Although it is banned, dog fighting still exists. “Six” had been a dog fighter and had been rejected from the pitiless blood sport. He ended up abandoned and in a shelter but not before he was burnt with acid and left for dead. He spent an entire year in the shelter system trying to recover.
From there Six was rescued by New York based animal rescue organizations, Guardians of Rescue and Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue. These organizations saw something in this special canine that led them to get him trained as a service dog. Unfortunately, after his training, Six’s health has taken a turn for the worse. The rescues are looking for some ‘angels amongst us’ that will help this dog recover again.
The Paws of War program, in conjunction with the Guardians of Rescue and Save-A-Pet, help veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); making certain that they are assisted. They help these vets through the use of animal therapy which has proven to be quite beneficial in facilitating the men and women so they are able to overcome this condition.
Six excelled in his training to become a therapy dog. He had been placed with a veteran employed in the Washington DC area. Since their pairing, dog and veteran have been inseparable. Unfortunately Six began to develop a limp and was diagnosed with a condition that settled in his elbows. He will need to undergo bilateral orthopedic surgery which typically is very costly; up to $10,000. This exorbitant cost is simply too much for the military veteran to be able to pay.
In order to make the surgery more affordable so that the good therapy work that Six is doing can continue, Dr. Allan Carb of the New York Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Farmingdale, New York has graciously offered to perform the surgery at a reduced cost of $3,000.
“While the discounted rate for the surgery is so unbelievably giving, we still need help raising funds for this much needed operation,” says Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue organization. “Six is a wonderful dog whose life is dedicated to helping others. Now it’s our turn to help him, and we are asking the community to please help in any way that they can,” Dori adds.
Although many people do not believe in the goodness of Pitbulls or the fact that any animal can be rehabilitated, Six is the advocate that displays that a dog can change if simply given love and compassion. Now he just needs a bit more help to ensure that he can prove himself even more worthy and help his person to recover from the throes of war.
If you are a fan of the Guardians of Rescue, Save-A-Pet, the Paws of War program and/or our military personnel, please do not hesitate to help this vet/dog combo by giving a donation to ensure Six’s care. To find out how, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.