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Austin is suffering from tumors right next to his bowel. He is unable to relieve himself and therefore refuses to eat. Her needs surgery.

Austin is a twelve year old chihuahua mix. When he was born, I lived with his family, and from the very first day, he chose me. He would come to me and sit in my lap, prefering my company over those even in his own family. He was happy to see me when I walked back in the door, coming straight to me and ignoring the rest of his family. For an entire year, I ended up moving, and wasn't able to see him. After a teary good-bye, I walked out of his life.
Then, his family contacted me, and told me that they could no longer afford to keep Austin. They knew he had chosen me from the beginning and asked if I would be able to adopt him. I was thrilled. Not a day had gone by that I hadn't thought of my furry little friend.
It has been twelve years since that day, and he has been by my side ever since. He greets me with pure ecstacy whenever I come home, and always lays with me in bed. He looks at me with his big intelligent eyes and I can see all the love he has for me.
Recently, I had to take him to the vet, because a lump had formed near his anus. It is a tumor. After speaking with the vet, I was told that Austin would need surgery to remove the tumor, and reconstructive surgery to rebuild his bowel.
Or, I could give him medicine to shrink the tumor, at the risk of damaging his kidney, which he will then need constant blood work
I found my heart breaking when I realized I would not be able to pay for this surgery, or the option of continuous visits. I asked the vet what I could do, and she told me without the surgery, I could only give him pain medication, and try to keep him comfortable. It has been a year since then, and now the tumor is the size of a tennis ball. He is unable to relieve himself, and therefore refuses to eat.
I am at my wits end. I can't imagine my life without Austin. While I understand he is old, and may only have a few years left, I can't stand not being able to offer those years because I can't afford to help him. He is my child.
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