6 Year old Female In Pain Needs Hip Surgery. Several Medical Emergencies. Help Needed. What Is A Matching Donation Challenge?


Thursday Morning, Feb 6, 2020 

Quote of the Day:  “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery~

We’ve had several emergencies in the past few days and one of our Bichons needs an FHO surgery to repair a hip problem which causes pain when she tries to walk.

First, let me tell you about a little 6 year old female named “Sylvie”

Sylvie came to us a while back from a hoarder situation. She’s been displaying signs of pain when she walks so we took her to Dr. Hayes, a Board Certified Surgeon at Boone Animal Hospital, in Western Springs, IL

Dr. Hayes called and told me that Sylvie needs an FHO surgery. 

She’s only six years old.

This is the estimate. It’s for between $3,497.67 – $4,160.83.This includes a 20% rescue discount.

We need to raise funds to get this little girl out of pain. All that she knows is that she hurts.

When one of our dogs is sick or in pain, it hurts us.

Then in the last two days, we have had two medical emergencies for Bichons or Bichon mixes that we just got out of shelters.

Yesterday, Small Pawser Darlene Steen of Houston, Tx., under the direction of our South Texas Team Leader, Karla Carter, picked up this little Bichon mix, whom we named “Beatrix.” She is estimated at only three years old. She looks good until you see the blood under her neck.

Beatrix on her freedom ride from the shelter to the Animal Medical Center in Houston. 

Beatrix tested positive for heartworm disease and it is a strong positive. This means the heartworms are advanced and she will need special care during treatment. (Please don’t think that if you don’t see a worm, that your dog is free of heartworms. You don’t see them. They come from mosquitoes. There are NO symptoms until it’s too late and the heart begins to fail. Many times, this is fatal. Please make SURE that all of your cats and dogs are on heartworm preventative. If not, see your vet for an inexpensive heartworm test.)

But yesterday, heartworm wasn’t Beatrix’s only problem.

They called yesterday afternoon and said that Beatrix was critical. She was losing blood from the wound on her neck and needed immediate surgery. They said the heartworms would put an added strain on her heart during surgery.

They said there was no time for a written estimate but that it would be around $350-$400.00. I gave permission for immediate surgery with Dr. Baker.

She was evidently attacked by something on her neck. They went in to close the wounds and to put in a drain. She is doing well, so far, but they are keeping her still so a heartworm won’t go to her lungs. 

That’s not all.

Sara Rhodes, our IL. Team Leader called me on Monday might about this little one, whom we have named “Simon”.

Simon was brought in as a stray, to the CACC shelter by a Good Samaritan.

Simon was vomiting and bleeding. They said he needed to go to an emergency hospital right away. 

Small Pawser, Linda Oschenfeld went to get him and took him to Premier Veterinary Group, a 24 hour emergency hospital that we have used several times over the years. His bill was nearly $400.00 for one night of hospitalization, fluids and meds to stop vomiting. We moved him our regular vet the next morning, where he continues to improve. But his bill, over all, will be over $1000 for his vetting.

We need help. Over $5000.00 worth of help, just for these three and there are others coming in every day.

I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenge for Sylvie, Beatrix, and Simon.

What is a matching donation challenge?!

All My Love, Robin

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 28 days of January, 2020, coming to $27,805.15 which is an average of $993.04 per day.

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 4 days of February, 2020, coming to $2,194.68 which is an average of $558.67 per day.

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What is a matching donation challenge?!

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