Walter Adopted But Needs Surgery

$3,775 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 92 people in 29 days
Stephen Foster  DALLAS, TX
A couple of weeks ago little 5 year old Walter was found at White Rock Lake when someone put him in a little blue crate with an old stained pillow and left him on the side of the trail. Thankfully a caring person came along and took him in. People came out of the woodwork to adopt Walter for reasons I'm sure you can understand. We knew this would be a fast adoption and we only needed to get him vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. During his neuter our vet discovered an enlarged bladder and we assumed he had a bladder infection so we put him on antibiotics. A week later he still hadn't improved. He's already been adopted and was in his new home with his three new little sisters but we still needed to figure out what was wrong so we had them take him back to our vet. After some x-rays we discovered he had several bladder stones that had move in to his urethra. Fixing this was going to cost 900.00 and thanks to our animal loving friends we were able to raise 500.00.

 

Today, 3/27/17, Walter went in for the procedure but hit a road block or should I say urethra block. As much as our vet worked on him one of the stones are locked in there. This problem leads us to a new procedure. I don't know another way to say this but the only way to fix this is to have a delicate surgery to create a new place to pee from. This surgery will run 2,500.00 on the low end to 3,500.00 on the high end. As happy, playful and affectionate as this little boy is you would never know he has such a serious problem. We're putting him on a special diet to try and help dissolve the stones but time is of the essence. If he becomes completely blocked it could be a death sentence for him. Since we do not have this much in our account we're reaching out for help. He has a new family who just loves him and we want to make sure we get him healthy so he can have another 10 to 15 years with them. We thank you all for your donations. If the donations go over the actuall amount we need the rest will be applied to the other dogs we currently have in rescue. We will post the final expenses.
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Update 2
Posted by Stephen Foster
27 days ago
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Dear rescue family,

We are so excited to share our good news about Walter! He went through surgery at East Dallas Veterinary Clinic today and thankfully, with specialized equipment, they were able to remove the large stone blocking his urethra without causing the damage we had initially feared. This is the best case scenario for Walter and so much better than we and his doctors could have ever hoped for.

Initially, when we took Walter under the DFWFGF wing, we had him vaccinated and neutered, knowing that he most likely had a UTI. When he was evaluated, the doctor found that he had stones in his bladder and a large stone blocking his urethra. Our vet did a flush procedure to dislodge the stone in the urethra and push it back into the bladder where it could be easily removed. One stone, however, was wedged in so tight he couldn't get it to move. Walter's problem had been present for so long that his urethra had partially grown around the stone. At that point, the vet told us the best option was a surgery to create a new opening for Walter's urethra, as this situation could very quickly prove deadly otherwise. This isn't a surgery our vet is able to perform, so he made some phone calls and ultimately referred us to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. They gave us an estimate of $2,500.00 to $3,500.00 for the procedure, depending on whether they could remove the stones or had to do the full Urethrostomy. Not having those funds on hand, we started a GoFundMe for Walter and boy did everyone step up! After GoFundMe's fees were assessed, we were able to receive an amazing total of $3,330.78!!! We want to thank every single one of you for your compassion for this precious little dog - we are blown away!!

Now on to MORE good news! After a tip was offered to us about a vet who might have the equipment to perform the procedure elsewhere, we took Walter for a consultation with them. East Dallas Veterinary Clinic, who performed his surgery this morning, was able to remove the stone blockage WITHOUT doing the full Urethrostomy. The procedure they used was similar but leaves "little Walter" completely intact. This procedure, along with his medications and special urinary diet, has totaled to just $1,554.06! That's only around 46.6% percent of what we actually raised!

Normally, when a rescue receives more than their goal in donations for a specific dog, the remainder will roll over to care for the next dog in need. However, in this instance, we understand that many people came together to support this little guy in particular, as Walter has gotten a lot of attention! Although we always need funds in order to save more dogs like Walter, if you donated to Walter's latest surgery via GoFundMe and would like the unused percentage of your donation refunded to you, please contact Stephen Foster @ stephen62@att.net with the name the donation was under, the amount of your donation and the receipt of your donation. All remaining donations will go towards current and future vet needs for dogs taken in by DFW's FurGotten Friends.

Walter has a few more vet visits to go before he is good as new, but he is now on a new and bright path. He has a wonderful adoptive family that loves him and will provide him the TLC he needs to fully recover. With this much love and support, he will - for the first time in a long time - know what it is to live without pain and discomfort.

Thank you ALL for your generous support of this cause. All of us, including his new family, cannot express how much we are continually amazed by the giant hearts of those who love these babies as much as we do. We may not change the world by saving one dog - but we will change that dog's world.

Sincerely,

DFW's FurGotten Friends
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Update 1
Posted by Stephen Foster
29 days ago
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Thank you everyone who have donated. We've found a local vet who can do the surgery. We will be discussing surgery on 3/28. Hopefully we've now raised enough to cover the surgery thanks to all of you animal lovers. As soon as we have a new estimate we will post it. DFW's Furgotten Friends can't thank you enough.
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Angela Bastari
27 days ago
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So happy for Walter - You Go Little Man!!!! You are loved by so many!

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Lakeidra K Johnson
27 days ago
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His name is Max. I'm glad that somebody is giving him the love and care that he needs. I love him and I miss him. Please don't judge me I already feel bad about what I did but I knew in my heart or was the right thing to do. Hopefully one day I can see him again

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Angela Bastari
28 days ago
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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Linda Smith
29 days ago
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Awesome!

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Susan Anderson
23 days ago

Go Walter, go!!!

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$3,775 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 92 people in 29 days
Created March 27, 2017
SF
$25
S Freeman
13 days ago
TK
$25
Terri Kaiser
15 days ago
AK
$35
Akiko Kakuta
19 days ago

To Walter the superstar!

BH
$50
Beth Hilliard
20 days ago
TT
$20
Tizoc Tenorio
25 days ago
$50
Lakeidra Johnson
27 days ago

I just want him to that I love him

JL
$25
Judi Liles
28 days ago
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Sending love and get well wishes to Walter from our DFW Furgotten Friends precious rescues, Stewie and Tysen

DJ
$20
Denise Jayroe
28 days ago
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CW
$25
Cathy Weinblatt
28 days ago
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So happy this little has you for a mom! Hope he feels better soon!

$75
Anonymous
28 days ago
Angela Bastari
27 days ago
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So happy for Walter - You Go Little Man!!!! You are loved by so many!

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Lakeidra K Johnson
27 days ago
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1

His name is Max. I'm glad that somebody is giving him the love and care that he needs. I love him and I miss him. Please don't judge me I already feel bad about what I did but I knew in my heart or was the right thing to do. Hopefully one day I can see him again

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Angela Bastari
28 days ago
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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Linda Smith
29 days ago
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Awesome!

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Susan Anderson
23 days ago

Go Walter, go!!!

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