Melanie is an adult Chihuahua mix (approximately 8 years old), that was abandoned at a vet's office. It is believed that she may have been used as a breeder dog. After six weeks she was discarded at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. Melanie had multiple large mammary tumors. We could not afford her surgery and were unable to take her into rescue. However, another rescue offered to pay for her surgery, if we could foster her. We gratefully agreed. Melanie was taken to a vet through the other rescue. We were called while she was on the operating room table. We were told that there were too many tumors, that she had cancer, and that it was recommended for her to be euthanized on the spot. We disagreed and decided to take her home for hospice care.
We were prepared to make Melanie as comfortable as possible, for as long as she had left. She would be part of a loving family, have a comfortable bed, and plenty of good food! However, she developed an eye infection so we took her to our wonderful vet for an exam. We were told that the tumors could be removed, that the cancer most likely had not spread to other organs, and that she would be spayed. However, all of her medical care would be a whopping $2000. Left untreated, the tumors would ulcerate.
We wanted to make every effort possible to to give Melanie a chance for a long and healthy life. However, we couldn't afford her surgery. Donations were requested.
When Melanie recovered from her surgery she was offered for adoption.
Here's our updates from Melanie's care:
Update 8-23-13: We have received $200 in donations. Thanks Nick!
Update 9-5-13: We received $200 more in donations. Thanks Paula and Heather! Melanie had a cold and her surgery had to be delayed. She just finished her meds and is doing much better. Her surgery is being scheduled for next week.
Update: 9-8-13: $100 more in donations. Thanks George! Melanie's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, 9-10-13. We still need donations to help cover this expensive procedure. We are very lucky that our vet is cooperative and flexible with a payment plan.
Update 9-10-13: Melanie had her surgery today. Our vet told us that it was pretty complicated but she believes that she got out all of the tumors. There was also concern because her uterus was starting to fill with puss, so it was fortunate that we didn't wait any longer to operate. There was also concern about closing her skin because so much was removed due to the size of the tumors. Hopefully the staples will hold and she will begin to heal without any complication. Melanie's foster mom wanted to visit her tonight. However, when Melanie started coming out of the anesthesia, she was very irritable. Her vet thought she was uncomfortable, so she gave her more pain meds. Visits are normally recommended, but in Melanie's case it was decided that it was better to let her rest. I am sure that she will sleep well tonight. We'll post pictures as soon as available.
Update 9-12-13: $50 in donations. Thanks Nancy!
Update 9-15-13: Our poor girl! She has been really uncomfortable and was given additional pain meds yesterday. Then last night some of her incision started to open. She went to the vet this morning and she has an infection. So now she's on antibiotics and being kept as comfortable as possible.
Update 9-16-13: Melanie is hanging in there! $120 in donations. Thanks Clara, May, and June!
Update 9-23-13: Staples are out! Melanie's doing really well. We still need donations, so any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Update 10-3-13: Melanie is fully healed and is now ready for adoption. She would do best in a home without children. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in meeting Mellie. For more pictures, just go to www.tinytreasuresrescue.com/messagebrd.com
Update 10-24-13: Thanks to Benny and Maggie for some additional donations.
Update: 11-6-13. Thanks Kay for the donation.
Update: 12-10-13. Thanks again Nick for the donation.
Update: 3-3-14. Thanks again Kay for the donation.
Update: 3-12-14. Thanks Christine for the donation.
Update: 6-15-14. Thanks Paula for the donation.
Update: July 2014. Well, it's official. Melanie is being adopted by her foster mom, Cherie. It is so wonderful to be able to report another happy ending!