A young retriever mix named Becca found herself at Broward County Animal Care & Adoption in Fort Lauderdale in February, 2016. Becca is what many would consider to be the perfect family dog. She’s playful, loves other dogs, she’s affectionate and very friendly. Becca’s not too big, at only 43 pounds and she’s only about a year old. She was known at the shelter by volunteers and staff to be sweet, affectionate and an all-around good girl.
Once at the shelter, however, Becca began running out of time due to an easily curable skin condition that kept her from being adopted. Upon hearing of Becca’s urgent need to exit the shelter, local pet advocate, Dr. Donna Watson of Dr. Donna’s Pet Foundation sponsored Becca’s medical costs to cure her skin condition and animal lover Nina Anton offered to foster her during treatment. Those following Becca’s story thought it was the start of her new, happy life.
Unfortunately, it was discovered that Becca not only has chronic ear infections, but that the reason or those infections is that her ear canals are packed tight with tumors. These growths are swollen, uncomfortable, have her inner canals infected and have left this otherwise sweet, happy dog sad and miserable.
Becca needs laser ablation surgery to remove the tumors. Dr. Donna’s Pet Foundation has had Becca’s case reviewed by numerous medical facilities and covered over $500 in testing and medical visits beyond the original skin condition medical costs they originally sponsored. However, the surgery estimate was confirmed on March 22,2016, at $2600 and the Foundation does not have funding to cover the expense. Becca is so uncomfortable that her surgery has been scheduled for next week, and a plea has gone out to social media for help.
Nina, Dr. Donna and Becca are hoping that donations to cover the cost will be received in time to have the surgery. Those able to donate to help cover Becca’s surgery can make a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contribution to Dr. Donna’s Pet Foundation at the following link: http://www.drdonnaspetfoundation.org/donate
Following her surgery, Becca will be available for adoption, and is looking forward to a future as a life-loving family dog, with her only worries to include honing her skills at catching tennis balls, playing with housemates and waiting for her next walk. Anyone interested in meeting Becca can contact her foster mom, Nina Anton or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.