Leave No Paws Behind is the voice for those who cannot speak. We are an all breed , all foster based rescue, specializing in seniors, End of Life, and animals with special medical needs. When possible we step up to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor.
Upon rescue, LNPB immediately has all of our rescues vetted and those with minor and treatable medical needs and disabilities per diagnosis from the Doctor’s are then placed in the loving care of fosters until they are adopted. LNPB’s more serious medically challenged rescues such as seniors who may suffer with terminal and/or severe mobility medical conditions as diagnosed by the Doctor’s are placed in loving hospice/long term foster care for as long as needed.
From time to time, and when deemed necessary by our Doctor’s due to severe pain and suffering, we have the sad task of helping our beloved animals cross the rainbow bridge. We are with them, holding and loving them in the end as they peacefully pass quietly in our arms. We do not hesitate to pull the terminally ill or the ones the shelter will inevitably PTS due to sickness and inability to walk as we cannot bear having them die alone, frightened and sadly wondering.
We are doing for our four legged friends what they cannot do for themselves. We are their voice and we we will continue saving lives one set of paws at a time making every effort to assure we Leave No Paws Behind. LNPB relies solely on public donations, no amount is to small and all amounts benefit the health and well being of abused and abandoned animals and are tax deductible. EIN# 45-2717681
Leave No Paws Behind is a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation governed by the laws of the State of California. LNPB provides long term hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the aged and terminally ill.
How your donations continue to help us help them! In February Medical costs were $7,950.21, Merchant Fees, $521.25, Mileage Reimbursements for P/U from shelters, to and from fosters, forever homes and vet visits $898.00. Thanks to the generous shelter special programs, Pull Fees were 0!!!! Total Feb costs $9,369.46. Thank you for your continued support! We could not do what we do without all of you and your kind donations!
She tilts her head as if to say ” don’t worry mommy, I’m right here”. As you all know, my sweet Alley, like Bear and so many others we see, also suffers with degenerative myelopathy, a crippling, debilitating and heart breaking disorder that can render our senior dogs helpless. Alley was diagnosed with DM for over 2 years and so far is doing pretty good. If you recall, I had to put her on a diet over a year and a half ago and she went from a pretty hefty 122 pounds to a very svelte 82 pounds and has been holding steady! Had I not taken the steps needed, Doc told me she would not be here with me today. Getting the extra weight off has really helped her with her mobility and maybe, just maybe, helped us slow down the horrid effects of DM. It so troubles me to see our wise and beloved seniors so helpless from this disorder and there is absolutely nothing that can be done. I asked the good Doc if there is any research being done and if not there needs to be.
Two or three years ago I never heard of or knew what DM was and today I see it and hear about it all the time! Alley gets around pretty good, of course she is on carpet all the time and I have placed skid free mats in areas that are tiled so she can get her footing. She use to swim all the time however this past year, her sight has diminished and she is not as steady on her feet and she must sense it is no longer safe for her because she won’t even go near the pool. I watch her carefully when she is outside now, as she cannot stand for any great amount of time and it only took one time for me to find her laying on the ground struggling to get up and from that point on, I am always with her. She is still as stubborn and hard headed as she was when she was a pup and really resists any help from me and refuses to allow me to help her with a sling BOL!
