BENEFITING: Home Fur Keeps
Charlie (#A5034927), a 7-year-old rottweiler/shepherd mix, was dumped in the Mojave desert on February 20th. A good Samaritan transported him to the Lancaster Animal Shelter, where he has been ever since. He's had a rough time at the shelter: from kennel cough, to a persistent urinary tract infection that hasn't gone away, as well as a growing mass that has been untreated, Charlie never managed to get comfortable. As week after week passed, he lost hope of getting out and grew more lethargic and depressed. The last time I visited him he showed no interest in leaving his cot to visit with me. Charlie is now safe with Home Fur Keeps, and I think his face is starting to hurt from smiling so much! He has an amazing foster family anxiously waiting to welcome him into their home. They recently lost their only dog, had been grieving his loss for months, and didn't think they were ready to welcome a new pet into their home... until Charlie came into their lives. Charlie visited his foster family on his way to the vet and got to expend his energy and roll around in the grass for well over an hour. Unfortunately, after transporting him to the vet, we received some bad news and need our supportive fans the most right now. We received results for the aspirate. The fluid that was drawn didn't exfoliate well and the team didn't get a definite answer whether the tumor was malignant or not (although they were certain it was). They came up with a lot of blood, and a few spindle cells (which is what they believe the tumor is made of). However, it was noted that the tumor was large, actively growing, and incredibly firm. Charlie was heavily sedated, and they extracted a piece of the tumor to send off to the lab to make absolutely sure they were dealing with a malignant tumor. The results are back: the tumor is, in fact, cancerous. Charlie's tumor is DEEP down into the bone of his front right leg. In order to remove the entire tumor we'd have to amputate his leg. While we stressed that we'd like to see if we can remove the whole tumor before taking amputation into account, removing part of a malignant tumor and keeping his leg intact would mean that the tumor would return, spread quickly, and end his life way too soon. Charlie's blood work, as well as an evaluation of his spine and hips, have come back and we've been told that Charlie is healthy enough to live a happy life as a tripod. As you can see... Charlie's medical bill is going to be a huge expense for us. The amputation is already estimated to be between $2,500 - $3,500 (and this doesn't include dental surgery for his exposed roots). This estimate includes blood work, chest and lateral spine x-rays, pain injections, amputation, pain meds, and boarding. Home Fur Keeps is all about helping the dogs that need us the most, primarily the seniors and the medically injured. 100% of donations to our rescue go to the dogs - rather than keeping a penny for ourselves we donate it back to the cause, and reach into our personal pockets every day to make sure our dogs receive the best medical care possible. Unfortunately, we can't continue to do this on our own. We need help from our generous and compassionate community. Less than a week ago we published a freedom video of Charlie rolling around in the grass, unable to wipe that big smile off his face all day. We are devoted to making sure he is given the best, always. After a phone call with the foster family, they texted us: "Thank you for not giving up on him, because we're for sure not. A three-legged Charlie is just fine with us!!" Please consider passing on an indulgence today and donating towards Charlie's surgery. No amount is too small, and we would be so grateful! <3 CURRENT MEDICAL BILL ESTIMATE: $2,500 - $3,500 YOUR DONATION IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! You may donate several other ways if you wish: PayPal.me/homefurkeeps PayPal email: email@example.com www.homefurkeeps.org/donate/ We love you guys. Thank you so much for your support!