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UPDATE February 11, 2017: Thanks to our highly skilled, compassionate veterinary staff, Chestnut, Jingle, Noelle, Bruce Wayne, Alfred, and Grayson are on the road to recovery and headed back to Project Precious Rescue in Connecticut where they will remain in foster care until they are ready to be adopted into responsible, loving homes.

The six puppies, who were rushed to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus after displaying signs of the deadly parvo virus, spent about two weeks in our Freed Special Recovery Center under the 24-hour care of our medical team before being deemed healthy enough to be released. Stacey Cisero, one of the volunteers at PPF, who coordinated with Beth Stern and Animal League America to make this lifesaving rescue a reality, said the puppies are doing amazingly well thanks to their friends at the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization and our generous supporters.

“All of the puppies are doing wonderfully! They are back living with their foster mom, Rachel (Hanna), and we couldn’t be happier about the progress they’ve made thanks to everyone at North Shore Animal League America,” she said. “They are eating, super playful, and seem so happy to be back together. They’ll likely stay with Rachel for another month until we are comfortable releasing them to their new homes. We have amazing adopters lined up for most of them already.”

Stacey said they have the perfect home lined up for Chestnut, one of the three blind pups, but Noelle and Jingle are a bonded pair, so finding the right situation for them has been a bit of a challenge.

“Caring for two blind dogs is a lot of work, so finding the perfect adopters hasn’t been easy. I’ve spoken to Joanne [Animal League America’s Senior Vice President of Operations], and she said anything we needed, they’d be here to assist us. Everyone at the organization has been so helpful and caring beyond words. It’s amazing how they opened their doors to us and treated our animals as if they were their own,” she said. “We needed a miracle and North Shore was our miracle. We are so incredibly thankful.”

UPDATE February 6, 2017: Chestnut, Jingle, Noelle, and Bruce Wayne are recovering nicely in our Freed Special Recovery Center under the care of our veterinary team. The adorable pups have responded very well to treatment and seem to slowly, but steadily be on the mend.

Late last week, we collaborated again with Project Precious Rescue to come to the aid of two more puppies infected with the virus. Alfred and Grayson came down with symptoms while in foster care and were transported to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus as soon as they were considered stable enough to travel. They are currently in the beginning stages of their treatment, and will continue to receive round-the-clock care by our staff.

Thanks to the support of our donors, and the quick teamwork with our shelter partners, we are confident that these puppies will be healthy and happy very soon.

PORT WASHINGTON, NY, February 3, 2017: Earlier this week, we teamed up with Foster Parent, Volunteer, and National Spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America Beth Stern, to provide hope for four puppies with canine parvovirus (CPV) infection.

Stacey Cisero, a Volunteer at Project Precious Rescue in Connecticut, reached out to Beth on social media in a last ditch effort to save the lives of Noelle, Jingle, Chestnut, three blind Chihuahua mix’s from the same litter, and an adorable Black Lab mix named Bruce Wayne, after exhausting all of the organization’s funds on two other puppies infected the virus. Now, we need your help too!

Parvo as it’s more commonly known, is a highly contagious, life-threatening viral illness, generally seen in puppies between the ages of six weeks and six months of age. The most common form is the intestinal form, often causing vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, lack of appetite, and lethargy.

“We were desperate. We literally ran out of money, but we weren’t going to let that prevent us from keeping these guys alive,” Stacey said, her eyes welling up with tears. “Contacting Beth was a last resort, shot in the dark. I’m sure she gets inundated with messages like this all the time, so I didn’t really know if we’d hear back, but I had a reply in my inbox the next morning. We needed a miracle, and Beth and Animal League America were the ones to make it a reality.”

Just hours after getting the confirmation that we could care for the severely ill pups from Animal League America Senior Vice President of Operations Joanne Yohannan, who played a vital role in organizing the details of the emergency rescue, Stacey and Rachel Hanna, another volunteer at the Connecticut based rescue group, who also happened to be the foster mom of the dogs, parked their Honda Pilot in front of our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center after the hour-and-a-half drive to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus. Before the wheels on their SUV came to a complete stop, members of our medical staff, wearing full protective garments over their scrubs to prevent cross contamination, immediately began unloading the crated pups and carrying them to the back entrance of our Emergency Care Unit.

“It’s tough enough that Noelle, Jingle, and Chestnut are blind and have that hurdle to overcome, but now to have to fight for their lives at such a young age, it’s just sad. It’s sad for all of them because they’re so young and helpless,” Rachel said to Joanne as they arrived on campus. “We can’t thank you enough for all you’re doing. Without North Shore [Animal League America], we wouldn’t have any other options.”

After receiving extensive examinations by our veterinary staff, the four pups were quickly whisked away to our Freed Special Recovery Center where they’ll undergo a barrage of medical treatments to combat their symptoms. The 2,000-square-foot facility on our campus, which opened its doors this past summer, helps us to contain the spread of contagious diseases and will be home to these pups as they receive around-the-clock, individualized care. The other two pups battling parvo are at a Connecticut veterinary hospital being treated for their symptoms, but will also be transported to Animal League America for further treatment in the very near future. As for now, the four who are here will receive nothing but the very best compassionate care from our staff of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

“We’ll start with fluids and nutritional support, antibiotics, potential blood/plasma transfusions if needed, as well as medications to treat their symptoms” said Animal League America Senior Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff Dr. Mark Verdino. “The prognosis is always guarded, but we have a very good track record treating parvo. We have a survival rate of about 90% when it’s caught quickly and treated aggressively.”

Please help us continue to provide the compassionate medical care these puppies need to grow into happy, healthy dogs. Without the generosity of our loyal supporters, these precious pups, and so many animals just like them, would have no other option.