As the year draws to an end, Carolina Poodle Rescue is looking ahead to improving the lives of 7 special dogs with cataracts and one very special girl with painful eyes. With this fundraiser, donors have the chance to see how your generousity and kindness helps these dogs to see again and to watch how it changes their lives for the better.
With your help, we’ve done this for other cataract dogs in the past few years. Restored sight gave these dogs a new chance not only to see but to find homes–and now we hope to achieve that again. An $ 18 donation can help give results that both you and the dogs can see in 2018! (And is still tax deductible for 2017.)
Our total goal is $ 17,000. The cost for correcting two eyes (surgery and post surgery care and medication) runs between $ 2,600 and $ 2,800. For surgery on one eye, it costs around $ 2,100 including medication. Some are candidates for cataracts in both eyes, some for one eye, and one dog isn’t a candidate to get her sight back but needs help not to lose her eyes completely.
Meet the Cataract Dogs
Sophia is a charming silver, toy poodle who loves everyone she meets. When not dancing at your feet, she entertains herself with toys or taking a nap. She is a 9-year old love bug. While she navigates well in her foster home, being out in the world can be scary when you can’t see, so she sticks very close to her foster mom. With her sight returned, she would be highly adoptable! She is a candidate to fix both of her eyes.
Waltzing Matilda is a lively and funny 9-year old poodle mix. She is just a delight to be around and cracks up her caregivers with her insistance of sleeping on her back–no matter where she is. On a recent vet visit, she made the vet tech laugh by finding Matilda asleep with her belly up in the exam room. She is an independent girl with a lot of spunk. She is a candidate to fix both of her eyes.
Teddy of Tigerville is a candidate to have one eye repaired and time is of the essence. The opthamologist said he needs surgery for that one eye very soon. With people, Teddy is playful and affectionate, but if he bumps into another dog he is confused. He didn’t see the other dog coming and it worries him. Having vision in one eye would help him tremendously.
Woolee is a pretty little 11-year old chocolate poodle who has diabetes. The diabetes has caused cataracts to develop in both of her eyes, even though her diabetes is being managed with insulin. While she still has some vision, if the cataracts progress, she will lose that vision completely. Woolee’s foster mom says she is worth every penny to restore her eyesight.
Irving is snuggly 6-year old Shih Tzu, who sings a song when he wants attention. He is great with other dogs (though does not do well with cats). This sweet boy was found as a stray before coming to Carolina Poodle Rescue. Irving will be evaluated in the next couple of weeks but we feel confident that at his young age, he will be a candidate to have both of his eyes fixed.
Dixie is a special case. She isn’t a candidate for fixing her cataracts, though she has them, but she also has glaucoma, which can be very painful. She needs injections into both of her eyes to try to save them from being removed and to relieve the pressure that is causing so much pain for this very sweet little dog. At 15 years old, Dixie was released by her owner for being too old. We don’t think she’s too old to be comfortable and loved for the rest of her life. The injections in both eyes plus medication and follow up will be around $ 800.
JC is Dixie’s son and inherited her sunny disposition as well as her cataracts. At 11-years old, he seems more like a 5-year old dog with his energy and playfulness. He is bouncy and loves to jump, in spite of his vision problems. He is a candidate to have both of his eyes corrected.
Opal is a 10-year old toy poodle who was found as a stray. While some can enjoy a nap in someone’s lap, Opal sometimes needs her space too. She doesn’t like to have anyone close to her face–maybe because she can’t see them. She does fine around other dogs but mostly she keeps to herself. Opal has one eye that would currently benefit from surgery.
As we get ready for 2018, it’s not too late to get a 2017 tax deduction for your donation by midnight on December 31st. A donation of $ 18 can make a huge difference in the lives of these dogs. Both you and they will be able to see the results! Let us know it’s to “See in 2018“