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We would like to formerly introduce you to Rip formerly known to the Sioux Falls Humane Society AND the Siouxland Humane Society as Dexter. He was rescued and entered the SEPR foster program 1/26/23 with what we knew was not going to be an easy road ahead. He literally was scheduled to be euthanized the very next day.
What we know about Rip. He entered the shelter system in Sioux City in 2020 as a young adult! Within ONLY four short years he has been adopted, returned, or abandon at least SIX times that we are aware of. His last family had adopted him in March of 2023 and by September of 2023 he was picked up as a Sioux Falls stray and never claimed. What we DO NOT know is WHY humans continually failed this dog. What we DO know, despite all of his failed relationships he still has a heart of gold that you clearly can see he wears on his paw and his favorite past time is fetch. At some point, we hope someone loved him because he is too good of a dog to be abandon time after time. We know housing, the economy, and overpopulation is staggering for pet owners, so if you loved Dexter at some point please know he is now forever safe with SEPR.
Rip is about 7 years young. Which is just the PERFECT age for enjoying all of his companionship without having a put up with all the younger dog training! HOWEVER, RIP has not 1, but 2 torn ACL’s. Whoever owned her prior may not have had the financial means to repair them - at a cost now of $4800. Due to this fact, he was scheduled to be humanely euthanized 1/27/24 if a rescue partner could not be obtained.
His injuries are so old now on one of his legs that the arthritis has set in, and the joints have thickened to stabilized his knees, this gives him fairly normal movement. On the other leg, he is not weight baring currently the majority of the time and what we call just "toe tapping". We hope Rip has another good 7-8 years left in him, and what would that look like with two torn ACL’s as he ages into his golden years. Our surgeon and Dr. Tom are hopeful of a good prognosis, so we are going to jump and complete the recommended surgery.
Rip is one of the most outgoing friendly boys we have met and we are all praying this surgery gives him the strength, health, and happiness he truly deserves. SEPR’s main focus is ensuring both our families and our dogs have the VERY best success rates for the long term!!
Surgery alone is $4800, this of course does not count initial vetting, X-rays, and any post care. We KNOW we just introduced Walter with his ortho issues, but we are going to hope YOU will assist once again.
If 1000 SEPR fans gave just $5 we would blow this out of the water in one shot! We challenge YOU to join the challenge and drop $5 today to help us reach our goal. Rip will be undergoing his extensive surgery Wednesday 2/7/24 at the Tea Vet Clinic! Inclined to pay them directly- 605-368-2088.
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Checks can be mailed to: SEPR PO Box 2321 Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Tea Vet Clinic 605-368-2088
SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO RIP'S FOSTER FAMILY FOR THEIR TIME AND DONATIONS:
Denise & Tony