When Cammie was brought to Yankton’s Dakota Animal Rescue in February, she was on her last leg.
The 6-year-old long-haired miniature Dachshund had four pyramid-shaped kidney stones, and she was urinating blood.
Dakota Animal Rescue managed to get her a $1,000 surgery to remove the stones.
“She was our first big rescue,” said Barb Steinberg, the co-founder of the volunteer organization. “I really feel that, if we hadn’t saved her, she wouldn’t be here today.”
During an interview with Steinberg this week, Cammie sat patiently in her lap, as another rescue dog, the aptly-named Taz, ran around the room playing with a toy.
“Cammie goes home with me every night. She sleeps in my bed. She loves to crawl under the covers and keep me warm,” she said. “She will stay with me until she is better or we find somebody who is willing to take care of her.”
Cammie and Taz are only a small portion of the 31 dogs the rescue has saved since officially forming in January.
Lisa Brasel, who is also the Yankton animal control officer, is the other co-founder of Dakota Animal Rescue. She and Steinberg, a dog groomer, knew first-hand the need for an animal rescue in the area and decided to do something about it.
Brasel said she takes pride in the fact that no dogs from the city pound have been euthanized since Dakota Animal Rescue was formed in January.
“It’s nice to see the animals find a home rather than be euthanized,” she stated.
The rescue currently has 12 dogs and one cat it is trying to place. Those animals will be on display during the animal fair being held in Riverside Park from 10:30-2 p.m. Saturday.
The two women said they have been surprised by some of the dogs they’ve been able to place with families.
“We’ve placed a one-eyed dog,” Steinberg said. “We’ve placed a Chihuahua with two sets of teeth.”
Brasel added, “We placed an older dog that we didn’t think anyone would want. People were lining up for him.”
Dakota Animal Rescue has held meet-and-greets at Yankton’s Tractor Supply Company at least once a month, and has received other assistance from the retailer.
Every bit of help is important for the organization, which takes each of its dogs to the vet for a check-up and necessary medical procedures.
Steinberg said Dakota Animal Rescue could use donations to cover the medical expenses, and it also needs dog walkers and foster homes.
“We’ll provide the food and the vet care,” she said. “We just need someone who, if the dogs need medication, will give them medication and take care of them. Whether you can take in one or two or three, we could use the help. We need people who are willing to take these pets on and work their issues out. These are dogs that people have abandoned, but they’re good dogs.”
To learn more about Dakota Animal Rescue, visit luvissavinganimals.com or call (605) 661-4519, or (605) 661-3121.
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