GRFT Special Needs Program

A Special Needs Success Story from one of our volunteers.

Meet Holland Popeye the retired racing Greyhound. Pops as he is known to his family and friends is a special and very lucky Greyhound.  He is special because like most retired racers he is calm, quite, sweet and wants nothing more from life than a soft bed to sleep on and a family to love him. Pops is lucky because when his racing career ended he found all of that and more through the efforts of a volunteer greyhound adoption group. He is very lucky because he was what we call a special needs hound. Pops sustained a serious break to his left rear leg in his last race. It was a career ending injury that required extensive medical attention and a long rehabilitation process. It was only through a special needs fund that Pops was able to enter into an adoption group thus giving him the chance to lead a normal, pain free and happy life after racing. Pops was able to overcome his injuries by people willing to donate the much needed funds.  You can do your part to help other hounds like Pops by making a Tax deductible donation to the GRFT Special Needs Fund.

Black Horse Design

 

As a previous fundraiser for our Special Needs Fund, we offered a sterling silver pendant designed by Carmon Deyo of Black Horse Design. The pendant is approximately 1.5 wide after Holland Popeye.  Many, many thanks to Carmon for designing this beautiful piece for us!   As Black Horse Design has been closed, we wish Carmon all the best in the future.

Email GRFT at greyhoundrescuefoundationoftn@yahoo.com

 

The GRFT Special Needs Fund

The Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Special Needs Fund was started in order to allow us to help place hounds like Pops into permanent homes.  The problem for most adoption groups is that the expense of the medical attention alone is enough to mean that they cannot afford the added burden of caring for a special needs hound. Funds like this are about the only chance that injured, sick or old racers has to make it into an adoption program. The Primary use is to allow us to accept these special in need racers into our adoption program. The fund is also used to help hounds with more mundane medical conditions.  Please help GRFT help other special needs hounds. You are the best chance they have.  

What You Can Do To Help

Without your help there can be no special needs funds and adoption groups like GRFT can not afford the added financial burden of the care of special needs hounds. Fortunately, there are several things you can do. Individuals can help through donations of money and time.

Businesses can help too by becoming a GRFT sponsor or partner. A sponsor organization is one that helps by donating cash to our special needs fund. Partners can help in many ways. They can provide materials such as food, beds or medical supplies. A partner can also provide facilities for fund raisers such as a dog wash or a meet and greet. Veterinary services are another invaluable donation.

Contact GRFT to find out more about what you can do to help.

 

To donate to the GRFT Special Needs Fund please use the contact information below.

 

Website: www.greyhoundrescue.org

 

Email: specialneeds@greyhoundrescue.org

 

Paypal donations are accepted through: greyhoundrescuefoundationoftn@yahoo.com

 

 

 Mail:   GRFT Special Needs Fund

            P.O. Box 32554

Knoxville, TN 37930-2554

 

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Our Special Needs Hounds

 

ARTEX PRISCILLA

 

Priscilla is a beautiful white and brindle female.  She is still a baby that won't be 2 years old until September.  She did just fine with two small dogs but hasn't met a cat yet.

 

Priscilla never actually raced.  She broke her front leg before she had a chance to show how fast she could run.  Her leg has been fixed and she is doing very well.

 

Priscilla is a shy girl that is going to need a little extra attention and snuggles.

 

Priscilla is heart worm positive and will begin her treatment soon. 

 

Fostered by  Brenda & Patrick in Knoxville

 

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
   MEDICAL HOLD

PTL YOYO

YoYo
is another heartworm positive girl that GRFT is currently having treated.  She tested positive when she arrived from the race track and GRFT is funding her treatment.  YoYo is only 2 years old and about as sweet as you will ever meet.

YoYo does have one of our previous adopters waiting on her to finish her treatment and plans to adopt her.

Fostered by Janis & Mike in Knoxville

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
Medical Hold - ADOPTION PENDING

GIGEM CHAROLAIS

GigEm is a 3 year old beautiful boy.

GigEm is a precious soul who has stolen our hearts.  He has returned to foster care due to inconsistencies with his digestive system.  

 We will access his needs and condition, will follow with vet appointments, blood work, and any additional treatment to determine the cause of the digestive flare ups.

GigEm has come a long way and has been problem free and without medication for a couple month and it's time he finds his special home.

