Every Day In Rescue Is A Surprise

Rescue is full of surprises

Whenever we think we’ve seen it all, we’re thrown a curve ball and frequently that leaves us making instant decisions without the benefit of any real forethought or planning. The appearance of Lacey, a blind mastiff x great dane in a Queensland pound a few weeks ago was one of those curve balls.

Those of you who have been following Hear No Evil for a while now may remember Norman, our deaf and blind Rockhampton pound puppy affected by parvovirus who we saved in late November 2016. He was around 8 weeks old when he found himself impounded and facing imminent euthanasia. Luckily for Norman, we managed to save him from the pound and treat his parvo so he could make his way down to his new family in Canberra where he remains to this day as a very loved member of a forever family and actively fulfils his role as an ambassador dog for Hear No Evil. Normie loves to show off everything that a deaf and blind dog can do!

You may be wondering why we’re talking about Norman when we started telling you about Lacey.   Well, 16 or so months after Norman appeared in Rockhampton pound, Lacey was surrendered to the same pound. As a surrender, she had no time other than what fell between the day she was surrendered mid week and the next scheduled euthanasia day at the end of the week.

As a rescue, Hear No Evil were already overflowing when they learned about Lacey late on a Wednesday evening, but all it took was her location, her pound photo and the details of the age as recorded on her microchip and instantly knew that this gorgeous girl was Norman’s sister.

And whilst they work so hard to save every special-needs dog they can, saving Lacey was a no-brainer. No space, no money but also no time to think or plan, This girl - Norman’s sister - had to come into care immediately. By the time the pound opened on Thursday morning Lacey had their "save" on her and by Thursday afternoon she was safely ensconced in the home of one and only HNE team member based in Rockhampton. By Thursday evening transport was sorted for Lacey and on the following Sunday just over 2 weeks ago she started her journey to Canberra to begin the next stage of her journey. Lacey was to join the same wonderful family that took in Norman and which included two resident deaf dogs plus two Hear No Evil foster dogs - Arlo and Halo.

Lacey arrived safely after 3 days on road transport with the fabulous Dogmovers and immediately settled into her new situation as if she’d always been there. All the dogs (including Marc – another former HNE dog who became a foster fail when neurological issues prevented him from becoming an adoptable dog) accepted Lacey instantly.

Normie & Lacey

Lacey reunited with her brother Norman.

And whilst they work so hard to save every special-needs dog they can, saving Lacey was a no-brainer. No space, no money but also no time to think or plan, This girl - Norman’s sister - had to come into care immediately. By the time the pound opened on Thursday morning Lacey had their "save" on her and by Thursday afternoon she was safely ensconced in the home of one and only HNE team member based in Rockhampton. By Thursday evening transport was sorted for Lacey and on the following Sunday just over 2 weeks ago she started her journey to Canberra to begin the next stage of her journey. Lacey was to join the same wonderful family that took in Norman and which included two resident deaf dogs plus two Hear No Evil foster dogs - Arlo and Halo.

Lacey arrived safely after 3 days on road transport with the fabulous Dogmovers and immediately settled into her new situation as if she’d always been there. All the dogs (including Marc – another former HNE dog who became a foster fail when neurological issues prevented him from becoming an adoptable dog) accepted Lacey instantly,

Not knowing exactly what the last 16 months of Lacey’s life have involved, but there are a few clues. It's clear she’s had at least one litter of puppies, but since then she has been desexed. She’s dog and people friendly and slightly overweight, so she has been socialised and wasn’t neglected. She does have significant pressure-sores on all her joints indicating a life spent outside on hard surfaces, but she also has lovely house manners. Lacey’s last 16 months are a conundrum and despite the fact she found herself at the pound, the rescue confidently say that she was loved. That makes the state of her eyes an even sadder situation.

Lacey has severe microphthalmia. One of the worst cases the rescue ever seen. Her eyes are so small and underdeveloped it’s almost impossible to even know they exist and when it is possible to catch a glimpse of them, they are so red and so drawn back in her head that it’s clear they are very sore and her body is doing all it can to manage the discomfort.

Lacey's eyes are small and under developed.

Eye lashes are growing inwards causing severe discomfort.

Along with the issues such severe microphthalmia brings, she also has trichiais - a condition where her eyelashes grow in towards the eye and cause significant irritation. In Lacey’s case this irritation extends to her optic space as her eyes are so set back that the eyelashes are irritating the space that would normally be filled by an eyeball.

To give Lacey a chance at a long and comfortable life, she needs to undergo a double enucleation (the removal of the eye that leaves the eye muscles and remaining orbital contents intact). This will also address the trichiasis. But to do this require funds to pay for her surgery. Yet again our Canberra vets have offered HNE a generous discount for Lacey’s procedure, but for a rescue that’s already scraping by financially, even the discounted rate of $1500 is more than they can afford. 

But there is always hope, Savour Life's is currently running their donation project which Hear No Evil is one of the potential recipients.  If this little rescue is fortunate enough to win then they will have the funds needed for Lacey's surgery plus the specialist and surgical costs for a number of other dogs in care right now.

You can help Lacey and other dogs in need by voting for HEAR NO EVIL. A few seconds of your time will be life-changing for the dogs in care.

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