Funds needed to help Kermit walk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kermit, Animal Resource Foundation’s (ARF) 3 or 4 year old Jack Russell mix needs surgery to correct a dislocated kneecap.