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 enjoyed the rest of his golden years in a loving home playing with the resident puppy. Howie has since crossed the rainbow bridge, but not before having the best months of his life. RIP sweet boy.

 
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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. Gizmo has undergone 3 surgeries and is now a whole new dog! He loves going for walks and snuggling with his humans.

 
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Mr. Grey is approximately 10 yrs old and 12 lbs. He had such a bad infection in his mouth that his teeth had abscessed through both sides of his face. We only had two hours to save him, and through the help of a wonderful foster Mom and her vet, we got Mr. Grey the surgery he so badly needed. He is now recovering nicely in his foster home and is showing such great potential! He is housebroken, good with other animals, and now that he is no longer in such extreme pain, we expect to start seeing more of his personality.

 
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Delilah was another dog who only had hours to get to a rescue, otherwise the shelter was going to euthanize. Once again, a lot of wonderful people came together to save a life. Delilah was rushed to an emergency vet where she had her tail amputated due to an injury down to the bone. It was there that the vet recognized signs of an abusive past. She appeared to have bruising and signs of blunt force trauma indicating she had probably been kicked in the rear end quite a bit. Despite her past, Delilah is extremely sweet and trusting of humans. She takes a while to warm up to other dogs and doesn’t like them in her face, but she is currently in a foster home with dogs and cats and is starting to come around. Given time and patience, we expect her to do just fine in a furever home with other animals!