Taz Needs New Hips

Taz has an amazing rescue come back story. When Taz was a puppy he lived with his previous owner who loved him very much. Taz and his owner ended up being homeless and living in a car. Taz got loose one day and at 11 months old was struck by a car and he ended up with both front legs broken. Taz got the vet help he needed and recovered and continued to live homeless with his owner until his owner took him to the animal shelter. His owner loved him but just couldn't care for him anymore. How do we know all of this background you ask? Well Taz was rescued from the shelter after his owner begged a local rescue to please save him. Taz was set to be euthanized because he was deemed a vicious animal. He was trying to bite staff, lunging at them, and wouldn't let the staff near him. The local rescue said they would pull Taz as long as they were able to rehabilitate Taz and the owner didn't try to get Taz back. His owner agreed and Taz was pulled from the shelter 15 minutes before he was to euthanized. Turns out Taz was a big baby and his behavior at the shelter was out of fear.
            My husband and I saw a picture of Taz on Facebook and contacted the rescue. We applied to adopt Taz although we had never met him. We had home visits to make sure Taz would be going to a good home and were approved. We drove almost 4 hours to go pick him up and when we got there he wanted nothing to do with us. His foster mom said he was such a good boy and very sweet. Well that's all we needed to hear so we made it official and took this beautiful German Shepherd home with us. He has been so much fun and protects us from the mailman, the FedEx truck, UPS, and various noises and dogs walking by.  We are in contact with his previous owner. we send him pictures and videos as well as send his foster mom who he lived with pictures and videos. Taz mean so much to so many people and is the doggy love of our lives.
           Taz is now 8 and in need of double hip surgeries. Taz lives for long walks, hiking, swimming, and chasing his ball as well as playing tug of war. Right now he is not allowed to do his favorite things because his hips are very arthritic and his back legs collapse on him. He has so many fun filled years left that we are desperate for him to have his hip surgery. He just doesn't understand why his life is so boring. He does get walks around the yard but that's as much as he can endure. We have tried swimming, which he lives for, as therapy and various other things. We have tried joint supplements and pain medications. His hips are beyond therapy and medications now.
          All of the funds raised for Taz will be deposited directly into an account at his vet until we raise enough for his surgery. When he hopefully gets to have his surgery I promise to update everyone and post pictures of his progress. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your time and donation for Taz. Until I can take update pictures please enjoy Taz and some of his silliness and some of his favorite activities. We can't wait until he is back to normal!!!

                                                                          Taz says thank you!

                     PS: so does his family! Kevin, Lori, Alex, and doggie sister Josie!
    These are some of Taz's favorite activities but he is unable to do any of them. With new hips he will be able to go back to the things he loves to do and add 5-6 years to his life. If we aren't able to get the surgery he so desperately needs he won't be able to walk. He's only 8 and we will surely loose him within a year or sooner. Please help by donating to our baby.       
                                                                       Thank you so much!!!          The Anthony Family


  • Donna Burke 
    • $50 
    • 12 d


Lori Heiligenberg-Anthony 
Dayton, OH

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