Saving with Soul loves special needs dogs and cats. When we do shelter runs, we are drawn immediately to the pets with mange, heartworms, broken limbs and other obvious medical issues. We know that these pets are unlikely to make it out of the shelter if we don’t take them in.
We also absolutely adore the seniors (who often come with any or all the above).
In 2019 we rescued 125 special needs dogs. The special needs included the issues mentioned above plus EPI, congestive heart failure, severe dental disease, hydrocephalus, cancerous masses, glaucoma, dislocated limbs, parvo and even a dog with life-threatening constipation! As we watched the bills mount, we realized we needed to do a better job planning for and raising funds if we want to continue saving these special needs dogs.
This is particularly true with the seniors who often have ongoing needs (e.g. monthly medication, special food) and are less likely to be adopted quickly (although most eventually are).
Interestingly, we have very little trouble raising money to treat young animals with dramatic medical issues (e.g. broken limbs); its the older ones who don’t seem to inspire the public to as enthusiastically respond to our pleas for help.
So, in late 2019, we created our Special Souls to Save fund especially for these situations.
If special needs dogs and cats have a special place in your heart, please consider donating to our Special Souls to Save fund.