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Tulip's TPLO Surgery

$1,410 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 11 months
This amazing dog is Tulip, and she has quite the story!

Tulip landed in a Maine shelter as a stray in very bad shape last February. She was obese, could barely move, and was in every way down and out.



She didn't stand a chance recovering from such a serious health challenge in a shelter environment, so the staff reached out to us at Old Dogs New Digs for help, and our dedicated volunteer and foster network stepped up to the plate. 


When we picked Tulip up from the shelter to bring her into foster care, she could not stand or walk on her own — we had to help her by lifting her back end with a sling.

The shelter’s veterinarian diagnosed Tulip with hypothyroidism, the cause of her obesity, and the Topsham Veterinary Wellness Center provided an exam and X-rays that revealed torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) in both knees. Dr. Amy Ruksznis recommended that we work with specialist Dr. Mark House to find the right path forward. Dr. House recommended a weight-loss program and aqua-therapy until Tulip could slim down enough to be eligible for surgery called bilateral tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).

In late March, Tulip went into foster care with ODND volunteer and vet tech Molly, who put Tulip on a diet, kept up with her medication protocols, got her moving more and more with each day, and eventually worked Tulip up to going to aqua-therapy sessions.

Now, in mid-June, Tulip has already lost 20 pounds! She has gone to a second foster home that she loves with ODND volunteers Cori and Louise, who are very generous in committing to keeping Tulip comfortable through her surgery and recovery.

Tulip has been feeling better and better with every day, and it's becoming clear that she wants to run, jump, and do all of those things she used to be able to do.


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She is now scheduled for surgery on July 21, thanks to Dr. Ruksznis, her wonderful staff, and Dr. House, who will perform the surgery (and who also gave us an incredibly generous discount on the procedure).

So, now  we have about a month to raise the money we need to get Tulip the surgery that will change her life in an enormously positive way.

The estimated cost is between $2,400 and $2,600, so our goal is to raise $2,500 through this campaign.

Many thanks for any amount you can contribute to getting Tulip completely back on her feet!

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We have some amazing news to share! We have reached our goal of raising $2,500 dollars for Tulip's much needed bilateral TPLO surgery!!! Tulip is so happy that she would like to give all of her very generous donors sloppy kisses ❤. Tulip's fosters sweetened the pot and offered to match up to $500 in donations made during the last few days, and this brought us to the final home stretch to reach our goal. Yay!!!

Tulip's gofundme page currently shows $1,335 of donations. We also had several people send us checks, and some people are calling in donations right to the Topsham Veterinary Wellness Center where she will be having her surgery done on July 20th. We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to help make this happen for Tulip. She has a very bright, pain free future thanks to all of you!!!!

Any donations made that go over the goal of the $2,500 for Tulip's surgery will go right towards veterinary care for for some of our other senior dogs like Dexter, Rocco, Jack and Abby. Thanks everyone!!!!
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Tulip's TPLO surgery date is getting closer... If we can raise $500 in donations over the next few days, her very generous foster family has offered to match it!
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Tulip has been preparing for her knee surgery by sticking to her aqua-therapy regimen, both in and outside of the tank!

While she has grown increasingly more comfortable in the aqua-therapy tank, she has also been swimming in the ocean and in a lake her foster family has taken her to — and she loves it all! She even dives under the surface to bring up a big, old stone of her liking. She is so funny!

Once we raise the funds necessary for it, Tulip will be able to undergo TPLO surgery that will restore her mobility and therefore enhance her quality of life immensely.

Let's share Tulip's story, so we can reach the monetary goal and get her the surgery she needs!
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$1,410 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 11 months
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JA
$25
June Anderson
10 months ago
BW
$50
Beth Wilson
10 months ago
CO
$25
Cindy Osmon
10 months ago
SG
$100
Sue and Steve G
10 months ago
$130
Lisa Perkins
10 months ago
DA
$20
Deedles and Andrew
10 months ago
TF
$100
Thomas Family
10 months ago
BD
$10
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10 months ago
LH
$55
Lynne Henry
10 months ago
$30
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10 months ago
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