In years past, Leo was always more than willing to put his goofy self out there in order to help us in the Ocean First Charity Challenge. Sadly, this year, Leo is no longer with us, but his story lives on, and will hopefully encourage you all to help us in raising funds to help wonderful, deserving animals, as we did for Leo throughout his life.
Most of you are familiar with the story of Leo, the Tibetan Mastiff that came to us in January, 2016 in such a terrible state. Leo was imported from China as a puppy by a breeder. When it was discovered that Leo was not top-notch breeding material, he was given to someone that just wanted Leo as a status symbol, as the expensive, imported dogs are a sign of wealth in some cultures. Leo spent many months in a tiny cage in this man's yard, with no shelter from the elements and no treatment for his many medical ailments that he had.
By the time Leo got to us at AHS/Popcorn Park, he was in a sad state. His skin was coarse, bleeding, and covered in scabs from a raging skin infection. His eyes and ears were swollen, and he was malnourished and defeated. We immediately got to work on helping this poor soul, that was so incredibly grateful for every bit of help, attention, and human contact he received.
Leo spent two and a half years in our care and became a part of our family. He went to countless specialists for allergies, orthopedic issues, and skin issues, and he underwent two major surgeries to re-construct his eyelids to repair the severe issues he had. As you can imagine, a dog having this many issues was difficult to adopt out but, being a Tibetan Mastiff, an extremely protective breed, made it even more of a challenge. It didn't matter though, because he always had a home with us. In spring, 2017, when we received the devastating news that Leo had hemangiosarcoma, a very aggressive form of cancer, he actually went home with one of his, "moms", to live a quiet, peaceful life, for whatever time he had left.
We lost Leo in March of this year, but he will be with us forever. He was a part of the family, and one of the many AHS animals that we would not hesitate for a moment to do absolutely everything for, if it made them feel better. Leo's medical treatment over the two and half years that he was with us was well over $10,000. We were so grateful for the help that we received from our supporters, but the truth is, Leo is one of so many animals that need very extensive medical care and the support just never seems to be enough.
In memory of Leo, we would like to ask the you help us in the Ocean First Charity Challenge this year. We are once again raising funds for our Res-Q Fund, which is the fund that gave Leo that wonderful life that he had and helped him in his time of need. You can drop off a donation of any amount or mail it to us at: AHS/Popcorn Park 1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731 Attn: Charity Challenge, or you can donate here.
Thank you, as always, for your support!