Please Help Jackie Fight Cancer

Jackie is a rescue dog that we have had since January 2016. By all accounts, Jackie has had a rough life. She was found as a stray on the street several years ago. It was clear she had been on her own for a while, because she was very distrustful of people.  She was adopted by one family, but after a few months, circumstances with the family changed and Jackie was returned to rescue. 

When she first came to us, she was very timid and fearful. She was not at all interested in playing, would not make eye contact and isolated herself from our other dogs. She took one bedroom of our house as her own, and basically hid there 24/7. After six months of coaxing and affection, Jackie started to bloom with us, running aroundand playing in the yard every morning, coming down to join us in the TV room every evening, and sleeping right between us in the middle of the bed every night. It used to take her a week to warm up to strangers, and now it only takes a day or two to trust them. She still frightens easily, thanks to her history, but we try to make her as comfortable as possible. She loves treats and snuggling with her sisterPatti, another rescue dog of ours.
In June, we noticed what appeared to be a small cyst or a sty on her right eyelid. We took her to the vet and she received antibiotics and ananti-inflammatory medication. The cyst appeared to retreat for two weeks or so. Then it returned aggressively and quickly grew to the point where Jackie could barely open her left eye at all. We took her toher vet, and we were told that the growth needed to be surgically removed. She had surgery within days and it appeared to be a great success.
Or so we thought. Her eye looked great. She was incredibly happy. You'd never even know she'd had surgery. We were dismayed, however, when a pathology examination revealed cancer.Within two months, the growth – or growths - came back. There were three now, above her eyelid and over the orbit of her eye. Our veterinarian recommended removal of her right eye and adjacent tissue. We scheduled a second surgery at the end of September, but when the day of surgery came around, the tumors had grown dramatically, and our vet said we should really see an oncologist for a thorough workup.

Jackie was seen by a veterinary oncologist in the beginning of October. She confirmed that Jackie had several mast cell tumors on her eye, which appeared to have spread to the lymph node under her ear. The oncologist recommended an aggressive treatment plan, which includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Without this aggressive treatment, she would just be in more pain and discomfort. With it, her short and long-term prospects look good.

We love Jackie very much, and are not ready for her to leave us. In many ways, she is still a young dog and we'd like to be able to do all we can for her. The surgery and CT scan the vet recommend will cost$5,000.

Nevertheless, we have reached the limits of our financial means for her care. We ask you to contribute what you can to help Jackie beat her cancer and go back to playing with her brothers and sisters.We thank you so much. She is to have her surgery this week, and we need help paying for it. We will be very grateful for your assistance, as will Jackie. 
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    • $25 
    • 48 mos
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    • $20 
    • 48 mos
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    • $20 
    • 49 mos
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    • $50 
    • 49 mos
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    • $20 
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Mike Stebbins 
Landover, MD
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