|Harley was a four-month-old Labrador Retriever whose owner, a teenage boy, had worked all summer mowing lawns to afford to buy his dream dog. The boy had several siblings and his mother, a single parent, had told him she could not afford to buy him a dog. The boy managed to purchase Harley in June. Being a puppy, Harley played hard and developed a limp. His owner took Harley to the emergency room where it was discovered he had a broken hip.|
|The cost to fix the hip would have been $1000–$2000 and even though the owner said he would pay his mother back, they both knew she couldn't afford that much. They contemplated putting Harley down until the emergency room doctor told them about Ginger's Legacy. They contacted us and our consultant decided Harley was a good candidate. In cooperation with Elizabeth Animal Hospital, who gave us a discount on the hospital bill, and Dr. Christopher Morris, who donated his surgical fee, we were able to repair Harley's hip and send him home to his very happy owner.|
|Nesta is a Chesapeake Bay retriever. He was adopted by a loving couple who took their responsibility very seriously. When he was adopted he was skinny and sickly, but with loving care he soon became a bundle of energy, so much so that he had an accident and sliced through his Achilles tendon. Surgery was performed and he was progressing well until he tore the ligament again. This time the surgery was performed with mesh reinforcement.|
|Nesta was taken to special obedience classes to better control his hyperactivity and was doing well until he spied a moose. He broke away from his father, who was walking him off leash, and when he came back he was limping. He had done it again. At this point his parents had drained their finances, although they were still trying to find a way to help him. His surgeons were now donating their services as they felt these owners deserved some help. Nesta had his third surgery with even stronger reinforced mesh. He also received a treatment of stem cells as this was felt to be the best chance of saving the leg. Nesta was then placed on a mild sedative to keep his activity down while he continued with his obedience classes.|
|When the owners were told that Nesta needed yet a second does of stem cells and what the cost would be, they contact Ginger's Legacy to see if we could help. After consultation with his doctor we learned that the surgery would be pro-bono, the stem cells were being donated, and that the only cost would be for treatment. The doctor spoke highly of Nesta's parents and all their efforts to help him. The doctor was sure that this would be the last treatment Nesta would require for a full recovery. We agreed to help. Nesta is doing well and continues with his training.|
Weeko was hit by a car and his back leg was shattered. He is my constant companion wo when my vet told me it would cost thousands to repair the leg, I was devastated because I couldn't afford to have the surgery done. Because my vet could not do this type of surgery anyway, she referred me to the Colorado State Veterinary School. I took Weeko there and was told that the surgery would indeed cost thousands and that they could not guarantee it would be successful. They recommended amputation as an alternative because it would be less expensive and more affordable. Unfortunately, the cost of the amputation was also out of my range and I had to consider putting him down. Before that decision was made, I was told about Ginger's Legacy. I told them about my problem and was told that Weeko qualified for assistance. The amputation was performed and Weeko has fully recovered and is back to his old self. I am so thankful to have found Ginger's Legacy and the financial assistance I needed to save my dog's life! Weeko is now happy and healthy with only three legs.