In the words of our founding partner, Robyn:
We would like to share with you, a little background on an important part of Real Dog Rescue . . . the Copper Fund. We have wanted to introduce the Copper Fund for some time now, but sharing Copper’s story was an emotional and difficult challenge for me. As some of you know, shortly before the inception of Real Dog Rescue, my “heart dog” Copper was diagnosed with Lymphoma. This was in addition to having previously been diagnosed with Leukemia. To say I was devastated is a massive understatement. I lost Copper 3 months after the Lymphoma diagnosis and I was paralyzed by the immense loss of his presence, his spirit, his love, his everything. It was hard for me to even think about the creation of this fund because it felt too overwhelming to admit that he was truly gone. I ultimately chose to see this not as a memorial fund, but rather a way to honor Copper.
Copper had a very rough life before he made his way to me. He had been badly abused, resulting in an inability to trust people. He was always on the offensive, ready to make the first move before someone could hurt him. It took time, but he eventually realized that I didn’t want to harm him, I just wanted to love him. After that realization, we were inseparable. Copper’s story is one of courage and spirit. He was persistent and persevering, and his passion and love for life was contagious. He taught me how to fight and to never give up on the ones you love.
Real Dog Rescue was founded on the belief that every dog matters. As a result, dogs like Copper, will never be turned away just because they are sick or injured. We will fight for those dogs in the same way Copper fought for his life and the same way I fought for him. We will do whatever we can do to save them from injury, pain or suffering. We will take every measure to give them the best chance at a happy and healthy life. This fund, in honor of Copper Hendrix, gives all of our special needs dogs, the chance at life that they may not otherwise have.
The Copper Fund is a fund for Life, Hope, and Second Chances for dogs with special needs . . . because every dog matters.
Dogs Currently in Critical Need:
At first glance Ella looked like any of our other adorable puppies . . . jumping and playing with her brothers and sisters, chewing up her squeaky toys, doing everything that a happy and healthy 5 month old puppy should do. But Ella was not like her brothers and sisters at all. A routine health exam revealed that Ella has a serious, congenital heart condition called Pulmonic Stenosis, which is an obstruction of blood flow from the heart to the lungs. Although Ella exhibited no clinical signs of a heart defect, her heart was enlarged and she was at serious risk of further complications. We made an emergency visit to a top cardiologist and were given the promising news that Ella is a viable candidate for surgery to repair the defect. The surgery, a balloon valvuloplasty, has a high rate of success in puppies and the vast majority will live a long, healthy life. Once we received the hopeful news, there was no question as to our course of action. Ella will receive her surgery in a few weeks, and we know our little fighter will make it through with flying colors.
Your donation goes directly towards our most dire medical needs rescues:
· $50.00 MEDICATIONS/SPECIAL DIETS
· $100.00 - $150.00 MEDICAL BOARDING PER NIGHT
· $200.00 - $250.00 EMERGENCY VETERINARY CONSULTS/BLOODWORK
· $500.00 - $750.00 DIAGNOSTIC TESTING/ULTRASOUNDS/X-RAYS
· $1000.00 - $3000.0 EMERGENCY/CRITICAL CARE
· $5000.00+ LIFESAVING TREATMENT FOR SEVERE MEDICAL
The many dogs saved with help from The Copper Fund...
We will continue to update the gallery below with photos of the dogs and puppies that have received life altering treatment with aid from this special fund. It is because of YOU, that these dogs have been given a chance at a comfortable and happy life going forward.