Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Toby needs your help!

Toby joined ARF's fold with nine other puppies on Wednesday, September 21st. They all came to us from Hobbema, critically underweight, terrified and full of mange.

Unfortunately for Toby, he also has a crushed paw. While it has already started healing, he has some pretty bad muscle atrophy in his shoulder. Because dogs put most of their weight on their front legs, ARF is going to try and save Toby's injured leg by using laser acupuncture and water therapy. Because he is using the leg a little bit now, we have hope that the extra therapy will allow him to remain four legged. If this is not successful, it will have to be amputated.

Because Toby has mange and is also underweight, he has a long road ahead of him. He is fed every few hours and has gained a pound in one week. He will require extensive treatments for the mange and needs to improve in general health before the acupuncture and water therapy for his leg can begin.

Aside from his poor health and injuries, he is a smart, loving puppy, who will no doubt make a wonderful companion even if he is three-legged by the time he's ready for adoption!

You can help. ARF does everything it can to help a dog or cat once rescued. We expect that Toby's vet bills will be costly. He will likely be a frequent visitor, so the health care could add up to a few thousand dollars, depending on his ability to recover well. If we need to amputate later, the costs will be even higher. This cost will not be picked up by Toby's adoptive family, but will be paid by ARF. ARF is a registered charity, staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and reliant on donations. You can help Toby, and other dogs and cats like him, by donating here. Toby's story is just one of hundreds. Thank you from the bottom of Toby's heart.

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