UPDATE 9/29/2021: After a long recovery, Hershey has been adopted and is now living with a senior LHS alum pup.
Hershey stayed with a foster family throughout her rehabilitation. Every day, they would help her with physical therapy exercises and stretches. Thanks to their hard work, she lost weight and her ligaments healed properly. Hershey can now go on normal walks and play with her new canine sibling!
Below is Hershey's "before" story, we are thankful this sweet dog made a full recovery and has the forever home she deserves.
Due to the pain of her injuries, Hershey is unable to walk safely and has to be supported in a sling to go outside.
When Hershey's family could no longer care for her, they made the difficult decision to surrender her to Lake Humane Society. This sweet, 6-year-old pup was painfully limping when she arrived. LHS veterinarian, Dr. Wolfgang, sent Hershey to get x-rays to figure out the cause.
X-rays revealed that Hershey had torn the cruciate ligament in both of her back legs. This severe condition is similar to torn ACLs in humans.
She will need multiple surgeries, along with weeks of physical therapy and rehabilitation to recover. Dr. Wolfgang started this gentle pup on pain medication and joint supplements while she awaits surgery.
Hershey happily waiting to visit the veterinarian.
Additionally, Hershey's condition has caused her to become dangerously overweight. These extra pounds are putting increased pressure on her back legs, and Hershey must lose weight in order to heal properly. She is receiving a special prescription diet to help with this process.
Hershey will stay in a foster home throughout her long recovery. Despite her painful injuries, this sweet dog longs for snuggles and companionship. Hershey tries not to let her condition slow her down and is determined to recover. Her foster mom shared that Hershey is dreaming of the day when she can frolic with a canine friend!
Supporting Hershey's Angel Fund today helps provide her with the extensive care she needs to thrive again.
Hershey's treatment will cost upwards of $5000
This estimate includes surgeries to repair her torn cruciate ligaments, 12 weeks of physical therapy, 8 weeks of rehabilitation, specialty prescription food, and additional examinations/lab work to monitor her recovery. In addition to her extensive medical care, LHS will spay and microchip Hershey, as well as provide her with preventatives and initial vaccines.
All donations made to this fundraising page will be designated to our Angel Fund, and 100% of your gift will go toward Hershey and her lifesaving care. Once she has fully recovered, any excess funds will remain in our Angel Fund and will be used to help the next animal in need of extensive or emergency medical care. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read about our other Angel Fund recipients.
We can't give these loving pets a second chance without you! Please donate today.
Pets Who Have Received A Second Chance At Life
Thanks To The Angel Fund and Donors Like You
Paulie came to LHS from an unsanitary hoarding situation. When this gentle kitty arrived at LHS, he was lethargic, dehydrated, and very sick. After months of fighting the infection, it was discovered that he had a rare bacterial infection that was resistant to typical treatment.
In 2020, Penny was found chained up at a Lake County residence in the heat and sun without water, shade or food. She suffered from heat stroke. Lab work revealed kidney and liver problems, which medical staff believed was the result of deadly heat exposure.
On behalf of the animals, staff, and Board of Directors at Lake Humane Society, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for your donation. Your compassion and generosity are truly appreciated. Without your loyal support, we cannot continue to care for the thousands of homeless, abandoned, and injured animals of Lake County.
Thank you for supporting our cause and making our lifesaving work possible.
Lee Nesler, Executive Director
The Lake Humane Society is recognized as a tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
EIN: 34-1246277. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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