Andrea came to us with her three siblings from an overcrowded municipal shelter in Georgia, where they would have been killed for lack of space. Pets Alive made a commitment to rescue them, and soon these four adorable, roly-poly puppies were on their way to a fresh start and new lives here in New York.
They arrived to us under-socialized and frightened, but trainer Marcos Zavala put them into playgroups with other social dogs, and soon they were having a great time just being puppies. All four were quickly adopted just weeks after their arrival in May. We moved on to other needy dogs, satisfied that these puppies would be safe in their new forever homes.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened with Andrea. Andrea was returned to us last week after her new family noticed that she was having problems standing up and walking. The burden was too much for them to deal with.
Tragically, Andrea has been diagnosed with bi-lateral hip dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is a disease of the hip in which the ball and socket joint is malformed. This malformation means that the ball portion and its socket don’t properly meet one another, resulting in a joint that rubs and grinds instead of sliding smoothly. It’s incredibly painful for Andrea.
The only option Andrea has to live a normal life is a surgery called Femoral Head
Osteotomy, where the tops of her abnormal femurs will be removed. This will relieve the pressure and pain and allowing her to walk normally.
Andrea’s surgery comes with a hefty price tag, but at Pets Alive we never compromise the care our animals receive. When we made the commitment to rescue Andrea, we also made the commitment to keep her healthy and safe, no matter what. We would never do anything less than what is right for her. Please consider making a gift to Andrea’s surgery fund so that she can have the bright future she’s been promised. We rely on our donors to help us through tough and unexpected medical challenges like this. Without your support, we would not be able to continue our work saving lives.