Family's emotional support dog can barely walk, requires surgery on both knees.
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About the Campaign

Rescued from the animal shelter, 

and the family finds out Boots needs surgery!

The Racine family recently relocated to California from Alaska, a big move… and their teenage son Cayden was depressed. He has learning disabilities, and one reason they moved was for access to better care and schooling for Cayden. But it was stressing him out, being in a new place and away from people he knew.

So, they went to the animal shelter and met Boots!! At the shelter it was noisy, all the dogs barking for attention and this kind of upset Cayden, but then in one kennel there was a quiet dog. As Cayden approached the kennel, Boots went to his bed, picked up his stuffed toy and walked silently up to the cage door with the toy in his mouth. It was an instant connection.


They took Boots to the “meet and greet” area, and Cayden and Boots were an instant pair. Cayden’s mom noticed that Boots seemed to have some trouble walking, but the shelter gave them a voucher for $250 for a vet exam, and they adopted Boots and went home.

Well, guess what? That Voucher turned into about $1000 of vet bills, and Boots has torn ligaments in both his knees. And the knees are very unstable. The doctor recommends surgery, and soon. The procedure is called TPLO (read more HERE), and is expensive. Originally the family got an estimate of up to $8000 a leg, and was in absolute shock… they’ve now found a vet that will do it for $3300 per leg, better, but nothing that they can afford.

At the doctor’s

Boots is a young dog, and he an Cayden are now inseparable. Dogs have a long history of bonding with children, and those with disabilities. Boots condition cannot heal, and can only be fixed with surgery. The longer it goes on the more damage it will do to his knees. The family did everything right, they got a rescue dog, and a Pittie at that, from the shelter, and believe us the shelters here in California are over-full. Let’s help them, and help Boots!


All donations are only for Boots and only paid for his leg surgery. The family already raised some money on a GoFundMe, which is HERE, so for the first leg only $2400 more is needed. This surgery has to be done one leg at a time, with a 1-3 month break in between surgeries, so we will see about the second fundraiser later. Mom has just gotten a job, and the family is catching up on bills, but for the first surgery they just do not have the money. Let’s get Boots on the path to recovery, donate today!

Below is the original vet estimate (click to enlarge). We now have Boots scheduled at a non-profit vet that does this procedure for the flat rate of $3300 per leg.


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  • Anonymous

    This family was given a dog with a serious problem. The Shelter should have taken care of the surgery, but the didn’t. Our neighbors need our help.

    June 17, 2022 at 11:29 am Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Yep, we agree. At the least the shelter should have known, and then informed them. We did contact the shelter about this, but they are not going to contribute.

      June 17, 2022 at 12:16 pm Reply

    • Liberty

      I thought they would help or fund some of it since but they told me only if I surrendered him and we love him to much. This has been an uphill battle and I am so thankful for free animal doctors and every donor and every person that shares this post. It makes me hopeful!!

      June 19, 2022 at 1:37 pm Reply

  • Geoff Mayfield

    Wishing the best for Boots.

    June 17, 2022 at 3:27 pm Reply

  • Louise Hamlin

    So much love to Boots and Cayden. I wish Boots a great surgery and speedy recovery !

    June 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm Reply

  • Carlie Corbin

    Dr Huber did our sweet Birdie’s thyroid surgery in December. Boots is in good hands.

    June 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm Reply

  • James Snell

    Thanks for bringing a pittie into your family and trying to be the best family for him!! I live near the Brainerd family who originally posted in our local neighborhood group. Good luck on the surgery!

    June 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm Reply

  • Tom Thordarson

    Bless this beautiful being. Let’s make this possible

    June 18, 2022 at 6:15 am Reply

  • Hali Rodriguez

    Rooting for you Boots ❤️

    June 18, 2022 at 10:16 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    I love all animals, especially those in need of help!

    June 20, 2022 at 9:46 am Reply

  • Eva Schossleitner

    I’m so happy to hear this dog will get a chance at a normal life of playing catch and all the other good stuff!!!! Dogs Rule.

    June 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm Reply

  • Eunice Howe

    For Boots

    June 23, 2022 at 6:46 pm Reply

  • Edmund Sullivan

    Hope this helps a little.

    June 24, 2022 at 4:22 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      It does! Thank you

      June 24, 2022 at 11:36 pm Reply

    • Liberty

      Thank you for your kind donation!

      June 25, 2022 at 3:05 pm Reply