A handsome yellow Lab was found limping in the streets of Bellingham, WA. It was the beginning of August so he soon became known as "August". It was found that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament and needed surgery to repair it. In addition, he had a previous break in one of his forelegs and the pin was still in place. He was rescued from the shelter by the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Assoc. We were approached because this expense was beyond the resources of the PSLRA rescue fund. They also applied for some funding from LABMED.
The journey then became a joint effort between the 3 organizations and a very kind Vet who reduced his bill substantially. August came through his surgery beautifully although there is one sad note. The break in the front leg must be very old one because there was a lot of calcification over the pin and the surgery would have been far to radical to get down to the pin and remove it. To get the pin out would have required re-breaking the foreleg and that would have meant two gimpy legs. Dr. Brown felt that the pin need never be removed so it will remain in place and August will not get through the metal detectors in the airport :o)
August is now in his foster home while he recuperates and we are sure he will soon find the forever home he so richly deserves.