Save Phoenix, Dumped Dying Dog

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Last Thursday we received a message with a photo of a completely hairless, mange-ridden, malnourished dog. It came with a map location pin. I jumped in my car with some food, water, and a leash to meet a fellow rescuer. 

When I arrived, the pizza delivery driver who had spotted him directed me to where the dog was curled up, passed out on the side of the road. I woke him with a handful of food. It didn’t take much to coax this starving puppy to safety. He was scared of us, but he wanted help! Neighbors on this farm road said he had just shown up that day, and we know he didn’t arrive on his own. He was dumped to die. 

We named him Phoenix, as we couldn’t wait to watch him rise from the ashes of the only life he had known — a life of suffering and cruel neglect. We couldn’t wait to see what his coat would look like as it grew back in, since his skin is so diseased we can’t s even tell what kind of dog he is. We couldn't wait to see him run, play, and feel a cool breeze blowing through the beautiful for he would have. We were so excited for his future. Unfortunately, our dreams were quickly dashed!

As Phoenix’s treatment got underway, his condition rapidly declined. When I arrived to the clinic Sunday to rush him to the 24-hr emergency vet, Phoenix appeared to be half dead. I was floored. But he raised his head in the car, trying to sit up, and I knew he wanted to live. 

When we arrived to the ER, Phoenix’s temperature was too low to read, his blood pressure had completely tanked, his blood glucose level was on the floor, and his leg had swelled up with infection. Blood work showed he had gone septic, and his prognosis was extremely grim. The doctor suggested I revise his CPR to a DNR. She told me if his heart stops, he won’t likely come back. We were devastated. 

Since they couldn’t let me stay with Phoenix, I drove around the hospital bawling my eyes out and begging God to deliver him into the new life we so badly wanted Phoenix to have. He can’t go out like this! People around the country started praying.

And thank God, Phoenix is a fighter and a downright champ! Over the next 12 hours of aggressive medical treatment and fervent prayers, Phoenix’s temperature rose. His BP rose. His blood sugar finally stayed up. The ER doctor called me last night, and for the very first time, said “I actually have hope.”

The problem that she presented me with is that saving Phoenix’s life “is going to be very expensive.” We are looking at an estimated $5,800 - $6,500 for the first 72 hours of critical care. Phoenix has a urinary catheter since he can’t or won’t walk yet, and exposure to his skin of his own urine could be very dangerous. He has a constant ECG to monitor his blood pressure. He’s on an IV drip full of a complex, lifesaving cocktail of drugs catered to his condition. And he needs pretty much his own dedicated nurse, monitoring and working with him around the clock. 

For anyone who says one dog is not worth this kind of money, you have not met Phoenix. He has a strong and beautiful soul. He deserves every opportunity to be delivered from his cruel start to life—no matter the cost—and to find out what it’s like to be be part of a know joy! I think Phoenix’s life is worth more than the average cost of a used sedan, or a potato salad recipe. 

We must raise the necessary funds immediately in order to continue Phoenix’s treatment. This is a 911, and needs to be spread far and wide to anyone who loves dogs, or simply hates suffering. We need anyone who can't donate to please share! You never know who will see it, who can help Phoenix.

Please know the doctor will inform us if Phoenix decides he’s too tired to continue this journey. For now, he has shown he’s willing to fight, and we want to do everything in our power to help him battle. Please help us help him!

[Phoenix is at Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield, Texas. Donations may also be called in over the phone to the hospital at (817) [phone redacted]. His rescue is Heaven’s Helpers Pet Rescue in Midlothian, TX. We are an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization.]
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Molly Chance 
Midlothian, TX
Hhpr Heavens Helpers Pet Rescue Inc 
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