$1,625 of $2,000 goal
After our dogs Mya and Khia passed away unexpectedly, 28 days apart, our hearts were empty. A few months later, we made our way to the shelter where we met Molly. Our hearts connected instantly and it felt like Khia was saying, She's the one!
We learned that Molly's time living on the street was detrimental to her health. She was heart worm positive and in need of major dental work. Her teeth looked as though she had been chewing rocks. She was extremely underweight and her body was covered in scars.
Unfortunately, due to losing 2 dogs in the past 4 months after 2 major sicknesses, the financial burden of adopting Molly wasn't feasible.
In the following months, I would check the shelter's website periodically. Molly's beautiful face was always there. It was breaking my heart. She needed to get out of there and get the care she desparately needed.
I started seeing Molly's adoption poster in various places in early October. It was as if fate was pushing us together.
On October 17, 2015, exactly 6 months to the day we lost Khia, my husband and I drove to the shelter and signed up to foster Molly. As "adoption ambassadors" we have 4 months to find Molly a home or to adopt her ourselves.
We want nothing more than to adopt Molly. She fits in with our family like she was meant to be with us. Her devotion towards me is incomparable to anything I've ever seen before and it's only been 1 week. Our dogs Noodle and Macy already seem to be attached to her. The only thing stopping us from signing the adoption paperwork are the medical expenses.
Molly needs heart worm treatment, most (if not all) of her teeth pulled, and she has a mass behind her left ear. Her first vet visit (which isn't covered by the shelter) is scheduled for Friday, October 30th, after which I will update this page to include the exact treatments and costs.
All we want is to give her a life of love and comfort. Whether its a month or years to come. Please help us do that.
Greg , Samantha, Molly, Noodle, and Macy
*For more information on how Molly entered our lives, please visit: https://noodle4president.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/the-big-secret-reveal/
**You can follow Noodle, Macy, and Molly's adventures at: https://noodle4president.wordpress.com/
As of November (prior to re-opening the fundraiser) we had collected $1,570. Of that, $135.13 was deducted for fees. So, we had a total of $1,434.87.
Molly's vet bills, prior to Friday, were as follows:
On Friday, we took Molly in for blood work (a full CBC and Thyroid test). That visit was $239.43
New Total: $1,356.45
Today's estimate was actually $310.00 but we have been lucky enough to have Molly's treatment done at a reduced rate under our friend's rescue. We hope that the bill will be reduce to approximately $250.00 which will bring the total of her medical bills to $1,606.45.
We had $1,434.87 in donations. Her total bills are $171.58 more than we raised.
We are NOT out to take money from our friends and family that we do not need for her. It is hard enough swallowing one's pride and asking for help. Everyone's generosity is beyond appreciated and it has been my pleasure to answer this question.
She's in surgery today to remove it along with the upper left canine that they were going to remove later this year. They may also be taking what would be her sole remaining canine depending on how it looks.
This was an unexpected approx. $250.00 surgery. We know everyone has already helped so very much but any additional help would be appreciated.
I'll be back around 5:00 EST with an update after we speak with the vet about her surgery and the blood work that was done on Friday.
I left her in Greg's hands with the strict instructions that he must relay everything to me word-for-word. What can I say? I'm a mom. I worry. I dote. These are my babies.
Off I went and an hour later, off they went.
She got home at 4:30 and I got home at 6:30.
She did good under anesthesia. The vet only had to pull 3 teeth (extractions indicated by 'x' in the picture).
The canine tooth on the upper left that is between the two teeth that were extracted will likely have to come out by next year. It is in the process of dying but he didn't pull it today as having opposing canine extractions would've increased Molly's healing time by months. He said that the upper canines cause a lot of bleeding due to the fact that they are rooted near the sinus cavity.
He did a super deep cleaning on the cavities in the molars but did not extract them as they did not infiltrate the pulp and therefore are not causing her any pain.
When Molly woke up from the anesthesia, she threw up but they said it's not uncommon for dogs to react that way. She hasn't thrown up since and actually ate a can of wet food when she got home (1/2 right away and the other 1/2 a little bit later). Greg gave her another can for dinner.
When I got home, Greg told me that Macy was so concerned about Molly. She was trying to lick her mouth and was even licking her bandage from the cathether.
I took her into the bedroom to do the necessary motherly things (i.e., tell her how good she was, give her kisses/pets, and checked her from head to toe to make sure she was okay).
My sweet girl. She did so good.
The cost of today's procedure was $412.64.
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped us raise the money we needed to get this done. With Molly's medical care tended to, we can now officially adopt her. We plan on doing this December 18th when we take her for her monthly preventatives.
She's getting a permanent home for Christmas!
I FINALLY have good news to report.
Molly and I went to meet Dr. Hamilton this morning and he is AMAZING! He took his time, was kind, and explained everything using photographs, charts, and models.
A week from this coming Monday, Molly will go in and they will start by doing x-rays. Depending on how her teeth look underneath the gum line will determine how many teeth come out. He explained that oftentimes teeth can look good to the eye but there may be problems under the gum and, just the same, teeth that look bad may actually be fine.
He also explained that if the mass which the other vet believed to be an epulis was in fact cancerous, the x-ray will show evidence of such.
Once they determine which teeth need to be removed, they’ll go ahead with the procedure.
I feel so much more confident in this vet. In fact, I feel more confident in him than any vet I have met in the last 10 years.
He stuck by the priced quoted over the phone - $550. This is the estimate for 5 major extractions (i.e., deeply rooted molars and canines). The price may go up or down slightly depending on how many major extractions there are and how many incisors need to be removed.
He also gave Molly some probiotics because her stool fluctuates between normal and extremely soft. Hopefully that will finally stop!
Thank you to everyone who helped us rally last night! I woke up astonished to see how many people came forward to help Molly and us. As I wrote on Facebook this morning: “Every once in awhile God graces you with the presence of a walking angel. I’m happy to know a few.”
Thx Samantha: Public funding has to be so transparent as a result of "less ethical" individuals, so I am sure that many people will appreciate your breakdown of Molly's costs. Colin.
Hi "Guys": I am a little confused so perhaps you could clarify for me, other donors, and potential donors. Update #4 - Initial examination $212.08 Update#10 - Vet visit $95.00 (Update #11 - Vet quoted $550.00 for dental work) Update #12 - Vet bill for dental work $412.64 Update #13 - Vet bill for dental work $250.00 Why would you not hold the vet to the quoted $550.00? Molly's total vet bills based on above = $969.72. Given that GoFundMe is showing $1570.00 donated, there is a balance available of $600.28. It is rather confusing.
I'm so glad things went well and you feel comfortable with the vet.That's half the battle right there. I'm also glad that they gave you probiotics for Molly's tummy. When our Bess was a puppy she had a very sensitive tummy and our vet recommended a mix of vanilla yogurt with bran flakes along with a prescription that we mixed in with it. It went a long way in helping her tummy straighten out. Not to mention how cute she looked with yogurt tipped puppy ears. Thanks for the update! Hugs and cuddles
How did today's appointment go?
Yea for friends, colleagues and vets who aren't just out for the almighty dollar!
Praying for your appointment Molly.
Good luck Molly... all our paws and fingers are crossed :O)
I'm glad you have enough for Molly's procedure tomorrow. I know it will be a long day for you I'll be praying throughout the day for all of you. Give Molly a cuddle for me.