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!
The house is quiet, the fur boys are sound asleep and my sweet Alley is right here by my side. I was remembering a conversation I had with someone the other day who told me they were looking for that “perfect fit” in a fur companion for their home. They told me they did not want a senior, they had just lost their senior dog AND , I could not believe their next words when they said, ” they were to much work, too expensive, we do not want to waste our resources on an older dog and we want a young and healthy one, you know “a perfect fit. Can you help us?”. Well I started chanting to myself “inside voice Toby, inside voice”. I actually did pretty good, I took a deep breath and responded:
” Picture this: 12 years ago I met the “perfect fit” for my family. She was the victim of a back yard breeder/hoarder and was the runt of the litter. She was a little slow and to be honest, I do believe “she picked me” She was maybe 3-4 months old and from the instant she landed in my lap and started smothering me with wet, sloppy kisses, well my heart was taken As time went on, she grew into a very, very large and energetic young lady and was always, and I mean always, getting into mischief! There was not a sock she would not eat, a napkin she would not shred, toilet paper she would not unravel and, well the list goes on and on BOL! When she was 3 she blew out her right ACL from swimming, well actually it was not from swimming, it was from her less then graceful running and diving into the pool! Well it ended up that she needed a whole new knee replacement and I felt so heart broken for her because all she wanted to do was swim HOWEVER she was calmer than I have ever seen her! Well almost one year later to the day, she blew out her left knee and yup, you guessed it, she was then the proud owner of 2 new bionic knees!
Funny how I never once thought of it as “wasting my resources” as you so candidly state, all I could think about was my best fur friend, who by that point had grown into the “perfect dog” , was hurting and in need. Now remember, this sweet dog was only 4 years old and in the prime of her life and so early on was in need of some heavy duty medical expenses. Amazingly enough we sailed through her teens and now she is in her “golden senior years” and I must tell you, her medical costs, after the surgeries were done at 4, were minimal! We have routine check ups, blood work and such, oh and she did just had to have a tumor removed, yet it’s funny how I never thought twice about “my resources or lack of them”, all I prayed for was that she would be ok.”
Now I could see the look of wonderment on this person’s face and they did not disappoint me with their next question: ” Is there a point to all of this?” At this point I was a little teary eyed after going down memory lane for the last 12 years and so I turned to them and replied: ” I never really knew there were people like you until just a few years ago and to be honest, I will never really understand people like you. My sweet fur is now a senior and ironically enough, her first 4 years of her life were the roughest medically. So tell me, if you find that perfect young fit and they too have an accident that will take away “your resources” will you then surrender them and look again for the “next perfect fit”? Who does that?!” Of course they had no answer and at that point I politely excused myself and walked away. They may not have walked away understanding anything I was saying however I walked away with a better understanding of why so many helpless animals meet the sad and sorry fate of death on a cold shelter floor They give us their loyalty, companionship and they would give their life for us. They teach us so many life lessons and shower us with unconditional love and in my humble opinion, they deserve to know each and every day how much their life matters and I would gladly “use up all my resources” to have a lifetime with her by side.
Today, 12 years later, I look at my sweet girl and tell her ” I would not have changed one thing about our time together”. She has brought so much happiness, joy and love to my life. Today, 12 years later, I hold her white and distinguished muzzle gently in my hands and as I kiss her cold, wet nose, I whisper ” we are still a perfect fit”. She is my senior dog, my constant companion of 12 beautiful years, and I love her. tw, LNPB
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
From the examiner.com page: http://www.examiner.com/article/shepherd-with-chemical-burns-on-eyes-safe-rescued-and-now-treatment
This is why and how we continue to do what we do. When Doc picked up Coffee in his arms today, she immediately snuggled into him and tears came to my eyes as I watched her lie there so peaceful and content with a wee bit of a “thank you so much for saving me Doctor Mark and showing me my life matters” smile. I met Mark, East Valley Veterinary Clinic/Mark Hohne DVM, about 10 years ago when he took over the practice I had been going to for years. I had taken a then very young Alley in for a check up and I must tell you, my first impression of him was simply ” this is a man who truly loves animals”. He came in the room, said his hellos and immediately sat on the floor and began to play with Alley, the rest my friends, is history!
Exactly 1 week ago tomorrow, we introduced him to Coffee. He called me immediately and told me that there was something very wrong. He said he did not want to wait for an outside blood panel and asked if he could do one in house with immediate results. He suspected she was “toxic” and was suffering with Pyrometra and was also concerned with the tenderness he could feel in her extended abdomen. Blood results would show an extremely high WBC and an very low RBC and he informed me he was going to have to perform emergency surgery. While he had her open he decided to explore further in to her abdomen where he discovered 2 quarter sized tumors on her stomach. He called to tell me he believed it to be stomach cancer and asked what I wanted to do. I talked to him for a few seconds and simply replied ” we need to give her a chance, Mark and I know that Coffee is in the best of hands”. Without hesitation he told me he would try his best to do everything possible and after 3 hours of surgery, his best was good enough for this sweetest of little pugs .
He warned me that she was by no means out of the woods and that her condition was “guarded” and would remain guarded for about 5-7 days before we could all breathe. I never doubted for one minute that this amazing man had one more time, performed another miracle that we witness time and time again.
We asked for help to continue to help her and more importantly, we asked for prayers to help this little girl pull through. This amazing Village stepped up one more time and thanks to all of you, we are thrilled to announce that sweet Coffee will be heading home to our loving and life saving short term foster on Monday while she continues to heal.
Here at LNPB we are people helping people helping paws and together we make the impossible possible and we move that unmovable mountain. Together we save lives because their life matters. Together, right alongside one of the most amazing, loving and life saving DVM’s and human angels, Doctor Mark Hohne, we continue to give the gift of life, whether it be for a day, a week, a year or even an hour, to so many who would have died alone and wondering on a cold shelter floor. We do what we do and will continue to do what we do, because their life matters .
A picture is truly worth a thousand words and this photo my friends, says it all. This is the face of rescue. tw, LNPB