At only two years old, Stevie’s life had not been easy. One day, he was found tied to a lamp post, left unwanted. His “owners” were found, and they did not want him back. They also admitted to cutting Stevie's ears off with a pair of scissors when he was a puppy, hoping to make him look “mean.” From there, Stevie was taken to a local shelter, where he began to show signs of a possible neurological disorder. At first, a brain tumor was suspected. He was very wobbly and unable to move his legs the way a two-year-old dog should. Being in the shelter with limited medical care available, Stevie’s chances of being adoptable were slim to none. The volunteers and shelter staff could see what a sweet and special boy he was, and they became his voice--looking for a rescue that would help him, not wanting to give up hope that he could find the love and happiness he deserved. One volunteer even paid, out of her own pocket, for an MRI to be done. The MRI revealed the true cause – a tumor located at the base of his neck causing the neurological challenges. It was not cancer. It was not terminal, either, as long as the tumor was removed quickly before it had the chance to grow and become inoperable. Dr. Hicks and Dr. DeVibiss of Blue Pearl offered Stevie a discounted surgery. A wonderful family came forward and offered to foster Stevie during his recovery period. The surgery was successful! Aside from the $4,500 surgery, Stevie will need follow-up care, including water therapy and a personal dog trainer that is helping him learn how to live life free from being chained. We want to thank Dr. Hicks and Dr. DeVibiss of Blue Pearl of Tacoma, Shannon of Animal Kind Training, Leigh Anne of Splash Dogs of Edmonds, and Erin Pryor and her family for welcoming Stevie into their home and showing him love while he rehabilitates. Last, but not least, A HUGE THANK YOU to the volunteers and employees at the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society for not giving up on Stevie and providing his care while we worked on the coordination of saving this precious live. This is an amazing story of compassion and a community coming together. We truly cannot save these lives alone. Any donation in any amount will help us to recover from these expenses—so that we can help another. There are dogs needing our help each and every day who deserve a chance, just like Stevie. There are a few ways to contribute to Stevie’s care. You may use this Go Fund Me page or our PayPal account which is email@example.com. You may also mail a check to Lucky Paws Rescue, PO Box 44103 Tacoma, Wa 98448 Lucky Paws Rescue is a 501c3 Federal tax-exempt rescue and Washington State Non-Profit. We appreciate every one of you. Thank you for your support of Stevie! Lucky Paws Rescue Update: His foster home says he is doing spectacular and goes to work every day with his foster mom! He has won the hearts of so many people who see what an astonishing dog he is…and what a pit bull is truly about. He has a 5 pound Yorkie sister, and a young boy and girl that love him so much!
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