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.

Lulu – Torn ACL

Lulu was limping when she came into foster care and was diagnosed with a torn ligament (ACL). Because an orthopedic specialist determined that surgery would definitely be curative, Lulu had the surgery on Friday, April 9th. Everything went well and she is now on crate rest. New Rattitude is thankful for the rescue discount and donated meds, which kept the surgery bill to just $1,194.53. We’re also thankful that, once fully recovered, Lulu will be able to fully use her leg, pain-free, for the rest of her life!

Lulu was found as a stray. She is a sweet girl that loves people and is so deserving of this second chance for good health and a loving home! If you would like to sponsor Lulu, please click the “sponsor this dog” button below and your gift will help pay off her surgery bill.

Last updated: 04/14/2021

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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 Lulu” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Beans, Bentley, Nipper, and Rocky – Heartworm Disease

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.  It’s a shame that Beans, Bentley, Nipper, and Rocky have to endure the pain of heartworm treatment when this disease is so easily avoided with monthly heartworm preventative.  

We welcome your donations towards their treatment costs so they can recover and live long, healthy lives!

Last updated: 04/13/2021

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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 Ratties” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!

Hazel – Hip Surgery

This adorable little 10-month-old muffin is Hazel. Her story is too harsh to share, but her joyful, loving spirit is unbroken.

What is broken though, is her hip. Hazel needs an FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy) surgery. An FHO restores mobility to the hip by removing the the ball-and-socket joint in order to eliminate the bone-on-bone contact of the hip. In time, the body forms scar tissue to provide a false joint to stabilize the hip.

Hazel’s prognosis is excellent for return to normal function of her leg with this surgery.  Would you like to sponsor her with a donation today? Click the “sponsor this dog” button below!

Last updated: 04/09/2021

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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 Hazel” in the note field of your check.
THANK YOU!