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Because of you, our readers, Silver Rescue was able to pay for the recent surgery Buster needed.  We have almost reached our goal, which includes paying for the extended stay he needed at the veterinarian clinic.  

Because of you, he has gone from a sad boy who came to us three years ago, limping, with the pad of his paw a bloody, raw mess and the rest of his leg atrophied and mostly unusable to a courageous Pit with a chance to be happy.  After he re-injured his paw, this surgery helped him overcome a tough start in life - calcium deficiency, almost assuredly a result of backyard breeding. 

It was hard to watch Buster, normally stoic even when in pain, as his paw refused to heal and he began chewing into the open wound, widening and deepening it up to the bone.  It was like he was methodically removing the source pain even if it meant chewing off the paw.  I have seen my share of open wounds.  I have worked as a surgical photographer seeing the raw insides of human beings.  I have never been bothered by this.  But when I saw what Buster was doing, it brought me to my knees. 

Amputation was hard on him but being still a young and otherwise strong dog, he has a better chance to overcome this trauma now than if he had been older.  His good temperament and happy go lucky outlook on life are helping see him through recovery.  We were told that many non-bully dogs do not survive such a surgery by more than a few months, the trauma being too great to overcome. The success rate for pit bull dogs, however, was high due to their inherent tolerance for pain.  Certainly, Buster has a great tolerance for pain.  Regardless of the outcome, we had no choice.  His only chance now at a decent life was the amputation. 

Because of the emergency of his new injury, Buster could not wait for us to raise the money for his surgery. Our veterinarian is graciously working with us, allowing us to make payments as we can. In addition to the surgery, Buster has an immune deficiency which causes him to heal slower than he should.  To avoid infection and to insure proper healing, he needed to stay at the clinic longer.  Boarding costs and medications will likely cap the total bill at around $1000 all in all.  We have received and paid donations of almost $700 already.

Please help us pay the remaining $300 of Buster's bill by donating to:

Silver Rescue
P.O. Box 111888
Nashville, TN 37222


Or through PayPal:


Or directly to:
Dr. Rita Tinsley
Animal Clinic of Stewart County
533 Hwy 79
Dover, TN 37058
Please remember to mention Buster for your donation.  

Thank you very much!

Read more about Buster on our website.


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Silver is the cat that started it allHere is Part Two of the interview with Silver Rescue's founder and CEO.  Last month, Karina shared ways readers can help the animals that come through SR's doors.  She is also looking for a Newsletter Editor.  If you have an interest in making a big difference, contact

JM:  Do you have any advice for those who adopt a cat or dog through Silver Rescue?

SR:  When I do adoptions, I go over all the introduction and training tips as well as how to teach children what not to do around the new animal.  One of my guarantees with an adoption is that I am always there for the life of the animal if they need help or advice.  There are also people who write to the rescue for advice on particular issues.  I'll share some of these questions and answers in upcoming issues of the newsletter.

When people rescue a dog and all of a sudden they run into an issue they don't know how to handle, they are ready to give the dog up.  The problem with that is that adoptions are already slow in this economy.  Here in Nashville, we had a huge flood in May.  Thousands of animals were lost, dumped or abandoned.  Rescues are full and fuller.  The same goes for me.  It is a stressful situation, so because I can't take in any more, I try to help adoptive "pet parents" with behavior issues, training, food, low cost vet clinincs, and anything I can do, education-wise, that helps them keep the animal.  It is very difficult because most people just want you to take their animal and don't really want to learn anything when just a little more effort will reward them with a wonderful pet companion.  Oftentimes, they decide they can't afford the animal, but even small changes in the family budget will leave enough to pay for a pet's needs.  

JM:  What should someone do if he or she has a pet but can no longer take proper care of it?

SR:  Reach out to rescue organizations for help.  Be prepared, in case a rescue or foster home cannot be found right away.  As mentioned above, the economy is a huge issue locally and nationally.  And then there are the natural disasters like our May flood.  If rescues or fosters can't be found, ask if there are organizations that can help with food.  We have one in Nashville.  The state of Georgia has one near Atlanta, I believe.  Sometimes rescuers will pull together and collect money for food in an emergency.

