A new life for Zachary

$2,021 of $3,430 goal

Raised by 39 people in 18 days

Mr. Zachary was found at a farm in Maryland so starved that he could not stand up. The flies were already starting to congregate on him.  The volunteers from Star Gazing Farm rushed him home and immediately started fluids and very small, frequent meals along with medicine prescribed by the veterinarian. He ended up spending a month at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary teaching hospital where he learned how to walk again. We have already paid for this visit ($3280 was our cost for this).

Unfortunately, he also had ulcers in both his eyes.  Regular treatment of ointments did a beautiful job on the left eye, but the right eye's ulcer ruptured.   This means he has to have the eye removed.

Although he eats very well, Zachary has not gained much weight and so we are raising funds for:

(1) the removal of his right eye and follow-on treatment
(2) a livestock scale so that we can monitor his weight frequently. ( http://palletscales.net/vs-2000_livestock_scale.htm)

Our veterinary budget is now very strapped and that is why we are asking for donations to help Zachary be pain-free and to let him live out the rest of his life in peace and with happy friends around him.


More information about Star Gazing Farm: Star Gazing Farm rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned farm animals and gives them a permanent safe haven. The animals are then our ambassadors for compassion. We work with youth, teaching them humane care of animals. The youth, in turn, welcome and speak with the general public about the importance of having compassion for farm animals and caring for them properly.

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We've had a few worrisome days with Zachary, but he seems to be rallying. He's been more lethargic and lying on his side, and they were worried about his peeing not being quite right. But he's started to gain weight, and they did some more bloodwork and an ultrasound and things seem to be ok - the last communication I had with the vet sounded quite positive. They refer to him there as "Their rockstar!"
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Again I want to thank everyone who has helped Zachary with their generous donations. I've been getting updates less frequently from the hospital (I've learned that this is actually a good sign). His "good" eye had to be treated today because he has lost so much fat that his lower lid was drooping. They are keeping close attention to this and really working on getting his weight to start to build up.

I really hope we can bring him home soon, but I know that New Bolton Center is taking such great care of him. The photo is of a vet student who met Zachary on his first visit there, and continues to monitor his progress and visit him.
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Zachary was up and about taking walks this morning. His appetite is not back to 100% but that is to be expected after general anesthesia. The vet is very encouraged at how he is doing. They did take a biopsy of his intestine and will have results back from that next week. In the meantime, he is getting loved on by a whole team of vet students and nurses.
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Zachary underwent surgery today to remove his right eye and to have a biopsy done of his intestine; the docs are still trying to figure out why he has gained so little weight.

We had a HUGE scare - it took him almost 3 hours to wake up from anesthesia and he was not breathing on his own - he had to be on a ventilator. However, by 5 pm he was awake and breathing and seemed to be quite comfortable. SO happy!
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$2,021 of $3,430 goal

Raised by 39 people in 18 days
Funds raised will benefit:
Star Gazing Farm
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Boyds, MD
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