Cared for by Brenda and Patrick

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
Medical Hold-ADOPTED

BRICKLIN

Bricklin was located in an Animal Shelter in Kentucky where his previous adopter dumped him and 2 other non Greyhound dogs.  Rumor has it they still have one younger Greyhound so we will be contacting groups in Florida to see who might have adopted this boy out.

GRFT will treat Bricklin for his medical needs and get him back to a healthy worm free condition.  Bricklin was obviously neglected.  He turned 11 years old today, May 18th.  His foster mom says he is a sweet loveable boy that needs to be loved for the rest of his life. 

More information will follow as we continue to treat him medically, physically and emotionally.  How can people turn their backs when their "companions" age?

Cared for by Barbara & George

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
Senior - Medical Hold  ADOPTED

Bricklin 

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RWC DIRTY HARRY

 

Harry was 4 years old in June.  He has come into our home with multi dogs and has had no problems adjusting.  

 

Harry's house manners are excellent, he crates well, does steps and has a beautiful coat of hair. We are already lovin this boy. 

 

Harry has been on hold due to some gum issues and extensive dental work.  After numerous dental visits, teeth cleanings, gum surgery and extractions, Harry has now completed his surgeries and is available to start his retirement with some lucky family. 

 

Fostered by James in the Knoxville area

 

Small Animal Tolerant:  Yes Small Dogs

Status:  Medical Hold- ADOPTED

SEPHIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sephie was picked up by Animal Control as a stray on November 15th and GRFT notified.   She could not be released due to laws and perhaps citations for animal neglect.   How could anyone let this sweet little angel get in this condition.   

 

 

 

 

She only weighs 41 pounds and the pads on her feet were all cut up with skin hanging loose, but she has not given up on the human race.   She wags her tail and comes to be loved on.  It tore our hearts out to know that we had to walk away until they could get a surrender or the time lapsed.  Needless to say that was a long wait but the call did come and we were able to pick her up.

 

 

 

Sephie was eating and drinking and had her initial visit with the vet but then things started going down hill.   Sephie began throwing up so on her second trip Doc gave her a nausea-diarrhea shot & antibiotic shot.  Sephie lost another pound.  She is now on 6 hours of nothing but ice chips & water then we can start with rice and cooked chicken.  Sephie will receive 24/7 care in her foster home. 
 

Sephie has a long road ahead of her but she will be given all the care and love she can stand.   She has never complained and seems much more confident and secure with her little lightweight jack on.

 

It would have only taken one phone call and this situation could have been avoided.    Sephie did not deserve to become a walking skeleton. 

 

Please keep Sephie in your thoughts and Prayers.

 

Sephie has now gained the weight she needed, still loves to eat, loves her people, loves to talk to you and would love to have a home that would love her in return for all the love she has to give.

 

Sephie does good with dogs but not so sure about cats.

 

Sephie has been in her home now for a few months and is doing amazingly well.  She is loved, pampered and gets to be the Diva of the family. 

 

I would definitely call this a success story. 

 

 



Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
ADOPTED

 

 

 

 

JOE THE PLUMBER

Male     Born   July 6, 2007

Joe tested cat tolerant in Florida.  He is a small boy at 70 pounds.

Joe went into the cell program but after a month he started displaying symptoms of not eating and developed a "happy" tail.  Joe was pulled from the program, examined and has recovered his appetite but will be having surgery on his tail. 

Joe is an extremely sweet, loveable boy that we will continue to care for him until he is ready for his special home.

Fostered by: Brooke in Clarksville

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes

Status: Medical Hold- ADOPTED

 

 

 

KB'S MI FLY

 

Fly is doing pretty well, she got looked at by 2 other vets today, one of which is a veterinary urologist.   Fly's infection is caused by a bacteria called Mycoplasma, which is a pretty serious bacteria, requiring long term antibiotics.  Fly had her work up today, and she also has something going on with her uterus and it will be removed.  She also had an ultrasound. 

 

Fly is having an abdominal exploratory surgery at UT on Monday to determine the cause of her ongoing fevers, stomach and back pain, blood work abnormalities, and vaginal discharge which she has been continuously fighting.  There is an abnormal structure which we think is an infected part of her uterus, she has not responded to antibiotic therapy, and having a low grade infection for a prolonged period of time can make things really tricky, especially in that area.  Fortunately one of the top soft tissue surgeons in the country will be performing her surgery. 

