Help us fix Bax's knee, so he can find a home

For: Bax, the rescue dog that no-one wants
Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom
Organizer: Jane Whittaker for Many Tears Animal Rescue
Help us fix Bax's knee, so he can find a home (Bax, the rescue dog that no-one wants)
£4,322
of £3,884 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 103 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Meet the lovely Bax, only 3 years old, kind and gentle yet no-one seems to want him......

Bax had the misfortune to be born on the streets in The Balkans - countries where dogs are not valued or wanted and where there are few loving homes. He was captured cruelly by the dog catchers - who are paid 15 euros per dog by the State – and dumped in a kill station to await an equally cruel death. Thankfully the amazing Caki (a local man who devotes his life to these unfortunate souls) rescued Bax. He was suffering from mange- see photo below - and was in pain. That was back in the summer of 2016.

Bax was nursed back to health and kept safe in private kennels paid for by Caki's supporters around the world. He waited and waited. He watched his friends leave one by one on the happy bus to brighter futures, but it was never Bax's turn. Until finally, after a year in kennels, he was offered a place by the amazing Many Tears Rescue and he went straight into a wonderful foster home in Wales with Terry and Bob. He is very happy there as you can see in the photos and video below. He doesn't know that he can't stay for ever, but if he could find a permanent home, Terry and Bob could help another dog adjust to family life.

Bax has a luxating patella, which means that his kneecap slips in and out of the socket. He is not able to walk far without discomfort and has painkillers for this. Many Tears want desperately to help but have hundreds of dogs in their care and cannot afford a huge outlay on just one of them. It was hoped that an adopter would fall in love with Bax and be able to fund corrective surgery to his knee. But in six months, this has not happened. Bax has a heart of gold and I think he is beautiful, but he is not cute and fluffy and we think that with his knee problem as well, his adoption prospects are poor.

Thanks to 46 amazing donors, enough money was raised and Bax has now had a thorough assessment with a specialist orthopaedic vet. And there is good and bad news!

THE BAD NEWS is that Bax has the worst sort of luxating patella – the type that is the most difficult to fix. In addition, he has a twisted femur. How this happened we will never know. It is possible he was hit by a car before he was rescued from the streets. Bax must have moderate, on–lead exercise only and not be allowed to charge around in case of damage to his cruciate ligament. He can also expect arthritis to set in at an early age.

THE GOOD NEWS is that an operation to his knee and his femur is possible. The chances of it being a success are high. Once Bax has recovered, though it will take many weeks, he will be a normal dog again. But the cost of the op is high.

Many Tears have thought long and hard about this and decided they want to give Bax the chance to lead a normal life. He is only a young boy. He has suffered so much in his short life already. They believe he deserves the best possible life for the rest of it.

BUT WE HAVE TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY.

The assessment Bax has had cost £198. The estimate for his operation is £3,500. We also need to recover the PayPal fees involved in collecting donations, say 5%. The total amount needed is £3,884!!

WE THINK BAX IS WORTH IT. DO YOU?

If so, please donate a few pounds and be part of this boy's journey to his happy ever after. Thank you. xx

If you would like to donate direct, my PayPal is [email protected] and I will add your donation to this You Caring page.

Or if you prefer, you can send a cheque direct to Many Tears Animal Rescue at Cwmlogin House, Cefneithin, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. SA14 7HB. Please mark your donation “For Bax's op.”

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 28, 2018

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Posted on March 28, 2018

BAX HAS HAD HIS OP!!!
He was operated on yesterday and is now back home with his wonderful foster family, who love and look after him as if he was their own. The operation went well but was more complicated than at first thought and took 2 hours. Bax will spend the next 8 weeks recovering with short walks at first, but gradually building to longer to strengthen his leg and get him used to walking on 4 legs again.
This would not have happened without every single one of the 103 donors.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring about a little dog from The Balkans. xx

Posted on March 23, 2018

Posted on March 23, 2018

BAX IS A BIT CLOSER TO GETTING "FIXED"
We have found a highly qualified orthopaedic surgeon nearer to home and Bax has an appointment with him on Tuesday. The original surgeon who supplied the quote is a 3 hour drive away and we know that the return journey after the op, will be an uncomfortable one for our boy. So much better if he only has to travel back from Swansea. We hope that the price will not be much different with this new man. We will keep you posted. Thanks for your support. x

Posted on March 14, 2018

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Posted on March 14, 2018

BAX HAS HAD HIS ASSESSMENT. There is good news and bad news.
THE BAD NEWS is that Bax has the worst sort of luxating patella – the type that is the most difficult to fix. He has a twisted femur which means his foot turns in and his kneecap is on the side. How this happened we will never know. It is possible he was hit by a car before he was rescued from the streets. Bax must have moderate, on–lead exercise for ever and not be allowed to charge around in case of damage to his cruciate ligament. He can also expect arthritis to set in at an early age.
THE GOOD NEWS is that an operation to his knee and his femur is possible. The chances of it being a success are high. Once Bax has recovered, though it will take many weeks, he will be a normal dog again. But the cost of the op is high.

Many Tears have thought long and hard about this and decided they want to give Bax the chance to lead a normal life. He is only a young boy. He has suffered so much in his short life already. They believe he deserves the best possible life for the rest of it. 

BUT WE HAVE TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY.

The assessment Bax has had cost £198. We expected it to be much more and thank the vets for giving us a special rate. The estimate for his operation is £3,500. We also need to recover the PayPal fees involved in collecting donations, say 5%. The total amount needed is £3,884!!
WE THINK BAX IS WORTH IT.
You have done so much to help this boy already. Please keep spreading the word - we have a long way to go. Thank you for caring. xx

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