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Surgery Helps Festus Face A Brighter Future



Life is looking up for Festus, but it wasn’t always so easy. Festus was brought in with his Rottweiler mom from a nearby industrial area in April. When he was very young, Festus had become trapped in the debris, resulting in several injuries to his forelegs. All healed on their own, resulting in one stunted leg with a nail growing back into what was now a stump, and one leg that had been broken healed but with a compromised ankle and one toe missing completely. (See story and photo when he first arrived.)

He also survived an upper respiratory infection and pneumonia. He managed to get around on his deformed legs but was starting to throw his shoulder out because his gait was so uneven.

Under the umbrella of the ResQ Fund, we sent Festus to Garden State Veterinary Specialists for an evaluation, where they determined that he would benefit from having the deformed leg removed. His surgery was completed successfully, and he also collected a great many fans during his short stay at Garden State. The surgery, x-rays and consultation are costing the Society about $1,400.00.

Now about four or five months old, Festus is very affectionate and loves adults, children and other dogs. He currently spends his days in the administrative office where he enjoys being a lap dog, and is becoming well socialized, enjoying his bed, his toys, and a special favorite -- eating apples. His daily food intake is watched carefully to assure that he does not put on weight. Weight management is critical in Festus’ being able to support his body weight on three legs. Festus is a very special fella who has no idea that he is a ‘handicapped’ dog! He longs for a special home who will understand his needs and love him forever. If interested in adopting Festus, please contact us.

Thanks to the ResQ Fund, Festus is on his way to a lifetime of good health and love. But his bills are only paid through the kindness of animal lovers like yourself, who contribute to the Fund and make animal rescues like his possible. Please make a donation to our ResQ Fund, and help pay Festus’ bills and those of all the animals who need such specialized help.

Update! 5/24/06 - Festus is adopted to a loving home in PA! Read about his happy ending!

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