This dedicated animal volunteer saved a dog from certain death. Now, without surgery, the dog will lose his ability to walk…
Every Monday morning, rain or shine, Falk Rudolph arrives at WildCat Ridge Sanctuary to get to work. He puts in seven or eight hours doing anything and everything that needs to be done: building enclosures, putting up fencing, planting trees, cleaning up—you name it. Falk is a volunteer at the sanctuary. He has a full-time job but chooses to spend one of his days off doing what he can to help abused and abandoned wild cats.
Now, this dedicated animal volunteer needs our help. Last year, Falk and his girlfriend adopted a dog from the Multnomah Animal Shelter. The dog had a microchip—he’d been adopted from a different shelter a couple of years ago when he was a puppy. Animal control left messages for his family but they never came for him. We don’t know what his life was like before, but it can’t have been good.
Otis, as he would soon be named, was in bad shape when they found him: malnourished, flea-infested, with untreated allergies, ear infections, and severe hair loss. Plus, he was very frightened of people. His chances for adoption were bleak. But Falk saw past all his issues and took the sad, scared pit bull home. It wasn’t long before Otis blossomed into the happy, loving dog he is today! With proper vet care, good food and lots and lots of love, all of Otis’s maladies cleared up.
Then, in early March, Otis returned home from a romp at the dog park, and was limping terribly. We now know both his cruciate ligaments are torn and his kneecaps are severely out of place. It turns out being born extremely bow-legged set him up for an incident such as this, as his knees have been put under a lot of stress his entire life. Neglect and possible physical abuse have played a part, too. As you can see from the video, Otis is having a very hard time walking today, even though he’s only about two years old! He is on Rimadyl and Tramadol to help with the pain but Otis needs to have surgery. Please be sure to view the video in his gallery.
He needs two procedures. Both rear legs require a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). And his rear left leg requires an additional piece, called a Distal Femoral Osteotomy (DFO). Basically, these surgeries change the bones of the knee joint (and femur in the case of his left leg) to correct their alignment and strengthen the joint. The cost for a TPLO is approximately $4,500 per leg, plus an additional $2500 for the DFO on his left leg. Otis will have one leg done, then wait six weeks (or until funds are available) for the other. These are expensive procedures (and the estimates DO NOT include follow-up x-rays, or therapy) but Otis’s prognosis is excellent. He’s young and healthy and has a chance to live many active, pain-free years.
Falk and Carly are doing everything they can to raise funds for this surgery, but $12,500 is a lot of money! So as their friend (and project manager at WildCat Ridge), I decided to fund-raise on their behalf. With all the hard work Falk has put in for the cats over the last three years, I think he deserves our help. And with everything Otis has been through, he deserves his happily ever after! Together, we make sure he gets it.
If you'd prefer, funds for Otis can be sent:
- via PayPal to my email: [email protected] I've set up an account for Otis that is receiving PayPal and WePay donations.
- or a check (made payable to Cascade Veterinary Referral Center) can be mailed (or hand-delivered) to:
Cascade Veterinary Referral Center
11140 SW 68th Pkwy
Portland, Oregon, OR 97223-8945
.....PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A NOTE TO APPLY FUNDS TO FALK RUDOLPH/OTIS