Hamilton is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met and that says a lot coming from a shelter that’s been around for 90 years. You can see it in his big doe like eyes, he just wants to love and be loved. This big huggable guy has been making friends with everyone he meets since he first stepped foot into Little Shelter.
However this lovable lug has had a long journey to get the care he needs. Hamilton was turned into one of Long Island’s municipal shelters as a stray. He stayed with them for a few months being passed over by potential adopters because he had trouble walking. Realizing that he needed more help than what they could provide, the town shelter reached out to Little Shelter to come see him and it was love at first sight!
Hamilton waddled his way over to staff members giving lots of kisses and asking for back scratches. His gentle demeanor touched everyone who met him and his love of wearing clothes spurred many photo ops. Now that he was safe at Little Shelter, it was time to figure out why a dog of only 8 years of age had arthritis problems that left him waddling like a little old man.
After a visit to our Medical Director it was revealed that he was suffering from both of his back legs having torn ACLs. To be able to walk normally again, he would need to undergo surgery to repair the damaged ligaments, one leg at a time. There was a lot of concern with him favoring one leg during the healing process because it would risk him damaging the other leg further. A full strategy needed to be planned out to ensure Hamilton could recover without extra complications.
Hamilton went for his first surgery about 2 months ago, he needed to be kept off his legs for a couple of days and remained at the hospital where he could be closely monitored. Finally, satisfied with his leg rest and the start of recovery, he was released back to Little Shelter. For the next two weeks Hamilton was required to stay on strict cage rest and so many of his favorite staff members would come and sit with him at night so he wouldn’t be too lonely. When he went out for short walks, his healing leg had to be carried in a sling so weight wasn’t placed on it. After the first two weeks Hamilton was slowly allowed to place weight on his leg again and everyone could tell he was waddling a little less. It took time to encourage Hamilton to place weight on his leg again and sometimes he would choose to hobble on three legs instead. After 2 months of recovery, he’s now walking strong on all four legs and we can schedule his second surgery.
The total cost of his surgery and recovery care is $3,000 and Little Shelter is currently asking for donations to help cover the cost of this life saving surgery for Hamilton. Without the surgery his arthritis problems would have worsened till he couldn’t walk anymore. Please donate to help us help Hamilton walk again so he can go to a new home feeling like a new dog.