ABOUT THE FIGHTER FUND DOGS

At Secondhand Hounds, we take on the cases no one else can or will. We make sure animals that are victims of abuse, neglect, bad breeding, or accidents have a chance. A chance to get the veterinary and emotional help they need, and eventually find loving forever homes. Our commitment to these animals comes at a price – we spend well over $400,000 each year on the veterinary care of our animals. Much of this goes to animals in our Fighter Fund. If they are willing to fight for their lives, then so are we.

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tad lincoln & doc holliday

Tad Lincoln and Doc Holliday were surrendered by their owner as newborns due to severe cleft palates and lips.   They were unable to nurse due to their clefts and had to be exclusively tube fed for 5 weeks until they could be weaned onto a special "jello" food and slowly onto hard puppy kibble.  

Tad and Doc will continue to live with their foster family, learn how to become happy, well mannered puppies with the help of their resident furry friends until they are old enough to have surgery to fix their clefts.    Once their palates are corrected they will be adoptable and on the search for their new forever homes.

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HERMIONE

Hermione came to Secondhand Hounds from Alabama. She had been surrendered to a rural shelter with five other dogs by owners who didn’t want them anymore. She was clearly very pregnant, terrified, and covered head to toe in open sores and scabs. She had a handful of random hairs on her body. When we tagged her for rescue, we called her color ‘green’ and our best breed guess was Yorkie mix. What we saw and smelled when we first pulled her out of her transport crate was horrifying, to say the least. She must have been in excruciating pain, not to mention itchy.

A vet visit confirmed she was a couple of weeks from delivery, had a grade four heart murmur, more demodex mange mites than the vet had ever seen on a dog, and due to all of her other internal parasites, she was so anemic that she was teetering on the edge of needing a blood transfusion. Between the stress and the sickness, her body couldn’t maintain the growing demand of the pregnancy, and the babies were born too young to survive. It was a sad loss, but Hermione was now able to focus on getting better. Slowly but surely, the open sores healed, the skin quit seeping blood, and little patches of hair started growing in. With her healing body, came a healed spirit, who knew that she was now safe and loved.

Today, Hermione’s heart murmur has improved, hair has grown in all over her body, and she runs joyfully, always with a smile on her face. She is the gentlest, most affectionate dog you will ever meet.  She will always have scars, both physical and emotional, but she continues to make great strides every day, and is embracing the Happy Ever After she has always deserved!

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Cleopatra 

Cleopatra is a 5 month old purebred German Shepherd Dog. She and two of her littermates were surrendered to Secondhand Hounds at 7 weeks old because they were all born with major congenital deformities in their rear legs caused by severe hip dysplasia, as well as other joint malformations. Cleo's was the worst case of them all, and at just twelve weeks old, she underwent a very intensive surgery to rebuild one of her knees, and also an FHO (femoral head osteotomy) where they amputated the top of her femur because there was no socket in her hip area to hold it. The surgeon had never performed either of these operations on such a young dog before, but without it, the bones would have become even more misshapen as she grew.

 

The next day, Cleo walked for the very first time. A week later, she ran. Her other leg is inoperable due to the severity of the malformations in the knee and ankle joints, but she is currently able to use it as a leg. As she gets older and her new leg gets stronger, she may require an amputation of the 'bad' leg if it gets in her way, but for now, she is a happy, healthy, STEALTHY girl who loves her people and her life! 

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TEEBS

Hi there I’m Teebs! I’m an awesome little Bulldog Mix.  I’m about as adorable as they come but I do require a special home!  I have Spina Bifida, confirmed by X-rays and a MRI. Some cases are very mild, like my foster sister who’s main issue is that she wears diapers.  My MRI unfortunately did show that there is nervous tissue that is protruding through the defect in my spine (I have a little dimple above my bum).  As a result of my SB I am fecal and urinary incontinent so I do wear diapers. Don’t worry diapering dogs is fairly easy, my foster mom can show you how!  I also have some weakness in my back legs.

Now that my needs are out of the way let my mom tell me about my AWESOMENESS.

  • I’m about the sweetest dog you will ever meet.  I LOVE to snuggle, give kisses and show off for my people.  

  • I LOVE other dogs.  I spend my time snuggling with the resident old lady bulldog and “wrestling” with my younger roommates.

  • I think cats are the bees knees.

  • I sleep through the night quietly in my kennel, in fact I kennel myself when I’m ready for bed.

  • I may wear diapers but guess what?....That means NO potty accidents in the house WHOOP WHOOP!!

 

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QUASI

Quasimodo, a purebred German Shepherd, was found as a stray and brought into a shelter in the South. The shelter staff believed that he had lived his life in a kennel, but later he was diagnosed with Short Spine Syndrome. This syndrome is only known to affect 14 dogs in the world, Quasi being one of them.

Secondhand Hounds immediately stepped in to help Quasi, and on January 28th, 2016, he arrived at SHH (where he has become QUITE popular with over 280,000 Facebook fans!) He has been receiving treatment and care ever since!