Shorty's Medical Fund

$1,575 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 24 months

My name is Josean Melendez, proud owner of Shorty the beagle. He currently lives with me at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. We are on our way out in May but Shorty needs some preventative medical care to ensure his health. It's hard to come up with the funds for his care because of my current situation. I am about to graduate college and already have other financial obligations that need to be met monthly. After making a fake gofundme page to send Shorty to the Moon, my mother asked why I haven't tried making one for him that was real. Filled with guilt, I decided to give it a shot. 

His Story:
Let me tell you Shorty's story. Shorty was found in the summer of 2011 in Southern Maryland. Saint Inigoes to be exact. I was enlisted in the Coast Guard at the time and was on my way home when I saw him on the side of a  rural road. I picked him up hoping to find his owner but it soon became clear that his owner probably abused him. Shorty was terrified of humans. Anytime anyone would stretch or raise their hand he would run away or roll over. My landlord decided to adopt him but eventually, we all had to move and that's when I took Shorty back home with me to New York City. That is how he ended up in my care but Shorty isn't doing well these days.  In the past, I reconciled his lack of medical care as a trade off for his adoption and other costs of care but I've grown close to Shorty and want to see him at his healthiest. 

The Problem:
Shorty has a couple of fatty tumors on his right side and really bad rotting teeth. To top it off, he has heart disease which could be an indicator of his age. Although Shorty is loved more than ever and has learned that there are good people out there I fear that his health will deteriorate prematurely and I can't stand the thought of knowing I could have tried crowdsourcing to pay for his medical needs. It is my understanding that his rotting teeth may be hurting his heart or other bodily organs through his blood stream.

Medical Needs & Cost Estimate:
In order for Shorty to receive the care he needs he has to have a heart exam to make sure he is healthy enough to undergo surgery: $500.00

Removal of Fatty tumors: $700.00

Teeth removal and cleaning: $800.00

Total amount $2000.00 

Let me be clear that these are estimates given to me by Dr. Monica Belvedere from Dutchess County Animal Hospital.  The cost will vary. 

The sooner the better. 

What Will I do In Return:
In return for your donation, I will send out copies of all invoices related to Shorty's medical care that the funds were used for. If there are any funds left, I will donate it to my local ASPCA and send out those documents as well. 

In addition to what's listed above, I will also volunteer 40 hours at my local animal shelter or animal related services, which I will also send out those documents as well.

Finally, I will definitely send out updates for Shorty's procedures and photos of his progress. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my page! 

-Josean and Shorty 

Shorty Fun Facts
-He enjoys giving chase to geese, deer, groundhogs, squirrels, the occasional runner, and skateboarders.
- Shorty's favorite toy is a stuffed green little monster with a squeaky. Although he has a lot of toys, he just won't let go of this one.
-Shorty will never chase a ball unless it's made of food.
-I once tricked him into thinking a green tennis ball was his monster. He gave chase only to be disappointed.
-I think his favorite color is green. My reasoning is that his last absolute favorite toy was also GREEN! I'm seeing a trend here. 
- His favorite food is TUNA FISH! He'll do anything for anything fishy.
- Shorty's best-executed command: Sit (especially for food)
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Hello, everyone

I apologize for updating so late. Although our goal was not reached, we far exceeded our expectations and was able to get Shorty his much needed dental procedure. A couple of weeks ago, Shorty had work done on his teeth. He got 15 teeth pulled and the rest were cleaned up! Also, a growth that was found in his mouth after I created the gofundme was removed. The vet said it was probably inflammation that originated from an infection in his gums.

Shorty will probably receive the remainder of his surgical procedure towards the end of the summer. But for now, he is a happy dog, with exceptionally neutral dog breath!

Thank you all for supporting Shorty and my mission to give him the best doggy life a dog could ever ask for!

As for me, I will begin my post-grad life, filling my time by volunteering at my local animal shelter, after a much-needed summer break!
Shorty's bed when no one is home
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Hello all,

I'm glad to say that Shorty had his heart scanned today and we'll find out soon if he can have his dental/ fatty tumor removed!

He has an appointment for the 22nd of this month, assuming his heart is healthy enough for the procedures.
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Hello everyone,

Let me just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the donations we have received so far. It is really something quite wonderful.

Shorty and I went to the vet yesterday and we are waiting to hear back about scheduling a sonogram to assess the condition of his heart. This will determine whether his heart is strong enough for anesthesia. I bet it is and turns out he lost another pound of weight since his last visit, which is just great!
Shorty enjoying the snow! 2017
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With all the donations coming through, I'm happy to say that Shorty has an appointment for this coming Friday! I'll update soon!
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$1,575 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 24 months
Created April 9, 2017
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Ellen Wilson
23 months ago

Yay Shorty! It was a pleasure to meet you last weekend.

David Sampoli
23 months ago

Second donation in the hope that one day Shorty can get those fatty tumors removed

Chiaki Kando
23 months ago

Much love for Shorty <3

Jorge Melendez
24 months ago

Jesus Died For You Shorty ^_^

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