Help Sweet Russell Run
UPDATE – 12/22
It has been a month since sweet Russell underwent extensive FHO surgery. He is doing great, using his leg/hip more and more every single day! Dr. Norman is pleased with Russell’s progress and said recovery from this type of surgery is usually slow, so not to expect him to use it fully for a few more months. Russell is such a trooper and does not let this surgery hold him back. He loves playing with his foster sister and going on walks. It took a little time for Russell to learn to navigate safely through the snow with his new hip, but he’s finally figured it out. Thank you to everyone who made Russell’s surgery possible; you own my heart! ❤️
Russell, a beautiful 40-pound lovebug, recently came to CAWS from a high kill shelter in Laredo, Texas just hours before his scheduled euthanasia. Upon arrival, we noticed he was limping and not putting his full weight on his left hind leg. He would just let it dangle when standing. It was heartbreaking to see as he was in obvious pain and we knew we had to act quickly. We took Russell to Bayview Animal Hospital, where he saw Dr. Norman for an exam and x-rays. The x-rays showed that our precious boy Russell has been living with a dislocated hip for a while now. Can you imagine the amount of pain he has endured? We don’t know how this injury happened to Russell, as he was kicked by a horse (or human) or hit by a car? What we know is that we are going to fix it. We have scheduled his surgery for next Monday, November 22nd and we need to raise money quickly to cover the costs. At this time, Dr. Norman believes Russell will most likely need a bilateral FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgery. This is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur (removal of the “ball” part of the “ball-and-socket” that make up the hip joint). Once the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work together to support the area and act as a false joint. The surgery will be followed by several weeks of crate rest and supervised (on leash) potty breaks. His foster mom is up to the task and is eager to get him started on his road to a pain-free life. Russell wants so much to play with other dogs and humans but is held back because of his injury. CAWS is committed to getting this boy the surgical treatment he needs so that he can live his very best life. The cost of this surgery and associated treatment is estimated at $1,000. We cannot provide this level of medical care without the generous donations of our supporters. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Please help CAWS help sweet Russell run once again!