We need your help to help Maia... She's so deserving of a good start to find her furever family!
The Officers at West Haven Animal Shelter are fabulous at finding furever homes for the dogs & cats that come into the shelter. We follow the shelter on facebook & watch each of the pups & kitties come in & go off to their happily ever afters so we know how great they are at it! Green Fur Kidz, Inc. was founded with a specific mission to help pups at high kill shelters & well, that's just not West Haven Animal Shelter but we have been following Maia since she found herself in the shelter back in October of 2019 & we want to remove one of the barriers that we think might be preventing her from finding her furever family by getting her ruptured salivary gland removed. As you can see from the pictures, it is quite large & must be annoying to have dangling from your throat the poor girl. It's almost the size of a tennis ball & then there is a golf ball size shape attached to that. The ruptured salivary gland is most likely the result of an animal attack. The Officers at West Haven Animal Shelter are not exactly sure of what kind of animal attacked her nor can they know the details of the attack as she was simply found like that the day they rescued her off the street here in West Haven. Not only did she have wounds & the ruptured salivary gland, but she was also extremely emaciated & needed a lot of TLC. She spent quite some time at Orange Veterinary Hospital recovering & has flourished under the care of West Haven Animal Shelter. Maia is sweet & happy & a bouncing bundle of joy who loves to play ball & run in the yard. She is definitely a bully breed (most likely strong Am. Staffie) & we want to get her a blood DNA & a spay once she gets over this surgery as she can't have both at the same time. The salivary gland removal surgery is very delicate & not common at all. Maia will need a board certified veterinary surgeon & we have heard from our own veterinarians besides from Orange Veterinary Hospital that Dr. White is very good at what he does. Dr. White is a traveling surgeon & he can perform the surgery right at Orange Veterinary Hospital, which is a bonus since the doctors & staff already know Maia there & she is comfortable with them. The discounted cost for rescue is $1400 & we have made this fundraiser for $2000 to cover the fees associated with gofundme charity & paypal as well as have a few hundred dollars left over as a buffer in case of complications - infections, follow up visits, etc. After speaking with Dr. Alfaro at Orange Veterinary Hospital, he felt it would be a good idea to have a little bit extra in case of complications. We do already have some funds tucked aside for her spay, blood DNA, beds, food, freedom harness, toys & treats through a fund that we had tucked aside for dogs in need & we got two donations from our friends that requested we put the donations towards Maia's care. You may also donate directly through paypal to save us fees by sending a paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (please mention it is for Maia's surgery). You can also call Meli Garthwait (GFK's founder & West Haven resident) if you want to drop off a donation check at 203-917-5400. You may also mail a donation check to Green Fur Kidz, Inc. PO Box 16684, West Haven, CT 06516 (please put Maia's surgery in the note section of check). Please keep your receipts for your 2020 tax returns as we are a registered 501(c)(3) publicly owned non-profit charity. While Orange Veterinary Hospital is happy to help Maia, they have requested that all donations go directly through Green Fur Kidz. In addition after speaking with the Officers at West Haven Animal Shelter, they would prefer that all donations for Maia's surgery go directly through Green Fur Kidz since donations to the animal shelter get pooled for overall care, the animal shelter could not specifically set aside donations for Maia. You can verify all of this with any of the Officers at West Haven Animal Shelter or you can contact us directly. We have met & spoken with Officer Ford & Officer Hallet & they are all familiar with Maia's case & our rescue. Our plan for Maia is that once she has all the funds needed, we will schedule surgery & then after surgery she will come to Green Fur Kidz for rehabilitation & rehoming. At this point in time, she will be an adults only home because she is a powerful breed (we joke that her hindquarters look like she's been doing squats for years!) & we don't know how she will be with other animals right now so she will be for an only dog home. If you see Maia's picture & she pulls on your heartstrings to adopt her & you have these two things plus know she might need some training as she is still a young pup at approximately 2 years of age who probably didn't have the best care in the beginning of her life, please contact the shelter at this point in time because what we really want is to find her a furever home. Until her surgery, we're just working to get her as healthy as possible & to help potential adopters avoid large surgery costs. By removing this one large barrier (since most adopters wouldn't want to incur such a large cost right from date of adoption & most pet insurance policies won't cover pre-existing conditions either), we hope to get her in perfect tip top shape for her furever family! For more information on our rescue & our programs, you visit us at www.greenfurkidz.com. Thank you for helping Maia!!!