Forever Foster Dogs
Sometimes we find we have dogs in care that cannot be adopted. The trauma they have experienced has had such negative impact that they cannot cope with having to move from foster care to a forever home. The health conditions they have are so serious that they require ongoing expensive care with a prognosis that is not positive. We have found that with the ongoing love and care of wonderful fosters, these dogs are surviving much longer than their prognosis suggested and they are enjoying a great life after years of suffering. Their care is often costly and your support continues to provide these dogs with lives that are filled with love, comfort and without suffering.
Because of their health conditions and emotional pain, these dogs will not attend adoption events.
Liam is one of our forever fosters with Cupcakes Pommy & Friends Rescue. Liam is 13 yrs old. He is a tiny senior weighing in at 4 pounds! He is a Pomeranian and came from a very bad breeding situation in the USA.
Liam is his own personality and we are so glad. If he listened to everyone well, he would not likely be with us. Liam has lived two years past what we were told he was likely to survive. But Liam survives and is doing amazingly well. The most important thing is he is pain free, happy and loved.
When Liam came into rescue he was in deplorable condition. He was really just skin and bones. He was badly malnourished. In addition, his teeth were so rotten that they had spread the rot and infection into his nasal cavity and there was leaking out of his eyes. When his teeth were removed, part of his lower jaw was so badly deteriorated it had to be stitched back to save the important connective jaw portion. His nasal tubing was also fixed from his eyes to his nose so they did not continuously leak.
Just in case this is not enough, Liam has cushings disease with a pituitary tumour and he has seizures.
With ongoing medical care, good nutrition and lots of love he not only survivies but thrives. This little man lives life to the fullest every single day. He loves treats, snuggled and oh he loves his girlfriend Ellie (even though once in awhile we have noted Liam seems to step out abit on Ellie and check out the other girls in the house or who come to visit!)
Last updated: June 14, 2018
On Sunday May 21, 2017 the Cupcakes Directors made an important decision in the interest of the well being of one of our dogs, Bindi.
Bindi came into rescue in April 2016. Despite alot of medical intervention, we have come to realize her health needs will always be chronic and expensive. She gets so upset when not with her foster family which further exacerbates her issues. Her issues include intermittent bleeding diarrhea, vomitting and intense bouts of anxiety that bring on worse tummy issues. She must be kept on a very strict diet of kangaroo based food - it seems other foods bring on worse stomach issues.
Last week we bought her one bag of dry food (about a 3 month supply) one case of wet food and a bag of treats. The cost was $150. The wet food is needed more than one/month as are the treats. In addition, Bindi now receives vitamin injections which are being done by her foster. We have come to realize that she is likely as close to stable as she will be but any change in circumstances leads to even worse stomach issues which can threaten her very well being if not attended to promptly. Dehydration and nutrient deficiency must always be watched for and addressed promptly.
Bindi also becomes very anxious about stairs and as a result generally uses pee pads only unless carried outside. This is another cost for our little Bindi.
We are so grateful for the amazing care she has gotten from her foster family. They have sacrificed time, vacations and carpeting and so much more. All in the name of loving and caring for Bindi.
We considered all of this and have made the decision that Bindi will never ever have to move. She has been moved to our Forever Foster program. She along with Liam, Fluff and Emily will be loved and cared for the rest of their lives. We will ensure they are happy, given good medical treatment and that they do not suffer.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude to the family who will remain Bindi's family forever.
... and she will live forever with love and the best care ....
Sometimes dogs come into care and we try really hard to find them the perfect home. But we see that the dog has been so hurt, physically and/or emotionally, by the lives they had prior to coming into our care. And a forever adopted home just seems to not be possible. We know there are lots of good people out there but not all are able to take on a dog that may never be that perfect loving gregarious dog they want or need.
Miss Emily is one such young lady. She quivers with fear and is just so afraid. Loud noises, a “Shh” done with too firm a voice, a hand reaching out to her. It can cause her such emotional pain and she shakes with fear and will actually get physically ill and vomit at times. Physically she is in great health. But her spirit was broken. Sadly we fear her spirit is broken and will never fully heal.
Healing has been happening in tiny steps and each little moment that is good we consider a gift. We are so thankful for the life Emily has with an amazing foster mom and forever foster dog, Fluff. They have helped Emily not be terrified of absolutely everything. But there are days and moments when all she can do is cower and quiver – even though she knows her foster mom loves her with all her heart and we know Emily loves her foster mom and relies on her totally.
So we have made a decision to remove Emily from the list of dogs available for adoption. Cupcakes has committed to caring for Emily through her forever foster who is committed to loving Emily forever.
While this means a long term emotional commitment, it is also a financial commitment to care for all the costs for Emily for the rest of her life. However, we feel it is the right thing to do for Emily. She will not need to endure the adoption events and meet and greets that cause her such tremendous stress and we can just let her love her Fluff and her mom. She and Fluff can hang out, watch the world do by without any stress and with abiding love. We hope you will join us in thanking her forever foster mom and continue to support us as we assume this long term emotional and financial commitment to Emily.
