He came to NLBR as an owner surrender late one night---a volunteer went to get him after work. As soon as they met, she knew that this was serious. Luckily he was being vetted in the morning. She took him home and made him comfortable-- accepting his kisses, checking him through the night , and praying was all she could do---nothing for his pain. When arriving early at the vet office, he was too weak and in such a state of "septic shock" that he could not get out of the car on his own--- clinic personnel helped get him into the examining room immediately. The vet was appauled at what she saw. He was emaciated, covered in fleas, and his testicles were as large as a cantalope. This is called Testicular Torsion---when the testicles intertwine and they begin to die, infection sets in, and it becomes a life threatening situation. He was given pain meds, antibiotics, and fluids before taking him into surgery. The vet advised that if she found cancer or if his urethra had been damaged that he would have to "go to the bridge". Miraculously, he made it through the surgery and beat the odds!
His name is Bear! A "Teddy" Bear that is----the sweetest boy you would ever want to meet. The vet was so glad that we "saved" this boy because he is such a sweet angel. On his arrival, even in pain and confusion, he continued to give kisses and allowed the technicians and vet to work on him. The doctor told our volunteer that two more days in his condition and he would have died. God was looking over him---the owners were suppose to surrender him to NLBR a week later but there were no neuter appointments available the following week so we took him into rescue earlier than expected---and good thing we did! When we realized it was not a simple medical issue that could be cleared up by a typical neuter, we were extremely concerned. Soon after his surgery though, Bear began to recover quickly and he became the "ambassador" of the vet office---greeting every cat or dog from his crate as the patients arrived for their appointments. After a week at the clinic, his drains and staples were removed and he was allowed to come home to recouperate and rest after his traumatic ordeal. Bear has an open wound that couldn't be closed due to lack of healthy skin around the area so he will be monitored closely. Luckily, Bear is a lover and a fighter! A "lover" of people and animals AND a "fighter" of everything he has been thru. This is what a true "Rescue" is all about!
So please help defray the cost of Bears surgery and vet stay, as well as some of the other medical expenses our fosters have recently had or still need to undergo. Every penny helps to continue to truely "Rescue" those in need!
Bear sends smooches and hugs and thanks everyone for caring!