FUNDRAISER  (I know it's not Christmas time, but this photo is so special.)

In March of 2019 we agreed to help from Taiwan.  He was in a shelter in Taiwan, would probably have been put to sleep, but a rescue group pulled him to safety.  We were asked to help him and he was a very young puppy as well.  Just soon after we got him, I received an email from a young lady who wanted to adopt a special needs dog.  She came an meet him and the two of them feel in love.  She recently reached out to me and asked for some help with a fundraiser.  Each and every person can learn something from this young lady and the compassion and love she has in her wonderful heart.  She really has touched me!!!

Mickey is currently under the care of UC Davis.  I would personally like to say that this young lady is awesome.  She really cares deeply about her dog and really wants him to have the best life he can have.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and thoughtfulness.  She does have insurance on Mickey, but it's just about ready to cap out.  You may donate thru our donate button on Facebook and you should get a receipt thru Facebook.  You may also send a check to Pokeadot's Rescue 6 N. School St., Lodi, CA 95240.  Or you may call me Sheri at 209 603-5866 and make other arrangements.  Again, thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer. 

This is the story written by Alex, Mickey's mama...
Mickey, my 3 year old special needs and emotional support dog, was just diagnosed with a life-threatening and extremely painful brain disease called meningoencephalitis (GME/MUE) that causes inflammation in the brain and surrounding tissues and seizures.

He has been in and out of veterinarian offices and emergency hospitals and seen by several vets over the last several weeks who have been unable to diagnose him. It wasn’t until his second visit to UC Davis Veterinary Hospital here in California that he was finally diagnosed by their neurology team.

This horrible disease caused his right eye to swell to 2x the size of the left and for him to go blind literally overnight, have such a high fever his whole body would shake uncontrollably, cry in pain, vomit, and be unable to move. He has received extensive medical care that has reached $9000 to date and is only going up from here. Just in the last few weeks, he’s had to have to his blood tested numerous times, x-rays taken, an MRI, and even a spinal tap to collect cerebrospinal fluid. Even so, Mickey had been at UC Davis for almost a week in critical condition fighting for his life.  He is home now resting for the past 2 days, and he goes back in for a check-up in about 2 weeks.

Because his disease is autoimmune, his treatment will include long-term steroids, chemotherapy and overnight hospital stays, likely for his entire life. Thankfully, he is responding to treatment.

Mickey has gone through so much in his life – he was born in Taiwan, was almost euthanized for being vision-impaired as a puppy, and shows signs of being abused. We adopted him at 10 months old and named him “Mickey” in memory of our dog “Minnie” who passed a few years ago. We love him and are committed to doing all we can to save his life.

Mickey deserves a fighting chance. With your help, he can get past this. Please join in the fight and help save Mickey’s life!

Thank you!  Alex and Mickey

 

I’ve known Adam since he was about 13. He worked at my store when he was a teenager and we’ve always stayed close.  Actually, Adam has always been like a son to Darrell and I.  He's always been ready and willing to help with any project. Darrell and I were also at Adam and Emily’s wedding. Adam choose a wonderful gal to marry who just so happens to be a Vet Tech and our Vets!

Last August 29, 2020 Adam was in a terrible motorcycle accident along with a friend of his. They both caught gravel and went literally flying! 

I can’t begin to tell you how many surgeries Adam has gone thru. The last count was 18! His main problem is that his talus bone died and he had to have it removed. There’s a concrete spacer in place of it, that is temporary. He will eventually get a new (titanium) by a world renowned surgeon in a few months. This is an experimental surgery that only 20 people in the United States have had. Hopefully if everything goes well, he’ll only need one more surgery.

Adam works for PGE and obviously hasn’t been able to work. His future is somewhat unknown at this time.  He’s pretty much stuck on the couch or in bed. He’s very hopeful that his team of doctors will restore his foot.

His wife Emily works at Lodi Veterinary Hospital as a vet tech. She has helped so many of our Poke-A-Dot's Rescue doggies and she’s excellent at her job and is working full time to help her family.

Karrie the manager at Lodi Vet started a go fund me fundraiser. So, we're joining in with a fundraiser for people who specifically want to donate funds to go directly to help their animals. They have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses, 1 pony and 10 chickens.

I personally know that Adam and Emily are awesome people and this has become very challenging for them.  They're really trying very hard to get thru this very stressful time and keep their beautiful smiles on their faces. I also know this has been a very humbling experience for them to be on the receiving end of things.  They're givers by nature and they're so grateful.

If you'd like to donate, there are several ways in which you may do so.  Right here on Facebook thru our donate button.  You may also send a check to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue 6 N. School St., Lodi CA 95240.  You may also call Sheri at 209 603-5866 for other options.  I'll even offer pick up service locally.  You will receive a 501c3 receipt for your taxes.  On behalf of the family, Poke-A-Dot's Rescue and Darrell and I, we all thank you in advance for your consideration, thoughtfulness and you're prayers!  

Lyle is one of our adopters and he makes awesome birdhouses.  We have them on display at Sheri's Sonshine Nutrition Center.  Poke-A-Dot's get a percentage of each house sold.  We love these.  Great for gifts.