Neonatal Program

We decided to start our Neonatal Program because we believe in quality of life for all animals, including puppies and kittens born with health issues or disabilities. Even with health issues, we have found that these puppies and kittens can thrive and make amazing pets with specialized around-the-clock care. We understand that committing 24/7 for weeks at a time isn’t a possibility for most people, but fortunately we have committed foster homes that are not only experienced, but able to provide hands on care for these little ones.

Learn more about our program offerings below and the benefits of relinquishing puppies and kittens in need of care to rescue.

Neonatal Wishlist

Program Offerings

  • Immediate pick up. The faster we are able to get these animals into care the better their prognosis will be. We will travel to pick up puppies and kittens at your home, a meeting place, vets office, etc.
  • Anonymous surrender process. Breeder/Owner information will not be released.
  • 24/7 care. Our fosters have the ability to work from home or bring the neonatal puppies and kittens to work with them to provide constant care.
  • Specialized care. Our fosters are experienced in both brachycephalic breeds and bottle fed puppies. Our Program Lead has 3 resident English Bulldogs (1 a cleft palate raised from birth, 1 a bottle feeder/orphan, and 1 Spina Bifida) that can act as surrogate dogs that model mother’s behavior in certain cases.
  • Neonatal experience with: Orphaned puppies, kittens, and litters, brachycephalic breeds, bottle feeding, manually tube feeding puppies as well as long term and short term E-tubes, pneumonia, aspiration, and other puppy issues.

Program Experience With:

  • Hydocephalus
  • Pneumonia, aspiration issues, other puppy and kitten illnesses
  • Limb Deformities, Spinal defects, Spina Bifida
  • Lip and Cleft Palate Deformities
  • Swimmers Syndrome

Benefits of Relinquishing to Rescue:

  • Access to donors/sponsors that are eager to help special needs puppies and kittens.
  • Foster home equipped with in home and portable incubators providing round-the-clock care with access to 24/7 monitored oxygen if needed.
  • Veterinary care includes on staff vets, external partner vets, and numerous specialists including the University of Minnesota to develop individual treatment protocol.
  • Access to adopters that are actively looking to give special needs animals wonderful forever homes.
  • Hospice program: if any puppy or kitten is not healthy enough to be adopted out but still has a good quality of life we have fantastic “hospice” foster homes that specifically spoil and treat these animals as their own until it is their time to go.
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