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Old 06-25-2008, 12:59 AM
Location: alone in a new city
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It's been a while since I've been on the forums since we just had our daughter and things have been busy. However, I need some advice now.

Tonight's been an interesting (and expensive) one. We spent the day finishing up moving/cleaning at our old house. Then we get home late, exhausted, newborn daughter in tow, and let the dogs out in the backyard to go potty. We hear a commotion and find the dogs cornering a porcupine in the back corner of the yard. We manage to get the dogs in and realize that the 2 of them are covered in quills. We attempted to pull them out, but there were so many (even on the roofs of their mouths) and the dog's obviously wouldn't hold still. So we look up an emergency clinic (on Grissom) and rush them over. Oh, and we had to rouse our new neighbor out of bed to ask him if he could watch the baby (shameful of us ) So $1100+ later, we come home and call 311, animal control, which the vet advised us to do since the animal doesn't look like it can get out of the fence and may be hurt. They then tell us they don't do porcupines and so now I'm completely stressed out and have no idea what to do. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:16 AM
Location: in my mind
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Oh my, what an ordeal! Poor pups!

Animal Control (on their website) recommends contacting Wildlife Rescue for anything other than cats/dogs.

Here's the info:

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. Contact Info:
24-Hour Hotline: Address: Welcome to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation! - Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc. (WRR) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of orphaned, injured, and displaced wildlife. WRR also provides p
(210) 698-1709 335 Old Blanco Rd.
(830)336-2725 Kendalia , TX 78027

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Old 06-25-2008, 02:25 AM
Location: alone in a new city
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ok, i'm losing it. i do everything else online, but neglected to check their website. Thank you so much. We just called and left a voicemail with them. Hopefully we'll hear back soon.

Update: Wildlife Rescue just called and said they don't come out to get animals. They suggested we get a crate or box, put some food in it, and get the porcupine to go inside. Then when he's in there bring it to them so they can see if he's hurt. I have no idea how we're supposed to do that without us getting hurt AND then we have to transport it?!

The vet also called and said one of the dogs needed minor surgery because several of the quills were completely embedded. Hopefully, they're both okay now though. We can pick them up around 8. The baby's been sleeping through most of this so I'm gonna take the opportunity to take a quick nap before she wakes me up in a couple of hours. Then I'll try to regroup and figure out what to do. DH wants to buy a shovel to throw the animal back over the fence.

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Old 06-25-2008, 06:56 AM
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Do you have a carrier/kennel? You might even ask if the wildlife rescue can loan you a trap?
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:41 AM
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Do you own a gun? This is Texas....do what ya gotta do!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:28 AM
Location: alone in a new city
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We don't have a gun, but mentioned we should get a neighbor or co-worker with one to come help, especially if it was hurt.
I got the retrievers this morning and they're doing okay. And other good news, we went out in the yard after getting the pups, and the porcupine is nowhere in sight. Thank goodness. Although I don't think the dogs learned their lesson, when we let them out, they headed right back for that corner. I need smarter dogs, hehe.

Thanks again for the help.
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