Daisey has a doozy of a tale to tell! This approximately one-year-old Labrador Retriever mix arrived as a stray at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on April 23rd. Usually, a young Lab mix like Daisey would be more likely to get adopted or taken by a rescue. However, Daisey had a large lump on the top of her head that put her at risk of not making it out of the shelter alive. But that all changed thanks to ALIVE Animal Services Group and their efforts to keep Daisey alive!

Kathy Tabor with ALIVE and the Mercer County Volunteers, came up with a game plan to save Daisey. If some extra funds could be found to help ALIVE cover Daisey’s lumpectomy, House of Hope Animal Rescue in Maryland would not only take her, but would also cover her basic vetting costs. When Kathy turned to RADAR on May 13th to see if we could help, we immediately offered to provide up to $200 towards the lumpectomy, and the deal was done!

Daisey had her initial vetting, spaying and lumpectomy done on May 15th. The vet was very concerned that the mass removed might be malignant, so a biopsy was ordered. He had to scrape down to the bone, and even shave some of her skull cap in an effort to get it all. For several days after the surgery, Daisey was in intensive care, with three drainage tubes attached to her head. The good news is that a week later the biopsy results revealed that it was a benign tumor! Daisey was released the same day. The bad news is that the bill was more than expected due to a week of hospitalization. After all funds and donations were applied to the bill, including $200 from RADAR, a balance of $108 remained, which RADAR split with ALIVE.

What caused Daisey’s tumor? The vet thought it was probably from severe blunt force, suggesting that she was hit hard enough on the head to dent her skull. And yet despite it all, Daisey is still the happiest dog you can imagine! To see more photos of Daisey, click here.

RADAR paid $254 of Daisey’s $746 initial vetting, surgery and spaying costs.

UPDATE! All funds for Daisey have been raised! Thank you!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

UPDATE! Daisey has been adopted!

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Daisey:

Jeremiah Draper; Jennifer Kleme; Dorian Edwin, in memory her Aunt Marion who was a great dog lover and very concerned about the welfare of homeless dogs; JoAnn Lundin; Amy Marflak; Elizabeth Lavoie

Added on May 29, 2013.

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