As an animal lover, I always wanted a dog growing up but never had one. I rescued my sweet boy, Jagger, last year in December at a pet adoption event. When I arrived, there were so many dogs and I didn’t know how to choose one. Jagger immediately stood out to me. When I picked him up, he snuggled right into me and showered me with puppy kisses. I never put him back down after that, I knew he was the one. We clicked right then, and our bond has been inseparable ever since. We do everything together and anyone who meets Jagger can’t help but smile from his vibrant personality.
After a freak accident in the backyard a couple weeks ago, Jagger injured BOTH of his back legs. He was happily running around with his normal hyper personality when he suddenly started to struggle to walk on three legs. I immediately took him to the vet and was told that his knees are popping out of place on both of his back legs. The vet said it may be a hereditary condition. It breaks my heart to see that my once energetic boy, who loves to chase lizards and wrestle tree branches, can hardly walk.
As a student trying to pay my way through college, I’m struggling to come up with the money for his surgery. I’ve been saving over the past couple weeks, and as the days go by, he continues to get worse. It’s been financially and emotionally difficult. He’s not eating or drinking anymore. He still tries to walk on three legs, switching between his right and left back leg. But after a few steps his other leg gives out and he collapses to the ground. This is the second time Jagger will need surgery. He needed stomach surgery when he was only six months old because he had eaten something outside that created a blockage in his intestines which was almost $3,800.
Unfortunately, I have no other resources to turn to. The surgery will cost around $6,000 not including the additional cost of therapy and rehab. I have never used any platform to ask for money, especially from strangers, but Jagger is worth more than anything to me, including my pride. I know this is a large amount of money to ask for help with, but I have no other choice as I’m still paying for the surgery he had this past March.
He is my whole world and I don’t know what I would do without him. I want my happy, playful Jagger back. The one who’s talkative, who jumps like a kangaroo and who loves to steal my hair scrunchies and socks. I know this is a financially difficult time for a lot of people. Anything that anyone can give will help get me closer to Jagger’s surgery. Parkland Animal Clinic in Florida has been wonderful and they are waiting for us.
My phone is filled with hundreds of pictures of my sweet boy but here are just a few that show his bubbly personality. I will post updates and pictures of him after his surgery. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.51675098_1601907931764845_r.jpeg51675098_1601907961754575_r.jpeg51675098_1601907991893974_r.jpeg51675098_1601908021909405_r.jpeg51675098_1601908092662998_r.jpeg


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Shayly Ratliff 
Village of Wellington, FL
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