Young Subaru is raising money to help a blind foster dog named Russy see again. Russy is blind due to cataracts, and needs surgery to get his vision back. However, the surgery costs $6,000. Young Subaru has organized a fundraiser through Facebook, which has currently raised $1,425, but we still need to raise $5,600 by the end of the month.
If you are able, please consider donating to Russy’s surgery fund. If everyone pitched in just $5, it would make a huge impact! If you don’t wish to donate, sharing and spreading the word is just as valuable.
Donate Here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/661679851138066/
Russy’s Story (from Rhonda, Russy’s foster mom):
Russell was going to be surrendered to a shelter because his elderly owner had to move to assisted living. His owner was wheelchair-bound and not able to walk or exercise Russy but gave him an abundance of food. Russy should be around 40 lbs., but when we received him, he was 83 lbs. Concerned for his health, we immediately took Russy to the vet and found out he had type 1 canine diabetes and very large lipomas (fatty tumors) under his armpits. We have worked closely with his vets to get Russy’s blood sugar and weight under control. He wears a blood glucose sensor that is checked regularly, and he is given insulin twice daily. He is also on a prescription diet that helps regulate his diabetes and manage his weight. Initially, Russy was doing well. He was able to run, walk, play, and explore freely with his foster siblings. He was finally able to experience the outdoors and go on adventures, seeing and experiencing the world outside his former home for the first time. Being active also led him to lose almost 7 lbs. Still, due to him having untreated diabetes for so long, Russy developed diabetic cataracts after only three weeks of us having him and lost his vision. Our poor Russy struggles without his sight. We have tried to remove obstacles and safety proof our home as much as possible so that he can get around more easily. But the truth is he needs help, and thankfully if he can receive eye surgery, it will restore his sight, and it will be a permanent fix. This also gives him a better shot at finding the perfect forever home. Russy is only six or seven years old, and the thought of him not having his sight for the rest of his life is heart-wrenching. It is hard to see him bumping into and stumbling over things as he’s trying to get around. Russy is so full of joy and happiness when he gets to ride in the car or go on a walk. It is sad to know that the world he barely got to see is lost to him again. It is a dream to restore his sight, and he is very fortunate that the dream can come true if we can raise the funds needed for his surgery. We have tried fundraising online before, but in two months have only raised $500, which has been used for his ongoing care. There is an initial exam needed to see if Russy is a good candidate for successful cataract surgery. The surgery itself is $6,928 at Eye Care for Animals in Salt Lake City. Dr. Amy Knollinger is kind enough to give our rescue a discount making the surgery $5,573.