Help Anthony's Service Dog Farah
Organized by: Brenda Delarosa
Brenda Delarosa via Crowdrise
July 02, 2014
As many of you know my son, Anthony Delarosa, recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. He was his Army unit’s dog handler. While on patrol, Anthony and his military working dog (MWD) Jacky, regularly searched for IED’s and worked around the clock to protect our soldiers. Whether outside the wire or on the base, Jacky and Anthony were inseparable. When their tour was over, Jacky (who is officially Army property) was reassigned to another handler. She is now overseas again in Afghanistan on her second deployment with another handler. She is doing what she was trained to do – keep our soldiers safe.
Anthony is now back home in Minnesota, having honorably completed his service with the Army. Leaving Jacky behind was tough for Anthony. To help him adjust to a civilian life without Jacky he adopted a service dog named Farah. Farah is a wonderful dog. Farah gives so much love and provides a sense of calm for Anthony. She fills his heart with joy and also helps with the void created by Jacky’s absence.
Farah is an amazing dog. We are so privileged to have her as part of our family and thankful for the help she provides Anthony. Farah recently injured her leg. In our most recent visit to the veterinarian we learned that Farah needs two expensive surgeries. The first toremove a dislodged screw from a poorly-performed leg surgery Farah underwent as puppy. The second is to provide her with a replacement elbow so she can walk without further injury to her leg. The surgery is urgent. She cannot bear weight on the affected leg and is in a great deal of pain. Without immediate treatment she is at risk of losing her leg.
Seeing Farah in pain is distressing for everyone in the family, Anthony most of all.
Farah’s care isn’t an option for Anthony and her surgery and follow up therapy are expensive. We need your help raising money for Farah’s urgent