ABOUT FOR OTIS SAKE RESCUE

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For Otis Sake was founded in 2014 in honor of an amazing Chocolate Labrador named Otis. In 2006, Otis was diagnosed with Mega-esophagus. (aka ME) Laurie was told his onset was “idiopathic” meaning they were not able to pinpoint what triggered this horrible condition. All we knew was that his esophagus no longer could contract to move food to his stomach and he needed to eat vertically to survive. The diagnosis was filled with doom and gloom indicating he would likely live 6 months but it might be best to just “put him out of his misery.” The significant risk to ME dogs is Aspiration Pneumonia of which Otis suffered from about 7 times during his battle.

Regardless of this scary diagnosis; Otis and Laurie were NOT afraid and set out to determine how he could live a normal life and stay healthy. Laurie found a wonderful Yahoo Group with pet owners dealing with ME dogs and thriving. From this group Laurie learned of the Bailey Chair which was designed for an ME dog and a lifesaver for Otis. A wonderful group member who had recently lost her dog to complications of ME donated her chair to Otis. Otis took to the chair immediately because he knew this is how he received his favorite thing, FOOD! Unfortunately, the good times came crashing down in 2007 when his symptoms worsened and he was diagnosed with a far worse disease, Myasthenia Gravis. Now I was scared as this disease negatively impacts neuromuscular transmission and Otis would now struggle with swallowing thus increasing his risk of aspiration pneumonia. I absorbed and rallied! Otis and I were not giving up without a fight!

There was hope of remission and so we marched on. For the next 16 months we fought 5 more episodes of aspiration pneumonia and placement of a feeding tube to give Otis every chance to live. Boy did he LIVE! He had more great days than not so great days and he brought joy, love and life lessons to all he encountered. To say Otis was brave, fearless and resilient does not do him justice. He changed the lives of many, making many believe in miracles. I am certain I am a better person because I was blessed with Otis and our connection drives my passion to rescue. Otis lived 3 years and 4 months post his initial diagnosis (way past 6 months)! Never let anyone tell you a situation is HOPELESS! Otis and I had a challenging journey together but I would not change one moment nor sacrifice one second of our time together.

For Otis Sake is built on the same diligence, passion, drive and desire as the battle Laurie and Otis fought together. That passion and drive is the inspiration of For Otis Sake now targeted to rescue and save the lives of the abandoned, abused and neglected. We do this in memory of Otis as a legacy to life he lived and life taken too soon. For Otis Sake is built on the same diligence, passion, drive and desire as the battle Laurie and Otis fought together. That passion and drive is the inspiration of For Otis Sake now targeted to rescue and save the lives of the abandoned, abused and neglected. We do this in memory of Otis as a legacy to life he lived and life taken too soon.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO FOR OTIS SAKE!

We have officially been a Rescue for two years as of October 1. We received our 501c(3) IRS determination on October 1, 2014 and we have grown exponentially in our 2 years of operation. It is the support of our volunteers, Fosters, adopters, donors and each and every individual that stands behind For Otis Sake.

I am beyond amazed and humbled by the folks that stand beside us and support our mission. Our team is amazing. Kelly our VP goes above and beyond to find the perfect foster and adoptive homes for our pets. Our volunteers and fosters give up their free time, modify their schedules and give up their homes to bring these beautiful souls to safety. If you have never fostered a dog please consider it is beyond rewarding! Thank you to each and every person who has allowed us to stay committed to our mission to save lives! We are nothing without each other!

For Otis Sake Rescue has undergoing many changes over the past few months to grow and expand our footprint in the rescue world. We have changed our operating model, restructured our board members to be more aligned with our vision and are offering smaller rescues seeking non-profit status to operate under the For Otis Sake Rescue umbrella.

Our first rescue to join is a fellow volunteer and rescue advocate. Trisha Bair Horowitz and her cat rescue “Into the Wild” has become part of the For Otis Sake Family. She will maintain her own autonomy but will operate as a division of For Otis Sake. This allows her to continue to drive her passion for cat rescue while building her foster base, expanding her fundraising options while leveraging the solid rescue model we have established.

Please welcome Trisha and “Into the Wild” cat rescue and wish Trisha luck on her new adventure!