If you have been following us for the past few weeks, you know that we have had our hands full rescuing dogs from shelters needing medical attention. Raymie is the third such dog rescued from a Southern California shelter in the past few weeks. In hockey & soccer this would be referred to as a “hat trick” but in rescue you are more likely to hear “Oh (insert expletive here)”.
When asked if we could help, it’s not like we could make a statement “we already have a dog with a broken leg needing surgery – we don’t have room for a second dog with two broken legs needing surgery”. On the contrary. When we heard Raymie was at the shelter with two broken legs, a call was made to the shelter to get a current status on Raymie. Veronica, the shelter adoption coordinator, was very helpful giving us the radiographs and letting us know that there hadn’t been anyone interested in adopting him. While we greatly appreciated the radiographs that were immediately forwarded to our vet, we weren’t surprised no one was interested in adopting him. Yes, he was young and cute but with two broken legs and needing surgery, the chances of someone adopting him were slim. Very slim.
Once we confirmed he was still available and there hadn’t been any interest from anyone in adopting him, calls were made immediately to see who was available to help transport. As a rescue, several items need to be in place before we can commit to rescue a dog from a shelter, the first is having someone that can visit and help transport. We are so fortunate to have volunteers like David that share our vision in helping find homes for the unwanted and abandoned GSP’s and GSP Mixes at shelters. David adjusted his schedule so that he could both visit the shelter and help transport Raymie to his foster home. We then made arrangements with the foster home to schedule an appointment with Dr Kang. Everything was falling into place.
On a Wednesday, Raymie was rescued and transported by Volunteer David to the foster home who had made plans to visit Dr Kang on Thursday. On Thursday, Dr Kang kept Raymie until he could perform the needed surgery the next day. On Friday, Dr Kang found the surgery to be more complicated than first expected and made the decision to perform two surgeries, one on each leg. The second surgery on Raymie’s front leg was more complicated, just as Dr Kang had expected, and went late into the night. On Saturday, Raymie was picked up by Volunteer Cindy who would foster Raymie temporarily and last reported Raymie is feeling better each day.
Now, this is typically the paragraph we insert the call to action or, in other words, ask for money. However, that isn’t the case with Raymie. Raymie was, for a lack of a better term, lucky – he was eligible for a Good Samaritan program through the shelter that covered the cost of his medical care.
Thank you to those rare and generous individuals that fund this program and paid for Raymie’s surgery. If you would still like to help, please, visit Tucker’s fundraiser and consider making a small donation to help pay the cost of his surgery. He’s the dog that was rescued a few days before Raymie that also had a broken leg.
Thank you for your support that allows us to continue our work in rescuing dogs in need.