Stories of Animals We’ve Helped
This is Luna, approx 2 yr old female boxer. She was relinquished to The Gatesville Animal Shelter July 15th 2019. She was very malnourished, emaciated and had a hookworm anemia as well as positive for heartworm disease! We are medical boarding her allowing us to slow feed her back to her normal weight so she can be strong enough to go through her heartworm treatment. She has also been vaccinated for rabies, distemper/Parvo and kennel cough as well as de-wormed to get rid of the hookworms. Thanks again for everyone who gave so generously to help others in need! Luna was adopted by Mica, who fell in love while taking care of her in the kennel at Bar N!
Update Aug 2019: Just wanted to share the new Luna! She is happy and healthy, loving her new home and Mama! She was adopted by Mica, our kennel tech who fell in love while she was here. She is back to her normal weight, has been spayed and current on vaccinations. She will be going through her Heartworm treatment soon. Thank you to all who have donated to our cause to help the unwanted and abused, without you we couldn’t have given Luna a second chance at a happy and good life.
Update Nov 2019: Just to show you what a little love and caring will accomplish! This is a Before picture of Luna – July 2019 on the day she was rescued by our awesome Gatesville Animal Control officer’s Holt and Miller from being tied up with such a short tie-out that she couldn’t move around without food or water to her After picture from just a few days ago in Nov 2019! WOW! Thank you Mica Newman for loving her and giving her the home she deserves!
King was picked up as a stray by the Gatesville Animal Control officer’s in the middle of August.
He is a 4 yr old intact male Pitbull. He was microchipped but the Owner didn’t want him so they relinquished him to the city to find him a new loving home. He had a severe ear infection in both ears and was coughing. He was also covered in fleas and was very malnourished. The Animal control officer’s brought him in for an exam and that’s when we found him to be Heartworm positive. 🙁 Some of his services such as bloodwork, x-rays, urinalysis, antibiotics and other medications, BNT ear treatment and boarding have been paid for through the shelter fund. We are trying to help raise the remainder of the funds for his Heartworm treatment through Waggle.org so his new adoptive parent(s) don’t have such an expense once we find one. He has not been neutered yet so his Adoption Fee will be the cost of his neuter at 50% off at Bar N and his Rabies vaccination at $15 for a total of $120.
His ear infection was treated with BNT ear treatment and fleas have been treated with topical flea prevention and a soothing bath as well as started on the appropriate antibiotics to get him ready for his Immiticide injections 1 month after he has been started on Doxycyline. He will need a total of 3 Immiticide injections, He will stay in the hospital overnight on the last 2 to monitor for complications. Strict exercise restrictions and cage rest is highly recommended while going through treatment as well as 6-8 weeks following his last injection. He will need to be re-tested for Heartworms after his treatment is complete and continue with year-round heartworm prevention. He has a good prognosis with treatment and a poor prognosis without as he could have complications with devastating results, such as congestive heart failure, difficulty breathing, activity intolerance and/or poor circulation, which could result in death.
Update on 9/19/19: King is doing great. His ear infection and skin are all cleared up. He has not started his Heartworm treatment yet as he will need to be on oral Doxycycline for 1 month and then needs a 1 month waiting period before administration of his 1st Immiticide injection, which will be on October 21st.
Update on 9/30/19: King has been adopted by a wonderful lady who doesn’t have any other pets so King will truly be living like one soon enough. He will be going to his new home on Tuesday Oct. 1st.
Update 10-21-19: King is doing great at home with his new owner. Came into the clinic today to get his 1st Immidicide injection and is doing great so far. We will keep a close eye on him throughout his treatment and post updates. Thanks again for everyone’s support and generosity.
Update 11-21-19: King getting his 2nd Immiticide injection and then a sleepover at Bar N for the night!
Update 11-22-19: King has had all of his Immiticide injections for his heartworm treatment and is doing great! He has put on a few too many pounds from the restricted activity but his new mom is taking him on daily walks to keep him in shape. Thanks again for everyone’s support and generosity, we could not have saved this wonderful dog without you.
