Pls Help with Zeus's Tumor Removal

On Sunday August 27th, my husband and I were driving through Scarborough when something caught my attention – it was a dog with what appeared to have a large mass hanging off of his right hind leg. I immediately asked my husband to pull over in the midst of traffic so I could speak with the owner. I briefly spoke with the owner, who I now know as Lily, about her dog, Zeus’s medical issue. It wasn’t a very long conversation, as we were pulled over on a busy road however, I took Lily’s email address and we proceeded to communicate about Zeus and what I could organize in order to help him.

Before I get into that, let me give you some background about Lily and Zeus. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Lily has found herself homeless and living in her car. Zeus means so much to Lily and she does everything in her power to ensure his needs are met before hers. During a point in Lily’s life when she could have alleviated some of her stress by surrendering Zeus to the shelter, she did just the opposite. She continued to care for him and ensured he was fed before she was; this included spending her day parked at a Petro Canada gas station so she had access to the sink in the bathroom to fill up Zeus’s water bowl as required. Zeus is a 7.5 year old Rottweiler mix, and he has had the tumor for approximately 4.5 years. As Lily has been unable to afford to take Zeus to the vet, he has received no medical attention regarding the tumor or any vaccinations etc.  

Lily had been taking Zeus to work with her during the day, however her boss advised this was no longer an option. As of Sunday September 24th, Lily no longer had the option of keeping Zeus with her during the day. Lily made it very clear to me that if she could not find alternative arrangements for Zeus, that she would rather quit her job, than surrender her Zeus. This is truly commendable; however, I wanted to ensure that Lily didn’t have to pick one option over the other. 

I made arrangements to meet with Lily on Saturday September 23rd at the Petro Canada gas station located at 401/Kennedy Road, Scarborough. As I pulled in, I prepared myself for the worst, as I remembered Zeus’s tumor being very difficult for me to look at. I saw Lily sitting in the shade with Zeus panting away. The temperature this past weekend was in excess of 35 degrees, but Lily ensured Zeus had enough water and she even took him to the lake to cool down. My husband and I spoke with Lily to brainstorm options, and we decided it would be best for us to return the following day and take Zeus with us so he could have some stability until Lily secured a residence. We also made an appointment for Zeus to visit the vet on Monday September 25th.

My husband and I met Lily at the same Petro Canada gas station on Sunday September 24th to pick up Zeus and our first stop was Ren’s Pet Depot located in Oakville. The assistant manager there was truly an angel. After I explained Zeus’s story to her, she generously gave us a bag of Acana dog food, some treats and some toys for Zeus. We then transported Zeus to Redwood Pet Resort in Milton where he will be staying until October 11th, at which point he will be reunited with Lily in her new apartment. I have personally left my dogs at Redwood Pet Resort a number of times, and the owners along with staff are simply wonderful. This was the only place that I would trust leaving Zeus with since I could not bring him to my house (we have 3 dogs of our own, and at the time were fostering a 4th). 

Zeus’s stay at Redwood is $30/day plus tax. Zeus’s total vet bill was $1,560.48, our goal is to raise $2,170.68 to cover the cost of his medical care as well as his stay at Redwood Pet Resort.

Zeus has come out of his shell and proven what a special dog he truly is. He makes friends wherever he goes – including the vet’s office! He has quickly become a favourite resident at Redwood Pet Resort, and he has definitely stolen my heart.

Due to the severity of Zeus’s condition, he required surgery right away as well as received up-to-date vaccinations and a microchip. Zeus was also neutered. He is now comfortably recovering at Redwood with so much love from the wonderful staff there, until he can be reunited with Lily. Due to Lily’s situation she cannot pay for the surgery which he so badly needed.

Please consider donating anything at all you can afford towards Zeus’s surgery – any amount no matter how small would be helpful. All funds raised would go towards paying off the vet bill as well as paying for Zeus’s boarding until October 11th. Lily and Zeus are both wonderful; it would be truly amazing to help them during this hurdle in their lives.

You may contact the Animal Hospital of Port Credit at (905) [phone redacted] as well as Redwood Pet Resort at (905) [phone redacted] to verify the above information pertaining to Zeus’s medical bills or his stay at Redwood.


(the below is Zeus post-surgery at Redwood)

(the below is Zeus leaving the vet post-surgery)

(the below is Zeus pre-surgery at Redwood)

(the below is a close up of the tumor)
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