Rusty was found as a stray after being attacked by another dog. No one claimed her, so her rescuers adopted her Unfortunately she was heartworm positive and it was advanced. The place she was adopted from was covering the heartworm treatment itself, but she also needed x rays and blood work prior to treatment. Her new family only received disability for income and there wasn't enough leftover to help Rusty. LLL approved her case and Rusty was given a chance.
Holden was a special Lab who was there for his mom when she needed him, and now it was her turn to be there for him. Holden was blind when he was rescued as a younger dog, but now had glaucoma and ulcers on his eyeballs. Since he was already adjusted to living without sight, the recommended surgery was bilateral enucleation, or the removal of both eyes. His mom worked as a teacher, but there were no extra funds for this surgery, since Holden had already had laryngeal tie back surgery last year. She applied with LLL and Holden was able to have the surgery which would greatly improve his quality of life.
Beethoven had a painful broken molar that needed to be extracted, but his family didn't have any extra money to help him. His mom had lost her job of thirteen years and his dad had major back surgery which resulted in high medical bills. They knew he was uncomfortable and were determined to get him help, so they applied with LLL. Beethoven was able to have the molar removed and will now be pain free again.
Luke had a special bond with his mom since the loss of his dad four years ago. He was blind and insulin dependent and despite being disabled and on low income disability, she met his medical needs. But when he developed a mass in his mouth that needed surgical removal and biopsy, it was more than she could afford. It was obvious the mass was painful for him, and she wanted to help him feel better, so she applied with LLL and was approved. Luke was able to have the mass removed and will hopefully be able to continue life as normal.
Sport wasn't feeling well but no one knew why. He was given x rays, fluids, and anti nausea medications, but nothing helped. He needed an ultrasound, but his mom was out of money. She had already sold her car and borrowed from friends to pay his bills. She was determined not to give up, and she found Labrador Life Line. Her approval allowed Sport to have the ultrasound. It also allowed for more testing as the vet now suspected that he had Cushing's Disease. Thanks to LLL, the vet was able to perform the necessary tests to get Sport on the road to recovery.
Sam's family loved him very much, calling him their stress reliever, so when he had a mass start to grow, they wanted to have it removed and biopsied. They had recently gone through a business bankruptcy and home foreclosure, however, and didn't have the funds to help Sam. They applied with LLL and Sam was able to have the mass removed and hopefully he will live a long, stress free life, with his family.
Murphy, like many Labs, loved his tennis ball and played fetch every day. One day, in the midst of a retrieve, he tore his Achilles tendon. That left him in pain and unable to put much weight on that leg. He required surgery, but the cost was more than his family could afford, even with help. His mom opted to get him an orthopedic brace to stabilize the tendon. This would allow him increased mobility while his mom saved up for the surgery. LLL agreed to help with the brace and soon Murphy should be able to walk again and someday fetch that tennis ball pain free.
Marley had a family, but they surrendered him to a shelter because they could no longer care for him. He was then saved by a rescue, but it was determined that he was heartworm positive. The rescue had already come to LLL this year for another heartworm positive dog, but they had not met the maximum funding, so applied again. They were approved and Marley was able to get his treatment. He had a great temperament and should be adopted easily once healthy.
Pookie had a very large mammary tumor that needed to be removed. Her prognosis was good if that could happen, but her family didn't have the money to help her. Mom worked hard to support the family of four, but she was already behind on her mortgage and car payment, There was no money for Pookie. She applied with LLL, and was approved so Pookie could receive the surgery she desperately needed.
Tucker was a therapy dog who worked at the local library, helping children learn to read who had difficulties. He also protected his family. Tucker became sick, stopped eating. and collapsed in pain. He was rushed to the nearest emergency vet where it was determined he would need emergency surgery. There was no time to worry about money, and his mom gave all that she had towards his life saving surgery. It still wasn't enough so she applied with LLL. Tucker's case was approved, he was now fully recovered, and he can return to his duties as protector and therapy dog..
Tucker had a lump on his right leg that was growing rapidly and causing him pain. His dad was concerned but didn't have the money to take him to a vet. He had been laid off from his previous job and was currently working in exchange for free rent. He tried looking for a low cost vet and in the process found Labrador Life Line. He was encouraged to apply and Tucker was approved for diagnostics to find out what was wrong with his leg.
Ella was described as a happy girl who was always taken care of very well. Her mom was already struggling to make ends meet when Ella was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor. Mom was working, but after many months of being on short term disability, filing bankruptcy, and having her house in foreclosure, there weren't any funds for Ella's surgery. She had even spent her tax return money on Ella already for an emergency visit. Her mom found LLL and along with help from other organizations, Ella was able to have her surgery.
Sky had a cyst on his side that burst and wouldn't heal. He needed surgery, but since he had a heart murmur, it was recommended that he have an echocardiogram first. His family was able to raise the money to get that done, but they didn't have enough money for the surgery. LLL had helped Sky in the past, so his mom knew just where to turn for help. She was self employed but still had financial challenges so she applied with Labrador Life Line. Sky was approved and was able to get the ruptured cyst removed.
