HAMR was formed not only to rescue and rehome Husky and Malamutes but also to educate, therefore we have created this page to show you continuous updates of our Pups in Progress. You will get an insight on pups that you haven’t seen yet which we have rescued as they go through lots of love and care getting them ready for their furever homes.
Apollo came to us on the 5th April, late at night after being driven up from Katanning.
Apollo hadn’t had the best start to life and his new owners had put a lot of work into him to begin his rehabilitation, but after some time, due to extremely unfortunate circumstances, they were unable to continue with it. That’s when they contacted us.
Since coming to us, Apollo is having the ‘works’ carried out via his vet work and his foster carers have been doing a stirling job helping him find his manners.
Apollo will be up for adoption soon so keep an eye out for this cheeky boy.
BOSS is also a recent newcomer to the HAMR family after being picked up from a vet clinic where he had been left for euthanasia on the 21st of December 2017. Luckily for Boss, the vet knew who to call to ensure this did not happen.
The only thing we can see that is in any way ‘wrong’ with Boss is that his nose is crusty, has no pigment and is sore to touch. We suspect he may have either Collie Nose or Discoid Lupus. Boss will be getting a skin scraping done which will be sent for analysis to confirm what treatment he
will need and then he will be ready for his new home.
DOKOTAH came in to our care on the 14th April 2018 due to in house fighting with the other dogs in the home.
Within a couple of days of settling her in with her foster carers, a lump was discovered on the base of her tail whilst they were grooming her. Luckily, her vet appointment was already scheduled and it was determined that it needed to be removed. The in house fighting with her once bestie fur buddies now all made sense. Pain was a factor.
Unfortunately due to the location of what was discovered to be a tumor, the margins needed to close the wound were too great and not enough skin was salvageable to completely close the wound.
It was now a case of complete diligence and a lot of luck for the wound to close given time.
Luck wasn’t on Dokotah’s side regardless of how amazingly well her foster carers ensured her wound remained dry and bandaged. Infection set in. Unless we amputated her tail straight away, the infection would move into her bloodstream and kill her.
Dokotah has now recovered well from the amputation of approximately two thirds of her tail and fur has begun to already grow back.
Again though, luck is not on Dokotahs side. Just as we thought she may be ready to look for her new home, another lump has been discovered over her ribs. This has only been found due to a significant weight loss under the careful eye of her foster carers.
Keep your fingers crossed for our beautiful girl as she may be going under the knife again but hopefully, with the strength of spirit she has and the amazing foster carers that are looking after her every need, she’ll be looking for her new forever home very soon.
KADA came to us on the 2nd of September in 2017 after being surrendered.
Kada is a fluffy coated Malamute and unfortunately her extremely poor coat condition contributed hugely to her behavioral issues that came with her.
Touching Kada used to hurt her. She was matted in so many places that even moving in certain ways caused her pain.
It took a week of after hours grooming sessions to free her of all her excess fur and matting.
Once free of her old life, we started working on her trust of people and that being touched wasn’t going to cause her large amounts of pain.
Kada is still a work in progress, as you can probably understand, some behaviors are easier to overcome than others but her amazing foster carers are working hard on getting her to a place where she can get to the vet, without having a meltdown because a complete stranger needs to check her over.
Pixie came in to our care on Friday, 18th of May 2018, after being found wandering the streets by rangers and then being abandoned at a local pound by her owners.
Without a collar and tags and although microchipped, her details were never registered, locating her owners became near impossible.
Pixie spent significant time at the pound whilst the rangers did everything they could to find her owners and also to give them a chance to come forward. Alas, no one did.
Named Pixie by us due to her small stature as a Shiba Inu, she was picked up from the pound by one of our amazing volunteers and taken straight to our vet.
It appeared that very little care had been given to Pixie in quite a long time as she not only had extremely long and curled under nails, she also had a large tumor growing from the base of her tail, impacted anal glands, teeth that were so heavily encrusted in tartar that we were certain she’d lose half of them, a growth on one of her tonsils and matted, greasy and pungent coat.Then add to that the fact that her eyesight is extremely limited and she is also an anxious little thing and we could see that we had our work cut out in getting this tiny little soul back on track.
Pixie has been a regular visitor to our vet since that day as we are slowly getting her health issues sorted and although we have unfortunately had to amputate her tail due to the size and location of the tumor, she is healing extremely well. She still has a way to go but keep an eye out for this little fighter. We know that she will find THE ultimate home once she’s ready to meet her new people. Could that be you?
INDI – Adopted
Indi was surrendered to HAMR on 27th of January. Indi went straight to Vetwest to have her vet work done, including inspection of multiple grass seed wounds that would later require surgeries to have them removed due to them tracking. Due to her foster carers diligence we also discovered that Indi had a mild incontinence issue which lead to testing of her urine. These primary tests have lead to needing an ultrasound and further detailed tests due to extremely dilute urine.
JAXX – Adopted
JAXX is a recent addition to the HAMR family, only coming in on the 17th of December 2017 after being surrendered.
Unfortunately due to the extremely matted condition of his coat, he had to be shaved. We are still unsure if he is a fluffy or wooly coat yet (leaning towards fluffy) but hopefully, we will find out once his skin and hair follicles start to repair and grow his coat back. We are hopeful but we suspect it may never grow back due to having been shaved numerous times in the last 8 years of his life.
Jaxx also presented with what, at the time, the vet suspected was intervertebral disc disease, lumbosacral disease and hip dysplasia.
After x-rays, all of these possibilities were ruled out, thankfully but leaving us confused as to why he moved so oddly, so we sought the help of a physiotherapist.
It turns out that Jaxx has never developed the necessary musculature required to move in a ‘correct fashion’. So he is now seeing a physiotherapist on a fortnightly basis and is in the care of a very conscientious foster carer who is following the Physiotherapist instructions to the letter to get this boy to a place where he can be adopted and live a happy and fulfilling life of being able to go for walks without falling over every tiny bump, including his own feet and legs.
LADY – Adopted
LADY came in at the same time as BOSS from the same vet under the same circumstances on the 21st of December 2017. Unfortunately when Lady came to us, she came into season, so we are currently waiting until she finishes her season so we can have her sterilised. Then this beautiful girl will be ready for her new home.
SHILOH – Adopted
SHILOH came to us on the 5th of May in 2017 from the pound.
She had been declared a dangerous dog due to allegedly killing a cat with another dog.
Since coming into HAMR’s care, Shiloh has shown no threat to the cat she currently lives with as well as another Husky and wonderful foster family.
We have been going through the motions of having her dangerous dog declaration over turned and are so close now, so keep your fingers crossed that our last hurdle will see her freed from her dangerous dog declaration.
ZEEK – Adopted
Zeek our most recent HAMR family addition came to us on the 14th of January 2018 and went straight to the vet.
He came to us needing immediate attention to his ears as he had very severe hematoma’s to both ears and a severe ear infection to also, both ears.
Zeek had his surgery on the 15th of January and is in recovery with an amazing foster home who are ensuring that he has the most optimum recovery possible.
Zeek will need weekly vet trips for the following three weeks to ensure his ears heal in the best and quickest way without any complications.
Once his ears are given the all clear, Zeek will undergo an intensive grooming session to ensure that all grass seeds, lumps and bumps are discovered. This may mean another surgery to remove any that have embedded but we’re taking it one step at a time. Keep your fingers crossed for this very brave boy.