Update 12-19-19: King says Happy Holidays! He tested negative for microfilaria today!
11/19/19 – FOUND by Walmart parking lot in Gatesville last night! Was possibly originally hit by a car/truck by HEB and then moved to Walmart and left again? Possible trauma to back end, hit by car or fell out of truck? Has a collar but no tags and No microchip!
Update: We have a broken pelvis with a good prognosis if we can get this baby somewhere to go and recover with cage rest and time, needs a foster parent to take care of me until owner can be found or I can be adopted.
Update 11/21/19: Still no owner or foster found! We named her Freckles! We are still looking for anyone willing/able to take on this sweet girl so she can recover from her broken pelvis in a home atmosphere and then we can try to find her a new forever home￼! If no foster can be found we will rehab Freckles here at Bar N but will need donations to go towards her boarding and care! She has to be current on vaccinations to stay at the hospital so we will give those and get her started with cage rest and TLC! Approx cost for 1 month boarding and all vaccinations needed is $325.50. Please call and donate towards this sweet girls recovery today… 254-865-8466! The cost of exam, x-rays and pain meds have been covered by the Gatesville Animal Shelter medical fund!
Update 11/22/19: Freckles has an angel! $500 donated towards her care this morning! Thank you so much for your generosity and love of animals!
Update 12/3/19: ?Updated video to show Freckles progress! She is healing well and doing great! We just need to find her a new loving family! ?
Update 1/13/2020: Freckles was adopted on 1/10/20 by the Benger’s!
November: This is Darla! She was picked up as a stray and when she came in to get her Rabies vaccination, we noticed she had a horrible ear infection in both ears so we treated with Depo inj and BNT ear treatment in both ears. She was recently taken to Austin Pets Alive this weekend (11/2/19).
12/11/19 – Poor Patty has a swollen face today…And 104.9 temperature ? Not sure if she got stung by a random bee in her kennel or if she has an abscess but we got her looked at by Dr. Newman and started on antibiotics! She was a great patient and stayed in good spirits!
Update 12/16/19 – Patty is doing great on her antibiotics and the swelling is almost gone!
Update 12/20-2019 – Patty has improved greatly since she first came to us! Now that she’s in better health, she has gone to Operation Kindness Rescue in hopes of finding her forever family!
Poor Flora was turned over to Gatesville Animal Shelter back in September
2019 after her former owners didn’t have use for her anymore in terms of
breeding and relinquished her to the City shelter. She had been bred over
and over again by the looks of her when she came into the shelter. Poor
coat, underweight and very saggy teats. The Animal Control Officer’s
brought Flora into Bar N Veterinary Clinic to have her spayed after her
teats started to get swollen and hot, we were all afraid that she might
develop a bad mastitis or a pyometra awaiting her new home. A good
samaritan donated the money to have her spayed but that is when we
discovered she was heartworm positive!
Update 1/16/20: Flora was brought to Bar N for boarding so we can monitor
her closely for Heartworm disease symptoms. She is such a sweet and loving
dog and has made such an impression on all of us; the shelter volunteers,
animal control officers and veterinary staff, that we are determined to
help Flora but we need your help! Started fundraising to help pay for her
Update 2/3/20: $50 donated to Flora. Flora started coughing due to her
Heartworms so we started her on Doxycycline and Prednisone.
Update 2/7/20: Flora made the news! Her story is in the Wednesday’s 2/5/20
Gatesville Messenger! And another $100 was donated!
Update 2/11/20: We have raised all the funds needed for Flora’s Heartworm
Flora will have her first Immiticide injection on April and then 30 days
after, she will get her second and third Immiticide injections on May 3rd
and 4th. She will have STRICT exercise restrictions throughout this
On June 2, 2020, we test for presence of Microfilaria
• If positive treat with a microfilaricide and retest in 4 weeks.
• Continue a year-round heartworm prevention program based on risk