Jake needs surgery to repair traumatic injury to his jaw

For: Buddy Rescue Foundation
Organizer: Buddy Rescue Foundation
Jake needs surgery to repair traumatic injury to his jaw (Buddy Rescue Foundation)
$2,305
of $7,000 goal.
Raised by 82 donors
32% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Jake was rescued by Buddy Rescue Foundation about one month ago from a shelter in Lancaster, SC.  He just happened to be in the same kennel as Sugar, a female walker hound mix we were rescuing and we didn't want to leave him behind knowing he would be euthanized within hours.  All accounts were that he was such a happy one-year-old lab mix despite what looked like obvious head trauma that had healed.   Everyone along his rescue route from the shelter to transport just loved him and were charmed by his sweet and playful nature.  We had no idea of the extent of his head trauma and previous injuries until he was transported to PA and we saw him drink and eat.  He was obviously challenged and had clearly adapted, but then on a warm day at an adoption event two weeks later, we saw that Jake could not open his jaw enough to pant to cool himself down.  We knew we had to take significant measures to pursue a diagnosis that would ensure Jake could lead a normal and healthy life. 

We pursued a diagnosis at University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital in Philadelphia and received the bad news that indeed Jake's jaw was fused and only corrective surgery to remove the excess fused bone tissue would free up the joint to allow him to have normal function of his jaw. The recommendation for surgery is inevitable and necessary for Jake's well-being, so he will not suffer the ill effects of his condition as he continues to grow.  The complicated and delicate surgery has some risks but chances are overwhelmingly positive that surgery will correct the jaw movement and function, and his ability to eat and drink and pant normally will be restored.

We ask that you consider donating to Jake's fundraiser so we can pursue the expensive corrective surgery for Jake.  Despite his obvious handicap and the undeniable pain he must have sufferred, he is a playful and engaging puppy who will make a wonderful addition to any family that will ultimately adopt him.  This surgery guarantees that he will continue to be happy and healthy for the rest of his life!  Thanks so much for your support of Jake's fundraiser!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 23, 2013

Posted on October 23, 2013

We just posted new pictures of Jake!  We love the pics of Jake with his tongue hanging out like a real dog!  Enjoy!

Posted on October 23, 2013

Posted on October 23, 2013

Great news!!  Jake had his final checkup with his vet surgeon at UPenn and his recovery is progressing well!  He is doing better than expected at this point, and he is now able to open his mouth over three inches!  Jake is able to eat, drink and pant normally and chew on large toys such as rawhide bones.  Jake is experieincing all the things he never could as a puppy, and is trying to chew everything--his foster had to puppy-proof her home since Jake is only now able to go through his puppy chewing phase!  Jake is experiencing things for the first time in his life, and we are working with him to help him adjust to his brand new life!

Thanks to all our supporters for making all this possible for Jake!  He is still the happy and excitable boy he was when we rescued him, and we are excited about what his future holds now that he can be the dog he was always meant to be.  We have covered about a third of Jake's surgery expenses, so please continue to share his fundraiser so we can cover the rest and help other dogs like Jake that need our help!

Posted on September 25, 2013

Posted on September 25, 2013

It is almost a month since Jake' surgery and he is doing very well.  His sutures were just removed and his doctor says he is healing well.  He can now open his mouth approx four inches compared to a half inch prior to surgery.  He no longer has to stick his nose in his food and water just to eat and drink, and he now pants normally.  In the latest photos we posted, you can see Jake chewing on a bone for the first time, just like a regular dog!  We are thrilled with Jake's progress, and we're optimistic he will continue to show improvement.  Jake will be on pain killers and steroids for the next few months and will need to continue therapy to keep his jaw mobile to promote his healing.  Thanks for your support so we can help keep Jake on the path to recovery!

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