Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

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Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog
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Source: SPARC

The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) is seeking an emergency, short-term foster home for Jade, a seven-year-old dog that has lived at the SPARC shelter for the past three years and is now terminally ill with only days or weeks left to live.

Jade was rushed to a specialist veterinarian this week with a distended abdomen and difficulty breathing. It was discovered that Jade has Hemangiosarcoma, a rapidly growing, highly invasive type of cancer which has wrapped itself around her heart. Hemangiosarcoma starts in the blood vessels but tumors generally develop in the major organs. Symptoms include breathing difficulties, lethargy, abdominal swelling, pale gums, exercise intolerance, rapid heartbeat, appetite and weight loss, lameness, partial paralysis, seizures and sudden collapse. 

Jade has only days or weeks to live. SPARC is providing hospice care for her for whatever time she has left but hopes a foster care provider who is home during the day and has no other pets will come forward to give Jade a loving home for the rest of her days. Jade could have a fatal heart attack at any time.

Anyone willing and able to foster Jade is asked to please call 805-525-8609 as soon as possible. Jade and SPARC also need funds to pay for her medical care. Please visit http://www.santapaulaarc.org/donate.html to donate.

SPARC is a No-Kill, No-Excuses, 501(C3) city pound and shelter in Santa Paula where every single animal arriving gets a second chance at life.

 
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Valencia5ca May 01, 2018 06:53 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

For those who believe that Jade is being done a disservice, I am here to tell you that she is not suffering in any way. As Jade's foster mom, I can attest to how she is being treated. Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center has done and continues to do absolutely everything to ensure she does not suffer and instead gets to live a beautiful life. Also, with respect to hemangiosarcoma, feel free to do your research. The disease is indolent; in other words, it does not cause pain and the rate of growth in the early stages is relatively slow. Dogs harboring even large hemangiosarcomas may show no clinical signs or evidence that they have a life threatening disease. If a dog were to succumb to the disease, it would be quick and the dog would not suffer. I am a veterinary technician and have worked with many dogs who have cancer and we all in rescue are aware of the warning signs of a dog's potential suffering and will do all that we can to prevent that from ever happening. Please respect what is being done with Jade as she has been blessed to be in a loving home in her last days or weeks with me and my family. We could not possibly love her more. She is an incredible dog and she is family to myself and SPARC. But I assure you that Jade is being well cared for and given proper hospice care to the fullest extent and lots of love.

a-1571229376 Apr 30, 2018 12:56 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

I used to financially support PETA until learning the truth about how many tens or even hundreds of thousads animals they "put to sleep" each year. PETA is no friend to animals....they take your money so they can kill kill kill....very sick people they are.

CivilEngineer Apr 30, 2018 07:22 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

No kill means they don't kill healthy animals for lack of space. Not that they don't euthanize sick animals. DAWG in SB is no-kill but have euthanized for suffering.

REX OF SB Apr 29, 2018 09:15 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

The more I dwell on this, the angrier I get. What is "humane" about letting this pain-ridden dog live out its final days instead of humanely euthanizing it? The Santa Paula "rescue" society members deserve to be horsewhipped. Yes, I said that and I mean it. To preserve its no-kill reputation, by god it's not going to kill anything. If I iived in Ventura County I would never contribute a nickel to this hypocritical, awful organization.

Valencia5ca Jun 04, 2018 02:42 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Really? Unbelievable. SPARC has done more for Jade and the others in their care than you are aware of. As Jade's foster mom, I am appalled by your statement. I welcome you to follow Jade's story on Facebook at Jade the Wonder Dog or on Instagram @mama_tycoon. You believe they deserve to be horse whipped? Where is the hypocrisy in giving an animal the life they deserve? We are at 5 weeks and 1 day together and she is playful, has no bleeding, no pain, and is the happiest dog on the planet. God bless.

