Help this Sweet Pup have the Happiest New Year
$1,350 needed for specialized leg surgery and aftercare
In early December, a 3-month-old Labrador mix pup named Shelby made the long journey from Tennessee to Wisconsin in search of a brighter 2017. Shelby was one of 18 puppies and adult dogs who traveled from an overcrowded shelter in Waverly, TN to Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). As DCHS’s Animal Medical Services staff began the individual medical exams of each puppy and dog, they noticed something a little different with this sweet southern belle.
Some of the bones in Shelby’s front legs were growing abnormally, causing a significant curvature in her forelimbs. This abnormality caused one of her legs to be shorter than the other resulting in a limp.
“Because Shelby is still growing, her limbs could continue to curve even more. This will likely lead to lameness and chronic pain,” says Dr. Erica Schumacher, DVM, DCHS Chief Shelter Veterinarian.
In order for Shelby to grow up healthy and pain free, she will need a surgery called a distal ulnar ostectomy. This procedure will remove a segment of her forelimb bone and place a graft or gel foam in the gap. This allows the radius bone to grow normally and will also allow her elbow to move normally.
Dr. John Silbernagel of Madison Veterinary Specialists (MVS) has offered to help with the specialized surgery at a reduced rate. DCHS is incredibly appreciative of the support and expertise from Dr. Silbernagel and the entire MVS team.
The hope is to schedule Shelby’s surgery within the next two weeks, but help is needed now to raise the necessary funds.
“Everyone who has met Shelby has been taken with her sweet, loving personality,” says Marissa DeGroot, DCHS Public Relations Coordinator. “With the support of our caring community, Shelby will get the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy and find a forever home in the New Year.”
Please help us raise $1,350 by the afternoon of Friday, January 6 for this sweet pup to receive the surgery and follow-up care she needs!
Select "Help Me Heal" and please type "Shelby" 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 "Shelby" in the subject line.
Any additional funds from Shelby's surgery and follow-up care will be used to continue the work our Animal Medical Services does every day.