We’re reaching out with an urgent appeal to help us save the life of Rocky the Magnificent, a dog adopted by one of our veterans in 2013 who has no more than three-four months to live without immediate medical intervention.
Rocky (for short) has been diagnosed with a stage three fibrous tissue sarcoma, deeply embedded under his left eye and extending forward to the left jaw. His adopted mom, Mary, is an Army veteran who sought multiple consults with leading veterinary oncologists to determine the best course of action for her beloved dog.
Like many pets adopted through Pets for Patriots, Rocky had a hard life. Directly prior to his adoption, he was left tethered outside with minimal interaction with his family after they welcomed a baby and had no time for him. Thankfully they ultimately surrendered him to a shelter and Mary saved his life.
In turn, Rocky saved Mary.
“Since August 9, 2013 I have not felt alone, been lonely or clinically depressed. Rocky is the best antidepressant ever! If I could have even two more years of his unconditional love, it would be well worth ten times the money.”
All of the options presented to Mary were bad to worse; each involved expensive and invasive surgery to remove significant portions of his jaw and possibly his left eye as well, in addition to aggressive radiation which would cause his skin to degenerate.
But there is hope!
Mary took Rocky to an oncologist specializing in radiosurgery, a non-invasive way to deliver targeted radiation with precision similar to a surgical procedure, minimizing negative impacts to surrounding healthy tissue. The oncologist estimates up to a two-year survival time, but Rocky the Magnificent needs surgery right away. He is scheduled for a CAT scan on April 16 and his first radiosurgery session the following week.
This surgery will change Rocky’s prognosis from mere months to as much as two years.
Any payments from Pets for Patriots will be made directly to Rocky’s treating veterinarian, with whom we have spoken extensively. The estimated cost of the procedure, and related tests, medication and follow up visits is $8,700, which includes a generous discount in recognition of Mary’s service. Mary herself has already spent thousands for various consultations and this would leave her financially – and emotionally – bereft.
Pets for Patriots has reached out to one of our trusted partners for help: Dogs On Deployment. They are enthusiastic about working together to contribute towards Rocky the Magnificent’s medical care, but we still need your help.
Please CLICK HERE or the button below to make your tax-deductible contribution today to our veterinary fund, in dedication to Rocky. Any funds raised in excess of Rocky’s needs will be used for other pets in our program in need of life-extending and life-saving care.
One more request: please share this need with anyone else you know who may be moved by Rocky the Magnificent’s plight and want to support his care. Thank you.