This is Lucky, he is a 9 year old, border collie mix. He loves toys that make sound. He’s a big teddy bear and always wants to be with somebody. He loves to be brushed and loves attention. He is a very good dog and very protective of his family. He is also very smart, sensitive, loving and a little spoiled too.
We were heartbroken and very sad after the loss of our dog Chloe. A few months later we decided we would go to the pound and look into possibly rescuing a collie that needed a home. We arrived at the pound and immediately knew that he was the dog we wanted after seeing him, and we adopted him that day.
That was almost eight years ago when we rescued Lucky. He was a sweet, tri-colored, Collie-mix puppy and we fell in love with him. He is now grown and a very special member of our family and we love him very much.
During the last few years he has had some problems with his health. He has had some weight gain and fatigue as well, which has caused him to get less exercise and not be as playful. He loves to be out doors, go for walks, chase rabbits and squirrels and just be with us, but hasn’t been able to as much.
Last month we noticed he was limping on his back left leg and thought he might be having hip problems, so we took him to his vet. After examining him, he informed us that it was worst then expected and referred us to Dr. Dew. Dr. Dew has determined that he has a partially torn cruciate ligament and needs a (TTA) Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. This is heartbreaking because Lucky is having a very hard time moving around and at times does not want to even get up at all.
Unfortunately, there are no other options other than surgery. The cost for the surgery is $3,798. Please help us help Lucky by making a donation toward his surgery expenses, no matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
UPDATE 4/19/16: So far, $50 has been raised for Alexi’s surgery. Can you help? If you cannot help with a monetary donation, would you consider sharing Alexi’s story with your social media?
“Almost six years ago we lost our 18 yr. old cocker/poodle mix, Gizmo. We were heartbroken. A few months later we decided we would rescue another dog. We rescued a sweet chocolate lab puppy and immediately fell in love with her. When Alexi came to us, she was ill, hungry and sad. She was so hungry, we had to watch her closely when outside so that she would not eat rocks. The vet diagnosed her with Red Mange. After three months of daily treatments, she was cured of the Mange. She has a couple of developmental flaws but to us she is perfect!
When she was 2, we noticed weight gain and fatigue. The vet diagnosed her with Hypothyroidism. After one month on Synthroid, she dropped 15 lbs. and her energy was restored. She loves to play outside and go for walks. Her favorite thing to do outside is play with sticks and chase lizards. She loves to jump at the hose when we try to water plants or wash the cars. Inside, she loves to play with tennis balls and ring toys. She is a smart, sensitive, loving dog.
Last September we noticed she was limping on her front left leg. X-rays showed dysplasia. We started her on an anti-inflammatory for this. A month later she began limping on the back right leg. It was determined that she had a partially torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) and arthritis. For the next couple of months we kept her strictly on a leash, no more long walks. We had to restrict her activity inside the house, as well. We continued her on an anti-inflammatory and pain medicine daily. Unfortunately, as of last week, her CCL is now completely torn. Surgery is now our only option. The cost for the surgery is $3,674. We do not have the funds for this. Also, if we do not have this repaired soon, the chances of her tearing the left CCL are even greater. We need your help. We do not have any human children, so Alexi is our baby. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!”
UPDATE 4/6/16: “Sister’s” foster mom let us know that “Sister’s” owner has been found and the owner is going to take care of her medical needs! Her foster mom and “furever” home mom are sad to let her go but happy that she is back with her original family.
UPDATE 3/24/16: So far, $1000 has been donated towards “Sister’s” surgery. Depending on the surgical procedure done, the range of cost is estimated to be $2006 (FHO surgery) – $6153 (THR-total hip replacement). So we are almost halfway there towards being able to repair Sister’s hip and giving her a happy life with her new family.
This is Sister, a rescue dog that needs surgery to repair a dislocated hip. She is a sweet, gentle girl with a very loving disposition, but she is having a lot trouble getting around right now due to pain.
She has a new “furever” home with a loving woman but she needs the surgery before she can go. Please help her have a second chance at a happy, healthy new life with her new family.
Thank you so much for your generosity and consideration.
UPDATE 3/8/16: So far, $20 has been raised for Karma’s surgery.
Karma is approximately 3 years old. She is a super sweet pit bull who gets along with both people and other animals. She has been in the shelter since October and passed her behavioral assessment with flying colors. Karma is also house trained and is perfectly suited for home life. She is heartworm negative.
Unfortunately,she needs surgery to repair her knee, and the shelter does not have the funds to pay this cost. Helping Karma get her surgery means she will have the chance to have a happy and full life; this is literally the difference between life and death for a shelter dog.
