About the Campaign
Only 9 months old!
Can be cured, and have his whole life ahead!
Rocky was born with almost no palate, the top plate in the mouth. He was rescued and had a surgery, which appeared to repair it. So, he was then put up for adoption.
Brian found him
Three months ago Brian decided he might be able to adopt a new dog. He always adopts rescues, and his dog had recently passed away. He went to the rescue and fell in love with Rocky. Rocky was just the friendliest, happiest and sweetest dog!
The rescue noted Rocky’s medical history, but told Brian it should be fine from now on, perhaps only with minor problems that would not be a big deal. Brian was so struck with Rocky he had to adopt him!
But then what happened
At the end of June Rocky had blood coming out of his nose. Brian took him to the vet, and to sum up a long story: Rocky’s palate had opened and food was getting caught in it, then degrading and causing infection. The condition is a form of Rhinitis. The doctor informed Brian that Rocky would need surgery to correct this.
What came next was a back-and-forth with the rescue: Brian advocating for Rocky to have surgery, and the rescue trying to downplay the condition. There were a number of vets involved, but in the end Brian went to the rescue’s veterinarian, and he recommended a specialist.
The specialist is confident he can permanently repair Rocky’s condition, so he can have a normal, happy dog life! Without surgery Rocky faces chronic pain, repeated infections, probable development of pneumonia, and a shortened life. He must have the surgery.
This procedure can only be done correctly by a specialist, and is expensive at around $5000. The rescue is unable to help Brian much, though they are contributing $500. Brian has raised about $600 from friends and has about $1000 he can contribute.
Brian works in a hospital on a team that does elective surgeries. He and Rocky live in Arizona, and all elective surgeries are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hospital emergency in that state. So, Brian’s income has been cut by more than 1/2 for some time.
With the total cost being around $5000, and with the rescue, Brian’s and Brian’s friends contributions, Rocky still needs about $3000 to get this life changing surgery. He is just a puppy and this will fix him for the rest of his long life! Let’s make this happen for Rocky! All donations here are only for Rocky and are only paid directly to his veterinarian. It’s the same as if you just gave Rocky the money himself! Can you help Rocky today with a donation? And help share his case on Facebook and other social media? Thank you!!!
Vet Estimate (click to enlarge, or click the pdf file)