Annie Tumor Removal Surgery Fund

Annie Tumor Removal Surgery Fund

From Stephanie VanderWaal

My dog, Annie, is my best friend. I've had her since she was 7 wks old and she's currently 12.5. She had a large tumor removed last August and she has two other large tumors that will need to be removed soon.

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Annie is my best friend and baby girl. I've had her since she was 7 weeks old and she's now 12 1/2 years old and still doing great. We just went camping for 5 days and she had a blast. She's my Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and boy does she support my emotions. She can make me laugh no matter how bad of a mood I'm in. She cuddles, she gives kisses, she gives hugs. She's the best dog I could have ever hoped for. Bestest girl. I'm currently homeless and I don't know what I'd do without her and my kitty, Marshmallow. He is my cuddle bug (I call him Bug) and she's my clown dog. They keep me safe and provide me with their company and unconditional love. I have major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, PTSD, ADHD, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and an unspecified personality disorder, amongst other issues. I seriously don't know what I'd do without them. I probably wouldn't still be here. They mean the world to me. They ARE my world. 

Last August (2019), Miss Annie had to have an ulcerated tumor removed from her right thigh and it cost over $2000 by the time all was said and done. She currently has two other large tumors that have continued to grow and should probably be removed soon before they either spread or displace organs/cause internal issues. One is on her belly and the other is on her right side.

They still have the tumor that was removed last summer. I didn't have enough money for them to test it to see exactly what kind it was or if it was cancer. I think they said it was a spindle cell sarcoma. It was the size of my fist. The one on her belly is lemon sized and the one on her side is probably between golf-ball sized and lime sized. She will need an office visit, fine needle aspiration, x-rays, and bloodwork before any kind of surgery and then will also need post-surgical care, which will include bandage changes, pain meds, and possibly antibiotics. 

She is very healthy and has never really had any major illnesses or needed to go to the vet, except for these tumors, which are common for her breed (mix), which, as near as I can tell, is Black Lab, German Shepherd, and Border Collie. She came through her surgery with flying colors and was back to her old self the following morning. It's just under a year later and she's still doing great, I just find myself worried about these tumors and how much they've grown.

If you can help, we definitely appreciate it. If you know of anyone who can help, please don't hesitate to share! Thank you so much for your time! and generosity! 

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