There are two potential options for Karma’s surgery. The best option according to Dr. Dew would be a tibial tuberosity advancement. On a dog Karma’s size, that surgery will cost $3,536. If we cannot raise enough funds for that surgery, we can do an Extracapsular Fascial Strip for $2,249, but Karma would still be lame for several months until she was completely healed. Since she is in a shelter that has many other dogs and cats to take care of, they cannot afford either surgery without your help!
Anything you can give to give Karma a second chance at life will be greatly appreciated and paid back with lots of good karma!
UPDATE 3/21/16: The family that rescued Daisy had some bad news: their vet said Daisy has a bad case of heartworms and has pulmonary edema, and therefore is no longer a candidate for surgery. The family has requested that any donations be used for another pet in need, which is what Azzore’s Angels will do.
UPDATE 3/8/16: So far, $25 has been raised for Daisy’s surgery.
While driving home along the same highway I’ve driven for many years, I saw what appeared to be a pair of eyeballs peering up at me from the median near Smackover, AR. It was close to dark, so I wasn’t sure what it was. My guess was a dog was lounging in the median. Just to be certain he was ok, I turned around and returned to the site when the eyeballs were. Not to my surprise, it was indeed a dog, a Beagle. What did catch me by surprise was the dog tried to bolt as I approached, but his back legs weren’t working.
Poor dog had obviously been hit by a passing vehicle and left for dead. Not knowing the extent of her injuries, I quickly made a plan to rush him to my vet for after-hours emergency care. With the help of a stranger, we picked up the terrified Beagle (he yelped in pain and tried to bite us) and loaded him into my car. It was then I discovered “he” was a “she”.
As we headed to the vet, the doctor returned my call and said they were still there and would wait for us. She started panting in the car, so I turned on the a/c and allowed the cool air to blow on her. We arrived at the vet, they took her to the back, and I left for home not knowing if she would make it or not.
The next morning I called the vet. They reported she was in shock and they would wait until shock subsides before x-ray. The following day the vet reported she had no broken bones in her body! But, she did have a dislocated right hip and a dislocated right hock. And to add to it, she also had an ear infection, respiratory infection, and hook worms to boot.
We are in the process of treating the worms and the infections. There is nothing that can be done with her legs without surgery. She will never be able to run or even walk normal again without surgery. The cost of the emergency care alone was nearly $500.
No one has looked for her and no one has responded to flyers posted around town. She is on her own and needs our help to surgically correct the injuries that are causing her great pain. We are doing all we can financially and physically to help her (The cost of the emergency care alone was nearly $500), but we need to unite with other compassionate animal lovers to afford the expensive surgeries ($2200 starting figure) that will get her back on the path to recovery. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
My 3-year old daughter has decided she should be named “Daisy” instead of “stray dog” or “beagle”. Daisy thanks you for your time and generosity!
Update 3/24/16: The most difficult posts to make, are the ones you have to type through tears… For those of you who have followed this sweet boy, we are very, very sorry to let you know that Quasi has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Sometimes the best attitude in the world, and the best of veterinary medicine can’t change the outcome. We know that Quasi was very loved. Run free, sweet boy.
Quasi had surgery on February 4th to repair his elbows. We received x-rays from his veterinarian over the weekend. Unfortunately, it looks like he has broken the hardware in one of his elbows and will need revision surgery to replace the hardware. So, we are again asking you to help this boy. Because his injuries were not taken care of shortly after his was hit by a car, correction is far more difficult than repairing a fresh fracture. But, it is still possible to give Quasi the chance to have a more normal life and the ability to walk on his feet instead of his forelimbs! We’d like to give him the opportunity to have a good quality of life in a loving family. Can you help? Please consider donating through the link below, or you can call or mail your donation directly to Azzore. And please, share Quasi’s story. Thank you!
Quasi, a 1.5 year old rescued hound mix is in need of a life-changing surgery by Dr. Dew. Quasi was neglected (the medical treatment by his former owner) after being hit by a car and suffering multiple fractures on his 2 front legs and right shoulder. His fractures are fused in the position that requires Quasi to bear his body weight on his elbows. Needless to say, he has ulcers and swelling from constant pressure. Quasi can only walk a short distance and then his elbows give way, and he has to lie down. He also balances by sitting on his hind end at times. Quasi’ s corrective surgery is estimated to cost $3563.00.
Please consider making a donation so this super sweet, lovable boy can have a better quality of life and be adopted by a “forever” home. He is a young adult with many years left to live. Love, Quasi’s Foster Family
UPDATE: Tinkerbella Mae is coming to “Camp Azzore” today for exploratory abdominal surgery and to be spayed. If you are able, any donations towards this surgery would be appreciated.
