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Special needs dog sanctuary that initiated the present-day study of Dr. Sears' treatment for canine distemper, needs help continuing mission

A calling. A mission. A life's work. Healing special needs animals and/or providing hospice for those who cannot be healed AND continuing Project Hope, the canine distemper project...

The First Stop Last Stop Rescue Ranch just north of Houston, TX is a peace-filled place where all animals, no matter if they can't walk or can't see or hear or a little bit of this or that--victims of human abuse, car accidents, surrendered when ill, needing surgery, unable to walk or even survive without help...

Dogs from 6 lbs to 160 lbs are treated as beloved household pets. They are not boarded and have their own beds and crates, blankies and toys, bones and friends to play with. The latest "herd" is on their way to healing but are not adoptable until they do. Hopefully, they can move on to their "next step" but if not, they are safe, sound and loved.

After sustaining this rescue sanctuary mostly on our own for years, thankfully with a few angels along the way, we had some unfortunate events in our lives that are making it necessary to ask for the funds to carry the Rescue Ranch, its animals--from vets to food, to rehab equipment and supplies to treats and chews (critical to mobility challenged animals--not a luxury).

First, a disabling case of an autoimmune Liver Disease (Primary Biliary Cirrhosis) felled my wife (not alcohol-related-an autoimmune disease). Then, after I got a job (hundreds of miles away) after a year and a half of unemployment, Jane tried to manage the Rescue Ranch and Project Hope on her own, working close to 24 hours day and night until she literally collapsed with a case of life-threatening anemia. A dangerous tumor was also diagnosed that is inoperable.

I had to take a unpaid leave of absence from my job, who is thankfully still providing insurance, but I have to stay home to care for the animals and for my wife. She helps when she can but most importantly, she helps with the very sick animals, nursing them round the clock...

....and as the founders of the Canine Distemper Project Hope, where the cure for treatment of distemper was brought to the forefront--we have to continue since so many lives around the world can be saved now. Dr. Al Sears, a vet who taught us everything that he learned and continues to, is the genius behind the distemper treatment discovery.

Jane now counsels people from around the world--at no charge--day and night, on the phone and from her laptop in bed, on how to keep their animals alive, what vets to go to, even how to have their vet make the serum, etc. Hundreds upon hundreds of other people's of animals are saved each year just through her counsel and Dr. Sears' brilliance.

We are at a point that we have to reach out for help or we have to close our doors (very sad) and then ask, where do these animals go? There is no where for them to go until they get better--and no one with the hands-on experience that we have to carry on Dr. Sears' work.

So, for the next six months, we need angels, sponsors, people who care to make a difference in this work to help the animals and to help us keep a roof over their heads.

It has been an amazing journey--but we have more to go. We need an adoption partner who can take the animals once healed and screen adopters and find then loving homes. We need cozy fleece blankets and long-term treats, good canned food and kibble. Gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and Petco/Petsmart would be greatly appreciated.

This is our life's work. We left the corporate world behind now and have made a difference in the world. Helping abandoned, horribly injured, traumatized, torn-up animals with ruptured eyeballs, penis being amputated, fused bones, cancer, horrible burn victims, dogs in wheelchairs and even emotionally depressed or behavior issues and rehabilitate them.

We also share what we learn through my wife's daily blog on the Houston Chronicle website: www.chron.com/rescuevolunteer. Our Rescue Ranch website is www.firststop-laststop.com

This blessing we are asking for, will help us survive until the end of December by which time, we hope to have applied for a grant to continue or a benefactor to help us continue our work.

Ideally, we like to move to a place with more land so we can help more animals (see "Our Dream" page on our website. The more help we have, the sooner, we can order an underwater treadmill and get paralyzed animals walking again and into new homes. We can order new wheelchairs, and so much more.

We've asked God to bless this request for help. He knows we work day and night to help the animals and have given up every luxury and activity that was possible. But it is not enough.

We believe, that it is in giving that we are truly blessed. Please join us, bless our work by giving and in turn, be blessed. As Jane always says, "Thank you for caring. Especially for caring..."
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