ARL and MAF collaborate to help offset cost of life-saving $10,000 surgery

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and the Massachusetts Animal Fund (MAF) recently collaborated to help provide a life-saving procedure to a dog who had recently given birth and was suffering from a prolapsed uterus.

The owner’s efforts to seek emergency help for her beloved pet was harrowing, and if ARL and MAF were not contacted, it’s likely the 9-month-old Yorkshire Terrier would not have survived.

The caretaker had recently adopted Amora, a 9-month-old Yorkshire Terrier, from a family member, and was unaware the dog was pregnant.

When Amora gave birth to a single puppy, a complication arose, resulting in a prolapsed uterus (uterus outside the body).

The puppy did survive, but Amora’s prolapsed uterus was turning necrotic, and she needed emergency veterinary care in order to survive.

The owner brought the dog to a Boston-area veterinary hospital, and was told the procedure to remove the uterus would cost upwards of $10,000, which was financially out of reach for Amora’s family.

Amora’s owner reached out to several organizations looking for assistance, and when she contacted MAF, Program Coordinator Sheri Gustafson took action by reaching out to ARL.

ARL was able to accommodate Amora at Boston Veterinary Care, ARL’s public clinic located next to its Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Furthermore, the collaboration made it possible to offset the bulk of the cost of the procedure, allowing the dog’s life to be saved and giving her the second chance she deserves.

Amora is recovering well from her surgery, and her newborn puppy is also thriving.

ARL and MAF are thrilled to have been able to provide this critical surgery, and is a prime example of the close-knit animal welfare community coming together to care for an animal, and family, in need.