FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. — No Time To Spare Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Warrenton rescued 27 dogs Saturday from living in what they said were deplorable conditions in Franklin County.
All of the new dogs need to be vaccinated and spayed or neutered. The dogs also need medical attention for untreated wounds, some pregnancies and treatment for heartworms.
They told 5 On Your Side that as a result of a huge influx of dogs and cats arriving because of the cold weather, the rescue is full and in need of supplies.
The sanctuary said it needs foster homes for the newly rescued dogs and monetary donations to cover veterinary costs.
The supplies most needed are:
- Diamond Natural or Purina Pro Plan small bite adult dog food
- Laundry detergent
- Odoban cleaner
- Nylabones or benebones
Content Warning: 27 dogs rescued
On Sunday the shelter reached out to 5 On Your Side and said it had been both a difficult and wonderful week in rescue.
They said, unfortunately, the rest of this week presented a lot of challenges on top of the very heavy load that staff and volunteers are carrying
The shelter said it rescued Gus, an extremely emaciated German Shepard who they said was incredibly sweet even in his condition.
"He was defecating rocks as that’s all he had to eat as a stray. He was hospitalized for several days; many tests and treatments were performed but despite our efforts. He passed away yesterday," the shelter said.
One of the vet technicians at Animal Talk Medical Center took him home so he could feel love and comfort even if it was just for a short time.
A mama pup had babies and has rejected them, so they are being kept warm and bottle-fed every 1-2 hours.
The shelter received a call from Warren County Sheriff 911 Friday about an injured dog at the Flying J gas station. They arrived to find a pup stabbed multiple times (injuries consistent with a knife or arrow).
"He had emergency surgery to repair a broken rib, perforated diaphragm and stomach. He is recovering, was in good spirits this morning, but is still in grave condition. We don’t know who hurt this sweet boy, but he will never be abused again," the shelter said.
The sanctuary's bus transporting the 27 hoarding case pups to the vet to get their vaccinations broke down on the side of the highway with the dogs inside.
"This is the bus we use for rescues, adoption events and veterinary run and it needs quite a bit of work," they said.
What the shelter needs the most include:
- The sanctuary asks for prayers and positive thoughts that the Flying J dog and puppies will survive.
- Monetary donations to cover van repairs, puppy formula, extra staffing hours and vet costs which total about $7,000.
Donated items can be sent or dropped off to the organization located at 27933 Pendleton Lost Creek Road in Warrenton or the Animal Talk Medical Center located at 12800 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Wentzville.
Please click here to make a monetary donation or submit an application to foster a dog.