 

Hopefully Fly's surgery will be straight forward, though it is more difficult to do this then the actual spay with a chance of damaging her urinary tract.  Fly might have to stay in the ICU overnight.  Updates to follow.

 

Fly is recovering from her surgeries.  A surprising find, a hidden penis and her uterus have both been removed.  She is responding to the antibiotics so once she has finished this round of antibiotics we hope the infection and fever do not return.  ( Dr. Iva English)

Small Animal Friendly:
Status: 
Medical Hold - ADOPTED

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PLAYTIME

 

Maggie as this little doll is called has has two tumors removed from her neck but the swelling continues to return and a third tumor has been discovered.  The previous two have been benign and we pray the results of her next surgery will be as favorable.  Maggie had her second surgery today with the tumor being sent to the state lab.  Send white lights for little Maggie's results.   She is such a happy lovable baby and hasn't complained about having the surgery nor the times her neck has had to be drained.  She is a real trooper and we want to make her well again.

Small Animal Friendly:
Status:
Medical Hole - ADOPTED

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YO MY AMANDA

 

Amanda is a small, 56 pound, female.  She was born July 27, 2005 and has just recently retired from racing where she was doing a good job at racking up some wins and went all the way to Grade A.  Her career was not to last long.  Amanda fractured/cracked her hock while racing.  She has come into GRFT's Special Needs Program.

 

Amanda has had several x-rays and blood work done and we are continuing to battle the infection before we will know the next step in Amanda's treatment and recovery.  Amanda is on total leash walking, crate rest and quiet one on one loving.  Is she getting spoiled?  What do you think?

July 30th Amanda returned to the vet  for additional x-rays.  Results, she must continue with her medication and restricted activity.

August 13th, Amanda's x-rays show the fracture/crack is fusing but she does still have some infection so she must continue with her medication but is able to have supervised off leash time in a fenced area. 

 

This is one sweet little girl and GRFT will continue to care and do whatever necessary to help Amanda.


Small Animal Friendly: Yes, most definitely.
Status:
 Medical Hold - ADOPTED

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SKIDDY DOC

 

Born May 21, 1998.  Zev as he is called has been a babysitter, a toddler walker and a true friend but he was abandoned by his family, left at the vet to have his life ended.  The vet saw Zev still had a life to live and gave us a call.

 

Zev is an 11 year old, yes a senior, but with lots of love to give.  He is not ready to lay down and give up although he does enjoy soft doggie beds.

 

Zev has had a dental due to an abscessed tooth, and the vet thinks he has a life to live and deserves a caring family to be cherished by.  Zev is doing very good and looks forward to meeting the right family.


Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status: 
Senior - ADOPTED

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KIOWA SANTA GAY

 

Born October 1997, Gabby spent years entertaining the folks in the nursing home where she reside until she became one of the kids that needed a boost with her arthritis and became a little slower on checking on the residents.

 

Gabby found herself in foster care at the ripe age of 12, with proper vet care and medication she is happily being cared for by a loving family that thinks she does no wrong and wants her to have a happy remaining life.

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status:
 Senior - ADOPTED

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SWEETIE

 

Sweetie was found forging through garbage cans near Cherokee Lake by Animal Control.  GRFT was contacted and picked up Sweetie.  Her ear Tats show she was either born in May or June 1998.  No one has come to claim Sweetie. 

 

What is it about the beautiful black seniors that some people turn their backs on and just walk away?  Did they not realize just a phone call and Sweetie would be safe with us but she would have had her own name, birthday and history. 

 

As it is, she is safe in foster care, being medically treated for her ailments, x-rayed for neck pain, and being brought back to health so she can have her mouth fixed and get ready for that special family.   Sweetie will touch your heart if you have a chance to meet her.


Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
 Senior - ADOPTED

 

 

Do you know who this girl could be?

 

RED FLAME (Logan)

Logan was one of the most gentle Greyhounds a person could ever meet.  His injury was devastating and all known medical procedures and medications were offered this beautiful boy with the financial help of many artist, GRFT Volunteers, GPAEC and GPA-Nashville but after the surgeries and infections he just did not have the strength to continue to fight.  The infections he could not fight off eventually took his life. 

The Special Needs Program was developed so that GRFT would be able to help some of the Greyhounds with special medical needs.  Fundraisers and auctions help us have the funds to give this chance of a pain free life and a loving home to Greyhounds that might not have a chance otherwise.

