Meatball

Big boy tore up his knee, and now this formerly happy and active dog is stuck in a cage all day!

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About the Campaign

Big Boy, Bad Knee!

That’s the summary for Meatball, a loveable Pittie mix of about four years. He is a rescue, found stray and ill he was brought into the Chico Animal Shelter where Savannah was working at the time, and she ended up adopting him.

Since then he has been a great dog and a healthy boy, but somehow he tore the ligament in his knee (similar to the ACL in people) and this condition in dogs can only be corrected with surgery. He was neutered at a very young age, at the shelter, and there is some evidence that early neutering of larger dogs like Meatball increases the risk of this injury. The doctor says he was probably predisposed to the injury and it was just a matter of time.

So now this formerly active and fun loving dog is stuck at home in a cage. He holds his leg up all the time, which puts more weight on his other leg, so he can’t be allowed to walk around too much, and no running! Also, his balance is off, and he has fallen a couple of times already. Poor Meatball!

Savannah is a student and heading of to school with a limited income. She has spent about $2000 already to get him diagnosed and a $1000 deposit on the surgery to hold his spot, but all of that has been on Care Credit which is about maxed out now. All donations here are specifically for Meatball and paid only to the vet when the procedure is performed. Estimate below (click to enlarge).

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5 comments

  • Carmen Olano

    Sending prayers and love

    April 15, 2024 at 11:19 am Reply

  • Carol Johnson

    MEATBALL needs a break! Came in as a stray, was neutered by the shelter at a very young age — which can predispose a dog like MEATBALL to tearing the equivalent of us tearing our ACL.
    It looks like this is his 3rd donation (which makes $70 total). It would be great if we could rally for this pup. He loves to run ; only 4yo. He deserves a second chance. The surgery gives him that second chance. ❤️ IF YOU’RE ABLE AND YOUR HEART IS OPEN, please donate toward MEATBALL’S KNEE SURGERY. 😍🙏🏼

    April 15, 2024 at 11:52 am Reply

  • Anna Bellesheim

    Donated , hoping Meatball gets his surgery.

    April 15, 2024 at 12:12 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Love me a pittie and hope your beautiful baby is able to be back doing what the loves soon.

    April 16, 2024 at 8:02 am Reply

  • ying leung

    Hope he get well soon.

    April 24, 2024 at 3:40 pm Reply