God bless you all! — Tinkerbella Mae’s Momma
My “Bella” is my fur child who was born on my favorite holiday 7-4-2013 . I do not know what I would do without her. I got her September 4, 2013, the anniversary of the day my grandma died. We got her in Hot Springs, the very town we used to vacation in with my grandma. My mother and I had not been on vacation since my grandma had passed in 1999. We took Bella to all of our favorite places and took pictures of her. It was a memorial tour of the town doing all the things we used to do and felt as though my grandmother was there with us.
Bella has slept in my arms at night since the day we got her. She is such a good little girl: she helps us get the chickens in their pen at night and she has also learned to help with the eggs . One day, while in the chicken pen, she came out with an egg that one of the new chickens had laid outside the chicken house. I was quite impressed, as I had never taught her that; she learned by watching us. Bella loved to play with her Mate Sparkey, and Brother Bandit. They would wrestle and play tug of war, but since she has been sick, she no longer plays, she just lays around the house. She gets chilly really easily so we keep her covered when we see her shiver. It breaks my heart seeing her this sick. I have to shove her pills down her throat because she will not take them any other way and I ask her to forgive me every time. She can hardly keep anything down; she gets sick with just about everything I give her and I have a hard time getting her to eat; her belly is so swollen because of her liver that it looks like she is pregnant. I just want my baby’s life back; she deserves to be free of this sickness. It sickens me that I do not have the money for her surgery (liver shunt), estimated to cost $2900-$3600, as we are on a fixed income.
If you could help in any way, even just to pray, please do, as every little bit helps. God Bless All of You! Thank you! TinkerBella Mae’s Momma / Nanna
Merle is a survivor of a rescue group that has since been shut down. I agreed to foster him through heartworm treatment, with the hopes of returning him to the rescue group, but after learning about conditions there, I could no longer in good conscious send Merle there. So I kept him in the hopes of rehoming him myself. And it’s been a struggle because I quickly realized that Merle is terrified of people. He likes dogs and gets along with every one he’s met so far… but people scare him and he does not engage. He is not aggressive, he just shuts down or avoids.
Once realizing this, I knew I had a very long road of ahead of me and that it would take a very special someone – because not only is Merle “feral” (I don’t believe he’s ever had a positive interaction with humans until now), he also has severe separation anxiety. “Don’t touch me/look at me… but don’t leave me.”
It’s been nearly 5 months that I’ve been working with him and I can only just now pet him… and it’s on his terms (I can’t look at him directly and I have to sit and let him come to me). And now… he’s blown out his knee. He went out into the backyard to do his business, he came back limping.
Merle’s chances of adoption were tough to begin, and now?
I’ve started an online fund raiser and made a plea to the community I have supported for years myself … but am not getting very far. There is so much need out there.
I’ve managed to raise $800 and I have a small amount available on my care credit card… but it doesn’t come close to what Merle needs. In order for Dr. Dew to perform an EFS procedure (extracapsular fascial strip) to repair his knee, the cost is $2250.
I am trying to raise $1450 to do the knee surgery, but I’m running out of time. I hate to see Merle limping (or putting no weight on his foot) and his pain medication runs out this week that I paid for.
I have applied for several grants, but I’m afraid they only look at what you make per year… not what’s left at the end of the month after you pay all your bills and take care of your family.
I am hoping that somehow there is hope with the Azzore’s Angel program to help Merle get the surgery he REALLY needs… If you could find it in your heart to make a donation towards Merle’s surgery, we would be forever grateful! Thanks!
UPDATE: All funds were raised to help Bizkit!
Meet Bizkit. He was abandoned at the end of a driveway with a broken leg and a variety of cuts, scrapes and bites. Thankfully, he was dropped off at the end of the right driveway. The people who lived at the end of it, have hearts of gold for stray, abandoned and wounded dogs in need of a second chance. They applied for a grant to cover the initial surgery costs, and an Azzore Angel donated the money that would be needed for the final recheck after three months of recuperation.
Unfortunately, something went wrong… one of Bizkit’s pins migrated and was applying pressure to his sciatic nerve. Bizkit had to come back for another surgery. Dr. Dew gave a huge discount on his services, so this surgery was covered with the donations already received, but Bizkit will need some help down the road for his final recheck… it shouldn’t cost much (unless the pins have to be removed!), so even a very small donation will help us reach our goal.
If you could find it in your heart to take your coffee money this week, and donate it to Bizkit, he would be forever grateful. Help us help this sweet dog so that he can have a second chance with a loving family.