Dallas Mastectomy Surgery

We normally prefer to offer help, not ask for it but at this point we have to. We have been hit pretty hard this year as three of our dogs have been diagnosed with cancer. It all started in March when Bruce, our greyhound, had a very rare form of skin cancer. We tried medication, chemo, everything but the tumors were too aggressive, so we had to put him down. Then, a couple of months after that, Hiro, our little rat terrier, had a mast cell tumor on his side. The vet was able to remove it and Hiro is fine now but we still have to keep an eye on him since it could always come back.

After Bruce had passed away, we wanted to add another big dog to our pack and saw that Dallas Pets Alive had a female doberman on their list. We met with her and her foster and she was just an amazing, sweet and calm girl, as docile as can be. She was already 7 years old and we decided that we wanted to give her a great rest of her life and adopted her. This was in June. Her name is Dallas. A couple of weeks ago, we took her to the vet to get her little nub tail checked out because she kept licking it. Luckily, there was nothing major going on with her tail; however, when the vet started checking out her body, she found tumors along her mammary glands that really worried her. We scheduled an appointment with a specialist and they said that they would have to remove the whole left side of her mammary glands, which will be a 14" incision. It will be a big procedure and also very costly. At this point, after everything else that happened this year, we are not in the position to pay for her surgery which she so desperately needs. We only want the best for Dallas and if the tumors can be removed, and the vet can determine what kind of cancer it is, she might have a really good chance to recover. We just cannot do it alone.

Originally, this fundraiser was going to help fund the artificial turf in our back yard. Our back yard is a place where we help dogs socialize. If you’ve been following our work on Instagram and facebook, you’d see how we’ve helped so many dogs be able to socialize again, whether it’s been dogs who are fearful, aggressive or feral. Our home also has up to 4 foster dogs at a time, including our own 6 dogs. During the winter, the grass was destroyed with the amount of dogs we’ve taken in and helped. We needed to find a solution for our dirt pit that our backyard has become. We’ve decided it was important for us to turf our yard to cut down on water bills, maintenance and sanitation for the dogs. When we receive rain, it takes us hours to clean off the paws of each dog that is staying with us. We wanted to be able to somehow fund both our dog’s medical bills and the turf.

We welcome all donations in any amount, but for every $100 you donate you will receive a DogFit Dallas T-shirt in the color and size of your choice shipped to you. Once you’ve donated $100, please email us the size and color you'd like. See examples below. We will ship out all the shirts the last week of September, or earlier if we reach the target amount sooner. The shirts are made of a cotton poly blend which makes them soft and true to size. The actual print will have the DogFit logo on the front which is also very soft. It's the same shirt we walk and train our dogs in. 

The money raised will go to fund Dallas’ surgery and post recovery cost. The remaining amount will go towards the turf till we’ve reached the goal. If any additional amount above the $10,000 is raised, it will go towards a donation to a Dallas rescue that we work with.   

Thank you from our entire family,

Art, Anne, Emma, Hiro, Frankie, Luna, Nala & Dallas

  • Sylvia McMillion 
    • $100 
    • 62 mos
  • linda daly 
    • $18 
    • 62 mos
  • Connie Wallace 
    • $10 
    • 62 mos
  • Eric Reinholt  
    • $7 
    • 62 mos
  • Melina Snow 
    • $25 
    • 62 mos
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Art Ortiz 
Dallas, TX
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