Gita is a Pit Bull rescue that I adopted at 6 months old from a shelter. She is now 3. She is a timed soul with an energetic personality that loves nothing more that running around at a million miles an hour. A favorite home pastime is doing zoomies around the backyard and the house. After finishing this blitz like jaunts, she runs up to you as if to say, did you see that one, that was my best time ever. She applies the same enthusiasm when I take her to the local dog park where she is up and down with her dog buddies.
She is an intelligent, loyal, loving pal. She can be a little nervous at first but once she knows you, she imprints herself onto your heart.
In June of this year, I returned home to notice her moving very gingerly and wincing when she moved. I checked for any injuries on her back paw. There were none. I thought she maybe had a muscle spasm. I was sure this would clear by the next day.
The next day arrived with no change. I called the vet, who suggested I bring her in for X Rays. I took her in the next morning. She was sedated and X Rayed. The X ray revealed the cause of the problem, she had torn her cranial cruciate ligament. The only prognosis was surgery. The surgery and rehabilitation would cost around R 27 900. That visit to the Vet had just cost R 2 500.I wanted to get a second opinion as the surgery numbers quoted was not something that I could afford. The second vet confirmed the diagnosis. The visit for the second opinion cost another R 1 500.
I had been living on savings having been let go from permanent employment in October 2020 as the Pandemic lockdown took hold, I had setup my own business as a consultant to try and establish an income stream. A R 27 900 surgery bill for my dog did not feature in my planning.
I had no option but to accept, that I could not afford the surgery and would need to treat her with meds and try to keep her as comfortable as possible.
Watching her go from a rip-roaring bundle of energy to a hobbling sad girl has been heart wrenching for me. She no longer has her almost permanent smile as before.
So, Gita and I are reaching out to raise the funding for her surgery.
We want to get her Zooming and Smiling again as soon as possible.
Please help us achieve this.