Sir Duke, a spunky 4.5-year-old shepherd-mix, was recently surrendered to CAWS. Despite a rough beginning, Duke has a great outlook on life. Duke first joined CAWS after becoming homeless in Houston, Texas after a hurricane. He’s a super cuddly dude and wants to spend every moment with his foster mommy, daddy, and brother (a Lab/Dane mix).
Duke is super playful and incredibly high-energy. After a few days with his foster family, it became apparent that he has a mobility issue in his back legs. Even though he could probably run the Iditarod all by himself, Duke often won’t put weight on his back right leg and sometimes will whimper in pain.
A recent exam revealed that Duke has a torn CrCL, the doggy equivalent to an ACL, in his rear right leg. He potentially has a damaged CrCL in his rear left leg as well. Without surgery, Duke’s knee will become less stable and he’ll develop progressive arthritis. Even though he’s just a young man, he’s already showing signs of arthritis because of his CrCL tears. Having chronic mobility issues would crush Duke and his dreams of becoming a world-class dog sled dog (or at least a trail dog).
Our cost for surgery and care is estimated to cost us around $3,500, possibly more. We are unsure of how long Duke has been suffering but needs immediate surgery. We can not provide this level of care without the generous donations of our supporters.
Please help us give Duke the immediate relief he needs!
Much love, the CAWS Team!