"He helps countless animals. Now his own dog needs help."

For: Falk Rudolph
Portland, OR
Organizer: Mike Newman
"He helps countless animals.  Now his own dog needs help." (Falk Rudolph)
$10,167
of $12,500 goal
81% Complete
Raised by 106 donors

The Story


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

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 10, 2017

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Posted on June 10, 2017

Hello again Fans of Otis!

Otis had his follow-up appointment with Dr. Howard last week, and he says Otis is healing REALLY well.  I've added a video of me walking him to the gallery so you can see.  And the picture below shows how well his scar is doing.

Please keep sharing his story as often as you can....we are still trying to raise funds for his second, more complicated/expensive procedure on his rear-left leg.  Here is a link to his Facebook page, PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!: https://www.facebook.com/OtisNeedsNewKnees/

Thanks again Everybody, I can't say it enough,
Mike


Posted on May 18, 2017

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Posted on May 18, 2017

BIG DAY TODAY!  Otis had a successful first surgery on his rear-right leg!  I'll add some x-ray pics to his album above so you can see his new hardware (and a video of his first post-op walk!).  Dr. Howard said the surgery went well, and that his alignment is noticeably much better.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  Otis is on his way to being a dog again.  Please keep sharing his story as often as you can....we are still trying to raise funds for his second, more complicated/expensive procedure on his rear-left leg.  Here is a link to his Facebook page, PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE!: https://www.facebook.com/OtisNeedsNewKnees/

Thanks again Everybody, I can't say it enough,
Mike

Posted on May 10, 2017

Posted on May 10, 2017

Hello Everyone......it's been a busy few weeks, and we have made some final decisions about what we are going to do for Otis.

After consulting with 3 different surgeons we have decided to go with Dr. Howard, of Cascade Veterinary Referral Center in Tigard, OR ( https://www.facebook.com/CascadeVRC ).  Otis' best prognosis is for him to have two procedures.  Both rear legs require a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). This was always the plan, based on our initial visit with Dr. Morris.  The major change for ONE of his legs (the left), comes after completing the necessary x-rays with Dr. Howard.  The femur bone on the left side has a drastic curve, which will require correction in order to take unwanted lateral pressure off his "reconstructed" knee (the TPLO portion of the work on this particular leg).  This procedure is called a Distal Femoral Osteotomy (DFO). This adds an additional $2500 to the cost of Otis' care.  Because of that additional procedure, and with additional expenses such as laser therapy and follow-up x-rays (which I mistakenly thought were part of the surgery "package"), I've bumped our goal up a total of $3500, to $12,500.  That's the not-so-welcome news.  The good news is, at $6100, we are almost halfway through that new total, and more importantly, Otis' future is very bright with regards to mobility and lack of pain thanks to these surgeries we are working hard to fund.

Additionally, we have a date for Otis' FIRST surgery!  His right leg is going to get the TPLO on Wednesday, May 17th!  He then will have a 6-week recovery period, which will include laser therapy and follow-up x-rays.  This first surgery is funded, and we are now working towards the funds needed to do the TPLO and DFO on his right leg.

Please know, Otis has a team of people working to fund-raise.  While crowdfunding here on YouCaring is key to our success, we are also doing the following:

-We've applied for more than 10 grants, and are working on that many more. 
-We are participating in a local animal fundraiser with a booth for Otis on Sunday the 21st. 
-We are discussing opportunities with local businesses that might be able to help with fundraising events.
-And we are doing all we can to spread the word on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OtisNeedsNewKnees

Finally, there are alternative ways to donate to Otis:

- 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

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE OTIS' STORY IN ANY WAY YOU CAN!

Graciously,
Mike

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