August 10, 2014 – Earlier this week: Java and the puppies went to the vet today for their 1st check up. All the puppies are weighing in around 3 lbs and are doing great. Java has a little ear infection that I will be taking care of now that we have ear wash and medication for them. Also Java is getting along with all the dogs in the house!!! Great news!
For those interested in a puppy: We currently have 13 people on our puppy list and only 8 puppies… If you are willing to wait for a puppy in the future (which we normally do not get many), please visit our website to fill out an application. We are sure that all of these puppies will have forever homes once they are old enough. BUT – Java will be looking for her forever home once she has weened the puppies and is healthy enough to be spayed!!!
Update July 30, 2014 – The puppies are beginning to open their eyes and are weighing from 1.5 to 2 pounds!
Update July 23, 2013 – We are sorry to report that Java lost one of her puppies yesterday. According to the vet, it could possibly be from hookworms. Java has a rather bad skin infection as well and was started on antibiotics. She and her puppies will need to be closely monitored due to both conditions. She is currently able to feed all the puppies, despite her own physical condition. Although all of the puppies seem to be healthy, they do have a very long road ahead of them. She has received lots of supplies for her foster home and lots of food to help her gain weight. Please send some positive vibes and know that your donations are extremely appreciated. See her full story below, including her awesome rescue video.
July 16, 2014 – A landlord finds abandoned dog at one of his recently vacated rental homes. He contacts his previous tenant to inquire and they disavow any knowledge of the dog. He feeds her, gives her a bath and contacts a friend for help. This friend contacts a local rescue for help.
July 17, 2014 – The rescue takes Java to their vet. Ear and eye infection, intestinal parasites, fleas, and many puppies on the way, but this animal hospital has no room to board, the rescue has no foster home available, there is nowhere for Java to go. The rescue makes a frantic after hours call to another vet, they will stay – Java now has a place to lay her weary head.
July 18, 2014 – In the wee hours of morning, Java gives birth to 9 precious puppies! But again, nowhere to go. The rescue organization contacts FBR – could we possibly? Yes, we can!
July 18, 2014 – Later the same day, Java and babies travel across Florida to an eagerly awaiting foster home. She is safe. Her babies are safe. Another ten lives are saved.
What enables FBR to respond to owners, shelters, fellow rescue organizations with a resounding Yes! We can help! It is you, our donors. You are the ones that make up the difference between what we have and what we need.
Java and her precious pups are safe, they are being very well cared for, and Java is being given the love and attention she has possibly been starved for – perhaps all of her life. We do not know.
Caring for a litter this large comes at a price – the tremendous work of the foster home and the veterinary costs we will incur. We are hopeful the puppies are healthy and have not suffered due to Java’s being neglected, but this remains an unknown at this time.
Is there another pregnant mother, dying of thirst and hunger, lying in the dirt with no one to care? Unfortunately, there are probably more Javas out there than we dare to imagine – an almost unbearable thought, but it is the mission and purpose of this organization to make sure we can meet the needs of all the Javas – no matter when or where – and the countless others that are left at our door on any given day.
If you would like to donate to FBR so we can not only care for Java and her precious puppies, but continue to be able to answer yes to these pleas for our help, we would appreciate it very much.
Florida Boxer Rescue utilizes the online donation services provided by PayPal. You can choose to pay through your PayPal account or with your credit or debit card.
If you would like to mail your donation, please send to Florida Boxer Rescue Inc., 8046 34th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations and veterinary hospitals for their part in Java’s rescue: Everglades Abandoned Dog Rescue, Lost Pet Found Pet, Lakeside Animal Hospital, and Nob Hill Animal Clinic.