Unbelievable! That describes exactly the generosity and kindness demonstrated by all of those who contributed to Tigre's medical through the fundraiser and her transport to CT. After fees, $2,721.55 has been raised. which should hopefully come close to covering the high end estimate and part of the cost of the additional films that were not included in the estimate but were needed to determine if the cancer had spread to her lungs. Thank you, everyone, for being so compassionate
About two weeks ago now, Tigre was transported from the Miami Dade Animal Shelter to my home in Connecticut. We had raised a significant amount of pledges for her through people in the various dog facebook groups, but she had no interest. Pleas were send out by MDAS to rescues but none stepped up for her. The next step for Tigre, who had been seized by Animal Control when they went to pick up the dead dog she had been living with for two and one half weeks because she was in such bad shape, would have been "humane euthanization." I could not let that happen to this senior girl.
Tigre is being treated for a long standing yeast infection in both of her ears, so bad that the skin has toughened. She has a large area of bacterial infection on her chest. And, she is underweight. Her most serious issue is cancer of the the mammary glands on the right side of her belly. If these glands are not removed, just as in women with breast cancer, the cancer will most likely metastasize. In dogs, the most common area/organs to which mammary cancer metastasizes is in the chest.
I have received an estimate from my vet for the removal of the glands. It is very high. I will post the estimate. I am presently treating the yeast and bacterial infection and working to get Tigre's weight up. That is not difficult. I am not, however, in the financial position to pay the $2700 needed for the surgery. To forgo having it done means that in all likelihood the mammary cancer will spread. That cannot happen. She deserves a chance at a happy healthy life, especially after the horror and lack of care she endured at her previous owners.
To have the surgery done, Tigre and I must rely on the kindness of dog loving strangers and friends. As they say, it all adds up. The estimate for the surgery is indeed a very large amount but if people will heed my plea and donate any amount possible, we might just get there. Thank you.