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!