Elena has a rather tragic tale to tell and she's hoping readers of her story will have enough love and understanding in their heart to make it possible for her foster mom to adopt her.
When Elena was a pup of 4 months she suffered a broken back so now has permanent paralysis in her hind quarters. Knowing she did not have the resources, medical specialists or handicap equipment to help Elena, her rescuer contacted Tails from Greece Rescue of Toronto, Canada for help and arrangements were made to have the fragile pup brought into Tails where she would be cared for, fitted with a wheel-chair cart and given the opportunity to become part of a loving family.
Elena is now a year old now and the little 15 pound terrier mix enjoys life like any other dog, having great mobility, whether in or out of her wheelchair.
Elena has been in her foster home for 5 months with little adoption interest. She's a happy, healthy dog; she just has daily care needs, due to her paralysis. She's a quick learner and her foster mom has done an excellent job of teaching her how to be a dog, something Elena knew little about as an abandoned, paralyzed puppy on the streets of Greece.
Elena's foster mom would love to adopt her but financially she's just not able to commit to her long-term care at this point in time, although a couple of years from now she could. Costs associated with Elena's ongoing care include food, monthly flea/tick prevention, pee pads, physio therapy, hydrotherapy, massage and annual vaccinations etc. The ongoing therapies are important to Elena in order for her to maintain good muscle mass so it's something we really want to make available to her.
Obviously it's in Elena's best interest to remain with her foster mom as change will definitely be upsetting to her, now that they've bonded over the past several months. A forever home with Kim would give her a great future!
This appeal for funds is our only hope to make it possible for Elena to be adopted by her foster mom. All the uncertainty of Elena's future is emotionally wrenching for Kim. If Elena is staying with her, then she needs to get started at making plans for her own lifestyle changes, which are not insignificant. It isn't fair to Kim or Elena to have fostering just drag on without any end in sight. And Kim is seriously concerned about Elena's ability to readjust to another environment so we really need to raise these funds so she has closure.
We would so much apprciate it if everyone could pitch in with a donation for Elena's ongoing care. And please, also share this request with all your email contacts and friends on FB & Twitter as they may also be willing to help; we just need to find them and with your help, we can! Thanks so much for caring and helping --- every dollar counts!!
- Sarah Ballam
- Lisa U.
- Pauline Gallie
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