Second Chance Fund
Our dedication to all of our animals has spurred us to start the Second Chance Fund. This fund allows people to donate directly to the care of our sick and special needs animals, which helps to alleviate some of the financial cost that comes with their extra care needed. All monies donated to the Second Chance Fund will directly offset the medical cost for those pets with needs beyond routine medical care. So what do you think, how about giving a second chance to an animal in need?
Mojo, The Inspiration for the Second Chance Fund
Mojo was a one year old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix who was transferred to the GCHS from Lee County Domestic Animal Services. When Mojo arrived he had what was thought to be a spider bite on his left leg. However, the so called "spider bite," would not respond to antibiotics and Mojo's condition worsened. To help determine what was really wrong with him, a skin biopsy punch was used to acquire four samples of the dermal mass from four different areas by Dr. Eisele at Specialists in Veterinary Surgery.
The results showed that Mojo had Pythiosis which is caused by a fungal-like aquatic organism that exists in stagnant water or on grasses that have been exposed to stagnant water. The disease is most common in tropical or sub-tropical climates. In the USA it tends to be seasonal, most commonly between August and December, and can affect dogs, cats, and horses. In dogs, Pythiosis can occur on the skin, gastrointestinal, or as multi-systemic forms.
Mojo is afflicted with the skin form of Pythiosis which occurs when the organism comes in contact with an open wound. Signs of the disease include wounds that won't heal properly, ulcerated small lumps, and fistulas. Hairless lesions are most commonly found on the tail, legs, stomach, neck, and face. They are extremely itchy and irritating to the dog. Surgery to remove the affected tissue, leaving wide margins, can be effective for the skin and gastrointestinal forms but will not cure the dog if it does not completely eliminate all of the lesions. As in Mojo's case, limb amputation was necessary. After amputation anti-fungal medication is given for 2-4 months.
To give Mojo the best chance of survival and quality of life, it was decided that his left hind leg needed to be amputated. Even with a discount, the cost for the surgery amounted to $1,330.00 which did not include previous or continuing medication.
Mojo's situation, and our dedication to all of our animals, has spurred us to start the Second Chance Fund. This fund will allow people to donate directly to the care of our sick and special needs animals, which helps to alleviate some of the financial cost that comes with their needed care. We've added a separate way to donate on the website and you can make checks payable to GCHS Second Chance Fund. All monies donated to the Second Chance Fund will directly offset the medical cost for those pets with needs beyond routine medical care.
Thank you to Specialists in Veterinary Surgery for taking such excellent care of all of our Second Chance Fund pets.
Lilly, Captain & Gia, Our Current Second Chance Fund Candidates
Lilly an eight month old Boxer/Border Collie Mix, and Captain, a four year old American Bulldog, both have been diagnosed with Luxating Patellas.
Luxating Patellas are a dislocation of the dogs kneecap. This affliction affects the dog’s ability to walk properly and is incredibly painful. Dr. Eisele,DVM, with Specialist in Veterinary Surgery, evaluated Lilly and Captain and even with a discount, each surgery is estimated at $900. This amount does not include continuing medication for either dog.
Gia is a two and a half year old Pointer/Terrier mix, who was diagnosed with two torn Cruciates in her rear legs, just like Roxine. These tears are similar to ACL tears, often seen in athletes, and are incredibly painful. Even with the generous discount from Dr. Eisele, DVM, Gia's surgery will cost $2,800. This amount does not include continuing medication for either dog.
Won't you please help give Lilly, Captain and Gia their Second Chance?
Muppet, A Second Chance Fund Recipient
Muppet, a four month old Airedale Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix, landed wrong playing ball and broke his right rear leg.
Dr. Eisele, DVM, with Specialist in Veterinary Surgery, evaluated Muppet and there was damage to his tibia and growth plate, but he assured us this is a typical break for a puppy. Because of the location of the break, and Muppet’s age, he needed emergency surgery to repair the damage. Even with a discount, Muppet’s surgery total was $1,000, making him a candidate for the Second Chance Fund.
After only one day of announcing the need for surgery, donations of varying amounts poured in, along with one large donation allowing for Muppet to receive surgery.
His surgery went very well and he is currently recovering at the Gulf Coast Humane Society. A Foster Home will be needed for two to four weeks for complete recovery.
Muppet is currently in the Second Chance Pals program with the Department of Corrections, where he is being trained to receive his Canine Good Citizen certification. After only two weeks there, he has shown vast improvements and is well on his way to becoming a well-mannered dog. He will return to the program once he is cleared by Dr. Eisele.
Roxine, A Second Chance Fund Recipient
Roxine is a sweet and loving three year old Black Mouth Cur mix who was diagnosed with two torn Cruciates in her rear legs. These tears are similar to ACL tears, often seen in athletes, and are incredibly painful.
To walk, Roxine had to spread her back legs and walk crooked to keep the weight mostly on her front legs. She pushed off her front legs just to be able to stand and would lean all her weight on her front legs to eat comfortably. All of this put unnecessary wear on her front legs.
Roxine was well cared for by the Staff and Volunteers at GCHS, but was in need of surgery to repair her two rear legs. Dr. Eisele, with Specialist in Veterinary Surgery, had seen Roxine and as with Mojo, the surgery was expensive. Even with a discount, Roxine's surgery amounts to $2,850. This amount does not include previous or continuing medication but was something Roxine desperately needed.
In just under a week of announcing Roxine’s need for surgery donations reached the halfway mark. A few days later we reached our goal and Roxine was scheduled for surgery.
Roxine did very well recovering in a Foster Home before coming back to the GCHS. She is currently in our Second Chance Pals program at the Department of Corrections where she is learning basic obedience and commands. She will graduate with her Canine Good Citizen Certification upon completely the 6 week course.