Funds needed to help Ker­mit walk

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CH­ESTER — Meet Ker­mit, An­i­mal Re­source Foun­da­tion’s 3- to 4-year-old Jack Rus­sell mix. Ker­mit is de­scribed as a spunky, lit­tle love bug who has al­ready cap­tured the hearts of many, said ARF Direc­tor Su­san Beall, but he is in dire need of surgery to cor­rect a painful lux­ated patella — a dis­lo­cated kneecap — which can cause in­tense pain and limp­ing.

The vet­eri­nar­ian who ex­am­ined him said Ker­mit’s prog­no­sis for re­cov­ery is ex­cel­lent, pro­vided a six-week pe­riod of re­stricted ac­tiv­ity is ad­hered to fol­low­ing the cor­rec­tive surgery, and ARF is de­ter­mined to make this surgery a re­al­ity for Ker­mit.

When Ker­mit was found as a stray by a lower Eastern Shore res­cue it was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that his rear leg was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pain.

Be­cause of his spe­cial needs, said Beall, a rep­utable res­cue was needed to help him, which is how ARF came to be in­volved. ARF was able to get Ker­mit to a vet right away, where an ex­am­i­na­tion and X-rays re­sulted in a find­ing that he has a stage 4 patel­lar lux­a­tion — lux­a­tions are graded by stages, 1 through 4, 4 be­ing the worst, which would re­quire surgery with a spe­cial­ist.

“As we’ve done in the past, ARF reached out to Dr. Dean Tyson, of Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Eas­ton, who in­di­cated the ne­ces­sity of surgery be­ing per­formed as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Beall.

She con­tin­ued, “This is where your help comes into play. As we are a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, we are de­pen­dent upon fundrais­ers and do­na­tions from an­i­mal lovers in our com­mu­nity who see the value of giv­ing ever y in­no­cent an­i­mal a chance at a healthy and lov­ing life. As you can imag­ine, Ker­mit’s surgery is of a very costly na­ture, and time is clearly of the essence.”

The es­ti­mated sur­gi­cal costs range from $1,993 to $3,025, in ad­di­tion to the $200 al­ready spent for anal­y­sis. ARF is also search­ing for a fos­ter home to em­brace Ker­mit dur­ing his re­cov­ery.

Do­na­tions are cur­rently be­ing ac­cepted, and any do­na­tion will be used en­tirely to cover Ker­mit’s sur­gi­cal ex­penses, said Beall. Do­na­tions can be sent to “An­i­mal Re­source Foun­da­tion” at P.O. Box 396, Ch­ester, MD 21619. Please in­di­cate “For Ker­mit.” ARF is a non­profit 501(c)(3) or­ga­ni­za­tion, which means con­tri­bu­tions are tax de­ductible to the ex­tent per­mit­ted by law.

Funds raised in ex­cess of those needed will be placed into an ac­count ear­marked for ARF an­i­mals like Ker­mit that also need emer­gency med­i­cal treat­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact ARF at 410-643-8700 or email info@ar­fusa.org.

Ker­mit, An­i­mal Re­source Foun­da­tion’s (ARF) 3 or 4 year old Jack Rus­sell mix needs surgery to cor­rect a dis­lo­cated kneecap.

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