by Lee Juslin
Chloe, a five-year-old Boston Terrier, was an owner turn-in to Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue. She had suffered a bad fall in her owner’s yard and required a lot of veterinary care. The owner, as is too often the case, was unable to pay for Chloe’s care.
The rescue group’s veterinarian assessed Chloe, and Roberta, founder and director of Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue, knew Chloe’s road to recovery would be long. To date, Chloe has had spinal surgery and is currently undergoing laser and hydrotherapy. She spends the week with her therapist and comes home to her foster mom for the weekends. Her back legs are showing signs of atrophy, so she’s unable to walk, and she is incontinent.
She will be finished with her therapy very soon and then will be discharged. “Until then,” Roberta says, “we won’t know what her prognosis will be. We’re not sure if the incontinence is due solely to her injuries or if she was never properly house-trained. Also, we don’t know how much the nerve damage will heal or how much use of her back legs she will ultimately have. At this point, it is a waiting game, because it will be eight to twelve weeks before she is even allowed to try walking.”
As a small rescue group concentrating on purebred Boston Terriers and mixes, Roberta and her team have to be very creative. One of their most successful programs is their Senior-to-Senior program, in which they pair senior dogs with senior adoptees. The thorough screening process is the same, but the adoption fee is greatly reduced. In this, their fourth year, the group has rescued over 90 Boston Terriers—with eighteen being dogs seven and older. “Our motto is, ‘the longer they stay, the more we pay,’ so we work hard and try to be flexible with our fee schedule to find wonderful homes for all our dogs.”
The expense of Chloe’s care has strained the group’s limited resources. “We don’t even know if Chloe will, at some point, be adoptable, or if we could even find that very special home for her. But euthanasia is not an option. Our mission is rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, and if we can’t find the right home for Chloe, she will remain in foster with us.”
Chloe is a very sweet girl and despite all the procedures and pain she has endured, she has shown no crankiness. In fact, she is very kissy, loves tummy rubs, and wants nothing more than to be a lap dog. Once she has passed her eight-to-twelve weeks of limited confinement, it is hoped she will regain some movement and that her incontinence issues can be successfully addressed. Then she will be a wonderful, loving, companion for some lucky person with a lap available for snuggling.
If you would like to learn more about Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue, the dogs they have available for adoption, or contribute financially to help Chloe and the other rescued dogs in need, visit their website.
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