Brinx was on the brink of a bad situation when he arrived as a stray at the Morgan County Animal Control shelter in West Virginia on July 28th. A three-year-old Beagle mix, Brinx spent nearly a month at the shelter, as no previous owners came to claim him, and potential adopters changed their minds due to a mass on his eye. Brinx ended up on the list to be euthanized on the 28th or 29th of August if no one could rescue or adopt him before then.
Thankfully, there was still some hope left for Brinx. On August 21st, Beth Reedy with Friends Fur Life Rescue in West Virginia contacted RADAR to see if we could assist with some of the anticipated vetting costs. If so, the rescue would take Brinx. We agreed and he was pulled from the shelter on August 24th. A vet exam revealed that the lump on Brinx’s eye as limbal melanoma, which is typically benign but will continue to grow, so removal of the tumor was recommended.
On November 6th, in the early prep for his eye surgery, a heart murmur was discovered. After consulting with the rescue, the decision was made to proceed, but with extra precautions. Not long into surgery, the vet discovered the tumor was extending deeper into the eye than expected. Brinx’s tumor wasn’t really fitting the norm, so for safety sake, the entire eye was removed. After removing the eye, the vet did a thorough check of the eye cavity and felt comfortable there was no other additional growth.
On November 19th, Brinx had a cardiology consultation, and an echocardiogram was done. “Heart murmurs are often innocuous,” the rescue reported, “so again we are just being cautious as we want the very best for Brinx!”
“Everyone who meets this guy falls in love with him!” Brinx’s foster mom Kelly shared with us. “He is so sweet, gentle and well-behaved. He gets along great with my dogs and cats. He is definitely a gem!” To see more photos of Brinx, click here.
RADAR paid $500 towards the echocardiogram and consultation costs for Brinx.
UPDATE! Brinx has been adopted! His foster mom, Kelly, shared this update from his forever family, “Brinx is doing great in his new home! He loves his new family and the feeling is mutual! He’s been impressing them with all he knows and with just how housebroken he is! They’re already working with him on respecting the kitties while they eat and said he’s listening so well!”
UPDATE! All funds for Brinx have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Brinx:
Black Dog Fund ($50); Hound Dog Fund ($50); Britney Aldridge & Levi; Cyndie Fleagle; Melissa Scherich; Missy Pope; Holly Hawkins; Dee Hannum; Kelly Edmonds; Beth Reedy; Jane Taylor; Katie Cox; Denise Kupiszewski; Bill Hatfield
Added on December 9, 2018.