Spartacus needs your help!

For: Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary
New Jersey
Organizer: Jim Dascoli
Spartacus needs your help! (Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary)
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Raised by 77 donors

The Story

Spartacus needs your help! Spartacus deserves help!

Living in a basement or in an unkempt yard with little or no food or water for days at a time, and never any heat or air conditioning is no way for a dog to live. That was the life that Spartacushad become accustomed to. Sadly, this gentle and sweet boy with dirty and matted fur was also underweight, unsure how to greet people and often hungry not only for food and water, but for love and attention. 

Spartacus was adopted by his 'owner' at age 1 and spent almost five years living in these horrible conditions. His 'owner' was rarely home and often gone for days or weeks at a time.  They failed to even give him basic veterinary care, which eventually could have been fatal without someone intervening.  Spartacus spent his days tied up either in a basement under construction, often left on the cold basement floor, or in a backyard that that was not fit for a pet or even safe enough for kids to play.  

Luckily for Spartacus, a caring neighbor, who is also a veterinary technician, became his guardian angel.   His angel made sure to come over every day with food and water.  She brought him to a vet to make sure that he was up-to-date on all his vaccinations and receive a full medical check-up.  She spent as much time with Spartacus as possible and showed him what love really is.  Spartacus' new friend and angel became his voice and advocate. When the local authorities refused to doing anything to help Spartacus, she reached out to Sedona Shepherd Sanctuaryfor help. 

Spartacus is safe.  Spartacus is now in the Sedona program.

When Sedona Shepherd found out about Spartacus, we were aware that he had life threatening medical issues that would only be fixed by bringing him into our program.  A follow-up consultation with our surgical veterinary specialists at Crown Vet found that he hasa rectal hernia, which is a painful condition that affects a dog’s ability to urinate and defecate and may be life-threatening if the bladder or intestine is involved. Spartacus is in pain. He also hasCryptorchid, which is a condition that one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. The testes develop near the kidneys within the abdomen and normally descend into the scrotum by two months of age. In certain dogs it may occur later, but rarely after six months of age. Spartacus is 5 years old and has been living with this condition all his life. He also has  In addition to these conditions, Spartacus also needs to be neutered.

Spartacus is a joy to meet and would be suitable for just about any household but will need surgery before he can move on to the next step of his journey. The surgery will cost Sedona approximately $3,100, which is money that Sedona needs your help in raising. As a non-profit dog rescue whose mission is to rescue adult and senior German Shepherds, as well as special situation cases, Sedona is often faced with extra medical expenses.

Spartacus will be recuperating from surgery with his foster family and will be available for adoption once he has recovered. He deserves a loving family who will provide him with a warm bed and roof over his head. He loves everyone he meets and will quickly make new friends when the time is right. We know you want this for him too. Please help us make this happen for Spartacus. 

You can help Spartacus by making a donation today to help us cover the surgery expenses. 

All donations over $100 will receive a free book, Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring stories About German Shepherd Dogs, which includes inspiring stories about German Shepherds that have been rescued. 

Who we are:
Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary is a German Shepherd rescue dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for adult and senior German Shepherds in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary is an all volunteer organization. For many senior German Shepherds in need of rescue we are their last line of hope. Whenever shelters are full and need space, it is the large breed and senior dogs that are most at risk of being euthanized. Our mission is to not let that happen. Your donation will help save a dog.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 16, 2018


Posted on March 16, 2018

Update March 16, 2018

Spartacus had his second surgery yesterday and once again it was very complicated. He had a fair amount of bleeding but Dr. Ross was able to repair the hernia almost completely. This means that he may always have a slight hernia on the left side. He is up and walking around being his well mannered, friendly self. His foster mom is anxious for him to return home so she can pamper and love him. 

Your support has allowed us to provide the necessary care for Spartacus, a dog that really deserves this second chance. 

Stay tuned for progress reports!

Posted on March 15, 2018

Posted on March 15, 2018

Update: March 15, 2018

Spartacus will be having his surgery today so we will keep you posted about his progress. He has been such a warrior through all of this so we are certain that he will do just fine.  On behalf of everyone at Sedona, thank you for supporting Spartacus. 

Posted on March 6, 2018


Posted on March 6, 2018

Update: March 6, 2018

It has been a few months since Spartacus underwent surgery for Cryptorchidism and a hernia, which was a long and complicated one. This hernia was a big issue since it was left untreated for such a long time that it then became a chronic hernia. Because of the chronic hernia the right side where the hernia occurred and weakened significantly caused some additional strain on the left side, which now needs to be addressed. This surgery is scheduled for March 13 and we are all ready to cheer on Spartacus once again.

Dr. Ross is very happy about how well Spartacus has healed after the first surgery and knows that Spartacus will once again adapt and overcome!   After the surgery, Spartacus will return to his foster-to-adopt home where he will continue to be pampered, spoiled and loved!

Spartacus’ mom is so smitten with him and says he is such a sweetie and loves everyone he meets! As you can see in his photo, he is quite comfortable in his home.

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