I rescued about 150 dogs in one year living in Georgia, by myself, on my own budget, while being in the military full time. The dogs were adopted out from anywhere to free to 100 dollars, depending on how much money and/or training I poured into them. But I had a budget and no dog exceeded it. I put 2 to sleep for aggression issues, because I couldn't place them if I couldn't trust them even after weeks of training. One dog I just made as happy and pain free as possible until he passed on his own, a 13 year old German shepherd with hardly any hair, covered in tumors, and few remaining teeth. Sure, I could have had surgery to remove every one, started him on steroid injections for the hair loss, and still found no one to take him in. After a few weeks, he quietly passed in his sleep, a happy dog in a warm bed.
There are so many medical advances made available, I think some people forget that, as others have said, if the long term prognosis for a horse is a pasture puff with a constant stream of bills and no forseeable adopter, it may be best to do yourself a favor and let them go with dignity instead of using every medical advancement to keep them on their feet.
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