It is with deep sadness to share that Rilind has passed away on January 2, 2020, (FB page Rilind Reborn)
Eight years ago, Rilind was found tossed in a dumpster, left like trash . He was a mere 37 lbs.
He was rescued by the Pit Sisters who lovingly cared for him and their vet diagnosed him with EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency). In the many years that followed, Rilind has been fostered and then adopted by wonderful people who continued to lovingly care for him. Rilind became the “spokesdog” for dogs in need, with EPI, and against breed-specific legislation.
He was show-cased on all Epi4Dogs marketing materials and this website and his story and pictures literally stopped crowds at vet conferences and causing people to ask “what is EPI??” which helped us bring better awareness to EPI. His story and pictures have also been shared world wide with other veterinarian schools in many countries outside the USA printed in their vet journals, posters, discussed in their vet school classes. Rilind was loved by thousands and our hearts are broken now that he is gone…. but his legacy will continue to live on and help those struggling with EPI .