Save Faora's Leg

I first found Faora when I was looking for a friend for my dog Lex. I always get my dogs from the pound and I decided this time to go a step further and get the dog who had been in the pound the longest. I looked through the pictures of dogs online and found a goofy looking girl named GiGi who had been in the shelter for 9 months. I went to the shelter the next day and looked for her. When I walked up to her kennel she put her front paws up on the gate immediately and wagged her tail excitedly from side to side. She was beautiful. I looked at her info card and saw that the medical box was checked off. Curious I went to find a worker to ask about her. The worker told me I'd have to speak to the shelter vet so I went to wait. The vet sat me down and told me GiGi had some sort of injury on one of her back legs that would most likely need surgery. She told me that GiGi would be best with an owner that knows about injuries such as a vet but they were having trouble finding a home for her. She had been adopted 4 times and each time, taken back to the shelter after a day or so. I knew I had to have her. I didn't care about the financial burden. This dog deserved a home with someone that would stick by her no matter what. I adopted her that day. When I put her in the car my other dog Lex began licking her like she was made of bacon. It was love at first sight for him too. He tried to jump in the front seat with her and my mom had to hold him back. I named her Faora after a warrior from the planet Krypton (to match her brother Lex Luther). The shelter had me sign a form saying I would get Faora medical treatment within a week. I had to be fast. I looked up surgeons in my area and found a promising one close by. I brought her in the next day and they told me she had a torn ACL and would need surgery. I left her there that day. When I visited her they told me the surgery went well and that once I take her home I should crate her to keep her inactive so she can heal. I followed instructions but when I brought her back for a follow up they commented on the large amount of swelling in her knee. They told me to crate her for longer and that the swelling should go down. The swelling did not go down and she got so bored being in the crate for months that she found out how to break out of it. That was the end of crating her. Worried about her progress I looked into physical rehab and found a place called Two hands Four paws. They met with me and informed me that the lateral suture surgery shouldn't have been done on a dog with her size and activity level. They asked was the vet board certified? No. I didn't realize there even was a board to certify veterinary surgeons. They referred me to a vet with board certified surgeons and I have met with them. There are two options. One, to do a procedure to remove her suture and another to repair the damage in her joint. Two, to amputate. Amputation is far cheaper with quicker recovery. However there is a risk she could tear the ACL in her remaining leg. The surgeon informed me option one, if possible, would be much better.
This is where you all come in. Surgery 1 is at least $2,500. Surgery 2 $4,500. Then there is medication and physical therapy twice a week which will quickly go into the thousands. I want to be able to provide the best for Faora. She has been through so much already and she deserves the best quality of life possible. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. I have also began an Instagram for Faora so you can all follow along with her and see her progress. Thank you for the love and support. Faora thanks you too :)


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Danielle Petrella 
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