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Asia, a beautiful 5-year-old Saint Bernard is facing major knee replacement. She needs your help to afford the surgery which is even more complicated, because of her abnormal anatomy.

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Active Date
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Status
Cat or Dog
Dog

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Asia, a lovely 5-year-old Saint Bernard is in need of your help to get major surgery. Her owner describes Asia as, "the BEST most fun-loving girl. We enjoy spending all of our time outdoors when her pain level allows it. She loves having outdoor adventures as well as cuddling."Asia's medical history is pages long, with multiple issues from hip dysplasia, arthritis, a torn ACL, and incredible knee problems. But Asia's owner will never give up on her and has stayed by her side doing everything from working more hours to assisting in Asia's physical therapy. Things were starting to look up when recent testing showed that Asia has immense pressure and pain in her hips and knees. Asia's case is very involved. She has irregular anatomy in her leg and bone structure. She is working with 2 surgeons from different veterinary hospitals. Right now they believe the best bet is to concentrate on fixing Asia's knees, in hopes that correcting her knees will result in less strain on her hips. They are currently deciding between two possible courses of action: TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy surgery, or Total Knee Replacement. Regardless of choice, the operation will be $7000 to $8000. The surgery cannot take place for a few weeks, because she must heal from her last surgery before they can take action.

Asia's owner has already spent well over $9000 helping Asia overcome issues she's had since being 10 weeks old. She is reaching out for help now because she is out of money and she can only raise so much by taking on more work shifts.

Asia's owner is asking for your kindness and generosity.

For the Love of Alex has not built up enough funding to be able to take this case on outright. That means we cannot guarantee that we can raise the $7000 to $8000 needed to help Asia. But we did want to give you, our amazing donors, the opportunity to help. We will fundraise for Asia for 2 weeks and provide all of the donations directly to the veterinary hospital in New York where Asia's surgery will be scheduled. Asia's owner has pledged to continue working towards raising the rest of the money.

Asia preparing for her surgery
July 16, 2019 12:42 PM

Asia has preliminary testing and a CT scan scheduled for this week, in anticipation of her upcoming surgery. We are so excited to follow Asia through this journey so that she can be pain-free!

Good News!
June 20, 2019 8:12 PM

We met Asia a few months ago when her mom came to use with a significant need. Asia needs knee replacements in both of her back legs, and because she has irregular anatomy, her replacements need to be specially sculpted. The only doctor who can do the surgery lives in the UK and has to travel to the US to perform the operation. On top of this, Asia has been battling mobility issues her whole life, and her mom has already paid thousands toward her care. In all honesty, we didn't believe we could raise the money for the surgery. One of the things that make For The Love Of Alex, unique as a nonprofit is that we usually take a case from begging to end. So, we don't give someone $500 toward the care of the animal. Instead, we work with owners and the veterinarians until the pet is well. Sometimes this ends up costing more than initial estimates, and we find ourselves desperately trying to make up the difference. So, we took Asia's case on one condition. We would raise money for a few weeks and whatever we made would go toward the surgery, but we couldn't promise the whole thing. Asia's mom was incredibly thankful.

Because of the way keeping track of donations through Facebook and PayPal works, we have to manually add up all of the donations from each separate post about Asia. My initial estimate was that we had only raised about $3000. I told Asia's mom that, and she was so thankful. Then I went to work figuring out the donations to the penny and was shocked to see that we actually raised $8,000. It was amazing! I was so happy to tell Asia's mom that YOU all came through in a big way for Asia! YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!

Now Asia is slated to have surgery this September, and it's only BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROSITY! Thank you!

*One tiny hiccup is that after pulling all of the reports and communicating the total, someone voided a donation that they must have initially made by mistake. So, we are about $300 off from $8,000. If you can help us make up that small difference with a donation, we would greatly appreciate it. Either way, this is still a huge win.

Please make your donation here:
https://www.fortheloveofalex.org/pets-in-need/asia

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