Save Ursa the Black Lab

Save Ursa the Black Lab

From Kittie Blackwell

Ursa is a friendly black lab who was rescued from a horrible situation. She is doing great, but she has a ball in her stomach that she swallowed when she was abandoned and left to starve. Now she needs your help to live!

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Update #7

over 6 years ago

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone again for stepping up to help out when we needed it. Ursa did amazingly during her surgery, and she has had no complications in recovery. As you can see in the picture, she was wagging her tail as soon as she woke up from the anesthesia, and she had everyone at the vet smiling. The ball was a big blue rubber one meant for a slightly smaller dog, and we still don't know how she managed to swallow it; we only know that she will never again be left in such poor conditions. Her former owners frankly did not deserve her, and we are so lucky to have her in our lives now. She has many joyous days ahead!

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Ursa is a gentle, sweet black labrador retriever who loves cuddling on the couch, riding in cars, and playing with other dogs. She has been through things no person or animal should ever have to go through. She was abandoned along with two other animals in a house and left to starve. Ursa was not recovered until weeks later when she was found in deplorable condition with a siamese cat that we also rescued and, sadly, a deceased canine companion. Despite her experiences, Ursa has made a full recovery, other than a large ball in her stomach that we found recently on an X-ray. She undoubtedly ate the ball during her period of starvation, and without surgery to remove it, the ball will cause a blockage in her intestinal tract and kill her. My family has gotten her this far into recovery, but we simply cannot afford the surgery. With your help, Ursa can have the ball removed and live out the rest of her days happily, like she deserves. Help make Ursa's rescue story a successful one; absolutely anything you can give will bring us closer to our goal!

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #7

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone again for stepping up to help out when we needed it. Ursa did amazingly during her surgery, and she has had no complications in recovery. As you can see in the picture, she was wagging her tail as soon as she woke up from the anesthesia, and she had everyone at the vet smiling. The ball was a big blue rubber one meant for a slightly smaller dog, and we still don't know how she managed to swallow it; we only know that she will never again be left in such poor conditions. Her former owners frankly did not deserve her, and we are so lucky to have her in our lives now. She has many joyous days ahead!

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #6

Ursa's surgery was a SUCCESS! The vet said she sailed through the operation and is now recovering and somewhat alert. Once she is able to hold down food tomorrow, we will bring her home and let her rest for the two-week recovery period. We are so grateful that this doggy gets a second chance. Thank you all for making that possible. We plan to give her a wonderful home and all the love she deserves for the rest of her days. We got her this collar so she can look a little more official once she feels well!

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #5

Ursa's surgery was pushed back to this afternoon. She is currently at the vet, ready to go! I will update you all as soon as her procedure is finished. Say your doggy prayers!

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #4

Ursa is resting up before her big surgery at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow! She will need 24-hour care afterwards, but then she will be cleared to come home! We are so grateful that she is able to have this operation. Thank you everyone!

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #3

Everyone, I am floored. I woke up this morning to the best sight in the whole world. Ursa's surgery is scheduled for 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, and it's possible because of all of you who shared and helped. I have changed our goal to the full cost of surgery, so any further help is definitely appreciated, but this operation is finally in the realm of financial possibility for our family. I have been in tears all morning, and I cannot thank any of you enough. We are cooking up some more personalized ways to say thank you tonight, but I just want you all to know what a difference you have made for Ursa. A dog whose story seemed so grim only a few days ago now has a real chance fora happy ending. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #2

I am utterly amazed. We have reached the halfway mark in just two days! Thank you so much to those who have donated and shared. At this rate, Ursa will be able to get her surgery this week! Please keep the momentum going; we are getting so close! If you have not yet, please consider donating: this surgery will cost us at least $2,000, and we need your help! I am so grateful that others have reached out to help this wonderful dog. Here is a picture of her and her companion, Oso. They are so glad to have each other. Have a wonderful evening!

Dana Katz commented on a blog post:
over 6 years ago
Your day is coming, Ursa

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Kittie Blackwell posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #1

I want to thank everyone who has helped out so far by donating or sharing Ursa's story! We have now raised over 25% of our goal for her surgery, and I am so unbelievably grateful that others would help this sweet girl have a happy life. If you have not shared or donated yet, please please please consider doing so! I will never bother you with anything on Facebook ever again. The smallest of donations add up, and if you can't donate, please share Ursa's story. She had a nice walk down to the Bosque today, and she reminded me just how much dogs are capable of enjoying life! Once she has her surgery, I will make sure she has many happy days like this one ahead of her.

Dana Katz commented on a blog post:
over 6 years ago
Goal has been met!!!

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