In memory of Doug Neil McDowell

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The man, the myth, the legend.  If you were lucky enough to meet Doug, you would know that he was a funny, kind, spirited and introspective man who loved spending time with his wife and three senior rescue dogs.  Doug was diagnosed with colon cancer, and lost his fight to the disease within months of his diagnosis. In the end, he was surrounded by his family, friends...and his dogs.  Doug had a soft spot for the senior dogs in his own home, and we witnessed his enjoyment when we relayed tales of rescue adventures with our geriatric furry friends. After Doug's passing, his wife Cheryl made a generous donation to Touch of Grey Rescue in his memory. This donation inspired us to start "Doug's Dogs", a remembrance initiative created to help save dogs that are in need of immediate, and often times expensive medical care.  These dogs are at a very high risk of euthanasia due to their age and condition, yet they often have a few years (or more) of quality life once their medical needs are addressed. With the funds from Doug’s Dogs initiative, we are able to pay for their surgeries, treatments, and medications, then place them into loving foster or adoptive homes where they live the rest of their lives blissfully happy and pain free. Thank you to Cheryl and Doug, and everyone who contributes to this cause in his memory.

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Dogs saved by Doug’s Dogs fund

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Lacy was our very first Doug’s Dog. In fact, we rescued her within hours of receiving Cheryl’s donation. Just that morning we said we were on hold due to the amount of dogs we had in foster, and our limited resources. Well….Cheryl gave us more resources! And we couldn’t say no to this sweet face. Lacy had a horrible cough and was extremely lethargic at the shelter and therefore due to her age and condition she was about to be euthanized. So with the help of a rescue army, we were able to get her out of the shelter and transported to Melbourne where we picked her up, and immediately brought her to our vet. Lacy was adopted by her foster family and is now enjoying her golden years!

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We saw a 911 post on Facebook for this sweet little girl who was in the Orange County Animal Services Shelter in an indescribable pain. Not only was she covered in fleas and her bottom caked with feces, both of her eyes were in a horrific condition. Snow’s “before pics” that we received from the ophthalmologist are just too graphic to share, as the lens on one of her eyes was essentially hanging off. She was initially found on the streets like this and brought in to animal services. Theyy attempted to treat her eyes with drops and pain meds, as she would scream and thrash in pain. Snow needed immediate specialty care, and most shelters (and even many rescues), just don’t have the finances or resources in place to be able to provide that care. With the help of Doug’s Dogs fund, we were able to get her transported directly from the shelter to an eye clinic in Orlando where they performed emergency surgery to remove both her eyes. Snow couldn’t see before, so being blind is nothing new for her…but being pain free is. This sweet girl is so happy and content roaming and sniffing around her yard, and getting lots of love and attention. Her foster parents decided they couldn’t let her go, and so they adopted her!

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Howie only had 24 hours for rescue commitment when we learned about him. He was scheduled to be euthanized Sunday at 6pm and we picked him up at 3pm, just hours before his deadline. Howie’s owner surrendered him after almost 13 years because they couldn’t care for him. He had a large tumor on his neck that had ruptured, and he needed surgery immediately. We brought him directly from the shelter to our vet where they scheduled the tumor removal for two days later. Thanks to Doug’s Dogs fund, Howie was adopted and is now enjoying his golden years sniffing around a fenced in yard and sleeping on an orthopedic bed. He also gets spoiled with soft food and treats. Howie just loves his new life and his new family!

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Gizmo was found on the side of the road with nails so long they were curled around…twice. He had missing patches of fur, eyes crusted over, and the vet said his ears were so inflamed they could hardly get through his ear canal to clean them. He was given 24 hours by the shelter to find rescue or else they had decided to “humanely euthanize”. We found a temporary foster and placed a rescue hold within 25 minutes of his deadline. The next morning we had him transported directly from the shelter to our vet, where he was cleaned up and given a mohawk…and we think it suits him perfectly. Gizmo has a long road ahead of him, but we are hoping with some TLC that this boy will finally get to know how it feels to be a spoiled and loved little dog.