Help Us Give Symon a New Start at Life!

Please Help Us Give Symon a New Life (and a new butt!)!

Poor Symon. In his first year of life, he’s experienced more pain and trauma than most dogs do in their whole lives. We’re working to change that, but we need your help.

Not only was this little guy fending for himself as a hungry, freezing stray this Chicago winter, he had a medical emergency. He suffered a prolapsed rectum—his lower intestine had slipped outside his anus. It’s a serious, painful condition that requires immediate care.

Luckily, he was caught by animal control and taken to our friends at Golf Rose Animal Hospital where he received a ‘purse string’ suture and great care. But that was just a temporary fix. As soon as the suture was removed, he relapsed. And because he was a stray with no owner claiming him, he ran out of time and wound up on the euthanasia list.

Despite his situation, Symon managed to charm everyone he met. The amazing folks at Northwest Rescue Network Team began advocating for his rescue. And once we heard his story, we knew that we couldn’t let him die.

Since we brought him into Midwest Rescue, we've found him to be a goofy, loving, sweet-natured boy. However, he’s had two more prolapses and two more purse string procedures via emergency care—clearly, he needed a resolution, asap. He’s not even a year old!

We had already scheduled a consult with a surgeon and meant-to-be timing placed him in front of her the day after his last prolapse. After a slew of tests, he underwent surgery the following day. We are pleased to say that as we write this, he’s recovering from major surgery. While this more permanent surgery is not 100% guaranteed, it’s his best hope.

But as you undoubtedly know as a pet owner, all this veterinary care is wildly expensive—and we are underwater with his vet bills. (Because this was an emergency, we couldn’t wait until we had all the funds in hand.)

As challenging and scary as this has been for us, having friends standing by our side has helped ease our hearts. We are so very grateful to both BARC (Barriers Against Repeated Cruelty) and Trio Animal Foundation for sponsoring some of his care. These wonderful and generous organizations continue to help so many like Symon in need.

However, we still need to raise an estimated (gulp) $11,561 to pay his vet bills. (If you know us, you know we’re a tiny, grassroots rescue.)

Symon has a loving foster waiting for him and a bright future in front of him. We, and Symon, need your help now more than ever. Simply put, we can’t do this without you.

Will you consider making a donation toward his care? Your generosity will make a life-changing difference in one very special and deserving puppy. And yes, other sweet underdogs like him.

From our hearts to yours, thank you!

Donations (45)

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  • Patty Haggerty
    • $20 
    • 6 mos
  • Michelle Netz
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Darlene Morisco
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Beth Benjamin
    • $1,000 
    • 6 mos
  • Susan Frankel
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
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Debbie Kvapil
Hoffman Estates, IL
Midwest Rescue of Illinois, Inc.
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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