Our Sick and Injured Dogs

Some of the dogs we rescue have severe illnesses or other serious medical issues that are much more costly than the money brought in by adoption fees. To help nurse these dogs through their medical needs so that they can eventually become healthy and adoptable, we must find sponsors to help with the costs. Please read their stories and consider becoming an angel that these Rat Terriers so desperately need. Canine Clinic Donors are listed on our Donor Recognition Board with donations of $50 or greater denoted by our clinic icon. Also, please pay a visit to our Heartworm Info web page to learn about Ratties needing Heartworm Treatment. 

NOTE: In the event that donation amounts are raised in excess of the required vetting for any particular clinic dog, the overage will be used to assist other current or future New Rattitude clinic dogs. All clinic funds stay within the clinic specifically for dogs with special financial health needs.

Junie B. – Fractured Leg

Her name is Junie B. The ‘B’ stands for “it ‘B’ like that sometimes.” Junie B. was rescued from a Georgia shelter, and taken immediately to the emergency vet for a suspected broken leg. X-rays confirmed the suspicion – in fact, both of Junie’s front legs are fractured. One is a small fracture that will heal on its own, but the distal radial ulnar fracture in Junie’s left leg requires surgery. Surgery is scheduled for March 30th.

Just like the Junie B. Jones character in the children’s books, we know our Junie B. will handle this obstacle (surgery recovery) with spunk and tenacity! A few days ago Junie B.’s future looked bleak – now we know she has the Rat Terrier Nation pulling for her. If you would like to donate towards Junie’s $3,000 vet bill, we would ‘B’ thankful!

Last updated: 5/12/22

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Junie” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!


Mia, Jenkins, and Griffin – Heartworm Treatment

When New Rattitude welcomes a heartworm positive dog into our rescue, our hearts hurt for them. We know the treatment is painful, the recovery time is slow, and during the recovery they must remain very inactive to ensure no complications occur as the dead heartworms are disintegrating. Mia, Jenkins, and Griffin are all heartworm positive and undergoing treatment. Hershey, another rat terrier rescued along with Mia, succumbed to her heartworm disease before her treatment began.  It’s a shame that these sweet young dogs (all 3-4 years old) have to endure the pain of heartworm treatment when this disease is so easily avoided with monthly heartworm preventative.

One heartworm pill costs about $8.00 per month. In contrast, the treatment costs about $450 for each dog (that’s at rescue discount prices – a private individual would have to pay much more). Please keep your dogs on monthly heartworm preventative. And if you would like to help out New Rattitude with the cost of heartworm treatment for these three rat terriers, your tax-deductible donations would be greatly appreciated! Click the “sponsor this dog” button below.

Last updated: 5/25/22

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Heartworm Dogs” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!


Baxter – Enucleation (Eye Removal) Surgery

Baxter, a rattie mix who’s about 10 years old, has glaucoma and is blind. His dedicated foster mom has been giving him daily eye drops for the past ten months but the specialists say it’s time for enucleation (eye removal) surgery. The surgery eliminates the risk of eye injury due to trauma as well as infection, pressure, and increased chance of getting irritants in the eye (that a seeing dog would instinctively blink to avoid).

Since Baxter is already blind he won’t miss his eyes, but he will be glad to be rid of the daily drops and the discomfort he has been experiencing. We fully expect our sweet Baxter to bounce back quickly from surgery and resume his normal life which includes daily walks, car rides, treats, lots of naps, and snuggling with his foster mom. Side note: Baxter is being fostered in Gainesville, Florida and he’s available for adoption now! Check out his personal photo album at https://tinyurl.com/yc4f7r9v!

Donations towards Baxter’s $950 surgery cost would be greatly appreciated – click the “sponsor this dog” button.

Last updated: 3/30/2022

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If you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to:
      New Rattitude
      P.O. Box 91
      DeWitt, MI 48820 
Please be sure to write “Sponsor Baxter” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!