SALEM DOGS has helped over 500 special needs dogs - and counting.
This rescue group is awesome: They provide homeless dogs who would otherwise have no options with new opportunities for love and life. They offer help with critical needs from rescuing and fostering, to medical care and finding loving homes.
Salem Dogs’ focus is on helping special needs dogs when their people experience extreme circumstances. Owner death, hospice, and nursing/assisted living situations are some examples that trigger the need for a new home. In addition, some people find themselves unable to afford medical bills and opt to have their dog euthanized. In those cases, Salem Dogs is often contacted and has either taken in the dog or helped the owner financially. While most of their work is in the Salem, Oregon area, this charity has helped dogs in multiple areas around North America.
Most of these dogs come from the local shelters which do not have the resources to deal with many of the medical and behavioral needs of these dogs. Special needs dogs can be the most expensive to care for and rehabilitate. Dentals, surgeries, skin diseases, neglected infections, broken bones, starving, heartworm, and bodies covered in mats, stickers, burrs, and feces are just some of the things Salem Dogs comes across in their work. One they have been given the medical (and other) care they need, Salem Dogs finds their "heroes": wonderful people who step up and add a special needs dog to their family.
Their Facebook page is filled with stories of their heartwarming work. Please check it out. Salem Dogs is also known for financially assisting other rescue organizations in need to fulfill their mission ... “Making a difference in their lives, one dog at a time.” This including Salem Hospital’s FETCH rescue for patients with stranded pets. (Great name, right?)