Pets In Need

Dakota the Dog Dakota the Dog





Dakota has had a string of bad luck and now faces blindness if we cannot raise the money for his surgery. Please save Dakota’s vision.


Active Date
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Success Story
Cat or Dog


New York dog, Dakota, has had a string of bad luck that has his mom asking for your help. Without surgery, Dakota will go blind from a severe case of Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). Dakota's owner cannot afford the surgery because Dakota needed expensive surgery for an unrelated Laryngeal Paralysis last year. She used all of her emergency funds and ran up a care credit at that time.

Dakota's veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Koch, is a pioneering expert in the Parotid Duct surgery that Dakota needs to avoid blindness. While his expertise is a comfort, he does not typically work out of the New York hospital where Dakota is being treated. The doctor is traveling from Pennsylvania to perform the surgery. In addition to accommodating this travel schedule, Dakota's previous health concerns are also creating a scheduling issue. There is a major concern that Dakota is at high risk of aspirating while under anesthesia. The veterinary hospital will not do the surgery without an Intensive Care Doctor in the operating room to help monitor Dakota. This increases the cost of surgery by up to $1700. In total, the high estimate is $4842. 

Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to take this case outright. Because of the special staffing needed for the surgery, it cannot take place immediately. While it is being scheduled for a later date, we have agreed to raise as much money toward the $4842 goal while we have time. 

The goal is to pay the money raised directly to the veterinary hospital on the day of the surgery. If the surgery costs less than the total donations, any additional funds will be reallocated to the general fund, where it can do the most good. Likewise, if the surgery cannot take place due to unforeseen circumstances, the donations will be reallocated to the general fund. 

We will fundraise for two weeks to save Dakota's vision. If you can contribute, please donate today.


Dakota, a Love Story
February 7, 2020 12:00 AM

In honor of Valentine's Day, we are celebrating some love stories between pets and their owners. Alex's Angel-Donors gave these stories the happy endings they deserve.

Dakota was in danger of losing his eyesight. His family couldn't afford the expensive surgery, because they had spent their savings on an unrelated surgery for Dakota the previous year. Generous donors like you gave from their hearts, and Dakota's vision was saved. THANK YOU!

Please consider donating to make another happy ending possible.

Surgery Report
December 17, 2019 12:00 AM

The good news is that Dakota took the surgery like a champ. Her right eye is perfect. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for her left eye. The tear-duct on the left tore at some point between the day they scheduled the surgery and today, making it impossible to do surgery on that eye. The cost for the surgery was less because it was only completed on one eye. Dakota's mom has asked that the donations go to help another pet in need.

It is very disappointing that we were not able to save Dakota's sight in both eyes. We are thankful to have been able to save one eye, so that she is not entirely blind.

Thank you for all of your support and donations. Please keep Dakota and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our Mission
For The Love Of Alex Inc. provides emergency funding for life-saving veterinary care of low-income families.