10-year-old pittie saved from euthanasia
Medical Care for Coltrane
June 17, 2022
WE NEED YOUR HELP TLP Family,
Deformed, infected, and marked for death. At ten years old, Tank found himself on the euthanasia list due to a long list of ailments and his old age. Up against the clock, members of TLP posted ferociously begging and pleading for someone to step up to foster him so we could pull him in time to save his life. These cries for help did not go unnoticed, and on Wednesday, Tank was pulled from the shelter and transported to a foster home.
Tank, newly named Coltrane, has a long list of medical needs. He has advanced congestive heart failure causing a horrible cough. He’s heartworm positive and has leg deformities and arthritis causing a limp. His ears are swollen and infected, and his nails are severely overgrown. Despite all of this, he is described as being an incredibly friendly boy who loves giving kisses and lying in the sun.
TLP is determined to do right by Coltrane, to help him live the best part of his life. Will you help us do it?
You can help Coltrane by donating to his medical expenses or purchasing an item from his wishlist.
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Earlier today, Coltrane gained his angel wings. He collapsed early this morning and his foster mom, a vet tech, immediately rushed him to work with her. His breathing was labored and had already slowed. We could give him supportive care but it would only be prolonging his suffering. It was best to let him go in peace.
After his vet appointment earlier this week, we confirmed Coltrane was both heartworm positive and had an upper respiratory infection. He was slightly underweight and had severe arthritis. He had a long road of recovery ahead of him and we knew we would have to take it day by day and count every day as a blessing.
Coltrane spent six incredible days with his foster. Because of her, he got to experience true love, possibly for the first time in his life. She made sure he always had a full belly and, even more importantly, a full heart. If not for her willingness to step up in his time of need, Coltrane would've died in the shelter, never knowing what those things felt like.
We cannot thank everyone enough for helping us make this story possible. Those at the shelter who advocated for him, those that posted pleading for a foster, our internal teams that coordinated for his care, his foster, and of course, everyone who donated to his fundraisers. Any extra funds from his campaigns will be moved to our heartworm fund, to help other dogs like Coltrane who enter our program.
I know it’s not the happy ending we all wanted, but for Coltrane, it was his happily ever after. And that should be celebrated. Fly high sweet boy; we love you.