Canine Cataracts can’t stop Me!
Henry, Reese and I recently returned from a road trip during which, we had the pleasure of sharing our children’s book to help raise funds for an amazing rescue organization. Joyful Rescues is a non-profit and no-kill shelter in Western New York.
During the fundraising event known as ‘Petfest,’ we had the pleasure of meeting several of the organization’s incredible volunteers, and many of the guests who attended the event. Several of whom, like us, had adopted family members from Joyful Rescues. Petfest is hosted every summer by Joyful Rescues.
Like our Reese, Riley is a Joyful Rescue with special needs. His (soon to be) mamas Jessie and Steffanie have been fostering Riley. After meeting this adorable little man, it’s hardly surprising that they fell in love and applied to adopt Riley. He is sweet, friendly, and incredibly happy.
With such a disposition, it’s hard to believe that, until recently, Riley was visually impaired due to cataracts. Riley was blind in one eye with impairment in his other eye. After their pre-op appointment at Animal Eye Care of Western New York, they received the bittersweet news. Although Riley was not experiencing pain because of cataracts, they had worsened – in both eyes! Their hope that one eye would not become worse for a longer period was completely dashed. Unfortunately, the condition had worsened and the second eye would also need surgery. Dr. Stanz (of Animal Eye Care) recommended that he operate on both eyes at the same time. It would be less costly and, more importantly, would put less stress on Riley. Jessie agreed.
Not treating cataracts can lead to severe pain, glaucoma, and even blindness. The cost of the procedure substantially increased to more than $4500.00. Joyful Rescues is a nonprofit organization that thrives on the support of its donors and volunteers. Jessie and her mom have been working diligently to create adorable bandanas to raise funds for the cost of surgery.
Jessie recently shared the following plea for help:
Riley is our current foster dog from Joyful Rescues, He was saved from a high-kill shelter in West Virginia a couple of months ago and made his journey here. When he arrived, he was slightly positive for heartworm, and it was discovered that he has juvenile cataracts. He has been treated for the heartworm and is now negative, but his cataracts still need to be operated upon. Animal Eye Care of WNY will be handling the surgery when the time arrives. Riley is only three years old and needs this surgery to have clearer vision for the long life that is ahead of him with the forever home that is going to find him! Please help us raise the money needed to help Riley see clearly again!
Riley recently had his surgery and I’m a pleased to share with you that it was a success. Jessie explained the procedure which involved implanting two teeny, weeny lenses that looked like translucent turtles – the feet acting as anchors until they heal and bond, as part of Riley’s new eyes.
Incredible, don’t you agree?
Jessie still needs your help to cover the remainder of the surgery bill. Riley’s world is brighter thanks to his amazing people – and fur brother Oliver Winston! Oli is a young, West Highland White Terrier and is described by Jessie as ‘hell on wheels.’
He is not a rescue and did come from a breeder. I got him before I learned about rescues and the number of dogs in need of loving homes.
Jessie was worried about bringing Riley into the home she shares with Oli and her girlfriend. Oli was an only furchild and although he loves other dogs he meets, Jessie wasn’t sure how Oli would react to another dog moving in. There was no need to worry; Oli loves Riley.
There was a little bit of jealousy over his mommas, however, Oli seemed to sense that Riley needed our love and belonged in our home. They became inseparable – they play together, sleep and snuggle together and eat out of the same food bowl! To say that we found the perfect pair is an understatement -says Jessie.
We’re so grateful to Joyful Rescues for the wonderful work they do and very happy Riley and Jessie found each other through the organization. Riley is an absolute angel and has (literally) been given the chance to live life to the fullest and see many happy years.
Riley’s team has raised nearly $4100 and still need another $500 to cover the cost of surgery. You can support Riley’s cause by purchasing a bandana (as modelled by Henry and Reese), or by donating via Riley’s ‘Go Fund Me’ account below.