Medical Hold- deceased

11/1997 - 09/2006

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BOOTLEG LEE

Logan will be 6 years old in June.  Logan raced at 79  pounds, retired and was adopted for approximately 15 months and lived with cats, small dogs and another Greyhound.  In that 15 months Logan gained 31 pounds and became sluggish from being over weight and during this time his levels became out of whack. 

Logan is under a vet care for his weight and his blood levels.  Hopefully Logan drops a few pounds his levels will adjust themselves.  Logan will continue to be monitored closely during his weight loss program.

Cared for by Len and Lois

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status:
    Medical Hold - ADOPTED

Logan has found his SPECIAL Home

 

HALLO CORONADO (Nada) 
 

This beautiful boy was doing what he does best, racing at Grade A until he took a spill on 7/13.  Nada went to GPAEC in Pensacola and the next morning had surgery to repair a couple broken bones in his foot. As you can see there isn't the typical splint and wrapping. That's because Nada sports 3 screws and a stretch of wire holding his bones together. Pretty impressive huh? Nada will be on the mend for several more weeks and when medically cleared he will make his debut a M&G.

 

An update to Nada, for those of us who already know and love him, Nada is GRFT's newest special needs hound. Nada has just undergone a second surgery to remove the screws and wires.  Two of the screws were loose, probably because his body was rejecting the foreign objects, and this was  what was causing Nada to continue to have problems. Dr. Pearce said that there is some infection in the leg and has started Nada on a 2-week course of antibiotics. Some cultures were done of the infection and Dr. Pearce tested the antibiotics on the cultures to ensure that they were going to be effective.  We'll be soaking his leg in warm water every couple of days when we change his dressing and take the stitches out on the 23rd. After that we'll be encouraging him to use the leg but are going to need to leash walk him for a couple of months until the bone has a chance to fill in where the screws came out. Right now they are like a piece of Swiss cheese and shouldn't be put under very much stress. We'll be taking X-Rays about every 30 days and sending them to Dr. Pearce to look at until he is happy that the bones are healed.  (Shae & Russ)

 

Nada has made a remarkable recovery though the excellent care of Russ and Shae.  Their tireless efforts and care have made it possible for Nada to find his forever loving home.


Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status:
  Medical Hold - ADOPTED

 

 

PAL'S COTTON CANDY

 

Candy was in a home for six years but things started going down hill and the family was forced to let Candy go into foster care.   

 

Candy was very depressed, dragging her feet and unsure of herself when she arrived.  It hurt her to eat and during her initial exam a tooth fell out in the vet's hand.  Candy had 19 additional teeth pulled and once healed she will be facing another dental and more extractions. 

 

Candy is beginning to feel confident and happy.  She will run in the yard with other, eats her softened food like a champ and is a sweet 8 year old.

Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status:
Medical Hold - ADOPTED

 

 

YES SHE GOT IT

 

Sheba is a 3 year old precious girl.  GRFT brought her into foster care on March 23, 2012 knowing she had a large knot on her side.  We had a chance that it could have been from an injury were another grey could have butted her in the ribs while playing in the turnout pen.  This is what we had hoped and prayed for but we also knew it could be cancer but if so we wanted to give her a chance at living in a home and knowing the love of a family.

 

Shortly after she came into foster care the knot began to swell and she was uncomfortable laying down.  We took her to the vet and the know was drained of a thick bloody mucas substance leading us to believe it was just an injury we were dealing with but we needed to be sure so she was scheduled for surgery.  

It was nearly 2 weeks before we got the results that her cancer was of a rare fatal kind with no treatment recommended.

The lab results showed she had an aggressive type of cancer that attack the blood vessels and bone making its own path.  We meet with the vet to discuss all our options but we promise to keep Sheba comfortable.  She is loved by many.

 

We knew it was a matter of time and we were determined Sheba was going to be adopted but we could not agree as to who would be the privileged family so it was agreed we would have a signing of the contract with Sheba present.  The three families signed the contract on June 1st at Mountain Hounds.  Sheba was able to spend time with each family and her siblings during the event. 

The 5 days she was in Gatlinburg her tail wagged, she smiled, ran, played and gave kisses to everyone that she could reach.  Sheba won a toy for the shortest tail and ran 24 mph in the MH Hustle.  She touched so many people.

