Has a bad liver, but it can be fixed! Needs surgery by January.

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About the Campaign

Needs Liver Shunt Surgery

Little Colby has a birth defect where a vessel on his liver did not close properly when born. As he is getting older this condition becomes worse, and he needs surgery to close it, or he will die.

Colby was rescued

This summer Colby was found surviving in a gravel pit. He had been seen there for a while, and a family member of his now owner, Valerie, was able to catch him. The poor little guy was severely matted and had an inflamed rear end. His nails were so long they were looping over and cutting into his paws!

Pictures of Colby after rescue, he was shaved due to matting:

Well they got him to the vet and treated and this little guy would not leave their side for one minute! Valerie ended up adopting him (he had no microchip or collar, and no owners were ever found), and Colby had been doing very well in her home, where she has two other rescue dogs and three rescue cats.

Valerie’s other rescues:

Some issues

However, as time went on there were a few strange things that happened. Colby would sometimes drool excessively. And then a few times he seemed to be “spaced out”, walking around aimlessly and even bumping into things. Valerie took him back to her vet explaining these new symptoms and the doctor thought Colby might be epileptic, and prescribed anti-seizure medications.

Bath time!

For a few days Colby did seem much better, but then he suddenly had a very bad episode, and nearly died. After that further tests revealed that Colby was no epileptic, but had a liver shunt. (Read about liver shunts in dogs here).

For now he is on a very restricted diet and some medications, but the only solution for his condition is surgery. Because he is such a small dog, and this is delicate surgery he has to see a specialist. The doctor doing his surgery has been doing liver shunt repairs on small dogs for over 15 years, and is very confident in Colby! He is certain that Colby will be able to live a normal and healthy life, if he can get this surgery, and it has been scheduled for January 8th.

Financial situation

The family has already spent thousands on Colby, for example below is one recent bill.

In addition their two other rescue dogs are seniors and require monthly medications and regular check ups. They just do not have the money available to pay for this liver shunt surgery, which is urgent and needs a $3400.00 deposit before January 8th. They have tried a GoFundMe before they found us at Free Animal Doctor (you can see it here) but it has not raised much money. WE CAN DO IT FOR COLBY! If we all work together we can get Colby the surgery he needs! Remember, with Free Animal Doctor we only pay the donations directly to veterinarian, never the owner. Donate in confidence! You donation today is for Colby, specifically for his liver shunt surgery! WOOOOOOF!!!

Vet estimate with deposit requirement for surgery (click to enlarge):

Colby diagnosis in detail as a pdf (click to download): Colby McDaniel Diagnosis


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  • Anonymous


    December 21, 2020 at 6:19 pm Reply

  • Matthew Munson

    Finish 2020 with a bang! Even 5 or 10 dollars will help.

    December 26, 2020 at 8:36 pm Reply

    • Valerie

      Thank you, Sir, for helping us to save our baby!!

      December 27, 2020 at 9:07 am Reply

    • Valerie

      Thank you for helping us to save our baby!!

      December 27, 2020 at 9:08 am Reply

  • Susan Nelson

    Hope you get better Colby 🐶

    January 3, 2021 at 10:29 am Reply

  • Laura Gilder

    Good luck I hope you can raise the money for the surgery I have two rescued Yorkies both had liver shunts both had surgery and are now doing well in fact peaches is now 13 years old hang on Colby

    January 3, 2021 at 10:35 am Reply

  • Wendy Cruz

    I lost my dog last year and she did had some health issues and I can understand that Veterinary cost can get very expensive. I was very blessed to always provide for her and now I would like to share that with pets in need. Get well soon Colby

    January 3, 2021 at 11:33 am Reply

  • Constance Stahl

    Love our pups!

    January 3, 2021 at 2:43 pm Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Donated. Let’s join together to help Colby get the surgery he needs. It would be a great for Colby and his family to start the New Year.

    January 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm Reply

  • Frances Hauf

    Poor little guy! Get better!

    January 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm Reply

  • Sylvia Ornelas

    All the best to Colby.

    January 3, 2021 at 8:01 pm Reply

  • ellen cameron

    get well little colby.

    January 3, 2021 at 9:12 pm Reply

  • Lisa Davis

    My employer will match my donation account FAD is a 501(c)3, non-profit. Who will be the FAD contact to confirm receipt of my donation? Thank you for taking the time t help with ensuring gets the additional $25 match! Team Colby!

    January 3, 2021 at 9:43 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Hi! Please email Ryan at and we will arrange it! Thank you so much!!

      January 7, 2021 at 6:39 am Reply

  • Marnet D. Hazard

    Get well, precious Colby. I have had fur babies with health issues and was fortunate enough to be able to cover same. It is my honor to be able to share a little so you can lead a healthy life with your family. Stay strong, and God bless you and your family.

    January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am Reply

  • Marnet D. Hazard

    I have had two dogs with serious medical conditions that I was fortunate enough to be able to take care of. It is my privilege to be able to help a bit with Colby’s needs, so that he can stay with a family that obviously loves him very much. God bless you, Colby, and your family. Strong.

    January 4, 2021 at 5:04 am Reply

  • Jean Sieloff

    Please help this little guy get the surgery he needs

    January 4, 2021 at 11:07 am Reply

  • Laura Gilder

    Donating again you’re so close to your goal come on people this little guy needs our help!!

    January 5, 2021 at 11:10 am Reply

  • Joe Waldholtz

    Happy to help this one over the finish line. All the best, Joe Waldholtz

    January 6, 2021 at 7:28 am Reply