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$5,895 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 174 people in 1 month
Created April 23, 2018
LG
Leigh Anne Gray
on behalf of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
This is Starfish. She was abandoned at 10 weeks old on the beach in a Heineken box, unable to walk and splayed out on top of her food, like a starfish. Her body was flat, her organs were flat and the vet recommended euthanasia. Our local animal shelter brought her to specialists for a second opinion: Starfish was born with Swimmer's Pup Syndrome, a curable genetic condition. Team Starfish was able to harness her indomitable spirit and guide her recovery over the course of two months of physical rehabilitation.

She's had almost six active months on her feet and we've just read her Xrays again: she has extremely severe hip dysplasia.
 
 
Team Starfish supports this dog. Our continuing partnership with the nonprofit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)--the wonderful shelter that rescued Starfish, believed in her, and brought her into our lives--will accelerate Starfish's medical care. FAAS will be covering the costs of the surgeries and the follow-up care – estimated to be $10,000.

Please consider making a donation in honor of Starfish and to help FAAS pay for her surgical procedures. The money from this campaign will be directed to their Angel Fund. Any funds raised in excess of what Starfish needs will help pay for the extraordinary medical care of other animals that come through the shelter – animals just like Starfish.

We'd like to recognize her team of dedicated caregivers (http://www.holisticvetcare.com) (Christa Sapita) (vcahospitals.com)(alamedaanimalshelter.com). We are a young family in the San Francisco Bay Area who adopted Starfish with the belief that she is perfect for our family and meant to be walking around our community, inspiring people with her unique story. Starfish lives with the promise that the Underdog in all of us needs a little boost and a lot of love.

Please keep in touch to follow her rehabilitation from FHO surgery. 
The story of Starfish has touched millions of people worldwide. The outpouring of compassion and love has made a huge impact on our family and our community.

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Cavaletti set boundaries for Starfish to develop her gait. She's eager to move, and the hard part comes when she can't go too fast. These slow her down a little for now, and in the long run she'll be able to go even faster.
We are spending a lot of time trying to find the right diet for her (turns out she's into duck over chicken!), and she is officially tapering her pain meds. She needs massage and chiropractic work still... taking deep breaths and sleeping long nights. Onward.
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One of Starfish's first training exercises is a twist. She follows the treat with her nose, which moves her torso and forces her to stabilize her back end. She can do it! Like, twice... but hey, we're out there.
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Alaina Onesko: The One Who Found Starfish
Animal Control Officer (ACO) Alaina Onesko works directly for the City of Alameda Police Department. Her tireless partnership with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) team - the nonprofit organization that manages the city's open-intake shelter - helps save over 96% of the 1,000+ animals who come through the shelter doors each year.
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Starfish visited the animal shelter today to borrow a loading ramp from her favorite animal control officer, Alaina Onesko.

This way, she won't wiggle her way out of my arms. She really is over the carrying stage;)
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$5,895 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 174 people in 1 month
Created April 23, 2018
LG
Leigh Anne Gray
on behalf of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
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