My father and I run Wolf Creek Dog Rescue strictly out of pocket, and perhaps about $100-300 ANNUALLY in donations. Here we currently home 16 dogs from various backgrounds - dogs that were dumped out in rural areas, dogs with severe medical needs that would not otherwise be given a chance, dogs from severe abuse or neglect situations, and dogs with behavioral quirks or certain qualities that make Wolf Creek their permanent sanctuary. We are now in desperate need of help from the community, to help save an abused and abandoned dog we rescued, who ended up direly needing intensive surgery which included losing his penis and much surrounding anatomy to help save his life, and is not out of the woods yet.
We rescued an 8-10 year old male pit Monday, 11/24/2014, in Hemet... He had a giant horrific tumor on his sheath which had burst open and was bleeding very steadily, which needed immediate emergency surgery as well as a biopsy to make sure its not malignant, along with a tumor that was found on his scrotum. Evaluating the mass, the vets came to the conclusion that he would have to lose his penis, bacculum (the bone that runs through the penis), the projectile tissue above his penis, as well as his scrotum & testicles and surrounding tissue, to be as sure as possible that any microscopic cancer cells that couldn’t be detected on x-rays and screening did not get missed and cause more problems and a future surgery. Because of the loss of his penis, the vets also had to reroute his urethra (where he pees from) and create a new outlet for it.
The cancerous mass on his scrotum was skin cancer, which isn’t quite as invasive and easier to remove and get rid of completely, BUT THE BLOODY HORRIFIC MASS ON HIS SHEATH WAS HEMANGIOSARCOMA – WHICH IS A VERY HORRIBLE AND AGGRESSIVE AND INCURABLE FORM OF CANCER FOUND IN THE BLOOD. We are hoping with this surgery, and the removal of as much possibly contaminated tissue, that this will be the last of it, and he will be able to pursue a happy healthy life from here on out, but there is a great chance that more problems may befall him in the future if any cancerous cells spread.
He has been a regular at the emergency vet, because on top of his surgery, the tissue around where he was stitched back up became necrotic (began dying for no reason) and he also had a bad infection at the beginning of the incision. Because of this, they had to re-suture areas of the incision, and are culturing bacteria found in the infection to determine the best antibiotics to use, and currently a gauze pack is being put inside the open part of the incision while the vet determines what tissue will die before closing up the incision and hoping no more tissue will die and cause restitching yet again. He has been patient and sweet through such a traumatic time that I can only IMAGINE, but his grave situation and continued need for veterinary care – right now he has to go in every two days just to get his gauze changed and for the staff to evaluate his progress – has brought what we first thought would be a $1500-2400 surgery to well over $6000.
He is a very sweet, loving, older dog, and it is our goal to make him as happy and healthy as possible, and most likely plan for his continued comfort here as a resident here unless he finds a wonderful forever home to call his home after his full recovery from surgery. He smiles, and gives kisses and love so freely!!! It amazes us every day to see what this dog has gone through, and how thankful and gentle he continues to be.
If there is anyway you can help, either by donating anything (through PayPal) at http://wolfcreekrescue.webs.com/, through GOFUNDME at gofundme.com/SaveFrosty, or by even sharing this post, I would be truly appreciative and thankful.
I'm normally not one to ask for help, but the feed bills here average $400 a month for the various rescue dogs, and we have undertaken a lot of costly rescue missions this year, so funds are extremely low, and like I said, we save numerous lives on less than $300 a year in donations. Even a dollar helps, and especially with this holiday season approaching, the best gift you could possibly give us right now is support.
Thank you for your time && happy holidays, all you awesome pet parents out there