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Our St. Bernard Dottie needs ACL repair surgery: 1st estimate - $4K. We need your HELP!

UPDATE: Thanks for the GENEROUS donations coming in! One of our animal loving friends has connected us to a vet who promises to do the surgery for $2700. Others on Craigslist have pointed us to Planned Pethood - a non-prof who may be able to perform the surgery for less - we're pursuing all viable options. There are some grants we are applying for - we have to demonstrate we are utlizing fundraising efforts. This is a sanctioned method on FB. We still have a ways to go - but this is how social networking can pull together. If there are any skeptics thinking this is one of those internet scams - I will gladly e-mail you copies of the estimate we received from the vet.

Hi Friends -

Dottie is our 4 year old St. Bernard we adopted from Colorado St. Bernard rescue. She was 14 mos. old when we got her – they named her “Dorothy” because she came to them from Kansas [it’s a Wizard of Oz theme in case you’re not following]. She had been tied to a tree with a heavy chain and beaten daily by a male owner. To this day she remains terrified of most men. Up until recently, she has been happy and healthy, extremely strong with lots of energy. We started noticing that she no longer bounded up the stairs nor leaped onto our bed. We’ve had some standard treatments and medications through our regular vets. Nothing was working and she actually seemed to be getting worse.

The corrective ACL surgery will allow her back to heal. The knee surgery alone is $4000! Our current circumstances put us in a place where we don’t have that kind of money. We are planning some fundraisers. In the meantime, we have established a PayPal account to receive donations. Any amount will help. If those of you receiving this e-mail are unable to assist financially at this time, believe me, we understand. But, we believe in the power of social media. Please take just a moment to forward this along to those in your network [especially animal lovers] with the idea that we can get some assistance. Today, she had X-rays and diagnosis by an orthopedic veterinary surgeon. Dottie has destroyed her ACL. In compensating for her knee – she has messed up her back.

This is NOT for us. Without the surgery – the leg will go lame, then the other hind leg will go lame and I really can’t even finish the story…

I hope you can help.

Oh, and in the event there is generosity beyond our wildest imagination and MORE than the amount of Dottie’s medical bills is raised, we will donate the proceeds to Colorado St. Bernard Rescue [a 501c3 non-profit].

Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions.

Sandy and I appreciate your help
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