CivilEngineer Apr 30, 2018 07:19 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Rex, my dog has this and he has been going for 2 years now. It hasn't reached his heart but he had to have his spleen removed. He is not in discomfort and he enjoys his walks and lounging on the couch. I have cared for 2 hospice dogs and it is pretty clear when it is their time. When that happens you give them a bunch of tramadol and then get them into a vet as soon as you can. To me, the difference between people and dogs is that you can release dogs from their suffering when it is their time but people have to be kept alive to suffer no matter what, unless they have done a lot of prep work and live in CA. We are way more humane to our dogs than to our people in this situation. I support this rescue in trying to get this dog into a home for its final days before its quality of life declines.

a-1571229376 Apr 29, 2018 11:44 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Rex and Socalmommy, Perhaps Classic is correct and the foster family can now make the decision on when to let the dog go. Maybe one of you could call the shelter and ask and then get back to us.....

SoCalMommy Apr 29, 2018 09:48 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Completely agree! I am so angry and so heartbroken. I’m glad someone is loving on her in her final days but I am beside myself knowing that she is being allowed to slowly and painfully die when there is every reason to let her peacefully go to sleep and be done. Absolutely wretched situation.

Ahchooo Apr 29, 2018 07:14 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

I hope someone can help this dog. The difference with humans, is they can (generally) understand what is happening. So when you tell mom, "When you have pain, we will give you drugs for that. We will do everything we can to keep you comfortable." With dogs, I suspect they don't know exactly what is happening. They can sense love and care. But if I were a dog, I think I would want a loving, caring euthanasia.

SoCalMommy Apr 29, 2018 03:48 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

This is horrible for this poor dog. Our dog had this and we had the sense to put him down so he wouldn’t suffer. Hemangiosarcoma tumors end up rupturing and pouring blood into the abdominal cavity, hence the pale gums. The emergency vet explained that when this happens the lungs fill with blood and the poor animal literally drowns in its own blood. This shelter is doing a terrible disservice letting this beautiful girl continue on this way. Poor sweet thing.

REX OF SB Apr 29, 2018 01:10 PM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Okay, I can understand outrage at putting down perfectly healthy domestic pets just because there's no room for them, but to prolong this poor dog's life just so she won't be euthanized is extremely cruel. Terminally ill humans get the "luxury" of hospice care, in which they may be drugged out in pain-free oblivion. Dogs apparently aren't so fortunate. Better this poor animal die a painful lingering death just so the Santa Paula animal shelter can keep its "no-kill" status going. Spare me the hearts and flowers, SPARC. By not euthanizing this poor dog, you are doing NO ONE any favors.

Valencia5ca Jun 04, 2018 02:25 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

I welcome you to see how Jade is doing by following us on Facebook at Jade the Wonder Dog or on Instagram @mama_tycoon. I am sorry you feel that way. Jade is doing fantastic and she is full of life. We have been together for 5 weeks and 1 day and not once have I seen any signs of illness. Also, the vet was very pleased with how well she is doing and additionally, there are no signs of bleeding or pale gums. SPARC made an excellent decision and Jade is so much better off for their selfless decision to facilitate giving her the life that she deserved all along.

Roger Apr 29, 2018 10:53 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

Though their might be some quality of life left in the little darling why not let her enjoy the time she has left? Hopefully someone will step forward and help. Or maybe we should put everyone down that has a terminal disease.

a-1571229376 Apr 29, 2018 10:15 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

The shelter says it's a "no-kill, no excuses" non-profit, which is probably why they aren't putting the dog down. Agree, it might be the more humane way to put the dog down, but appreciate the shelter is exhausting options to save animals.

Valencia5ca Jun 04, 2018 02:32 AM
Emergency Foster Home Needed for Terminally Ill Dog

I am not patiently watching her die as you put it. I am watching her lead a beautiful, happy life with my family. Putting her to sleep would've been an awful mistake. I welcome you to follow us on Facebook at Jade the Wonder Dog or on Instagram @ mama_tycoon and perhaps your opinion will change. SPARC did an incredibly selfless thing to facilitate a life for Jade and she is the happiest dog I've ever known and not one sign of illness. She was given a week to live and at 5 weeks and 1 day, I am beyond ecstatic to say that she is doing very well and loves her new happy home with my family. God bless.

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