Veterinary Help for Dharma

$845 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 15 people in 14 months
Two days ago I bought an item off Craigslist in Austin Texas. And when I went to pick it up the woman offered me her dog- a huge German Shepherd who had massively swollen feet and was COVERED with a serious skin rash, and fleas. She said the dog was 5 years old. The dog could barely stand up and it wasn't hard to tell she had been very neglected, left outside in a yard smothered in feces. The owner had no interaction with the dog,  no emotional attachment, kept her outside, and stated she only "used her for security."  

I left with my item but couldn't get this sweet girl off my mind. So a friend and I went back later, picked up the dog and brought her to my house.  The previous owner didn't even say goodbye and  was clearly happy to be rid of her.  I'm so glad to have found her- the Universe is pulling for her!The previous owner called her Jenga but we've decided to call her Dharma.

I took her straight to my local vet. Dharma is very weak, needs vaccinations and spay surgery, probably heartworm treatment, hip and spine xrays to see if the reason she can barely stand up is a pinched nerve and/or hip dysplasia.  The vet gave her meds for her swollen feet and skin issues, and 2 different antibiotics as well. I bathed her and with a medicated shampoo, and gave her a flea preventive. They vet was wonderful and gave me a 50% discount on the exam,  did a free mange test, and gave us some free probiotics for her tummy. But this first bill alone was $355 even with the discounts. We will head back to the vet next week for all her vaccinations (the owner lied and said she'd had them but her tags track back to a dachshund!) and start on the long haul of vet care it will take to get her up and running again. 

In spite of all she has been through, she is super sweet with a great disposition, and a fighting spirit. If you can spare $5-$10 or more, every dollar will help. If you are giving to other causes or just don't have the money, could you please invest your positive energy, love, healing vibes, prayers, or whatever you do to reach a higher power, and send it to Dharma..?  Myself and others who are involved with her rescue effort would be so grateful. Thank you.  :)
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Good news and good news. Dharma started heartworm treatment on Wednesday, and had bloodwork yesterday so we can keep her on Rimadyl (Carprofen generic). Bloodwork looks great. She went in for her spay this morning but the vet was not comfortable - felt she was too high risk. After receiving the blood work they have reassessed and will spay her on Monday. By then she will also be finished with her heat, which complicates things on top of the heart worms. So, we're moving forward. Thanks everyone who has donated time and money and services, including Corner Vet (Dr Riddick) and Emancipet! Everyone has been very generous and super helpful. Meanwhile Dharma is a bit of a clown now that she's feeling better! First and foremost happy to be back on the white carpet in the living room now that her heat is near finished! And grateful for all the good care. Much love to you all!!
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Hey folks- just a quick update! Dharma has finished her 2 antibiotics and will start heart worm treatment tomorrow, and then will be spayed on Friday (not spayed- been in heat for the past week!)! She's got her microchip and new tags, is learning "come" and "stay" and "outside" and loves her breakfast of grain-free dog food mixed with beef liver sauteed in turmeric! She's a good girl!! Thank you all for helping her!!! Much love to each of you!
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Check out this video update.
Hello from Dharma!
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Dharma is scheduled to start heartworm treatment ($495, about half the normal cost) at Emancipet next Wednesday. She has YOU to thank for saving her life!!
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$845 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 15 people in 14 months
Created April 1, 2017
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Anonymous
11 months ago
AH
$25
Ann Hughes
14 months ago (Offline Donation)
$10
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14 months ago
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MS
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Marina & Steve
14 months ago
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We love her, and you.

KM
$20
Kathy Moore
14 months ago
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Bless you Jennifer for saving this sweet dog. <3 Hope my little bit helps!

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