Romeo, Oh Romeo!

Romeo’s his first procedure is on Monday. He’s almost there!

This campaign successfully reached its funding goal and ended 6 years ago
101% Funded
  • $2,181.50 Donated
  • $2,170.00 Goal
  • 19 Donors
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About the Campaign

This is Romeo

Romeo is a 6 year old Mastiff Pit mix.  He loves to run, play, and  enjoys days at the dog beach with his mom Mercedes. He was rescued in 2011 at the age of 3 weeks while Mercedes was working with a local animal rescue. They’ve been inseparable since!

What Happened:

We don’t exactly know how but we assume from all the running and jumping Romeo wore down his legs and unfortunately ruptured his ligaments in both hind legs. This caused him to develop arthritis and experience lots of pain. In early 2017, Mercedes took him to Panorama Vet Clinic. Her attending veterinarian suggested a surgery called Tight Rope surgery. Mercedes set up a fundraiser for Romeo and received generous donations from all the people who’s hearts had been captured by Romeo’s wonderful spirit. Even famous American radio personality, Ryan Seacrest donated to his surgery.

Finally once the funding was complete, Romeo received surgery on both hind legs. BUT something didn’t feel quite right. After recovery, Mercedes and Romeo were so excited to get back to the dog beach and with no objections from the vet, they went out to enjoy the day. A day that started out as fun and care free turned into storm of pain Romeo and flurry of worry for Mercedes. Romeo had reinjured himself and his legs were practically loose. When they asked the vet about this they were told it’s normal to reinjure after this surgery.

After beginning her new job at the VCA, Mercedes learned a lot about Romeo’s condition. She learned the Dos and the DON’Ts and a big DON’T was having tightrope surgery done on a large dog especially not by a general surgeon for a case that required a specialist’s hands.

What Romeo Needs Now

What Romeo needs now is TPLO surgery on both hind legs. Although a whooping $14k on the lower end, Mercedes receives a 40% discount which makes our goal total 7k. We will run our first campaign for his first surgery and then we will have 3 more months for the second campaign. The procedure will be done at VCA West LA and we’re certain that with this new found info and awesome team of people behind him, Romeo will be walking on all fours again soon.

Mercedes does all she can when it comes to caring for Romeo’s general care and bumps along the way. However, this bump in the road is a bit too big for her to handle on her own! After being denied CareCredit and already have fundraised for the first unsuccessful surgery, she came to us at Free Animal Doctor. She loves Romeo with all her heart and simply doesn’t want him to be in pain.


Romeo needs help!! Please help this handsome guy be on his way to Recovery ! Follow his story on our page and Mercedes gave her Instagram account which is chalk full of pictures and memories of this adorable guy.

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  • Nelly Manzo

    You can do this romeo, stay strong!!!

    March 24, 2018 at 7:40 pm Reply

  • Zina Tallant

    My mastiff needed this surgery. It’s a tough one. I wish you both luck and happy healing to Romeo. 😍

    March 25, 2018 at 8:48 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    We love you Romeo! You are the sweetest pup we know, we hope you get your procedure soon ♡

    April 3, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply

  • Angelica Figueroa

    Thinking of our Buddy Ol’ Pal Romeo. We hope he gets back to doing what he enjoys in no time. Hugs & Kisses~

    April 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply

  • Margaret Moore

    Rooting for you, Romeo – your person loves you so much, its so heart warming. You are lucky to have each other!

    April 6, 2018 at 12:31 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Love to Romeo

    April 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Hope he gets the help he needs and gets better soon.

    April 11, 2018 at 10:59 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    ♡♡♡♡ Love you Romeo♡♡♡♡

    April 24, 2018 at 11:24 pm Reply

  • Danielle Hansen

    Sending healing prayers for sweet Romeo.

    April 25, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply

  • Mercedes Frias


    April 26, 2018 at 11:58 am Reply

  • Eden Esparza

    What a handsome guy!! I am so happy I can help him get the care he deserves.

    May 17, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply

  • Sherry Harris

    I hope you get better you are a sweetie!!!!

    May 23, 2018 at 5:42 pm Reply