She was a special girl that didn't have long on this earth but was happy and knew she was loved until the end.  Sheba showed no signs of pain until the afternoon of June 7th when the area became enlarged, black and oozing blood.  She was immediately taken to the vet where we were told she could be given pain meds and kept alive for maybe a couple extra days but Sheba deserved more than to be kept alive in a zombie state.

We are so grateful GRFT was able to give Sheba a couple months of being a pet.  Perhaps she waited until everyone could be together to sign her contract and she could spend time with each of her three families and sibling before making her journey. 

Until we meet again.


Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status:
Medical Hold - ADOPTED

 

 

Sheba   April 17, 2009 - June 7, 2012

 

PAT C TINA

 

Tina was a return after being in a home several years.  She came back to us Heartworm Positive.  We were told the family had refused to have a heartworm test when she was in for her shots.  It was good that this wonderful girl was returned when she was so that GRFT had a chance of saving her.

 

Tina completed her harsh heartworm treatment and never forgot to love and give kisses. 

 

Tina was cared for by Len and Lois as she had to be kept very inactive, no jumping, running and only a short potty walk.  Thanks to their dedication Tina came through the treatment without any setbacks.

Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status:
Medical Hold - ADOPTED

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SOBE CUPCAKE

 

 

 

 

Cupcake is a sweet little 5 year old female. 

 

Cupcake has an injury to her legs where she tried very hard to catch that illusive bunny.  She has been under a vet care for approximately six months and is progressing although slowly.

 

Cupcake's last vet visit was so positive and she is now ready for a loving forever home.  Are you the family for Cupcake?

 

 

Fostered by Kim and Jeff in the Knoxville area

Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status:  
Medical Hold ADOPTED

 

CTW SHE IS GRAND

 

Grand was a little shy girl with a broken toe and she had retired from racing so GRFT made the decision to bring her into foster care and get that toe taken care of and get her well before letting her be adopted.

 

A month later, her surgeries have gone great and she able to go to that forever home that has been waiting for Grand to heal. 

 

So glad with the generous help from our adopters we are able to take on expenses well above our adoption fee.  Grand is one of the special fur babies we have been able to help over the years.

Small Animal Friendly: Yes
Status:
Medical Hold   ADOPTED

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BLANK SLATE

 

Slate is a beautiful white boy who through the years his home went from loving to neglectful to broken.  At 10 years old he found himself homeless, underweight and with a mouth full of rotten teeth.

 

With the love and care of his foster family Slate began to gain some weight, got his health exam, shots and luckily was heartworm negative.  Now for the scary part, at 10 1/4 years old he was facing major dental work. 

 

Thankful for the skills of our vet Slate was able to come through the dental, losing 17 teeth but happier than he had been.  With soft food Slate and lots of tender love is on the road to recovery.


Small Animal Friendly:  Amanda & Ron in Knoxville
Status:
Medical Hold    ADOPTED

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HOBO RIDGE

 

Hobo came into foster care on Saturday June 6, 2015 at 4:00 AM.  He was such a sweet, calm, loving boy but by 11:15 PM he was having seizures and was admitted to the Emergency Animal Clinic.  By 2:00 PM he had had 4 seizures and the vets didn't hold much hope for him.  Hobo was put on IV Phenobarbital and an additional antiseizure medication to pull him out of the last seizure.  That was on Sunday at 2:00 PM. 

 

We couldn't give up on Hobo and asked that they continue treatment and by Monday June 8th around 6:00 PM he was released from the Emergency Animal Clinic as he had not had another seizure since the one on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

 

Hobo will spend the next couple weeks with one of our fosters that works for a vet and is able to take him to work with her in order observe him at all times.  She has all the medication and knowledge if he were to have another seizure plus an in with a vet.

 

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and the care Hobo was given by his foster parents in getting him to the Emergency Animal Clinic and the care they took with him and for Chelsea for stepping up to care for him during these next crucial weeks.

Small Animal Friendly:   YES
Status:   Medical Hold  ADOPTED

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RAZORSOFIA

Sofia is our little heartworm positive girl that we are currently having treated.  She tested positive while at the race track and GRFT is funding her treatment.

Once Sofia's treatment is complete we will bring her into foster care and where she can begin to enjoy retirement. 

Sofia was 2 years old in August and weighs 63 pounds.

Small Animal Friendly:  Yes
Status: 
Medical Hold - ADOPTED

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Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee

P.O. Box 32554
Knoxville, TN  37930-2554

 

www.greyhoundrescue.org