Otis had a rough start to life. He was left tied to a pole and was physically abused. Fortunately for Otis his abusive family surrendered him to a rescue, giving Otis a second chance at a happy life. He was adopted and has become an unofficial therapy dog for his new mom's son who is legally blind and developmentally disabled. Otis helped him achieve goals that the doctors said were impossible. Everything was great now for Otis except for an old injury that he suffered as a result of his abuse. He needed a total hip replacement and it was more than his mom could afford. She applied with LLL and was approved. She was extremely grateful for the help from Labrador Life Line and Otis now has a chance for an even happier, pain free life.
Dahlia was left with a pet sitter when her owner went on vacation and she abandoned Dahlia there. The pet sitter decided to take Dahlia and make her hers. Unfortunately young Dahlia tore her cruciate ligament when chasing a squirrel and needed surgery. Her new mom was on disability and didn't have enough money for the expensive surgery. She applied with LLL and Dahlia was able to get the much needed procedure. Hopefully, once healed, she won't chase any more squirrels!
Trevor was found as a stray and given a chance when a rescue pulled him from a kill shelter. He was heartworm positive, though, and required treatment before he could be adopted. LLL had approved this rescue in the past, and once again agreed to help them. Trevor was cute and the age most adopters of this rescue want, so finding a home should be easy once he recovers from all stages of treatment.
Dane's family lost their home and he, in turn, lost his because they couldn't keep him. On top of that, Dane had a torn ACL which required expensive TPLO surgery. He was taken into rescue, and the rescue applied with LLL to help pay for the surgery. Dane was a happy dog and already had two approved adopters, so as soon as he was healed he shouldn't have any trouble finding a new, hopefully forever, home.
Maggie May had pyometra and needed surgery very soon, but her mom was unemployed and didn’t have the funds to pay for the life saving surgery. She applied with Labrador Life Line and Maggie May was able to have the surgery and is expected to fully recover.
Syler tore both of his anterior cruciate ligaments, and to save money, his family wanted to operate on both at the same time. They had the majority of the funds to do it this way, but not quite enough, so they applied with LLL. They were approved and Syler was able to have the bilateral surgery.
Chubs had an abscessed lump on his nipple that needed to be removed, but his family was low income and lived paycheck to paycheck, so they didn't have the funds for surgery. They applied with LLL and Chubs was able to get the surgery he needed.
Sweet Pea had one horrible month in her life. Her person went into hospice care, and left Sweet Pea and her sister behind. They were supposed to be cared for by another person, but that person never came. Alone for a month, a concerned neighbor finally looked into the situation, and Sweet Pea and her sister were rescued. They hadn't had food or water during that time, but the vet they were brought to cared for them, made sure they were healthy, and put them up for adoption on their Facebook page. Some things were meant to be, and a recent widow saw the post. She knew these Labs were meant to be hers. She had discussed with her late husband getting another Lab as a companion for the one they had, and she saw the post on what would have been their anniversary. She instantly fell in love with them, saying she needed them as much as they needed her, but when Sweet Pea developed a fast growing lump, her new mom didn't have enough money for the surgery, which the vet wanted to do right away in case it was cancerous. The vet helped her apply with LLL, and her case was approved. Sweet Pea had her surgery immediately, and she is expected to be fine.
Some humans are cruel. Plain and simple. Lady was found abandoned by her family, tied outside to a small dog house in a harness so tight that it had to be cut off of her and she required surgery for the wounds. Her new family decided to adopt her despite her condition because she was going to be taken to a kill shelter. They didn't have a lot of money, but had a lot of love, and she thrived with them. Life can also be cruel. Her new dad died of pancreatic cancer, and her mom lost his income. In addition, her mom had leukemia and suffered a stroke. There wasn't any money left when Lady needed expensive surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury she suffered prior to adoption, but one that no one was aware of at the time. Mom said that Lady broke her heart, and unfortunately her purse, and she applied to LLL for help. Lady was able to have her surgery and will live a happy, pain free life now.
Chanel was miserable. She was itchy, and her face was swollen, infected and bloody. She had acute, moist dermatitis and needed topical treatment, steroids, antibiotics, and a medication for her ears. Her mom was out of work and had no money to get Chanel seen by a vet. She applied to LLL and was granted an approval. Chanel will hopefully feel much better soon.
Louise was trained by LeaderDog School for the Blind and was her owner's eyes. She counted on Louise to help her get around, so when Louise was diagnosed with a perianal adenoma, she knew in order for Louise to do her job, she would need surgery. Funds were tight, though, since she only received social security, so she applied with LLL, knowing LeaderDog would help but it still wouldn't be enough to get the surgery done. LLL approved Louise and she was able to get the necessary surgery to relieve her discomfort and allow her to continue to work.
Lolita was itchy and scratching, and over the counter medications weren't providing any relief. Her family had applied to LLL in the past year for help with diagnostics for a possible knee injury, but since surgery wasn't recommended, they hadn't met the maximum funding amount allowed by LLL. They applied again so that Lolita could get a skin biopsy and medications that will hopefully provide Lolita with the relief they want for her.
Keller had a tough life. He was left tethered outside prior to being put into a rescue, who then found him a new adoptive home. This new family, however, treated him poorly and gave him away, which was a breach of his adoptive contract. The rescue found out and took custody back of Keller, but he had a badly wounded paw, so bad that it had a gangrenous infection and required emergency treatment and hospitalization. The rescue applied with LLL and was approved. LLL helped with the initial hospitalization to stabilize Keller, but he's not out of the woods yet and could still possibly lose his leg. The rescue says that despite this, he is a happy boy and should easily find a new adoptive home, even if he loses his leg.