Something amazing happened today! A good Samaritan saw Jemma's story and made up the remaining amount for this Fundraiser! This Fundraiser is now closed and we are so thankful and humbled for all the support. We know we would have gotten there either way, but now we can breathe a little easier and deal with the dogs instead of having to focus on raising money!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!!!!
I am posting more pictures in a minute, too!
Jemma had her first surgery yesterday! She came through with flying colors and now begins her long road to recovery. Once the one side is healed up (in about 6 months, hopefully) they will work on the other one.
I have posted a new picture - Jemma at the dogpark before the surgery.
We thank all our supporters and those who keep sharing this fundraiser. Every time the link is shared we receive a new "surge". It helps people!
Today we were asked: "Why would they choose to sink so much money into one dog instead of helping more of them?" Here is our answer: When we took Jemma into our rescue we were told she had a torn ACL and she came with a generous donation to cover THAT assumed problem. (We are always very careful, because we know we are a small rescue with a limitied budget). Once we got her to the vet it was discovered that it was NOT the ACL, but hip displaysia in both hips. If we had known this beforehand we would have not taken her into our rescue, knowing that we would be extremely stretched to cover her surgeries. But at that point she was already OUR dog and we do NOT give up on our dogs (not to mention that we already had an adopter lined up who fell in love with her without even meeting her in person). They are our family and will not be abandoned. If that means we have to slow down a little bit this year, so be it. Quality over quantity! We are investigating other routes to help raise some money and have also already been turned down for one grant, which is extremely discouraging. We don't do this too often, but sometimes we need to reach out for a helping hand from our community. Thank you to those who already donated and thanks to those who still will!
We are very humbled by the outpouring of support we have received in only the first few hours this fundraiser has been active. Thank you! Please keep sharing and remind people that ANY donation helps. 100 people donating $1 is just as much as 1 person donating $100.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to clarify something, since it has come up in a few responses: Jemma WILL receive her surgeries whether we raise all the money or not. Lucky Dog Rescue is committed to get Jemma healthy and enjoying her life. But as you can imagine, this amount of money puts an enormous strain on our budget. Being a small rescue, we just don't have this kind of money "laying around". So yes, we will help Jemma, but doing so without YOUR generous help means we have to scale back our operations a little bit and we won't be able to help as many other dogs as in previous years. So you see .... donating to "Jemma's hip fund" will not only help her get a better life, but will help many more doggies this year!