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Basset Buddies Rescue is rallying to raise money to help Sam, a 6-year old basset hound, get a needed surgery (ear canal ablation).

Basset hounds are known for long droopy ears, short legs, a powerful nose, and a friendly personality. Unfortunately for Sam, his big droopy ears have caused him pain his entire life.

Sam (BBR #1753) is a six year old basset hound currently residing in foster care in Illinois through Basset Buddies Rescue. Sam had a severe ear infection when he was young, but his owners never took the time to treat it. When the infection became unbearable and required costly medications and procedures, the owners decided they could not afford to treat the infection. They abandoned Sam to a shelter.

By this time, Sam's ear condition had become chronic. The shelter could not afford Sam's treatment either, so they transferred him to Basset Buddies Rescue (BBR). BBR has already paid for several thousands dollars to ease Sam's pain. However, since his original owners neglected to take preventative care of his ears, Sam now has irreversible damage to his ear canals. He feels the excruciating pain of his years-long ear infection every day.

Sam's only option is an ear canal ablation, the complete removal of the diseased ear canal. This procedure is his only chance to be free from pain for the first time in his life.

Surgical Referral Service, Ltd. has sent BBR an estimate for Sam's surgery: $3,514.70 on the low end up to $4,252.70, not including any medical care he might need after the surgery.

Sam's prognosis is good if he receives his surgery. His hearing has already been substantially diminished as a result of the painful infection. The ablation will not improve his hearing, but will eliminate the excruciating pain this little guy has had to endure his whole life.

Sam is in the care of BBR. BBR is a decades-old, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. BBR has been instrumental in the rescue and rehoming of more than 2000 basset hounds since the year 2000. As of September, we have 84 basset hounds in foster care and another 30-40 on waiting lists. None of our staff members are paid; all proceeds BBR receives go directly to promote the welfare of basset hounds.

For additional information regarding ear canal ablation, please refer to an article written by Dr. Daniel A. Degner, a board-certified veterinary surgeon (DACVS): http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/ear_ablation.htm

For more information on Sam, please visit his BBR page: http://bassetbuddiesrescue.org/basset/2011/01/sam-1753/
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