Help Limping Leroy Brown
(On the way to see the orthopedic surgeon this morning.)
Leroy was rescued from a puppy mill by the animal shelter I used to work at after having lived there for the first four years of his life. He has been through so much already, having 9 teeth removed, struggling with swallowing his food, incontinence, and foot problems that have led to him having to have his foot lanced open from a case of bumblefoot due to the wire cages he had stood on for so many years. We are not sure if this is just another problem due to those years of neglect or if it is just a random fluke, but we do know that he deserves all the best. Unlike the stereotype of hyper chihuahuas, Leroy is as sweet as can be and just loves to be loved by those he trusts. He is now nearly 7 years old (on October 23rd!) and we plan on giving him a comfy loving home for many years to come.
(When he arrived at the shelter)
(After a bit of time in our home.)
As for what we need help with...Leroy will be having surgery on his back left ankle and they will be putting in bone graft and screws to replace a part of his ankle. So far the costs have been nearly $400 and if the surgery goes as planned, with no complications, it will cost another $2,180 - $2,334.50. After that he will be on doggy bed rest for quite a few weeks and have follow-up appointments and x-rays which we estimate to be at least another $400 or more.
We feel very hesitant to ask for help, but a friend suggested we reach out and see what happens and after our daughter being born and the associated medical costs, along with recent mechanic costs, our emergency savings is running on empty, so we are humbly asking for any help we can. We asked about payment plans at the surgeons and they do not allow for them, so for now we are borrowing what we have to and doing our best to pull together what we can (we had $142.00 worth of change - score!) to quickly repay the costs before additional interest starts piling on and making this procedure even more costly.
We understand money is not easy to come by and that there are many important causes to help with, but if you feel moved to help out our little furry dude we would be endlessly grateful - as would he. Our cat Roxy would be too. She wants to get back to their daily wrestling matches and is not digging this whole bed rest thing.
(They were quick friends. And no worries, his feet aren't all red like that nowadays.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Leroy's story.
Sara, Eric & Leroy Brown
Follow up appointments are coming in at around $42 dollars a pop so our estimates were about right. For now it's all going on one line of credit and being paid off little by little and we thank you for helping us get there. We had further unexpected medical costs come up with our human part of the family so all of this help with Leroy has been even more appreciated in recent days.
Also, I am really concerned about this injury having been caused by a bird of prey....but that's a story for another day.
And we are also now 21% to goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I will probably leave this up until his bed rest has ended and then call it a day, so five or so more weeks of fundraising to go to see if we can get any closer. Oh, and happy fall from us all! It's almost sweater weather for us all. Leroy looks pretty cute in his that he has for those really cold days. :)