchip and registration, worm medication (luckily, Tundra was already neutered or that would have added another $100 to the bill) - $152.00
  • Bath and grooming - $20.00
  • Collar and Gentle Leader - $40.00
  • Food, supplements, etc. for 2 weeks - approx. $25.00
  • Roundtrip gas to meet Tundra's new family - approx. $60.00
  • Adoption to a loving family - PRICELESS!

Total Expenses - $347.00

Adoption Donation Fee - $195.00

Ben, Timber and Jadin
Ben, Timber and Jadin
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