Well it started with the Lab brothers.
And kennel cough that turned into pneumonia.
We spent hundreds on those dogs, and their adoption fees never covered 1/2 of what we spent due to the KC and illness.
(this isn't really about money although that's a factor in our decisions here).
Well we took in Gabriel, he's still here, the other three have been adopted but while here, they all developed some KC and in fact also infected one of our foster puppies that did NOT come from a shelter.
He now has pneumonia!!
I'm so very tired, what with Copper and all. And every time I turn around more puppies are coming in, more than what's going out.
Maybe I'm burnt out. One thing is for sure, I cannot take any more animals from the shelter where this horrible KC is coming from. Oh, I forgot to mention that one of our fosters saw the brothers on the way to Seattle, was in the same vehicle and wound up with severe KC and pneumonia. WTF??? She wasn't even around them but for about 20 overlapping minutes in the back of our pickup. I mean I know it's contagious but...
And we've been vaccinating them ALL for KC, upon entry here, that's new for us, we used to just do the regular 5ways and a rabies.
But I feel just...I'm frustrated and a little confused about all the illness.
In 6yrs. of doing rescue and shelter work, we've not had KC so severe that it went into pneumonia.
Also with Copper's spleen gone, will HE be more at risk for becoming ill??
I have a hard time saing "no" but I'm going to have to start.
First things first, as soon as our current fosters are gone, we won't be taking in any, unless it is from our vet's office, and only because I want to maintain relations with them, as they've been so good to us.
I don't want to STOP rescuing but I have to change something...suggestions???
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