Ringo's Ankle Fusion

UPDATE 4/4/2018:

Ringo has successfully completed his surgery and his now on the road to recovery.  Thank you to everyone who donated, shared our campaign, and sent us their well wishes.  It will be a long road to recovery ahead but Ringo is a real trooper and we are very hopeful that he will be romping around again in a few months.

We adopted Ringo from All 4 Paws in 2014; he was saved from a high kill shelter. During our first visit to the vet, we discovered that Ringo had suffered a traumatic injury to his right hind ankle at some point prior to being rescued and that the ankle had never healed properly. As a result, he had developed significant arthritis in the ankle joint. Since that time, we have managed his arthritic ankle conservatively with joint supplements, pain medications, and regular light exercise, which allowed him to continue using his leg to walk, run, and play.  

Unfortunately, over the past several months Ringo's ankle has deteriorated and become more painful, resulting in limited use of his leg. Our vets are now recommending that his ankle joint be fused in order to limit his pain and improve his ability to use his leg. Although we have pet insurance, Ringo's surgery is not covered because his arthritis is considered a preexisting condition. The total cost of the procedure is approximately $5,000, which is our fundraising goal. Although we may not reach our target, we will work hard to cover the difference to make sure that Ringo can have the best quality of life without constant pain.

Ringo is a 5 year old border collie mix. He is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International and volunteers at schools, universities, and private residences. He is a sweet, gentle, playful, and happy boy who loves meeting new people and romping around with his four-legged friends at the dog park. We are hopeful that this surgery will allow him to regain function of his leg so that he can continue his work as a therapy dog and so that he can run and play with his buddies for many years to come. 

Any donation would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you for supporting our sweet Ringo.

James, Aimee, and Ringo




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    • $300 
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James Bradley 
Raised $280 from 3 donations
Philadelphia, PA
Aimee Hildenbrand 
Team member
Raised $220 from 6 donations
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