Buddy is an American Foxhound that was adopted from the Tri-Boro Animal Welfare shelter in Butler , New Jersey in December of 2011. The dog we brought home that day was a scared and scarred hound. Buddy was rescued in North Carolina and when found showed signs of abuse and neglect. In addition to the deep scars on his head and body, a veterinarian's check also revealed that he was carrying several shotgun pellets after having been shot.
In the years since, Buddy has slowly opened up and become less fearful. He shares our home with two other dogs, both rescues. He loves long walks and digging giant holes in the ground. On our twice daily walks he always jumps up to stand on his hind legs so he can look over the bridge that crosses the Saddle River (where his photo was taken). While a big dog, Buddy is perhaps the gentlest and least aggressive dog you
will ever meet.
Last week (January 18th) Buddy became ill with a high fever. Our local vet urged that he be taken to a full service animal hospital where after an ultrasound it was discovered that Buddy had an abscess near his abdomen and a more widespread and life threatening infection. After the abscess was drained and a course of antibiotics, Buddy's infection continued to rage and he required surgery. By this time the cost of Buddy's hospitalization has exceeded $5,000 and continued to rise each day. On January 24th Buddy was discharged and his medical bills exceeded $10,000. This cost is far beyond our means and right now we need to use a credit card in order for Buddy to receive his needed care.
Any funds collected for Buddy's medical expenses beyond our goal, we will donated the additional funds to Tri-Boro Animal Welfare of Butler New Jersey where we adopted Buddy six years ago.