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Saving Kona

Organized by: Ellie Chetelat

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Kona is an 11-month old black-lab mix rescue. He is a perfect little man. We have been to four different veterinarians to get opinions on our options for Kona, but without any luck- his health problems will be impossibly expensive to take care of, no matter which treatment option we chose- unless we receive assistance and help. I can’t imagine letting Kona go just because we can’t afford to save him- if he belonged to different owners maybe they would have the money that we don’t have. First and foremost, Kona has severe hip dysplasia, which causes him daily pain and discomfort, and he never shows it. He still runs around and plays and gets wild, but we know it will get worse as he gets older. If we can raise the money, we will be able to afford the surgical treatment Kona needs to fix his hips and provide him with a better quality of life. Once we get a blood test, which requires sending his blood out to a university for testing, and costs about $600, we will know whether or not Kona has a bleeding disorder that prevents his blood from clotting properly. He has a history of bleeding problems and is currently in the emergency vet hospital being monitored after his neutering surgery. Anyways, if he indeed has a bleeding disorder, it will be too risky to put him through the surgery. However, a blood transfusion- at $1,000- will likely help with his bleeding problems and allow the vet to perform the hip surgery. His hip surgery will be around $5,000, but we won’t have an exact price until I meet with the orthopedic specialist. Before we put the money into all of that, we want to test his blood first to see if he will even be able to have the surgery. If he can’t, we will have to let him go because it is not fair for him to live with the pain and discomfort. BUT, if he CAN, and if a blood transfusion is what he needs, I will go into debt to save him and pay for it. I am asking for your help, ANYTHING helps! I am applying to grants and assistance from non-profit organizations that provide small grants to do everything I possibly can in my power (on average grants are $200 but they do not cover diagnostic testing, which is the first step). It breaks my heart that if Kona belonged to someone with more money, he would likely get all of the necessary care he needs. People spend tens of thousands on their animals, and I would do it in a heartbeat if I had the money. There is no doubt that Kona is worth it. What goes around, comes around and Kona will appreciate anything you can do to help him- including spreading the word and letting me know of any veterinary care assistance programs you are aware of or any other advice you have!


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