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.

Myrtle – Mammary Masses, Heartworm Positive

Sweet Myrtle was picked up as a stray and rescued by New Rattitude from a North Carolina shelter. Myrtle is thought to be 7 years old and is heartworm positive and has mammary tumors. Dogs like this have little chance of getting out of shelters if not for rescue organizations that will take them in and get treatment for their costly medical issues.

Mammary Tumors

We’re taking Myrtle’s treatment one step at a time. On July 6th, she had her first mastectomy/lumpectomy surgery. The plan is that she’ll have a second surgery in 4-6 weeks to remove the tumors in the other mammary chain. After recovering from that, Myrtle will undergo heartworm treatment.

Our fundraising goal at the moment is for Myrtle’s first surgery – $1,414. If her full treatment plan is followed, the costs could easily approach $3,000. But like we said, one step at a time, always with Myrtle’s best interests in mind!

Last updated: 7/14/22

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

Kylee – Broken Jaw

Our new mama dog, Kylee, has a freshly broken jaw. She also had bleeding behind her eye which indicates she’s had head trauma. On top of that, she and her puppies have been fighting an upper respiratory infection.

Kylee is having surgery for her jaw on Monday, June 20th. Her babies will go to the vet clinic with her and will stay in the isolation area of the clinic. They will be bottle fed for now, but should be ready to start lapping milk in a week or so. Their congestion is getting better, as is Kylee’s.

This little family has had a rough start, but we have been heartened by all the love and support from our followers! If you’d like to donate towards Kylee’s surgery, please click on the “sponsor this dog” button below.

Update: Kylee had her jaw surgery on June 20, and it went very well! She will be eating soft food for the next couple months until her jaw is fully healed. There is also a tooth that needs to be removed, but for now it is an anchor for the wire that is being used to stabilize both sides of her jaw while it heals.

We exceeded our fundraising goal, but the extra money raised will be used for another small procedure in about 8 weeks to remove that tooth and the stabilizing wire.

Last updated: 6/20/22

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

Latte – Fractured Leg

This precious female was rescued from a Georgia shelter. Latte has an injured leg and x-rays showed she has two breaks – both the radius and ulna are fractured. Surgery is being scheduled immediately to avoid contracture from occurring. Latte’s surgery estimate is $2,600. Donations towards this upcoming bill would be greatly appreciated!

Last updated: 7/7/22

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

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: 7/14/22

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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: 7/7/22

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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!