Would I love to get my hands on the breeder that turned him in to be put to sleep! Grrrrr. I would love to know who it is too, so everyone can know who to stay away from.
Quote:“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Like Gump, my name is Forest too and I come with a long tale to tell and a long journey to travel. This is my story of special needs. I am 10 weeks old and came to the shelter after the breeder brought me to the vet to be killed. I wasn't of any use to him. Perhaps a victim of poor breeding or a bacterial infection, the vet examined me and knew my problem could be corrected. I've got this problem with my legs and I can't walk very well.
PLEASE CHECK OUT MY VIDEO and you'll see what I mean. My muscles are very weak and my knees don't bend well. I've been to a few vets and a therapist and they all say I have a very good chance of healing because I am so young. I'm having a special brace made for me soon (that's going to cost the shelter about $700) It will help stiffen my legs and give me some support. Then I'll need ongoing therapy treatment for about 8 months, maybe less. Someone will need to bend my legs 4 times a day with the comfort of a moist warm compress applied. I yelp when this is done because it hurts me. But I know it is what is best for me to make me better. I also need to go to a therapy-for-pets facility in Shelton, CT, for now, once per week, but, less frequently as time goes by. This is so my mobility can be measured and I can take advantage of the pool therapy there. That will cost about $85 per visit. I also need massages on my hind hip area and muscles. I like this part the best. It feels great.
You can see the Shelter Manager, Laurie doing that for me in one of the photos. She really cares about me very much and takes me home from the shelter with her every day. She and the shelter folks are hoping to find someone just as committed to provide my treatments so I can grown up to be a handsome and normal guy. I can't wait for the day when I can "run, Forest, run". Hey after all, Forest Gump needed a brace too, but look how everything worked out for him and it will for me too.
NOTE: DONATIONS - When our non-profit (Outreach to Pets In Need) was formed, it was meant for animals just like Forest. He is the most needy animal we have helped so far. We just couldn't turn our back on him. It goes without saying that the medical costs for Forest will mount quickly. If you would like to make a donation to our shelter's "Forest's Fund" to help with the cost of his medical care, please mail a check to: OPIN, Inc. c/o Stamford Animal Care & Control, Laurie Hollywood, Manager, 201 Magee Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. Checks should be made payable to our non-profit organization, OPIN, Inc. (Outreach to Pets In Need) Your donation is 100% tax deductable.