Help get Stiggy to Belgium!

We're in the process of relocating to Belgium and want to take our dogs with us. However, because our Akita (who is a rescue with "issues") weighs more than United's standard "pet" weight (99.9lbs including crate) we can't afford to fly him with us and are worried we'll have to surrender him. The standard fare for "overweight" animals is $1600 (he isn't overweight, he's just a really big dog). We're barely scraping by as is, so getting him on the plane with us will be a miracle. Any little bit will help. Seriously.

Stiggy's story: 

Four years ago a friend ours contacted us basically pleading for us to rescue a litter of puppies and their mom from a basement crawl space near 25th & MLK in a house that was scheduled for demo the following day. Being the animal lovers that we are (we've fostered nearly 25+ dogs in the 13 years we've been in our house) we duly accepted the challenge. I found myself army-crawling into a window well of an abandoned house with multiple packs of hot dogs to lure the pups and mama to me. Unfortunately we were only able to rescue Stig and his mom. HOWEVER we were told that the humane society came just after we'd left and managed to get the remaining pups and another mama dog (!). Once we got them home and checked out, we found that he and his mom had multiple pellet gun wounds and were extremely skittish of everything. We were able to find his mother a fantastic home and kept him. Because of the situation we found him in (wounds included) he had been extremely leery to be "friendly" with us. It's taken us four years to finally get him to sleep indoors and play fetch. He doesn't take well to other people (for a large dog, he's afraid of his shadow), so there really is no way we could rehome him and surrendering him is NOT an option at this point. He's become a loyal and protective family member and we'd be at a loss if we couldn't take him with us.
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Sarah Katz 
Organizer
Indianapolis, IN
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