Willie G's Cleft Palate Surgery - Fund Raiser
Organized by: Steven Burns
Steven Burns via Crowdrise
May 21, 2015
Willie G is a 5 week old boxer puppy. He was born with a cleft lip and palate, and was of course the runt of his litter. His original owners loved him and wanted to keep him. However, faced with somewhat low mortality rates for puppies in this condition, and the effort and expense to help him survive, the burden was just too overwhelming. So that's where my cousin Dave and his girlfriend Mary stepped in and provided him a new forever home.
A lot of folks are watching Willie G. grow, day by day, on the Willie G fan page https://www.facebook.com/groups/365382320333724/. When Dave and Mary got him, he was only 4 weeks old, and weighing in at 1.4lbs. Today, with their love and meticulous care, he is growing steadily every day. Now at 5 weeks old, he is slowly gaining weight, and we hope will be ready for surgery in about 6-8 weeks.
The Vet tells us that dogs born with a cleft lip & palate are either put down or end up dying because of feeding issues. The amount of work required to care for these animals is significant, but Dave and Mary have stepped up to the plate to make sure Willie G gets that care. However, soon, they'll be faced with surgery bills that are beyond formidable for most people. Further, this is a very difficult surgery, and normally requires two surgeries for full recovery.
Our estimate is approximately $6000 for both surgeries and all pre and poset operative veterinary care. These costs would be formidable for anyone. But Dave and Mary are committed to Willie G's survival and happiness.
Please join us in making sure that Willie G is never put down! Surely we can all agree that putting this little fighter down is out of the question. Right now they are bottle feeding him, and trying to get him a little bit of wet food at a time, along with his puppy formula to get his weight up and get him ready for the surgery.
Please note: Any donation money beyond the cost of the surgery expenses will not be kept - it will be donated to the ASPCA to help other animals too!
Won't you please help give this gorgeous little trooper a fighting chance at a good long life?