Kira was recently rescued out of the puppy mill industry. She came to us obese, weighing almost 30 pounds and needs to lose about 10 pounds. Her teeth were also in bad shape, so we were shocked and thrilled that her heart is clear! She has bilateral Iuxating patellas but we have seen no signs of discomfort or mobility challenges as we have seen her rip and roar effortlessly (she loves running and jumping almost as much as she loves love and cuddles), but getting the extra weight off the knees is imperative. Sadly, she has heartworms so will be taking care of that.
All of her lab work was normal, so she underwent a spay and much needed dental with several extractions. She has settled nicely into foster care and seems to already have made herself quite comfortable.
- Age: 7 (DOB 4/4/2011)
- 27 lbs (22 lbs. is ideal)
- Completed treatment for heart worm disease, luxating patellas
Sadly, Ginger’s owner recently passed away and while another family member stepped up to care for her, he realized that he could not meet all of her needs. Wanting to do right by his family and sweet Ginger, he entrusted us with her care and placement.
At Ginger’s intake vetting, a significant heart murmur was detected (not uncommon for a senior Cavalier), so yesterday sweet Ginger had a full cardiac evaluation performed by a veterinary cardiologist. Although Ginger is asymptomatic, her echocardiogram showed that her heart structure is starting to change due to the insufficiency of her mitral valve (Mitral Valve Disease). To help slow down any further progression of the disease, sweet Ginger has started 2 wonderful heart medications. She has also been cleared for her much needed dental, so she will return to the vet soon for that procedure and will then be cleared for adoption.
- Age: 10.5 (DOB 8/17/2007)
- 24 lbs.
- Mitral Valve Disease (managed with Pimobendan and Enlapril (cost ~$48 month), otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $150
Our "Official" Response to the Washington Post Article
BIG congratulations to sweet Harper and her furever family on their adoption today 💜 From puppy mill to princess 👑 Happy furever, sweetheart!
Mick is recently rescued out of the puppy mill industry. He is a little guy at 15 pounds with a little bit of his tongue hanging out. We were concerned this was due to rotting teeth or worse but although he does have severe dental disease it appears as though his tongue is just too big for his narrow mouth. He has now undergone a much needed dental with the handful of bad teeth extracted and this may now provide a little extra room for his tongue in his mouth.
We are treating Mickey for eye infections and giardia. While his heart is clear at this time, he has bilateral luxating patellas and arthritis in his knees. We have started him on a joint supplement but we know his knees will improve now that he is out of confinement and has the opportunity to be active and strong.
Poor Mickey is terrified and traumatized and needs a lot of time, patience, gentle love, and encouragement. Mickey is recovering from his neuter and dental and we look forward to seeing him realize he is safe and loved.
- Age: 5 (DOB 5/16/2013)
- 15 lbs.
- Grade 3 bilateral patella luxations, otherwise healthy!
- Adoption Donation: $500
Sassy, 30 pounds of loveable kissable marshmallow cheeks! We are delighted that at age 6.5 she is in good overall health. We are treating her for a urinary tract infection, whipworms, giardia, and ear infections, but she is congenitally sound with clear eyes, hips, knees, and heart! Even her teeth are in good shape with only three extractions required - what a pleasant surprise! We saw indicaitons of a low thyroid so we are running furter tests to see if treatment is needed. She came through her spay and denatl surgery just fine and is soaking up TLC in her foster home.
Sassy is a very atypical puppy mill / auction dog in that she is social, friendly, confident, and instead of fearing humans and hands, she seeks out attention and affection from all. She even walks well on leash and has good muscle tone in her legs which tells us that she did not live in complete confinement. We obviously do not know her full story but she is going to transition to spoiled rotten pet life quite easily and nicely - what a big surprise she has been!
- Age: 6.5 (DOB 12/31/2011)
- 30 lbs (needs to lose 10#)
- Adoption Donation: $450
From this 'adventure" we learned a lot about rescue, in a different light. It is more than just "taking in" dogs but also about education and prevention. We wish to end puppy mills, support reputable breeders, and teach others why it's important to support those efforts. We WILL make a difference, we pledged. And NOW, we ARE making a difference! This event, and it's ripple effect, changed the lives of many dogs. It changed ours too. This event spawned a brand new rescue organization, with amazing volunteers, who believe ALL lives matter.
Meet our precious Angels...
Sweet baby Damien was a one of a litter of eight puppies that were born on June 3rd. Mom, who is just a baby herself, was not producing enough milk for all the babies and Damien was not getting enough and not doing well. The breeder was not able to supplement his feeding and reached out to us for help. So, at just one day old, we brought him into our program to give him the extra care he needs.
UPDATE 6/5: Baby Damien is eating well and gaining weight!
UPDATE 6/15 : Baby Damien is eating well and his "marshmallow cheekies" absolutly adorable! We can see his peepers starting to open!
*Please refrain from expressing interest in Damien at this time. At his young age, he is very touch and go and it is not appropriate to discuss future plans or adoption. Our focus at this time is supporting him in growing and developing healthily. We will be sure to keep you posted on his progress. Thank you for understanding!
- Age: 2 weeks (DOB 6/3/2018)
Congratulations to Magnolia AND Meadow and their furever family on their adoption today 💜 While we were not particularly seeking to adopt these girls together as a pair, the opportunity presented itself and proved to be a pawfect 🐾 situation for them both 🐶🐶 Happy furever, sweet girl!
While we are headquartered in Alabama, we place Cavaliers coast--to-coast! Please check this page often to keep up with the angels in our program. We introduce them here and share their stories as we search for the perfect forever homes for each and every one.
If you are on a specific timeline to bring a precious Cavalier into your family, then rescue may not be the right fit for you. We are happy to refer you to responsible, reputable, and health-focused breeders.
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What led us to start Cavalier Rescue of Alabama?
Read the story of inspiration here...