Onyx was a happy 9 month old puppy, until he ate something he shouldn't have, which caused a life threatening obstruction. Unfortunately, it happened on a Friday andhis family didn't have the funds for the surgery. By the time his mom found LLL and applied for assistance, his regular vet was closed for the weekend. No emergency vet would work with the family. Their costs were too high. Onyx hung on until Monday when his situation was extremely urgent. Labrador Life Line approved his case quickly, and he was able to have the emergency surgery necessary to save his life.
Edward had a tough start to life. When rescued at about 4 months old, he was covered in ticks, sores and was unable to use one of his back legs. It had been broken but left untreated and now he had a malunion disorder, meaning that even with surgery, his bones would never line up, being broken on the growth plate. The only option for Edward was amputation. His new family loved him, but wasn't given the truth of his condition and although they could afford a puppy, they didn't have the funds for the surgery. The instantly fell in love with him and found LLL to help with the much needed surgery. He now has a chance for a happy life as a tripawd pup!
Shady (a unique fox red) was a very special Lab, being a service and emotional support dog for her dad who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. He was dependent on her, but when she became very ill, she had to depend on him to save her life. Shady had a septic abdomen that resulted in an emergency gastrectomy and splenectomy. Then she became ill during the recovery and required another emergency exploratory surgery to clean out more infection. All of this was far more then her family could afford, so they applied with LLL for help. After an long stay at the vet, Shady can now be home to recover.
Scout's family loved her very much. She came to them as a foster and never left. When she came down with cherry eye though, they were struggling to make ends meet and couldn't afford her surgery. They feared that if they didn't get the surgery done for Scout that she would have long term complications. Thanks to LLL, Scout had her surgery.
Gracie was part of large family, and even though both parents worked, they had fallen on hard times financially, and had to support four children in addition to Gracie. When Gracie had a molar that became abscessed, the surgery to have it removed was more than her family could afford. They were still trying to pay off the debt for another previously infected tooth. The abscess was also causing ear and eye infections and the tooth needed to be removed soon. They found LLL through a reference and Gracie was able to get her much needed surgery.
Bucks needed surgery for bilateral CCL tears. His family was able to afford one of the surgeries, but TPLO surgery is very expensive and it was too much for them to afford both. They were a military family and didn't have the extra funds for Bucks. Labrador Life Line was able to help with the second surgery, and hopefully Bucks will be able to play again soon.
Labs are the breed most likely to eat something that isn't food, and when this happens, disaster can strike. . Buddha was a young, healthy Lab who ate a bag with a twist tie, and it got stuck in his intestines. He was a therapy dog, and the clinic wanted to do everything they could to save him. His family was a regular at the clinic, and had suffered some recent financial hardships, including filing for bankruptcy. The clinic knew they didn't have the funds to cover the surgery. LLL had funded another Lab with this clinic, so they contacted LLL and advised the owner to apply. Buddha's family did, and Buddha was able to get the lifesaving surgery he needed to survive.
Eliza was described as an "emotional therapy companion" by her mom, so when Eliza was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, her mom was devastated, Her limited disability income, however, made it impossible to keep up with the costs of Eliza's care. She rapidly got worse and required an emergency amputation because the vet feared she would become septic. LLL quickly approved her case and Eliza had the lifesaving surgery. Her prognosis was good, and her quality of life should improve as well.
Rocky was having difficulty breathing and the vet suspected congestive heart failure (CHF). His mom had a good job, but was laid off and although she found another job, it was at a considerably lower wage. She didn't have enough to get Rocky the echocardiogram he needed to confirm and stage the CHF. LLL approved his case, and Rocky had the test. The vet was optimistic after looking at the results, but Rocky passed away a few days later. Unfortunately, not every case has a happy ending.
Kane suffered from bilateral CCL ruptures and required TTA surgery. His family had tried conservative management for Kane, but the time finally arrived that he needed both knees operated on at once. His mom was unable to work, having been diagnosed with cancer three times, and although his dad did work, after the medical bills were paid for his mom, there wasn't enough left to pay for such expensive surgery. They did all they could to raise enough money, but fell a little short. LLL was able to make up that difference and Kane had his surgery.
Libby was diagnosed with entropian, which is an inverted eyelid, and a corneal ulcr in her left eye. Both were causing her much discomfort, so surgery was recommended immediately. Her mom received SSDI and worked part time, but the cost of the surgery was out of her reach. She applied with LLL and Libby was able to have her surgery and was able to start a pain free life.
Zoe needed an anal sac infusion and it was more than her dad could afford. He had received funding from LLL once before, so he returned to get help for Zoe since all he could manage was to live paycheck to paycheck.
Beckett had a small spot on her side, and it started to look inflamed, so she went to the vet and a needle aspiration showed mast cells. Beckett needed surgery to remove the tumor and have it sent for a biopsy to determine its grade. Her mom struggled to make ends meet, and applied to LLL for assistance for Beckett's surgery. Beckett's prognosis is good, depending on the grade of the tumor.
Lola had diabetes, a condition that can be well controlled with medication. If the medication isn't properly given, though, it becomes dire for the dog. Unfortunately, Lola was with an owner who was unable to care for her properly. She was neglected, suffered significant weight loss, and was brought to the vet on death's door. Labrador Life Line was not only able to help Lola get the proper treatment, but helped get her home with her other owner who had the capability to properly care for her. She is starting to regain weight and thrive now that she is safe.
Poor Taz. His family surrendered him to a shelter and a message was sent immediately that if a rescue didn't take him, he would be euthanized that night because he needed emergency medical care. Fortunately for Taz, a loving rescue stepped in to save his life and started the process of then saving his life a second time with the appropriate medical care. He was diagnosed with perianal fistulas and had a severe infection. He had a blood transfusion. His costs were skyrocketing and the rescue came to LLL to try to help. LLL did, and Taz now has a second chance for a happy life.
Xena, only 7 months old, had a tough start to life. She was purchased sick from Craig's List, full of worms and covered in fleas. But worst of all, it was determined that she had a liver shunt and needed surgery or eventually she would die. Her new family lived paycheck to paycheck and although could save some money, it wouldn't be enough for the expensive, life-saving surgery. Labrador Life Line was able to help Xena get the life-saving surgery, her prognosis was now good, and hopefully she'll have a long life with her new, loving family.
Precious was adopted by her family after being a "foster fail". She had a variety of medical issues that had to be paid for, including diabetes, and her dad had kept up with the bills. But he was retired and on a limited income, so it was too much when Precious tore her ACL, for him to afford. He turned to Labrador Life Line who approved his case, allowing him to continue to care for her medical needs.
Bella spent all of her 13 years with her wonderful mom and provided her comfort during difficult times. Her mom recently lost her full time job and was about to lose her home as well. Her finances were strapped, and then Bella developed a lump, which turned out to be a soft tissue sarcoma. Given her age, her prognosis was good as long as the tumor was removed. With the help of LLL, Bella now has a good chance to live out her life still providing Mom that comfort. no matter what happens