June 15, 2018 update
This was written as an update by her forever foster mom:
"Sweet little Emily has had a lot of hurdles to get to the place she is now. At first I had to feed her on her bed (her safe place) and gradually moved her dish closer to the kitchen which took months. There always has to be a pee pad that she can stand on as this too seems to be a safe place for her as well. If there is no pee pad in the kitchen she will turn around and run away. She now comes running into the kitchen when I tell her that her food is ready and always sits on her pee pad. While she is eating I have to ignore her and if I come anywhere near her she will run back to her bed. She still has issues going through doors. At the beginning I would have to pick her up and bring her to the door, now if I stand far enough away from it, but still where she can see me she will charge through the door. Coming back in she will never come to the door unless I call her and let her see where I am. Again, still leery of the doorway she charges through it and past me. If I bend over to try and touch her she turns around and runs back out. Outside in the yard she will run away from me or cowers when I come near her. But as soon as I pick her up she is ok. Another great positive thing is that she has stopped shaking when I hold her. Bedtime has gone from me picking her up and carrying her to the bedroom to me calling her and she walks to the bedroom and cowers when I pick her up. At one time she slept closest to the end of the bed and now she sleeps closer to me. I have tried to introduce toys to her but she is very afraid of them. Since Fluff has been gone (Fluff was also a forever foster with Cupcakes who passed away January 2018) I have seen a change in her but because my friend drops her dog (Vana) off every day she has gotten better and even barks when ever she sees her. She sometimes meets Vana half way when she comes through the door. She still has no idea what playing with other dogs is because when Emily starts to run Vana thinks she wants to play and starts to chase her. Emily drops and cowers until Vana walks away. When company comes over she will always come over to me to pick her up. Emily has come a long way and has learned to trust me so I can say I have become one of her safe places when I hold her. The words that make her ears stand straight up are Food, Treat and Fluff."
Please note: we are very thankful that Emily has wonderful sponsors who cover all her food and treats each month and visit her regularly to bring her food to her. They have been an incredible blessing and have been delightfully spoiling sweet Emily. They also have a timid senior dog and she has become friends with Emily and the visits provide socialization opportunity for both dogs which is wonderful.
December 10, 2019
Chubbs arrived in rescue on November 11, 2019. He is 11 1/2 yrs old.
This past Friday Chubbs went in for what we expected would be routine neuter surgery. Unfortunately when he was about to be intimated it was discovered that he has a large soft tissue mass that is pressing on his trachea and making for a very narrow airway. Intubation was not possible and surgery was immediately cancelled.
Upon further testing and consultation with our vets as well as a surgical specialist we have learned that:
Surgery for biopsy and removal would require specialized equipment and intensive care and might not be successful.
Closing of the airway/swelling resulting in Chubbs dying from lack of air
Permanent tracheotomy (open hole in the throat) which would affect food intake and increased risk of infections etc and would be at minimum uncomfortable and potentially painful.
After careful consultation with our vets, we have made the difficult decision not to proceed with any type of intervention as the consequences/risks are very great. We do not feel our tiny Chubbs could withstand surgical intervention.
As a result, we have made the decision to make Chubbs a forever foster with Cupcakes. He will remain with us for as long as we can keep him healthy and happy and when that is not possible, we will let him pass peacefully and surrounded by love. We will give shower him with love and care. Our forever foster program is an important part of our rescue and allows us to ensure dogs with long term chronic illness can receive the best care and love as long as that is possible and when that is no longer possible, we will loving allow them to become our angels to watch over us always.
Shan, Darlene, Suzanne & Phyl
Cupcakes Rescue Directors & Council Members
February 25, 2020
Recently, Possum completed a thorough medical review and the assessment has not been what we hoped for.
Our sweet Possum is in complete heart failure. Her heart on xray actually is so enlarged and somewhat misshapen and one would think it was her stomach it was so large and takes up so much of her body cavity.
Sadly there is no cure and she is very advanced. At this time our hope is, with medication support, to minimize the effects as much as we can and keep her heart operating as best it can. The good news was there was no mass fluid build up which is a positive.
Her prognosis in terms of life span is not positive. At this time, our goals are simple.
Surround her with love, make sure she knows each day how special and how loved she is and give as much distance in her memory to her past life in a Korean puppy mill/dog meat farm. And we hope so much we can keep her comfortable and happy long enough to enjoy the summer sunshine and feel grass beneath her feet as she wanders freely in the back yard for the first time in her life.
Possum has been moved from adoption status to a forever foster and we will love her and provide her with the best medical care available for as long as that is in her best interests.
Our hearts hurt but we also find tremendous comfort knowing she is living these remaining days/weeks/months in love.
Shan, Darlene, Suzanne & Phyl
Cupcakes Directors & Council