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Darla Update - May 4th

Our little lady Darla had quite an adventure today! She took a trip to North Star Vets in Robbinsville, NJ to meet Dr. Melissa Logan, the neurologist. Darla (aka Tia Darling) was overjoyed to take the trip with her "moms", and held her little head out the window most of the way to feel the cool breeze in her fluffy hair.

Now to the serious business ... our little lady has got quite a road to recovery ahead of her. When Darla came to our AHS Newark facility as a "stray" a couple of months ago and was unable to use her hind legs, x rays were immediately taken to look for a break. There were no broken bones seen but since her condition did not improve much over time, further testing needed to be done to determine what exactly was causing Darla to be unable to use her hind legs.

We discovered today that Darla has several discs in her spine that may be ruptured. Dr. Logan performed a thorough evaluation and discovered that Darla is suffering with degenerative disc disease, and that since some of her discs may be compressed, she will need spinal decompression surgery to correct the problem and give her mobility back in her hind legs. Dr. Logan feels that Darla was most likely born with a deformity of the spine and that although this was most likely not caused by abuse, we can surmise that her former dumped her when they could no longer care for this little girl could not walk. Darla is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday and we ask that you keep our little girl in your thoughts and prayers that all goes well, and that she has a speedy recovery.

As you know, the special needs animals just keep coming through our doors and we offer each and every one of them a chance at living a full, normal, happy life. Darla is sharing her suite with Liesel, another pup that cannot walk and will also need extensive medical care. These are just two of so many. We are thankful to our generous supporters who contribute to our Res-Q Fund, and ask that you please donate any amount that you can to help us to continue helping Darla and so many others like her.

Darla will be staying in the hospital for a couple of days following her surgery and then will return to us to begin the recovery process. Please stay tuned for more from our darling Darla.

Read Darla's original story.


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