Saving Ace the Batdog
Organized by: Nicole North
Nicole North via Crowdrise
May 25, 2014
A drunk man showed up at the shelter. When the worker came out to meet him he opened the trunk of his sedan and out from the darkness popped six little puppies. The woman looked at the staggering man and said "I'll take them from here". The puppies were quickly moved from the shelter (where there was an outbreak of parvo) to the human society. Two days later a Special Education Teacher (that's me) showed up bright eyed and ready to become a new volunteer. As she toured the facility and looked at all the poor dogs in there cramped spaces one masked puppy caught her eye. As all of his brothers and sisters ran around him like maniacs, one puppy sat still in the madness staring right at her. He lifted his little paw, staring into her eyes, and waved at her. Knowing she was an instant goner she cursed the cute little dog and walked away. Five minutes later she was back at his kennel and they stared at each other some more. When she asked to pick him up he happily peed on her (it should have been a sign, but) she figured she was marked and agreed to adopt him. The puppy was in her arms squirming and kissing all the way to the car where he met and fell in love with his big sister. He happily cuddled under his sister the whole way home.
Great story... What's the problem?
The problem is that from the first time he peed on his mom he hasn't stopped.
Ace suffers from Ectopic Ureters. This rare condition results in him being incontinent. He continuously drips through the house and is often unaware of when he is urinating. The condition will lead to him having cronic bladder infections if left untreated. He has already suffered through two infections one of which he had for nearly his whole life.
There is a distinct lack of options to help him with this condition. The best of which is a very expensive surgery. If Ace was to receive the surgery he would have a chance of regaining continence and continuing to live the life of a happy indoor dog. The condition should not be left untreated or he will continue to get painful bladder infections. If he is returned to the humane society then he will be euthanized (they don't have the funds to help him with this condition). He does not qualify for our local rescue groups because of this medical condition.
Ace will need to go see a specialist at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for further testing and for his surgery. I am anticipating that the consultations and surgery will cost at least $4000. ***Update*** Ace qualifies for the Companion Fund and his surgery will be reduced to about $2000.
I love my dog. I want what is best for him but I don't have the funds to fix this on my own. Please help if you can.