Stray Dog #29 (Rei's Updates)

First and foremost, from the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank everyone who has written in to offer financial aid to Rei. We have been touched by the overwhelming response from fellow doggie lovers to help with his vet bills. Rei is deeply touched by your kindness and concern.

Rei, resting at the clinic
He has been resting well at the vet and thankfully, is on the road to recovery. His fractured paw, although healing, is still extremely swollen. We hope it will improve quickly, so it wouldn't have to be amputated. His wounds were truly horrific, but fortunately only 2 maggots were found; though for a dog that's been through so much pain, this is really only a small comfort.
Having his wound cleaned
Applying honey to his wound. It aids in the healing process
A sweetened dog - honey on his wound
Although poor Rei is literally just skin and bones, his appetite is still not very good, perhaps because he hasn't eaten in a long time. His stomach may have shrunk from the lack of food, so he needs to be fed small meals throughout the day to get him used to eating again. Our wonderful volunteer, Lynette, has been cooking and delivering nutritious home-cooked meals to Rei, which are fed to him 3 times a day. Thanks Lynette! We can't wait for Rei to regain his strength and grow into the happy, healthy dog that he was meant to be.

Volunteer, Lisa, giving Rei some loving
Rei has a really sweet personality, and is friendly and docile. He's even very cooperative and doesn't struggle when getting his wounds cleaned, despite the amount of pain he must still be in. He is in need of a foster or a forever home, as he's only 2 years old and the odds of surviving on the streets are stacked against him. Rei doesn’t get along with other dogs or cats so if you are considering adopting or fostering him, he needs to be the only dog at home.

If you or someone you know would like to help give this gentle mutt a second chance at life, please contact fiona@hopedogrescue.org
Are you a fan of Rei? Stay tuned for more updates!
Written by Elena Lin