March 17th marks the 5 year anniversary of Barkleyworld officially becoming a 501c3 Rescue in the eyes of the IRS!! Five years is always a milestone in animal rescue as it seems many do not make it to the 5 year mark. I had my doubts at various times that we would make it either, but here we are! We ARE struggling however, and a donation in honor of our anniversary, or in honor of a pet we’ve helped, maybe one of your pets, would be greatly appreciated and will keep us going another day. A wing and a prayer is out motto, but vets require cash! Reaching out to help strangers in need of catastrophic vet services is the heart and soul of Barkleyworld. Thank you for supporting what we do and believing that kindness is good for the soul! Donations gratefully accepted at http://www.barkleyworld.com/Shown here are just some of our 2018 pet projects—and it’s only mid-March!
In 2017, Barkleyworld paid over $70,000 in vet services to assist 60+ families with pets in need. We know firsthand how expensive vet bills can be. We did all we could for our own pup Diego, and we cannot imagine not having the funds to do everything in our power to save him. And even though it was a losing battle, we have no regrets for trying. So very many people do not have these funds and their pets do not have this chance. Their only choice is euthanasia. My heart breaks for them and that is why Barkleyworld is here. Families do not expect help—they are just reaching out and humbly asking. They have exhausted their resources and are sending out a desperate plea for help that is hard for us to ignore.
All emergency vets and most regular vets demand payment before services are rendered and if there are no funds in Barkleyworld’s account, we cannot help a family when they call. It is certainly not your obligation or responsibility to help any of these families, and that’s what makes you all so very special!! Every dollar helps and shows your support and kindness to those in need. If you can’t donate, please say a prayer for all the families with pets in need, and please pray that Barkleyworld will be able to continue providing help for those that humbly ask. Our pets are family too. We rely solely on donations to keep doing what we’re doing. Thank you all for your generosity and compassion.
Current 2018 Pet Projects:
Dollar– A precious 12 year old pup diagnosed with tumors in the spleen. A splenectomy was performed on January 11th and Dollar is now home recuperating!
Abby– UPDATE: Abby had surgery on January 31, to remove numerous tumors. The original tumor removed was not cancerous and none of these are either!History: An adorable 12 year old Chihuahua diagnosed with mammary gland tumors. Abby’s mom Christina is battling ovarian cancer and sent a heart wrenching email to Barkleyworld asking for help for her baby Abby. With our assurance of help, Christina had surgery on January 11th with peace of mind that Abby too would have surgery soon and they would heal together. The largest of Abby’s tumors was removed on January 10th, and Abby and mom are home recovering together.
Herbie– Barkleyworld is partnering with I Am Dog Rescue to help Herbie the Doxie with 3 needed surgeries. The first surgery was performed in October to correct calcified discs in his back. The second and third surgeries needed are for ligaments in both knees. These surgeries will be scheduled after Herbie recovers from his back surgery. His rehab is going well and he continues to get stronger daily! Mike with I Am Dog Rescue states they are training Herbie to use a cart before his first ACL surgery is performed so his left leg will not be under great stress.
LILY– Lily had surgery on 3-9-18 to remove a cyst on her head. Cyst is benign and recovery is going well!!
Maggie - Maggie’s left front leg was amputated on Feb. 22nd and her recovery is going very well. Histology results confirmed a low grade soft tissue sarcoma. The report also showed clean margins...so Maggie is now cancer free!!! Maggie proclaims “this is the life” as she and her mom Kimberly tour the neighborhood! Maggie is now getting up on her own, and starting to get back into her own routine again! She is definitely feeling better and adjusting to her situation. Dogs are amazing that way!!! Thank you all for caring, sharing and donating to Maggie and her Mom.
Shady– Thanks to all of you for supporting Shady throughout his cancer treatments. February marked the 1 year anniversary since Shady’s diagnosis of cancer in his right anal gland. He’s done wonderfully through all of his treatments! However his restaging report from VSNT on Feb. 7th was not what we had hoped for. Tests indicated cancer had spread into the lymph nodes. It is obviously a fast-growing aggressive cancer since this did not show up in tests run 3 months ago. But still, Dr. Allstadt offered 4 options—one being radiation which mom Katrina opted for as opposed to surgery/chemo, chemo/radiation and just palliative care to keep him comfortable. But after one round of Chemo, Katrina felt Shady was not responding well and came to the heartfelt decision that maybe she was doing the chemo for herself and not for Shady. So Katrina and Shady plan to live each day to the fullest and enjoy each and every moment they have together.
Binky– Barkleyworld has been supporting Binky throughout his cancer journey for over a year. From his first diagnosis for an inoperable tumor on his adrenal gland, thru all of his radiation treatments, followups and restagings, it’s been a very expensive journey but not one we regret. So when Binky had to undergo emergency surgery on Feb. 16th for an obstruction in his abdomen just days after his restaging appointment, Barkleyworld once again came to the rescue. Simply put, Binky would have died without this surgery…we couldn’t say no. Binky’s bills for emergency surgery and several days recovering at VSNT in Dallas were very expensive and we are grateful for any donations. We are happy to report that Binky is home and doing well. And that’s what really matters!
Mattie – Update: Sadly, precious Mattie passed away at home.A biopsy had been performed 2 days ago by Dr. Hultman and we are still awaiting results that just don’t matter anymore. We knew this tumor was very aggressive and time was precious but Mattie exhibited some positive signs that kept the family’s hopes alive and they wanted to continue treatment and analysis as long as Mattie was comfortable and until we had more data. She chose her time to go—at home—with her family—in her bed. We have offered to help Mattie’s family with cremation/burial arrangements if they so choose. History: This delightful 8 year old Shih Tzu developed a very fast growing tumor on her hind leg. Barkleyworld had her evaluated at Central Animal Hospital where it was determined that the tumor is an aggressive mast cell tumor. Xrays are being further evaluated and if no more cancer cells are detected in the body, Mattie will be scheduled for a leg amputation as soon as possible. If cancer cells are detected, then a decision will be made regarding viable options by Mattie’s parents in the best interest of their beloved pup.