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Sabrina's Road to Recovery

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Raised by 27 people in 7 months
SAVING SABRINA: A Happy Pittie With An Unhappy Story

Sabrina is a five-year-old pit bull recently pulled from a kill shelter in New Jersey. In most ways, she’s the perfect dog: even-tempered, loving, good with kids, dog-friendly, and great with new people! Volunteers and employees who’ve worked with her can’t stop gushing about how trusting she is, and Sabrina’s gentle demeanor is a huge hit at adoption events.

Unfortunately, this happy girl has struggled to find an adopter because of a very UNhappy life story.

Sabrina was originally rescued from a shelter in New Jersey two years ago, when she was about 3. We don’t know any details about her life prior to her initial rescue, but it was obvious that she’d been heavily used for breeding—even at 3 years old, her poor body was torn up and worn out from having too many puppies. She was adopted, and it seemed like she was finally on her way to a better life.

Two years later, sweet Sabrina was surrendered again. Her owner told the shelter that Sabrina was simply no longer wanted. Shockingly, we discovered that Sabrina had never been spayed during her first round at the shelter; somehow, she’d been adopted out without the procedure, and it was clear from her condition upon her return that she’d since had yet ANOTHER litter (or more) of puppies. We don’t know if she was purposefully bred or if these new babies were accidental, but we do know one thing: Sabrina has been through enough!

Although she’s only 5, Sabrina has severe health issues that need attention, all of which stem from her overbreeding. Although her stretched stomach and hanging nipples are not medically concerning, it’s her legs, hips and reproductive system that need urgent attention. Her pregnancies and births have interfered with hip and leg function, and she’s no longer able to squat comfortably, even to relieve herself. This precious girl needs corrective cranial cruciate repair surgery to fix the doggy equivalent of a torn ACL, and we’re also determined to FINALLY spay her and prevent any further, dangerous pregnancies.

Sabrina is such a special girl, and we’re determined to give her the chance she deserves at a happy life! It’s truly astounding that she’s been through so much and remains so warm and affectionate—she really is an angel of a pooch. In order to make her more adoptable, Shelter Chic has resolved to help fund her surgeries. This will lessen the financial burden on any potential adopter, and give Sabrina a big leg up (literally and figuratively) on her search for a new forever home!

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Sabrina has been to a number of different vet appointments over the last few weeks, and it was decided that she will have two big surgeries. The first consisted of a spay, mass removals, and eye surgery for entropion. Her second big surgery (once she's recovered from the first) will be her double cranial cruciate ligament repair surgery (equivalent of ACL surgery) on both of her back legs, which will require her to use a doggy wheelchair to walk.

She has completed her first round of surgery and is healing wonderfully! This video is from when her amazing foster dad Steve picked her up.

We have had to increase our fundraising goal, as Sabrina's medical needs have far surpassed what we had originally anticipated.

We truly appreciate your support. We will continue to show updates on Sabrina's Road to Recovery. Thank you!!
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Sabrina Update: While Sabrina is extremely happy in foster and is being treated like a princess, her medical needs are far greater than we originally anticipated. She has been to a number of different vet appointments recently for consultations for her surgeries, as well as for different medical issues arising (she wasn't eating for a few days, she had live worms coming out of her despite being de-wormed twice). After her last visit, it was discovered that she now needs surgery on BOTH legs, in addition to some mass removals, a spay, and eye surgery. To make matters worse, it was discovered that Sabrina's scar on her abdomen, which was originally thought to be a spay scar, is in fact a scar(s) due to multiple c sections (the vet says that the scar has been reopened several times). Sabrina has been used for breeding her entire life. With each visit to the vet, we are crushed hearing that the initial perceived injury was just the beginning of Sabrina's nightmare.
The silver lining? Sabrina has never been happier. She is so incredibly loved and she shares a very special bond with her foster, Steve. While the original goal of $1500 covered her one surgery, the costs of Sabrina's upcoming surgeries are triple what we originally anticipated. 100% of money raised goes straight to Sabrina's surgeries, vet visits, and rehabilitation. Thank you for all the support!! We are extremely grateful <3
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We are so touched by all the support we have received, and with happy tears we announce that because of your generosity, we have reached our goal of $1500 for Sabrina's ACL surgery!! Any further donations will go towards Sabrina's spay, her medical boarding, and all future appointments and follow-up care post-surgery (and some bully sticks and bones for her to enjoy during her crate-rest :) ). From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you <3
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$2,520 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 7 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Shelter Chic Inc
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