Zorra and Foxy are two very special pups both facing serious medical conditions when AmsterDog recently rescued them from the NYCACC. Zorra had been hit by a car and was facing hind paralysis, and Foxy had a large growth in and behind her eye that was potentially cancerous. The combined costs of special surgeries for both dogs have been astronomical, and now AmsterDog is faced with well over $16,000 in medical bills.
Both Zorra and Foxy are wonderful dogs who, despite having come from hardship, have an enormous will to overcome their difficulties and live a terrific life. But they need YOUR help - we can not do this without you! Please read their stories below, and if you can find it in your heart to donate any gift -- large or small -- it will make a huge difference!
Thank you for your support and for caring about these two precious lives!
My name is ZuperZorra. They found me curled on the floor of my cage at the shelter trying to hold myself up by my front legs delerious with pain.
Here I am -- a beautiful 3 - 5 year old black lab, pittie, boxer mix with my whole life ahead of me in a shelter cage paralyzed by a hit-and-run driver. I have bleeding wounds on my legs from trying to drag myself to safety after I was hit and left paralyzed.
AmsterDog's volunteer driver Walter picked me up at the shelter, and he told me that day was the first day of the rest of my life. I was on a lot of pain meds, but I believed Walter; he seemed like a great guy. Upon arriving at the hospital, I was put on a stretcher and wheeled into the emergency room. The nurses immediately took me into the ICU level 2. I was admitted and the next morning the tests started - MRIs, CT scans, blood work, etc. WHY CAN'T I WALK?!
I needed emergency spinal surgery - my spine suffered trauma and my vertebrae were fractured and continuing to move which were causing ongoing trauma to my spine. I needed 2 plates and multiple screws into my vertebrae immediately, as is necessary with spinal injuries to preserve the chances of being able to walk again. The surgery took 5.5 hours and the doctors miraculously were able to align some of my spine before inserting the screws.
In addition, I have multiple breaks in my hip and legs. One may heal naturally, but the others will need orthopaedic surgery in a few months.
Finally, I was able to go home with my loving foster family and settled in over a couple of days to find myself back in another ICU. I had come down with a very serious case of pneumonia for which the treatment involved dual IV antibiotics, 3 days of oxygen treatments and therapies before I was stable enough to return home.
I have the most loving foster home; they take care of me, it is ok when I have accidents, they sit in the shower with me to help cure my pneumonia and they love me so much every day. I get hugs and kisses and their love empowers me to heal more. I am so so strong - I want to beat this - I WANT TO WALK AGAIN! PLEASE HELP pay for my medical care. The bills are over $15,000 just for my spinal surgery and my bout of pneumonia. AmsterDog has been able to raise from their generous supporters around $7,000 of the $15,000. Thanks to those who have donated to my care so far! Lean-ins (doggie hugs) and sloppy kisses to you all!
Hi, I'm Foxy - a 5 year old pitbull mix with a serious eye . I was abandoned by my owners and found myself on the 'At Risk' list at the New York City Animal Care Center in Manhattan.
Thankfully, a former US Marine who completed 3 tours of duty overseas and is now struggling with the effects of PTSD had been considering adopting an emotional support dog. After all that she'd been through, my story really touched her heart and she knew that I was the dog for her.
AmsterDog Rescue was able to assist by helping free me from the shelter and arranging for me to be united with my new family. I have been diagnosed with peri orbital adenoma. I need surgery & reconstructive work because of the size of the tumor and location on my face.
On top of my eye condition, which was neglected by my previous owners, it was discovered that I was pregnant when I was left at the shelter!
Now that I've completed nursing and my pups have all been placed in forever homes, I was finally able to see a doctor to find out what the growth on my eye is and whether it's life-threatening and operable. Good news: not life threatening, bads news: I need surgery and it costs over $7,000.
Foxy already survived years of medical neglect and abandonment by her family in a crowded shelter from which she miraculously escaped death, gave birth to a litter of puppies which further delayed her medical care, only to find a loving home with a veteran and now finds herself facing a life-threatening condition because it had been neglected for years.
Foxy looks forward to her future and serving her country by supporting her veteran in need! Please help Foxy by contributing and sharing today <3
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Medical bills section:
Zorra initial emergency treatment, spinal surgery, & multi day ICU stay.
Zorra Pneumonia 3 day visit
Foxy - July 10 - Surgical consult and tests