Family struggles to find funds for life saving surgery for their dog


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“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster I can tell you that.”

Sarah McAvan is living a nightmare after her pup “Duke” took a turn for the worst..

Finding out he was diagnosed with a disabling disease and is unable to walk anymore.

“I took him to the vet three days ago and they told me he has wobblers syndrome.”

“It’s basically in his spinal cord so in his neck and his back, so we have to do an MRI and then surgery after that,” said McAvan.

Now she’s hoping for a miracle with raising enough money to get Duke the help he needs. 

“An MRI is about $2,000 to $2,500 dollars and the surgery could on the high end be $7,000  to $10,000.”

Funds she said her and family are struggling to find.

“I can honestly say he’s a huge stress reliever for myself and for my kids,” said McAvan. “There’s things that I go through that coming home to him makes me relax.”

Now watching helplessly as her pup struggles every day.

“We’ve camped out the past three nights downstairs with him because the other night he wasn’t able to go up the stairs and he fell all the way down the stairs and he hit the wall,” she said. “It was terrifying seeing that happen so I’ve made it to where me and the kids will sleep downstairs in the living room with him so that we’re right there,” said McAvan. “I even have to spoon feed him and give him water.”

But now time is running out.

“I’m not ready to give up on my dog yet, he is only 16 months old.”

Without Duke.

“I don’t even know what I would do, it would just be a very quiet, lonely house without him, without hearing his little feet across the tile floor and him jumping up on me and laying on me.”

McAvan said her and her family’s heart would be crushed, changing their lives forever.

“He just means the world to us, he’s family,” McAvan said.

They are hoping to raise at least $7,000 within the next week or two, which would help cover the MRI and surgery.

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