Prayers and Good Thoughts for Henry

henry2During the week of Feb 14th while our volunteers were out rescuing the dogs from the Stevens county neglect/hoarding case, 3 little puppies, 7 – 9 weeks old were brought to the shelter. This had originally been a litter of 5, but the young man who found them on the porch of an empty house was able to find homes for two of them. He noticed that one little pup was not doing well and did not know how to help him or have the money to give him veterinary care.

One of our volunteers took them home to assess their condition, and yes Henry (his new name) was in trouble. Even though Henry was eating and drinking, he was very lethargic and when he got up, would walk aimlessly ending up in corners. He seemed a bit worse the following morning so he was taken to a veterinarian. It was found that his temperature was low so 50cc of warm fluids were given. Blood work revealed high liver enzymes. Henry was sent back to the sanctuary awaiting the results of a more complete bloodwork panel including further liver function tests.

The test results showed very high liver enzymes and increased bile acid values indicating that he most likely has a liver shunt, an abnormality he was born with. A liver shunt causes the blood to bypass the liver and so the blood is not filtered normally. The silver-lining is that this can be corrected. Henry will be seeing a specialist this Wednesday in Spokane. He will have an ultrasound and if indicated, he will go immediately into surgery for repair. He will not be alone, our shelter manager and his new foster parent will be there with him and will stay until surgery is over. Henry will certainly die if this abnormality is not corrected.

Henry is a sweet little guy and deserves to grow to have a loving forever home. You can see in his eyes that he wants nothing more than to play with his brother and sister, Hattie and Howie, but he can’t because he feels too bad. This surgery can give him a normal life.

Please everyone, keep positive thoughts for Henry on this Wednesday.

We will probably need to do a fundraiser for Henry, but we will not postpone his treatment waiting for funds. The surgery and medical care is likely to cost $1500 – $2000. We will let you know.



About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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2 Responses to Prayers and Good Thoughts for Henry

  1. Henry is lucky to have found you (or been dropped off at your door).

  2. Thank you Maria. We feel that animals who find their way to us, have done so for a reason. Henry is meant to be helped and so we will help him πŸ™‚


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