Age: 2 Years Old
Good With Dogs: Dog selective
Good With Cats: No
Good With Children: age 10 and above
On Thursday, January 18th GSRNJ received a plea for help from friends who found a stray German Shepherd dog walking the streets of Newark all alone, with no owner to be found. Not only was he roaming alone in the cold, he was hungry and it looked like he was missing a lot of hair on his back. It was obvious he was in pain, so when they were able to get a closer look at his back they saw he had a large wound that looked like a burn that required medical attention. Luckily his guardian angels were there and dedicated to getting him the help he needed. He would no longer be alone.
Since it was after hours and authorities were not responding to pleas for help, his guardian angels found him a warm place to spend the night where he was safe and had a full belly. They sprang into action and reached out to rescue. Through it all this boy was sweet and liked giving kisses.
GSRNJ was ready to help!
On Friday, his guardian angels took him to the Madison Animal Hospital to have his wounds looked at and to bring him up-to-date on vaccines. Vets believe the burn to be chemical and done by the hands of humans. Unbelievable! The vet and staff needed to sedate the dog during the 3 hour debridement not because he was aggressive, but because he was sobbing from the immense pain. Heartbreaking. Once the procedure was complete, he spent time resting with his guardian angels and gave them sweet submissive kisses as to say “thank you”.
He is now part of the GSRNJ program where he will continue to receive necessary care to bring him back to good health. It will be a long journey but it is one that we are dedicated to so that he can then move on to his next journey…a forever home with a family who will shower him with love! Volunteers have been spending a lot of time getting to know him and caring for him. Despite what he was subjected to by the hands of humans, he is incredibly trusting and sweet.
He already had the debridement and will now need to visit the vet every 72 hours to have his dressing changed and to monitor his wound, which will be costly for a nonprofit rescue who already has limited funds. Please consider donating to his care so that GSRNJ can continue its mission to rescue homeless and neglected German Shepherd Dogs in New Jersey.
Update: January 22, 2018
GSRNJ volunteers took him to the Warren Township Animal Hospital for his first dressing change. Although it was painful and he had to be muzzled, he handled it like a champ. He was in pain and did cry but it was obvious he knew we were trying to help him. Once he was done, he leaned into to the volunteers, gave kisses and was anxious to go for a walk. His next vet with Dr. Gallo is on Thursday, January 25.
Update: March 20, 2018
On January 19 Cyrus had a debridement where he had skin and fur removed so his burn could be properly cleaned and treated. Now approximately 3 months later, almost all of his hair has grown back and his wound almost completely healed. Originally we were told that it would take 6-9 months for Cyrus to heal and that his hair would most likely not grow back where he was burned the worst. Cyrus has surprised us all! He is such a warrior, is quickly healing and his hair is almost grown back completely. Thanks to his wonderful foster home and the dedication of GSRNJ volunteers, Cyrus is well on his way to a complete recovery.
Now that Cyrus is feeling much better and is no longer on any medication, GSRNJ volunteers are working with him on leash manners and basic obedience. Cyrus will chase cats and think they are toys so a home without kitties is a must.
Cyrus has been cleared by his vet to now move onto his forever home.
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