Lulu Needs Surgery

For: Lulu
Organizer: Eliana Caimanque
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 51 donors
47% Complete
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The Story

Lulu - rescued from a brutal life on the streets of Chile, hit by a car and suffering from mange and malnutrition – I brought Lulu to the USA to have a better life.  Lulu has blossomed into a beautiful dog over the last 8 months, but now is in extreme pain from a herniated disc.  She needs surgery.  I have exhausted all my funds and am at the mercy of others to help me with this.  Please read her story below and see her photos.  From a dog with nothing to live for, she now has everything to live for – but I need your help to make it so.  Thank you - Eliana, Lulu's foster mother.

My name is Eliana andI was born and raised in Santiago, Chile.  My mother was an animal rescuer all her life. Growing up, I lived with animals around me coming and going. I learned from her to respect and love all animals. It was only natural to me to follow my mother steps. After becoming an adult and moving to California, I become involved with different rescue cat groups and fostered and adopted out many cats. At the same time I always had dogs as part of my family.

Many years passed by and I always felt that I needed to help the animals back in Chile. There are 2.5 million stray dogs in Chile that need help.  I started donating money to Chilean rescuers for animals that needed medical care, food and spay and neuter. 

Then, Lulu came into my life.  This is what we know about Lulus life’s in Chile: 

In November 2013, Lulu was hit by a car in Santiago, while was in heat running away from several male dogs.  Her rescuer had been stopped at a traffic signal and without hesitation stopped the  traffic and picked Lulu up.  She was rushed to the veterinary hospital, where they found out she had 4 fractures in her pelvis and 1 fracture in her hip.  She was a small 8-year old black female, extremely malnourished and suffering from a severe case of mange.  

Kind people donated money for her to have surgery on her fractured bones and treat her mange.  She spent the next month recovering at the vet clinic.  When she was well enough, she was spayed and they found she had been pregnant at the time of the accident.  The dead unborn puppies were removed from her body.

Finally, it was time for Lulu to leave the hospital.  She went into a foster home while her rescuer searched for a permanent placement for her.  Through the rescue community, she learned about my involvement and commitment to help animals here in the US as well as in Chile.  She sent Lulu’s story and photos to me.  I immediately fell in love with the sad little face I saw, and I brought her to California so she could finally find a family who would love her. 

Lulu arrived to California in March, still skinny and scared of everything.  With patience, she learned how to trust.  Her entire personality changed and she became just like a little happy puppy!  And so grateful!  I have never seen a dog so grateful as Lulu.

As her trust and personality blossomed, so did her fur.  Her coat became thick and shiny, and she became the beautiful long haired dachshund girl she was always meant to be.  It looked like Lulu’s luck had changed and she was finally going to live a long happy life …But his little girl still had another challenge coming.

In July, I noticed she would cry out for no reason.  It became more and more frequent.  One day, she laid there- unable to get up or to even lift her head.  I rushed her to Urgent Care, where it was determined her pain was coming from her neck.  X-rays were done and the vet concluded it was a herniated disc.  We went home with Fentanyl patches, which release a narcotic like morphine to ease her pain.

Lulu improved over the next couple weeks, so the vet decided to stop the patches – but then her pain came back as bad as before.  She was put back on them, but she can’t continue forever on them because they are addictive.  We did an MRI in mid-July, and it confirmed Lulu has a herniated disc between C4 and C5 spine and will need surgery.  The cost will be $6000.

Though all this years, I have work hard to have money needed so my rescue animals could be well cared for.  Even when non-profit organizations could not help me, I have always used my personal savings.  How can I not do this for Lulu now, when she has gone through so much?  But I am out of money.  So far, I have spent close to $3000 for her vet care.  I don’t have the $6000 we need now.  I need to ask for help, for Lulu’s sake.  She is a survivor and deserves another chance in life.   Will you please help her?

Donations are needed, and please – any amount is be appreciated.  Donations can be made by clicking the GIVE NOW button.  

To make a donation by check, please mail it to:
Eliana Caimanque
3315 Pine Valley Road
San Ramon, CA 94583

If you would like to contact me privately through email, you can do so at

When the money is raised, Lulu’s surgery will be done at Sage Veterinary Center:
7121 Amador Plaza Road
Dublin, California

Thank you so very much for helping Lulu.  I just want her to have the life she has always deserved.  Please share this with friends and family, and let them klnow Lulu's story.  Please ask them to help her now.

Thank you,

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque

LULU is doing great recovering from surgery, always happy & loving, but she is clearly not fond of her blue collar. Sorry Lulu, we need that to make sure you can't lick your surgery area. She will have her sutures removed later this week. We thank everyone who has made her surgery & recovery possible!! For more on her recovery, see this great blog by Roz Rogoff:

LULU está haciendo muy bien recuperándose de una cirugía, siempre feliz y amorosa, pero ella claramente no le gusta su collar azul. Lo sentimos Lulu, necesitamos que para asegurarse de que no se puede lamer el área de la cirugía. Ella tendrá sus suturas retirados más tarde esta semana. Damos las gracias a todos los que han hecho de su cirugía y recuperación posible !! Para más información sobre su recuperación, vea este gran blog por Roz Rogoff:

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
Sugery is TOMORROW!!!  Please be sending your thoughts and prayers to Lulu, and we will post an update after it is over and we get to talk to the vet.  Thank you!!

