Donations to save the leg of Wobbles, a sweet five-month-old border collie-cross, have been coming in at a steady rate.
Dr. Adrian Walton of the Dewdney Animal Hospital is so confident funds being collected will hit the $1,650 needed, he has already booked the surgeon to do the extensive and complex surgery.
One donor, Ella Treleaven, a 10-year-old Maple Ridge girl, even gave all her birthday money to help Wobbles.
“Dr. Walton made a video [of Wobbles] and I saw it on Facebook, my mom showed me,” said Ella. “In the video it said that he was going to either cut her leg off or have the surgery... and I just thought a dog that young needs four legs.”
Many others agree with Ella, who doesn’t even have a dog of her own.
“We have three cats,” she said, but added, “Dogs are fun.”
Not every animal in Walton’s care gets this kind of community support – unfortunately, it’s not possible, he said.
But Wobbles was a special case.
The young pup was found in Mission after being hit by a car. A “kind person” then brought her in for care and she ended up with Walton, said Carolyn Smith, Maple Ridge SPCA’s assistant manager.
Wobbles’ former owners were looking for her, but when presented with the extent of the treatment necessary, they surrendered her to the SPCA.
Wobbles has a minor pelvic fracture and a major spiral fracture of her left front leg. It is this front leg that requires surgery, Walton said.
“Because of the location, you can’t cast this [type of injury],” the vet noted. “The best approach is to surgically repair it.”
Everyone involved in Wobbles’ care is donating time and other resources to help. The surgery, vet stay, medication, fluids, X-rays, after-care, and more would normally cost $3,500 to $4,000, Walton said.
“We don’t do this for every pet that comes in the door,” Walton said. “But this one is such a cutie.”
He went on to describe Wobbles as a “low-rider border collie.”
Dr. Mark Smith of Canadian West Veterinary Specialists, a board certified veterinarian surgeon will do the operation on Wobbles.
“He is a surgeon extraordinairre,” Walton noted.
Anyone who wants to help Wobbles can contact the local branch of the SPCA at 604-463-9511. If funds raised go above the $1650 needed they will go towards the next animal in need of help.
After her surgery, Wobbles will need about one month of rehab before she will be placed for adoption.
See the video of Wobbles at www.facebook.com/dewdneyvet.
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