What do you call RADAR’s immediate assistance for this dog named Cocoa? Yes, instant Cocoa! Read on to see what an amazingly immediate impact RADAR had on Cocoa’s urgent situation. This approximately eight-year-old Chocolate Lab ended up at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Kershaw County, South Carolina, on July 17th. Cocoa, a sweet senior who won over the hearts of the shelter staff and volunteers, had been abandoned by her owner. Despite evidence of enduring a rough life, her inner beauty was always shining through.
A shelter is no place for any dog, but especially a senior dog. Fortunately, Dawn Zimmermann offered to foster Cocoa so that she wouldn’t have to be confined to a concrete floor. Dawn, who just adores Cocoa and provides her with lots of TLC, discovered a lump on Cocoa’s right rear leg. She was taken to the vet for blood tests and x-rays, which the vet provided at no cost. The vet determined that the tumor was cancerous and prompt surgery was necessary to keep the cancer from spreading. The discounted cost for the surgery was estimated to be $500. Help was needed, and fast.
Late on Monday evening, August 26th, Margaret Ellis, RADAR’s liaison with the shelter, contacted us about helping with Cocoa. Early on Tuesday morning, August 27th, RADAR agreed to assist. And here’s the instant part: as soon as we agreed to help, Cocoa was off to the vet and had her surgery done that same morning! As Margaret told us, “We were all set to go and hit the road running just as soon as we received RADAR’s commitment.” The vet reported that it was a fibrosarcoma tumor. While it was malignant, the lab results indicated that the vet had successfully removed all of it. Although Cocoa is also heartworm positive, because of her age and lack of symptoms, she will be treated by using a regular monthly heartworm preventative protocol. To view more photos of Cocoa, click here.
RADAR paid $250 towards Cocoa’s tumor surgery costs of $480. (Dawn, Cocoa’s foster mom, raised the remaining $230, and was so happy that the surgery could be done, and immediately, because of RADAR’s help.)
UPDATE! All funds for Cocoa have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Cocoa has been adopted by her foster family!
UPDATE Cocoa crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 17, 2017. Dawn, her forever Mom, sent us the following message, “we had to let Cocoa go this morning. She could no longer walk without collapsing, and when she stopped coming to us for her daily dose of human petting (complete with big old lab drool), we knew it was time. I can’t thank you both enough for creating RADAR. If it was not for you, our life with Cocoa would have never materialized. Please raise a glass to our Cocoa. She was a good girl.” Rest in Peace, Cocoa.
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Cocoa:
Chloe’s SOS Fund; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Margaret & Irving Ellis; Diana Berkstresser; Freya Hill
Added on September 8, 2013.