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I am raising money to help a rescue puppy get surgery on his front legs, so that he can walk!

My name is Kate Faver and I run Heading Home Animal Rescue, which is a small 501c3 rescue group based out of Santa Cruz, CA (tax ID 45-1314568)

We have a 6 month old doxie/chihuahua mix, Pluto, who we rescued from a shelter with his mom and 9 siblings when the puppies were 2 weeks old. Pluto was born with Achondroplasia which has left him with severely deformed legs, meaning he has to walk on his front elbows. His legs are fixable but each leg will require multiple surgeries. Dr. Marsolais at Pet Specialists of Monterey (where we took him for a consultation) has quoted us $4,000 to fix his legs which is a hugely discounted cost, as we are a rescue organization. Both of his front legs require several surgeries in order to straighten them out to enable him to walk normally. The total cost for all of the surgeries is $4,000. In addition, he has a luxating patella on one of his rear legs that will need to be surgically corrected after his front two legs have been fixed, and we anticipate this will cost another $500. We have raised about $1300 so far towards the total $4000 cost of fixing his two front legs and we are fundraising as fast as we can to raise the remaining amount. Once we raise $2,000 we can get the first leg fixed, and then we will need to raise another $2000 to get the second front leg fixed. Dr. Marsolais has advised us to do the surgeries as soon as possible (he wanted to do it before the end of 2011) as the longer Pluto walks on his front elbows, the worse the damage to his legs, his shoulders and spine will be, but we cannot raise the funds fast enough. I was wondering whether you might be able to help us out at all?! We would be eternally grateful for any donation, no matter how small.
Let's get Pluto 'walking!'.

Thank you for reading!

-Kate Faver

Founder of Heading Home Animal Rescue
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