More good news from our non-profit charity, The Dr. Jane Foundation. This
month, we’re excited to reveal another financial award, this time to an amazing
group of rescuers based in New Mexico. A breed-specific rescue group, this
organization places abandoned collies and Shetland sheepdogs with foster homes
until appropriate adoptive families can be located.
Founded in 2001, the rescue has grown to handle incoming dogs from New
Mexico, Texas and Arizona. Thanks to the working relationships they’ve
cultivated with other shelters and rescue groups in this tri-state area, they
are able to locate and save dogs according to their breed-specific mission. For
example, last year when a massive hoarding situation was uncovered by law
enforcement in Tomball, TX, SW Collie Rescue helped with the intake (147 collies
Completely staffed by volunteers, the daily operations are overseen by
regional coordinators based on the goals laid out by the Board of Directors.
In the early years, they rescued approximately 25 dogs per year. That number
has more than tripled. To date, they have rescued well over 700 collies and
Upon intake, every dog receives a wellness exam, inoculations, immediate
treatment of wounds and illnesses, and much more. As soon as a pup enters their
system, they can rest assured that they will be taken care of.
Healthy dogs usually spend less than a month in foster care, as SWCR works
diligently to place adoptables in loving homes. As you will soon see,
unfortunately not all of their dogs are healthy when they are saved.
While behavioral issues with these breeds are rare, some come from
backgrounds where little to no socialization has taken place. Or, worse,from an
abusive situation. Thanks to a committed network of experienced collie and
sheltie foster parents, every dog finds himself in an environment of love,
patience and training. It’s all part of the package, readying these creatures
for their eventual adoption. If any behavioral issues are noted, the expertise
of an animal behaviorist is employed. No pup will leave foster care before they
are ready to join a loving household.
SW Collie Rescue used their financial award to help cover the costs of
veterinary care for three of their dogs who had urgent needs. Given the quality
of their care, and their outstanding dedication to their cause, the Board’s
choice to fund their application was an easy decision.
The grant from The Dr. Jane Foundation made it possible for SWCR to diagnose and
treat two very sick collies, Shasta and Cassidy. The remaining funds helped
restore to full health a third pup, named Faith, who nearly died from
Shasta, age 7 or 8, was found as a stray in the desert outside El Paso, TX.
She was covered with ticks. Her filthy, matted coat hung like dreadlocks from
her emaciated body. She also had large mammary tumors, one the size of a
grapefruit and weeping clear fluid.
She underwent successful surgeries for three of these tumors in New Mexico.
After her recovery, she was driven to Phoenix, AZ to be fostered by a family
interested in adopting her. There, a fourth tumor grew quickly. Not all of it
could be surgically excised and complications ensued. But the tumor was benign,
so her caretakers are hopeful that this sweet, beautiful girl will recover
Cassidy, age 5, was one of collies rescued last year from the hoarder in
Tomball, TX. She had given birth to many litters in unspeakably squalid
conditions. Once rescued, she was treated for hookworms and spayed. She seemed
healthy and soon became a happy, loving house dog at her foster home near
A month later, Cassidy suddenly stopped eating and was in such pain that she
could barely move. She had a fever, swollen joints, a high white blood cell
count and a low platelet count. It was clear to everyone, Cassidy was going
downhill fast. Caretakers rushed her to an internal medicine specialist, who ran
more tests and diagnosed her with immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), an
Cassidy improved immediately and went home, but every time her drug dosage
was reduced she would relapse. Then, four months later, she was overwhelmed with
even more problems, causing another rush to the specialist and yet another close
She now is suspected of having systemic inflammatory response syndrome
(SIRS), a condition in which multiple inflammatory pathways are activated,
causing a widespread attack by the different parts of the immune system against
its own cells and tissues. Since SIRS can be fatal, managing it requires
constant attention to symptoms and skillful balancing of drugs and dosages.
Cassidy’s foster mom, who loves her dearly, provides the attention this poor
creature requires. They remain hopeful that they can provide the care needed for
Cassidy to continue her journey of healing.
Faith, age 2, was spotted lying motionless in the desert outside Las Cruces,
NM. But she was still alive, though dehydrated and nearly starved to death. When
she was taken to the local shelter, she was too weak to eat or stand. Shelter
workers there took good care of her and contacted SWCR, asking if it would be
possible to accept her into foster care.
Most of Faith's coat had fallen out, so it was difficult to discern her
breed. But it didn’t matter. After one look, SWCR volunteers could not refuse
this sweet, timid girl, who had cheated death and suffered so greatly.
Thanks to excellent vet care, good food and dietary supplements, Faith soon
was taking walks, playing with the cat at her foster home, and running with
energy and confidence. Weeks later, she has made a full recovery and now is
ready to be adopted by a forever family.
All of this care and hard work was in part made possible by our generous
donation to this small New Mexico rescue. Vice President of the organization Lee
More said of the award, “We are so grateful that The Dr. Jane Foundation was
able to help our neediest collies.”
Anyone looking for more information about this incredible rescue, or the dogs
currently available for adoption, can visit their site at nmcollierescue.com.
From all of us here at Life’s Abundance headquarters, we thank this committed
network of lifesavers for their incredible work. And we thank all readers and
customers … through your personal donations and continued patronage, you’ve
helped make all of our grants possible. Your generosity and loyalty have helped
to make the world a better place for abandoned, abused and neglected animals
And there’s more good news … we are still accepting applications for funding.
If you know of an animal rescue organization that deserves special recognition and
financial support, please encourage them to fill out an application.
Check back next month for more good news from The Dr. Jane Foundation. Together,
we’re making a difference!