Great News About Billie Jean!
We have a great update to share about Billie Jean! Thanks to your generosity, Billie Jean was able to have the surgery to repair both her knees on June 2 with Dr. Jason Bleedorn of UW Veterinary Care. The surgery went well and she was able to have her sutures removed on June 13.
Billie Jean is now recovering and healing in a foster home. She has physical therapy three times a week so she can heal and have full use of bother legs for many more years.
"(Billie Jean) thinks she is 100% healed and should be able to run free to chase birds and rabbits, but not quite yet. She is testing the doctor's instructions and limitations and is keeping life interesting..." says Christine, Billie Jean's foster mom.
Billie Jean will be returning to UW Veterinary Care for a check-up soon and once she is healed and healthy will be made available for adoption.
Thank YOU for all your support and for helping keep this happy girl running for years to come!
Thank You for Helping Little Billie Jean!
We have great news to share! Thanks to your generous support of Billie Jean's Help Me Heal appeal, we raised the $4,200 needed to help this sweet girl get the surgery and follow up care needed to keep her happy and running for years.
Billie Jean is now scheduled for an exam and CT scans at the UW Veterinary Care clinic with Dr. Jason Bleedorn on Tuesday, May 31. The surgery to repair her two back knees, which have luxating patellas, will be scheduled for later that week. Thank you to Dr. Bleedorn and his staff at UW Veterinary Care for helping us give Billie Jean the many happy, active years she deserves!
After Billie Jean's surgery, she will return to her foster home to rest, heal and rehabilitate. Our Animal Medical Services staff will monitor her recovery until she is ready to find her new family.
Thank YOU for helping this sweet, little girl be able to get this much needed surgery and the necessary follow up care. With your generosity, we are able to help animals like Billie Jean.
Any remaining funds raised above those needed for Billie Jean's surgery and follow up care will be used to continue the work DCHS's Animal Medical Services does every day.
Thank you for for joining our mission of Helping People Help Animals!
Help Keep Billie Jean Chasing Those Tennis Balls!
$4,200 needed for specialized double knee surgery
Earlier this month, a young adult Dachshund/Chihuahua mix came to Dane County Humane Society in need of care. She had been found stray, wondering alone along East Washington Avenue in Madison. She was nervous and scared at first, but our staff could tell right away that Billie Jean was a sweet and gentle girl. She happily played by tossing her treats and toys around her kennel and then snuggled contently in the laps of staff and volunteers. Everyone has quickly fallen in love with Billie Jean!
During her initial medical exam, our Animal Medical Services staff noticed something odd about her gate and quickly discovered that both of Billie’s back knees had luxating patellas, a genetic condition where the kneecap slides in and out of place causing joint disease.
If left untreated, this condition could lead to her developing arthritis, causing her constant pain and discomfort. It could eventually lead to her back legs being completely disabled. The best chance for Billie Jean to stay happy and chasing tennis balls for years to come is for her to receive surgery to repair the joints.
“When you meet Billie Jean, it is easy to see how sweet and full of life she is! It is disheartening to think that without surgery, in just a few years this young dog could develop severe joint disease that would prevent her from being able to run, jump and play,” says Dr. Katie Kuehl, DVM, DCHS Shelter Veterinarian.
Dr. Jason Bleedorn of UW Veterinary Care has offered to perform this very specialized surgery next week, as well as provide CT scans and follow-up checks at a discounted rate.
Her idol, Billie Jean King, recovered, rallied and returned to the tennis courts after her own double knee injuries. With your support, we’re hoping our little Billie Jean can get the same opportunity to have a great, long life free of pain and full of love!
Please help us raise $4,200 so we can keep this sweet girl happy, healthy and running for years to come!
CLICK HERE to make your online contribution:
Select "Help Me Heal" and please type "Billie Jean" in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
You can also mail or drop off your donation at Dane County Humane Society's main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718), with "Billie Jean" in the subject line.
Any additional funds from Billie Jean's surgery and follow-up care will be used to continue the work our Animal Medical Services does every day.