A Second Chance at Life for Rusty

We adopted a dog a little over two weeks ago from a shelter in Oregon. The shelter assured us that while Rusty had been through quite an ordeal, he was perfectly healthy and ready to find a new home.
Rusty came from a family of animal hoarders that owned 18 other dogs. The original  owners had shot him in the face (we have no details on what the situation was), and apparently they did not find it necessary to seek medical care, so they "doctored it up" themselves.
The gunshot wound has caused infection in the eye cavity, along with his sinuses and ears because the eye has not been removed nor have the floating bone fragments that still remain. Our vet thinks there may also be remnants of the bullet that could potentially cause infection. The tear ducts in the damaged eye have not been removed, so they continue to attempt to moisten the eye, which can also cause infection. We found out that at some point (not with us), he had injested some sort of foreign material, as about a week ago, Rusty started vomiting 1" square pieces of rubber.  We were allowed a very small window of time to try and let Rusty expel the objects on his own. Unfortunately the risk is, if the objects move into the intestines, these could create a blockage, complicating his condition and possibly leading to death.
We ran out of time and had to make the decision regarding the first surgery to remove the foreign material in his stomach. He had two large pieces of what the doctor said looked like pieces of tire.  Once he recovers from this first surgery, Rusty will need to undergo the other surgery in the near future to remove his injured eye from the gunshot wound, the tear ducts, the bone fragments and the remaining metal pieces.  This was such a hard decision, but we are prepared to do what we can to help Rusty live a normal, happy doggie life.  The only problem we face is the financial aspect. 

Some people have suggested that we should simply return him to the shelter. Others mentioned we should put him down. We know he has a good chance to live a long and happy life. There is only one obstacle standing in between Rusty and happiness: money.  We refuse to give up on him like so many others have... We will continue to fight for him. 

Thank you so much!! 

~ Matt and Lisa


  • Michele Lovell 
    • $25 
    • 81 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 82 mos
  • trudi olson 
    • $100 
    • 82 mos
  • Joe Koscove 
    • $400 
    • 82 mos
  • Kara Hausman 
    • $50 
    • 82 mos
See all


Lisa Susan 
Portland, OR
  • #1 fundraising platform

    More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more

  • Expert advice

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more