Help Harley get and stay healthy
$100 raised
1% of $8k goal
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3 Years running
When we went to WAGS animal rescue to adopt a dog, we had no idea that we would be bringing home Harley instead of our original choice, but it was the best choice we could have made.  Harley was brought from a kill shelter in South Carolina to ...

When we went to WAGS animal rescue to adopt a dog, we had no idea that we would be bringing home Harley instead of our original choice, but it was the best choice we could have made.  Harley was brought from a kill shelter in South Carolina to Pennsylvania.  As you can see, he was/is gorgeous, but we had no idea at the time just how rough his previous life must have been.

Harley was with us for only a month when disaster struck.  Harley developed a cough that would not stop.  We were not sure if he had something caught in his throat, or if he was sick, so we took him to Horsham Veterinary Hospital.   The diagnosis was far worse than we could have imagined--Harley's lungs had collapsed and he was fighting for air.  We needed to act quickly or we would lose him.

Dr. Amie Balandovich  will forever in our estimation be one of the greatest veterinarans who ever lived.  Despite the fact that it was late at night and the hospital was closing, she got in the back of her personal SUV with Harley.  She kept his lungs inflated by constantly pumping out the air that was filling his chest, while one of her assistants drove to CARES emergency hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

At CARES a CT scan was performed that revealed that not only did Harley have a number of abnormalities in his lungs, which likely were causing the air leakage, he also had what appeared to be lead shot in his chest.  Our options were to have surgery performed to repair the damage, with no guarantee of success, or to have Harley stabilized so that we could bring him home and pray for the best.  As the $10,000 cost was way beyond our means, we chose to take the second option.

His medical treatment at that juncture cost us over $5,000,  and, in the words of Dr. Jessica Frankel at CARES, Harley "is at the risk of sudden death. . . and his signs could recur at any time in his life." 

Now, a year and a half later after his initial crisis, Harley suddenly began vomiting his breakfast, with no indication of being sick.  This time, we took him to Rau Animal Hospital where he was seen by Dr. Jill Rosenblatt  who provided him with excellent card, but thought it best that he once again by taken back to CARES due to the acute nature of his problems.

CARES discovered that he has serious liver and gall bladder issues which will require long term treatment.  The care for these new issues will be at least an additional $3,000, and likely more.  Only time will tell if he will overcome the new issues, but we still believe that we must continue to try, as best as we are able, to keep him going.

We have rescued several dogs over the years, but Harley is the sweetest.  He loves everyone, and once you start petting him you are in for at least a 10 minute workout.  Please help us to keep him healthy and with our family for years to come, as he cannot be replaced.  Thank you for viewing our site, and God bless!

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