Clover was hit by a car and a good Samaritan took her to the local humane society. The accident broke and severely damaged both of Clover's back legs. She was unable to use either of her hind legs, had a bone infection, and was incontinent. While at the humane society, the vet there removed broken bone fragments from her back legs and treated her with antibiotics. Clover slowly regained function of her hind legs and was no longer incontinent. ACDRA pulled Clover from the shelter and further assessed the need for additional medical treatment.
Once Clover was in our care we brought her to the vet in order to get X-rays to see how she healed since the bones were never reset properly. The X-rays showed that her left leg, which had a fractured femur, had mostly healed, but healed into a giant mass of extra bone and that the head of her femur was growing back in an odd shape wearing down her hip socket causing deterioration. Her right hind leg did not heal properly either as her tibia and fibula healed bowed out causing alignment issues and weak muscles.
Clover was then brought to an Orthopedic Surgeon to see what the next steps would be for her to get her legs fixed. The surgeon said that in order for her to heal properly he would need to re-break both of Clover's legs. Her bones are healing but there are still micro fractures in the bones that are not healing well in the Femur of her left leg and on her right leg the tibia and fibula are healing bowed out. We got a second opinion from Cornell, and ultimately scheduled another surgery to repair one of her back legs. To date, Clover's bills have totaled nearly $5,000, and we are still doing all we can to make sure she is able to live her best life.
Everyone who has met Clover has fallen in love with her! She is such a sweet and happy girl despite her health problems. We are so thankful that we are able to help Clover and for all our supporters who come together to ensure we are able to continue our rescue mission. Clover is just one example of the many, many medical cases ACDRA takes each year and why donations are vital to the rescue. We thank everyone for their support!