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Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.
Established in 2008.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ella Needs Your Help!

Donations are needed to help us move forward with Ella's amputation!

Ella, the Newf-Great Dane mix, had her 3 week check-up today.

She has gained another 4 lbs this past week and now weighs 11.7 lbs and is doing very well. Her stump continues to heal and the open area on the end is reducing in size. She is strong, bright, playful and a cheeky little lady! She has come a long way from the weak, anemic, sick puppy that we rescued just a few weeks ago.

Her vet feels that we need to proceed with the amputation of her stump very soon because Ella continues trying to use the stump and this is resulting in her injuring it.

Overall, Ella is strong enough now to tolerate the amputation, however, we are still holding off because her Urinary Tract Infection is still present.

The good news is that the Struvite Crystals are now gone, but she does still have an infection. Given how compromised her health was when she came to us, it is not surprising that she is taking longer to heal, and her vet feels that she may require 6 weeks of antibiotics to clear the infection.

Ella is on a higher dose of antibiotics again, and we will make a decision about when to amputate in the next week or so.

Several applications have come in for Ella's adoption -- she is not yet "formally" posted for adoption, but interested parties are free to submit their application, with the understanding that we will hold the applications and will not be following up on these applications until closer to the time when Ella can be placed.

Ella will not be placed into an adoptive home until her infection is gone, and she has recovered from her amputation and been vaccinated.

Ella's veterinary care costs a significant amount of money, and we are so very appreciative for the donations that have come in for Ella's care. Thank you to all of you who have offered your assistance, every dollar helps. If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so now, as her upcoming amputation will result in a significant vet bill. Donations can be made online through HART's Canada Gives button (link to the right) -- in the comment section, specify that the dollars are to be allocated to the Newf Friend's Fund for Ella's care.