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
We are extending the fundraiser to Sep 9th -- the day Lulu will have her surgery!!  :-)

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
Hello Everyone - Lulu went to the neurologist today to be checked and get clearance for her surgery.  The surgery is scheduled for SEPT 9!!!  In an effort to control her skin allergies, she has been shaved down. I have added her photos, and I think you will agree- she looks awfully cute!!  This new hairdo, or shall we say "furdo?, will help her after her surgery, too, so she won't itch as much and risk hurting her neck more.  I was able to secure a loan, and with the generous donations of all of you animal lovers that have made donations, we have a total of $4200 toward her surgery cost.  This is wonderful, and I am touched by all of you who have been following Lulu's progress.  Thank you!  - Eliana
Hola a todos - Lulu fue al neurólogo hoy para comprobar y obtener la autorización para su cirugía. La cirugía está programada para el 09 de septiembre !!! En un esfuerzo por controlar sus alergias de la piel, que se ha afeitado abajo. He añadido sus fotos, y creo que va a acuerdos que ella ve muy lindo !! Este nuevo peinado, o diremos "furdo ?, ayudará a ella después de su cirugía, también, así que ella no va a picar tanto y riesgo lastimar su cuello más. Tuve la oportunidad de obtener un préstamo, y con las generosas donaciones de . todos ustedes amantes de los animales que han hecho donaciones, tenemos un total de $ 4.200 hacia su costo de la cirugía Esto es maravilloso, y estoy tocado por todos ustedes que han estado siguiendo el progreso de Lulu Gracias -.! Eliana

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
Wow.  Online donations total $2650!  We would like to give thanks to the donors who contributed most recently to reach a $500 goal, and special thanks to the anonymous individual who matched their donations with a $500 contribution. We are incredibly touched.  Combined with donations received via mail & PayPal, we are close to $3000 in total - which is amazing.  We feel so much gratitude that so many people care about Lulu and want to see her live the painfree life she deserves.

Next steps: I have a vet appointment on Friday, with hopes that Lulu will be cleared for surgery.  I am also meeting with different rescue groups to get (hopefully) get a non-profit rate at Sage, so the total cost will be reduced even if just a little.  I am pursuing a personal loan for the balance which has not been raised yet.  If all goes well, surgery will be scheduled after Friday's appointment.  I will keep you all updated!!   Thank you very, very much! ~ Eliana

Guau. Las donaciones en línea en total $ 2.650! Nos gustaría dar las gracias a los donantes que contribuyeron más recientemente para alcanzar una meta de $ 500, y un agradecimiento especial a la persona anónima que coincidía con sus donaciones con una contribución de $ 500. Estamos muy conmovidos. Combinado con las donaciones recibidas por correo y PayPal, estamos cerca de $ 3000 en total - que es increíble. Nos sentimos tanta gratitud que tantas personas se preocupan por Lulu y quieren verla vivir la vida libre de dolor que se merece.

Próximos pasos: yo tenemos una cita con el veterinario el viernes, con la esperanza de que Lulu se borrará de la cirugía. También me estoy reuniendo con diferentes grupos de rescate para obtener (con suerte) obtener una tasa sin fines de lucro en Sage, por lo que el coste total se reducirá aunque sólo sea un poco. Estoy persiguiendo un préstamo personal por el saldo que no se ha planteado todavía. Si todo va bien, la cirugía será programada después de la cita del viernes. Le mantendré informado de todo !!   Gracias, muchas gracias! ~ Eliana

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
We have a total of $2000 in donations for Lulu (from YouCaring & offline), which is fantastic!!  Eliana is working on getting a personal loan to also put toward the surgery cost, and she is discussing options with a local rescue group for their help (trying to get a reduced non-profit rate for surgery and/or help make up the difference of what is still needed).  Lulu is slowly getting over her allergies to the medications she was given, and we hope that next week we will have a surgery date scheduled.  

Please keep sharing her story with those you know. Thank you all so much for your love and support for Lulu!  ~ Susie (friend of Eliana)

Tenemos un total de $ 2,000 en donaciones para Lulu (de YouCaring y offline), lo cual es fantástico !! Eliana está trabajando en conseguir un préstamo personal poner también hacia el costo de la cirugía, y se está discutiendo opciones con un grupo de rescate local por su ayuda (tratando de obtener una tasa de sin fines de lucro para la reducción de la cirugía y / o ayudar a compensar la diferencia de lo que aún se necesita). Lulu está consiguiendo poco a poco sobre sus alergias a los medicamentos que se le dio, y esperamos que la próxima semana vamos a tener una fecha de la cirugía programada.

Por favor, seguir compartiendo su historia con las personas que conoces. Gracias a todos por su amor y apoyo a Lulu! ~ Susie (amigo de Eliana)

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
Hello everyone & thank you for the recent donations.  I would also like to thank The Dollar Club for donating $100 toward Lulu's cause, and spreading word of her situation on their Facebook page and their website:

Lulu's story can be seen by clicking their "Current Cases" and then clicking "August 2014"

I would also like to thank my personal friends who have sent checks to help with Lulu's surgery.  For those who may which to submit a donation by check, please do so at :

Eliana Caimanque
3315 Pine Valley Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
*Please make a notation on the check that it is for Lulu's surgery.

If you would like to contact me privately through email, you can do so at

Thank you again!

Posted on August 4, 2014 by Eliana Caimanque
$1407 raised so far - this is wonderful!  Thank you to all the people who have made generous donations for Lulu.  We have reached out to ask help from several organizations and are awaiting their responses.  Please keep your fingers crossed, and continue sharing this fundraising page with everyone you know.

Lulu is on pain medication, which makes her pant heavily.  It also started causing an allergic reaction on her skin, and we are trying to keep her from hurting her back even more by scratching at it.  She sees her vet on a regular basis to address these issues.  The good news is that the pain medication does seem to be treating the pain effectively, which is a huge relief.  

Thank you again for your generosity.  We have posted new photos today.  She is panting in all of them, but you can also see she seems happy from getting relief from her pain.  She wears a beautiful smile on her dachschund face.  We think she knows how many people are sending her thoughts and prayers right now.

Thank you all!

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