Although their initial surgeries are complete, most of the “tornado dogs” will be coming back to Azzore for a 12-week recheck with x-rays, and some will have hardware removal at that time. So, if you would like to donate toward their final medical charges, you may do so by clicking on the “donate” button below.
Like so many other Arkansans not directly affected by the terrible tornadoes on April 27th, we were shocked and horrified by the devastation we saw in pictures and videos. Our hearts were heavy at the loss of homes, vehicles, belongings and especially of lives. We felt helpless, but desperately wanted to do something to help.
When we received the first call about a dog injured in the storms, whose family had lost everything, and couldn’t afford the medical treatment needed for their dog, we knew what we had to do. Within 24 hours, our Facebook community had spread the word and raised more than was needed for Sevin’s surgery. We had planned to donate the excess funds to tornado relief efforts. Then we received another phone call about two more dogs, Daisy and “Jack”. We posted their stories on Facebook, and more donations came in. Tomorrow, two more dogs injured by the EF4 tornado will arrive at Azzore for surgery. Here are the “tornado dogs” and their stories.
Yank was actually not injured by the tornado, but is definitely a tornado victim. Dr. Overton at Maumelle Animal Clinic tells us that his femur is broken in three sections. Yank’s family lost their home and all of their belongings in the tornado, and were in the process of clearing and cleaning when tragedy struck again — Yank was struck by a car! Yank will arrive at Azzore tomorrow morning for surgery to repair his fractured leg.
“Hope” is a 4 month old German Shepherd mix also arriving at Azzore tomorrow. Dr. Overton tells us that “Hope” has multiple fractures: a non-displaced pelvic fracture that will probably heal on it’s own without surgery, but also a tibia/fibula fracture that is separated at the growth plate. This limb may not be repairable due to the location of the fracture. Dr. Dew will review x-rays and either repair the fracture, or amputate “Hope’s” leg. At this point, “Hope’s” family is unknown. If anyone recognizes this beautiful little girl, please contact us. We would like to see her reunited with her family.
UPDATE: Hope’s fracture was stabilized by Dr. Dew, but then she developed a problem with her eye. Dr. Miller was able to perform eye surgery to improve her vision and save the eye. Hope is being fostered and has a “forever family” that is in the process of adopting Hope.
She looks scared in this picture.
You probably would be too, if you had been through what she has.
Sevin and her family live in Vilonia, Arkansas.
Sunday night, an EF-4 tornado struck.
Sevin’s family lost everything… Their home. Their belongings. They escaped with their lives and the clothes on their backs. Sevin suffered a leg fracture and a luxated hip. Her family was afraid they would have to put her down. They have so many expenses now. They didn’t see how they could afford to save their dog. But, they reached out for help. Help us save Sevin. Dr. Terry Dew, board certified small animal surgeon with Azzore Veterinary Specialists will donate his time. Can you help us raise the money needed for the surgical supplies and medications? Sevin and her family have lost so much. No donation is too small. If you can’t donate, please share her story.
UPDATE: Sevin’s injuries were too severe. Dr. Dew was not able to stabilize her fracture. Her leg was amputated yesterday (May 5, 2014). But, she isn’t letting that slow her down! Here she is taking a walk the morning after surgery. Sevin’s family picked her up this morning, grateful to have their beautiful girl back again.
This is “Jack”, or at least that’s what he’s being called until his family is located. “Jack” was found in the Mayflower area after the tornado Sunday night. He is a 15 pound Terrier Mix, and probably about 2 years old. He has multiple pelvic fractures, and will come to Azzore for surgery. He is currently being kept stable and on pain medications at Treasure Hill Animal Hospital.
UPDATE: Jack’s family has never come forward; Maumelle Friends of the Animals will be coordinating adoption efforts for Jack after he has fully recovered from surgery.
Meet Daisy. She was found in a tree in the #Mayflower/River Plantation area after the #tornado Sunday night. We are happy to report that Daisy has been reunited with her family!!! Daisy had surgery for fracture repair.