Our precious time with our beloved pets is already to short and to have an animal that is in relatively great health as Alley is, develop this crippling disorder is so unfair. Doc always tells me that on paper Alley is as healthy as a youngster and I get teary eyed when I tell him that it is so sad to think that her demise will come from DM and there is nothing I can do. I try not to worry, I really do, however on days like today when DM slaps me in the face, I cannot help but grow sad. Many of us are mommy’s and daddy’s to seniors and I guess the best advise I can offer is to make sure your pet has their regular senior check ups and senior screens, keep them slim and exercise them only to a point where they are not uncomfortable and most importantly, don’t miss one opportunity to let them know how much they are loved and how much their life matters and assure them, no matter what, they will never be alone
She is my senior dog, I treasure each and every moment of every day I am blessed with her by my side, and I love her < tw, LNPB
Tonight as I was sitting here, I got a little teary eyed thinking about our sweet boy Kujo. His soulful and sad eyes were taunting as they were searching for a familiar face and he was listening for a familiar tone which sadly would never come. As I was deep in thought, Alley came to me and gently licked my face. I reached down and held her face in my hands and whispered through my tears: ” You have been my rock for all these years. You have kissed away my tears and eased my worries and fears more times then I can remember. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful to have you right here by my side. I know you are growing old and sometimes tired however I promise you, as long as there is a breath left in my body and soul, I will be your eyes when your world grows dark. I will be your ears when your world has gone silent. I will be your legs when you find you no longer have the strength to move with ease. Most importantly, I will always be by your side, as you have always been by mine. When the time comes and you feel we must say good bye, though my heart will crack, I will be the last face you see and the last voice you will hear. Yes, Alley, I will be the last tender touch you feel and I will be the last kiss you feel on your cold, wet nose. My promise to you sweet girl is that when that dreaded day comes, I will be as strong for you as you have always been for me. Yes, you will take a piece of my heart however yours will always remain etched in mine. You are so much more than my senior dog, you are my heart and soul, my best friend and companion of 12 years, and I love you. tw, LNPB
Just 4 short hours ago, at 15 years old, he was abandoned by the only humans he ever loved, and was scheduled to die alone and scared on a cold shelter floor. Tonight, while his condition is still guarded, he is in ICU receiving plasma, fluids and medication and he is resting peacefully. Tonight he knows he is loved and that his life matters. Tonight, as he rests with nary a care in the world, he knows he is not alone and that someone cares. All paws remain raised in prayer that he remains stable and strong. This sweet old gent is going to need a loving and life saving foster in the LA and SFV, Ca areas. Please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Bear, rescued on 08/26/2014 just one hour before he was scheduled to be killed at the shelter. Bear is in very bad physical shape, he is beyond help with a cart and struggles with a sling and actually looks better than what he is, bless his heart, which of course was making any decision I was going to have to make more difficult. I flashed back to Evie and the look she gave me when I first brought her in that simply said ” please Ms Toby don’t you give up on me too”. Bear had the same look and the same spirit and believe it or not, as crazy as it may seem to some, they find a way to let me know they are not quite ready. While I always try to do what is best for the animal’s physical well being, I cannot ignore the heart felt pleas in their eyes.
Their humans have given up on them, nobody wants them, the shelters are ready to write them off and kill them and yet when they finally arrive at LNPB, something magical happens, they find someone who is actually willing to “listen”. Now I don’t pretend to possess any special magical or mystical powers , all I do is look in their eyes and ask them to give me a sign. Sometimes it’s a lick on the hand, sometimes they bounce right up and wag their tails and sometimes, like today, it’s a simple look in their eyes that says ” please Ms Toby, not yet”.
I reached out to one of our long standing wonderful and life saving fosters and asked for help. Without any hesitation she told me, ” Toby, I will take him for as long as he has”. I am so excited to announce that Bear will be heading home to our loving and life saving hospice foster on Thursday and I can’t wait to let him know! Yes, sometimes all it takes is something so simple as a look that speaks to the heart and says ” thank you Ms Toby for BELIEVING and not giving up on me and for letting me know how much my life matters”. This my friends is how and why I continue to do what I do. Thanks Evie for reminding me the power and love that lies in believing.
I Just spoke to the Doc a little more about sweet Bear who is heading home to our loving and life saving hospice foster tomorrow! Doc says he is about 12 years old and is deaf. The head tilt he believes comes from an old neurological disorder, possibly a stroke, and the tumor on his paw is nothing life threatening. Bear is also in the last and most heart breaking and debilitating stage of degenerative myelopathy. Bear is the sweetest of dogs, he is so kind in nature and has the sweetest disposition. He is eating great and so far has not lost control of his bowels. He can get up however he can only go a few steps and then he is back down HOWEVER with his sling he is good to go! He has such a strong spirit and he is so not ready to depart this earth at this time! I asked Doc if I was making the right decision because I never want to see a animal suffer. He told me Bear is not in pain AND he agreed about his will to live. Bear will let us know when it is time and when that time comes, he will have known only love, kindness and how much his life matters. Most importantly, he will not leave us alone and wondering, I will be right by his side reminding him how very special he is and how much he is loved and that I am always only a heart beat away <3 Here at Leave No Paws Behind, Inc., the rescue never ends with pull. tw, LNPB