Growth around his big tooth may be cancer. It is getting bigger fast and also impacting his tooth.

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Growth around his big tooth

This has to be removed. Dakota is a very good boy and best friend and companion of Joan, a disabled senior citizen living in Portland, Oregon. 

Back in 2015 Joan, despite being handicapped and using a power chair to get around, rescued Dakota from an animal shelter. He was a very scared and anxious dog, and could only be adopted by someone willing to work with him and give him lots of attention and love. Joan did.

Dakota had come into the rescue from Georgia, where he had been found stray. Now where Joan is, tape worm in dogs is pretty much unheard of, but it does exist in Georgia. And when she got him he was not gaining weight, was sick, all that you can imagine, but no one could figure out why. Joan, however, was a relentless advocate for Dakota and she kept pushing until finally one doctor listened, and figured it out. Dakota had a tape worm!

Joan saw him through that. She hired a trained and worked with him on that. And in time? Well, in time Dakota became a fabulous, friendly and healthy boy! Her best friend. (Dakota means “friend” in the Lakota language).

Last month, Dakota was playing with a stick and when Joan took it from him she noticed the weird growth around his tooth. She got Dakota to the Oregon Humane Society, and they are working with her and her vet to get Dakota the procedure at a reduced price. We have worked with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland before, and they are very helpful and forthright.

Joan had a serious surgery in early March, and money is tight. She lives on a fixed income from Social Security and receives food stamps. She is currently saving about $25 a month for Dakota, which is obviously not enough. Let’s make it enough! All donations for Dakota are paid only to the vet when he gets treatment. A copy of the estimate is below, click to enlarge it. Time is of the essence with these tumors, so let’s get Dakota the help he needs today.

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    Dakota needs help !

    April 29, 2024 at 1:04 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful pup and blessing to you both.

    April 29, 2024 at 1:52 pm Reply

  • Carmen Oñsno

    Sending prayers and love

    April 30, 2024 at 7:08 am Reply

  • Loreli Murray

    Hope your baby gets well… Could it be part of a stick he was chewing on.?

    April 30, 2024 at 2:04 pm Reply

  • Alina Kroll

    I hop Dakota gets well soon! Good luck with her surgery and recovery!

    May 1, 2024 at 11:50 am Reply

  • Sonia Alvarez

    In Memory of my furry baby Chloe who was also helped by this organization.

    May 8, 2024 at 9:58 am Reply

  • Debbie Anderson

    Sending prayers Dakota gets his surgery soon, and has a full recovery. Pets and scritches to Dakota, blessings and hugs to Joan.

    May 8, 2024 at 10:05 am Reply