"We get by with a little help our friends..." should definitely be one of our mottos at TRAPRS. And this time, one of our rescue friends needs our help. You may recall back in February when we pulled 19 dogs from a severe hoarding case..... and built an emergency pop-up shelter in less than 24 hrs with bathing, vetting, paperwork, and getting all pups into immediate fosters?
Well, we had some pretty amazing help that day from our friend Dr. L. She's a local vet that often volunteers her time to help the rescue community. And right now, she could really use our help!
Here's where you come in:
Meet Chato. He was a recent patient of Dr. L and the family who owned him had planned to euthanize him due to their inability to deal with his health issues in his eyes. Instead, Dr. L offered the option of owner-surrender, and thankfully, they chose that. Chato is estimated to be 10 years old and he clearly has been suffering from chronic eye issues for a long time. Dr. L took on Chato's care and medical costs, and even his neuter.
Just a few days later, here he is having enucleation surgery of the right eye. His other eye looks like it has a large scar from a previous ulcer, and he does have keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye") in that eye, so he will need medicated eye drops for life.
There is still a chance that his other eye may need to come out, but we need to get him to an ophthalmologist first to see if they think anything can be done with that eye to at least make it comfortable.
Dr. L has already gone above and beyond for Chato. She also happens to be a new grad with crushing student loan debt, and a mom two small kiddos so she's got her hands quite full already-- can you help us get Chato the specialist visit he needs so we can help get him ready for his ultimate forever home?
If you're looking for a new love of your life, here are some further details on Chato's condition:
He is definitely at least mostly blind in his other and will need supervision when taken outside, at least until he gets used to his surroundings. Chato will need an adopter who is open to the idea of a potentially eyeless pug. They do make implants ("glass eyes") for dogs, but they are pricey so ideally, someone who could love him as he is.
He is such a sweet guy and seems to like other dogs and kids and cats. He even comes neutered thanks to Dr. L as well!
If you're unable to help financially, please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!