At the end of 2015, Gus had reason to be sad. When a local animal control officer found him Gus had a contagious form of mange. As the cold of winter approached, he had little fur left, his hair was red and inflamed from scratching. He had an ugly mass on his chest. In most cases, Gus would not have had a chance at an animal shelter because he required long-term care. Yet by the last weeks of December 2015, Gus’ photo was being shared by hundreds of dog lovers on Facebook.
After Gus was found, the animal control officer took Gus to Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital. Terry Casillas explained in an email, “Dr. Sutton from the ER called and asked if Tired Dog would be interested in taking this boy in as he needs a lot of care. They know that is the type of dog we prefer to take in. For us we prefer to take the harder cases that would normally be euthanized or looked over. We have many amazing stories of survival. Dogs are so amazing and resilient.”
Tired Dog Rescue was founded by Terry Casillas in 2008. Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, the rescue focuses on Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Schnauzers, but took is this sad-eyed Golden Retriever and Gus was transferred to the Lakeview Animal Hospital. After lots of medication and dips, his skin cleared up.
In an email from Kristy Sheffield, Practice Manager of the Lakeview Animal Hospital, “Gus has been quite an expensive case already and he had a brief moment where he started to decline, we were starting to become very concerned. But he bounced back and has been doing wonderfully ever since, we’ve worked with a lot of rescue pets, but he truly has such a good personality he truly is happy about just about everything.
“Even though Terry and Publio Casillas (the husband and wife team who run Tired Dog Rescue) knew Gus would be long and expensive rescue, they knew that they were his only hope. Gus was brought in to see us at Lakeview Animal Hospital the following morning, unfortunately amongst many other medical conditions he presented with he also had a very advanced case of sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is very contagious to both pets and humans, which meant that Gus would have to stay with us at Lakeview Animal Hospital as an isolated hospitalized patient until he was mange free. During Gus’s stay he has made incredible improvement! Within days his skin began to look healthier, his skin was no longer cracking and bleeding, and he was finally sleeping comfortably.
“Gus’s final recheck skin scrape was yesterday (12/22); because it was negative he will be able to go to Terry and Publio Casillas to be fostered and actually be able to spend Christmas in a home! Gus still has a very long road ahead of him though. Amongst his diagnosis of sarcoptic mange, Gus also has heartworm disease, has several masses which need to be removed and sent off for histopathology, and has to gain a good bit of weight in order to safely undergo anesthesia and be healthy enough for his heartworm treatment.”
Casillas was able to have Gus home for the holidays. Because he is in such bad shape, it is hard to judge his age. Casillas wrote, “He was very white-faced so with that and the condition of his teeth originally we thought older.” Yet as Gus got better, “His face is now coming in red and he is super active so I am going to say no older than 5 but of course this is just a guesstimate. “
So far Tired Dog Rescue’s bill on Gus has come up to $1,734.04. But Gus still need to have a mass removed from his neck, and then he needs to be neutered and treated for heartworm. That could be another $1,000.
Currently Tired Dog Rescue is full and closed for intake. They need more foster families as well as adoptions. You can donate directly to this 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization by visiting the Tired Dog Rescue website. You can also donate directly to Gus through the Lakeview Animal Hospital.
Lakeview Animal Hospital
- 11505 Cinema Dr. Suite #12
- D’Iberville, Mississippi 39540