Saving Sam

The quote “To err is human – to  The quote “To err is human – to forgive, canine” has never been more apparent than with Sam, a 35 lb Border Collie/Terrier mix.  Sam was picked up off the streets of Mission, TX by Animal Control because a concerned citizen called and reported it looked as if he had been abused and could barely get around.  He was taken to a shelter where they determined his right front leg was broken, and the paw on his left front leg was cut cleanly from his body. This was a death sentence for any dog in a high kill shelter.

A group of volunteers at the shelter set to work immediately looking for a rescue willing to provide him medical care to relieve his pain and save his life.   A very special lady stepped up and took Sam just an hour before he was set to be euthanized. Unfortunately she did not receive the news she expected when she took him to the vet…..two different vets, actually.   They did not believe Sam was a candidate for an amputation and bandaged up his leg and sent him on his way saying it would be “fine”.  Well, Sam was not “fine”. He was in pain, would not keep the bandage on, and continued to try and use his leg to get around which meant it became seriously infected.

A Second Chance for Ziva heard Sam’s story, saw the terrible pictures and knew they needed to help this poor boy no matter what it took.  The rescue offered to take Sam and get him transported to CT where an awesome team of Veterinarians at VCA in South Windsor, who believed he was a great candidate for an amputation, were waiting for him and willing to give their time to show this boy he deserved a second chance.  They believe this is the only shot Sam has to live a pain free, full and normal life. After a preliminary exam of the wound this weekend, they determined it is in his best interest to do the surgery immediately as his limb is swollen to at least 5 times it’s normal size and oozing from the infection.  

Sam is scheduled for surgery tomorrow, November 12th. He has a long road ahead of him but we​ know that once we get him through this surgery and recovery, he will find a home that will give him the love he deserves. We are looking for help with two things. This surgery is quite costly in terms of medical supplies, anesthesia, prescription medications, after care and medical boarding. Much more than any rescue can afford, so we are asking for donations (no amount is too small) to help pay for Sam’s surgery tomorrow. And second, we are looking for a very special foster who would be willing to care for Sam after surgery and give him a comfy bed or couch where he can recover, and some time to let him learn how to be a tripod. Please email
if you are interested in fostering.  We can only speculate the horror Sam has been through. What we do know is that within seconds of meeting him upon his arrival in CT is that he is very special dog. Despite Sam likely experiencing the worst in people, Sam shows everyone he meets unconditional love, and a lot of it! Sam is in a lot of pain and has been for quite some time now but you would never know it by his sweet demeanor and love for affection and attention. Let’s show Sam the best in people and get him on the road to recovery! Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 49 mos
  • Betty Gallagher-Mullaly
    • $15 
    • 50 mos
  • Diane Paulette
    • $25 
    • 50 mos
  • Kelly Griffith
    • $50 
    • 50 mos
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Darcy Hartmann Biathrow
Darien, CT
A Second Chance for Ziva Inc
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