Shelter Dog Jack Needs Surgeries!

$9,532 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 151 people in 22 months
Jack is a 6 year old Labrador Retreiver who had one home his whole life before becoming homeless recently due to family crisis. He came to West Suburban Humane Society (where I work) in search of a new family. He was overweight, limping and had a mass on his front leg, so we took him to the vet right away. Jack has a lot of medical problems, as it turns out. 

Jack has a torn ACL and meniscus on his left leg, a partial tear of the ACL on the right, hookworm, lungworm, a mast cell tumor and a broken canine tooth with pulp exposure. This will require two, possibly three surgeries, many medications and a weight loss regimen to take the stress off of his joints. To fix Jack completely, it may cost our shelter $8000 or more (and that's the discounted rate).

Donating toward Jack's treatments, medications and surgeries will not only insure that he gets everything he needs, it will also help the shelter when other animals are desperate. By taking some of Jack's financial burden off of West Suburban Humane Society now, you will be puttingthe shelter in a better position to support the next homeless pet with medical issues.

Jack deserves a pain-free life and when you donate to his cause, you will see your support at work through updates on his progress as he faces challenge after challenge.

I can say with certainty that West Suburban Humane Society will be extremely grateful for your support. It will be a huge help and will be paid forward.

From Jack and the staff and volunteers of West Suburban Humane Society, we heartily thank you for considering a donation!
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Hi all, it's been a while since we updated you on Jack. He was all set to have another surgery this week to repair the damage he did to his first knee surgery, but the day before he was due to go to the vet, he came down with a productive cough and now we are waiting again. Since Jack has anxiety, he tore his ACL repair and now he must have a different surgery to repair the tear of the tear. With all he has ahead of him, a delay is the last thing Jack needs. Hopefully, this repair will work and then we can move on to the mast cell tumor removal and tooth extraction.

Jack is getting used to the routine in his foster home. His foster mom is no longer required to sleep on the main level with him if she waits for him to settle for the night. Then she can quietly sneak up to her own bedroom :) Her foster family also had a temporary ramp built for Jack so he won't have to tackle the stairs going in and out of the house. When Jack no longer needs it, they will donate it to the shelter. That is really generous of them.

Jack hangs out with the office staff at the shelter once a week while his foster mom works in the kennel and he still exhibits some anxiety when she leaves him, but it gets better each time. The poor guy is trying really hard to be brave. We anticipate the need for sedation again once he has the next surgery so that he will stay calm and heal.

Thank you to all who have donated so far! We are near our goal, less than $2000 away. Please help us push farther to reach more people about Jack's plight. The more we can raise toward Jack's medical bills, the more we can continue saving lives and caring for the medical needs of other needy cats and dogs (and the occasional bunny) who come to West Suburban Humane Society for help.

Animal Care Manager
West Suburban Humane Society
A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Hi Everyone,
Greetings from Jack! He would like all of you to know that he is doing his best to be a good patient. He got the stitches out of his knee this week from the ACL and meniscus tear, but a few days later, Jack had a fall and a bout with anxiety that caused him to tear through the repair and his knee is in worse shape than before. The doctor can't fix it the same way unless he waits 12 weeks to do it, so we are looking at alternatives right now. Jack is a great dog, very loving , but he has become his own worst enemy. He doesn't know how to be a good patient and rest his leg to let it heal so he has to be sedated much of the time. With this set-back, Jack will end up having probably 5 surgeries total, and that's if everything goes right from here on out. Please keep Jack in your thoughts and share his story, urging your contacts to help his cause. Maybe your employer has a matching fund. Jack is going to use every single penney we raise for him, so we need to keep getting his story out there. Thanks for caring and supporting Jack. The shelter could not afford to help him if it weren't for all of you!

Surgery 1 - Two weeks post-op update
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Jack is doing a little better. He is not in pain, but he shouldn't be using the leg he had surgery on a week ago as much as he is. The problem is that his right leg needs total hip replacement and isn't much. more stable than the surgical leg so he uses them both equally. We just hope he doesn't wreck all the doc's good work! Thank you for your continued support of Jack. Please keep spreading his story so that we can continue to support Jack through this whole ordeal.
Jack hanging out with WSHS Volunteer Coordinator Judy in the office
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Hey Friends,
We are so grateful for everyone who has donated towards Jack's surgeries! You have no idea how much you are helping, not only with Jack, in fact your donations allow us to use our existing funds for other needy animals.

Jack had his first surgery and is doing as well as can be expected. The ACL and meniscus were repaired on the left side. X-rays of the other knee and hips were taken while he was under sedation and Jack was dealt another blow: he has hip dysplasia on the right side and will require total hip replacement. Right now, he literally doesn't have a good back leg to stand on. This will add a fourth surgery to the three he already needed, and it will cost considerably more than anticipated. We may have to increase our goal.

This x-ray is "backwards", so the knee that was operated on shows on the right. Look at the muscle mass of the upper leg, and you can tell that Jack has not been using this leg very much and the muscle has atrophied. Also, can you see little bumps on some of the bones? That is arthritis. It's a good thing we have Jack on strong pain medication.

The plan for the next surgery will be to remove the mast cell tumor and the broken lower canine if we can shrink the mass enough by then. Please continue to share Jack's story with your contacts so we can get him through his medical problems and on to a forever home!
Jack's First Surgery
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Raised by 151 people in 22 months
Created December 20, 2016
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