Sometimes someone might be able to get monetary help for vetting or at least low cost clinics.  This is a very difficult situation because not only are the rescues in dire straights but the private person is, too.  There are a lot of smaller rescue operators like me.  Most operate on a shoe string budget, taking money out of their own salary.  Only large organizations like Humane Associations, the ASPCA,  Northshore Animal League, etc. can do better than we can, but even they don't take in every animal out there. I've written to every one of those organizations as well as smaller ones to see if they can take in an animal I needed to place.  I've never been successful at that.   Rescue pleas go out daily by the thousands.  I personally get 2 to 300 a day.  More usually.  The need is great.  That's why everyone who reads this newsletter is important.  This is a job that takes all of us, working together.

JM:  And it is a very difficult job, one that is heart-wrenching at times.  How did you become involved with rescue work?

SR:  I guess it just came naturally.  I first rescued Silver, the cat for whom this rescue is named, whose hind legs were broken.  Then I rescued his sister so he would not be alone.  And that was supposed to be it.  Then their momma came; that was Midnight, who was with me until she passed away last week.  She was just supposed to stay for the weekend at first because she kept escaping and had already missed a couple of spay appointments because of that.  So I helped out.  I loved that cat, and when I felt her babies move, I asked if I could keep her because we were told she might die during the operation.  She gave me four more babies.  And that family of seven was supposed to be it.

But I fed feral cats, too.  And sooner or later homeless cats came around that weren't feral, so I took them in out of the elements and away from speeding cars and diseases from other unfortunate, street-roaming cats, not to speak of hungry abandoned dogs.  Eventually, I saw I couldn't keep every cat and began to learn to do adoptions.  When Alex, my first dog came around, I soon learned about the plight of pit bull dogs and began to get into dog rescue.  Kitties and pitties are my passion but I will rescue what needs to be rescued.  I realized early on that I had to do this right, so my rescue efforts evolved into the nonprofit organization you read about today fairly quickly.

Love Notes to our Readers!

"I'm Wendy, and I know how to have fun!  I like to cuddle and will bring smiles to you every day!  Take me home, and you will never be without a friend."

Honey is waiting for you

My name is Honey.  They say I'm a beauty, and I've got a personality to match my looks!  I'm looking for a forever home where I can please the members of my family with my obedience skills.  Let's play!"

Buster snuggles on the couch

"You read my story in this issue.  I'm Buster, on the left there, and I'm super loyal and good with dogs and cats!  I won SR's award for Mr. Personality and will soon be ready to bring my comic nature and charm into your home.  Won't you love me?"

Darrell smiles

"Don't let my dashing good looks fool you - I'm Darrell, and I'm a snuggler with a heart of gold!  Don't tell 'em, but I even like the cats!"

Ali wants a home

"Hi.  My name is Ali.  I love belly rubs, and I'm told I 'talk' like an angel!  With my soft fur beneath your fingers, you will love me, I'm sure.  I want to be your special Valentine!"

For more Valentine Picks (like Princess Penelope and Callie), visit our site!

Happy Valentine's Day from Silver Rescue!

Coming next month:  More tales from Valentine!



austin waits

My family loves to hike and enjoy nature.  That includes our dog, Austin.  His latest find is the Palisades Pack from Ruff Wear.  This is one tough dog pack that lets Austin carry his own water in the integrated water bladders or other supplies.  It's great for multi-day trips and is built to survive rugged terrain.

The waterproof zippers, high-visibility reflective trim gear loops and aluminum V-ring leash attachment all show an attention to detail, and the harness system can be used alone or, with the balanced assistance handle, can help lift a dog up and over obstacles. With the removable saddlebags, this pack does double duty and has a five-point adjustable fit.

But what I really like is the flexability we have in using the pack.  As a Border Colllie mix, Austin "needs" work to do, and the "just-right" weight this pack gives him makes him feel that he is earning his keep.  He's happy, his body gets just the right amount of exercise, and the whole thing couldn't be easier whether we are climbing trails or working out in the yard.   



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