Chamois, January 2004
A beautiful young yellow female Labrador was found in the Hunt County Animal Shelter. Adoptions of large dogs out of animal shelters are tough out in the county. When her time was up on 10/31/03, DFW Lab Rescue stepped in to help her. She was named Chamois for softness, both inside and out, as well as her color.
Upon arrival at the veterinarian for routine shots and exam, she coughed. A volunteer of DFW Lab Rescue happened to be working at that particular vet clinic and alerted the vet to the cough. Believing this could be the start of normal kennel cough, Chamois was put in to isolation so not to infect the rest of the clients staying at the clinic, including numerous dogs rescued by DFW Lab Rescue. Chamois' illness immediately went on a downslide. On a hunch, a vet tech did a Parvo virus test and sure enough, Chamois tested positive for Parvo. At an estimated age of 1.5 years old, this poor pup probably never had a routine medical vaccination in her life. But, she was a fighter! This poor dog was not about to give up. During the nearly 6 weeks Chamois spent in the vet hospital, she received almost 30 bags of fluids, a bag of plasma, and even a blood transfusion from a Lab that was previously adopted from DFW Lab Rescue. She was finally released to go to a foster home by Christmas and was adopted in to her forever home on January 25, 2004.
DFW Lab Rescue had set an aggressive goal of rescuing 200 dogs in 2003 and attained that and more with a total of 209. However, that great amount of success came at a high price. Their funds were depleted with Chamois' illness. Although Chamois' retail bill would have been in excess of $5,000, their wonderful veterinarian extended a substantial discount. This discount, coupled with financial assistance from LABMED, made Chamois' bill of health much less devastating financially for DFW Lab Rescue.
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