Jemma needs new hips!

For: Jemma
Organizer: Lucky Dog Rescue
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 29 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Jemma is only 10 months old, but the stories she can tell! In the summer of 2013 Black Forest was devastated by a huge wildfire. One of the victims, losing their house, was presented by an acquaintance with a little Rottweiler puppy to cheer her up. A gesture that was meant well but totall inappropriate. The lady didn't even know where SHE would live, let alone with a little Rottie. A kind samaritan offered to foster Jemma until the lady was either able to take her, or until a new home was found. This samaritan already had several dogs of her own and when it was discovered that Jemma was limping and had a possible ACL tear, they had to admit that they couldn't afford that surgery. We have a great network of pet-lovers in Colorado Springs and through networking a plea was issued for a rescue to take Jemma. Knowing that Lucky Dog Rescue couldn't afford such a big vet bill either, another kind samaritan offered to cover the bills for ACL surgery and LDR took her in. In a stroke of incredible timing LDR already had a possible adopter looking for a Rottweiler. So wheels were set in motion and Jemma was moved to her new furever home.

When LDR sent her to the vet for x-rays it was discovered that Jemma actually does NOT have an ACL tear, but bilateral hip dysplaysia and needs surgery in both hips. This to the tune of $9000. We still have the donation of the good samaritan, but we need help to cover the difference!

As always, donations do not need to be big. Every litle bit helps. We have over 1000 followers on facebook. If everybody just gave 1$ - that's $1000, $2, that's $2000, $6 and we reach our goal! If you can't donate - share, share, share. Social networking is amazing these days. You never know who will see this!!!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Lucky Dog Rescue
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!

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Lucky Dog Rescue
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 timeĀ  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!

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Lucky Dog Rescue
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!

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