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Forrest, a great dane ARC rescue, needs help

February 16, 2009
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Forrest came to the Animal Refuge Center as a stray. But, he was not roaming the streets, as so many are in times like these, but instead, inhumanely tied to a tree in the woods. He was tied for days from the look of his thinning frame. A good samaritan found him and proceeded to bring him to ARC. It was quickly evident that this magnificent great dane was in pain from watching him walk. Something was terribly wrong with Forrest.

His diagnosis confirmed that he has two ruptured rear knees. The fact Forrest can walk at all is a testament to his determination to be mobile. The only chance this magnificent Dane has to properly support his weight is to get a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. This surgery entails replacing both hind knees with titanium implants which are thinner, lighter, and stronger than stainless steel: Perfect for a dog the size of a small pony.

The Animal Refuge Center is in need of your help. Please consider giving Forrest a second chance at life by making as generous a donation as you can to his surgical fund. While Dr. Kaderly, of Specialists in Veterinary Surgery, is working with ARC to help make this surgery happen it still remains a formidable expense. The price of Forrest's future is $6,800.

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Forrest, a great dane rescue now at ARC, needs serious surgery to remain mobile. ARC volunteers are asking for any help possible. Photo provided.

At five years old, Forrest is hoping for an opportunity to enjoy the rest of his life on his feet doing what Danes do best which is to romp and play and be a noble member of someone's family. Please consider a generous donation to the care of Forrest. Together we can give this magnificent dog a bright future.

Donations marked "Forrest Fund" can be mailed to ARC P.O. Box 6642, Fort Myers, FL 33911, through PayPal on ARC's web site,, or by credit card, call Betty at 841-0810.

Incorporated in 1988, Animal Refuge Center is a not-for-profit animal welfare society, dedicated to caring for all homeless animals brought to its care at its 22 1/2 -acre sanctuary in North Fort Myers. The sanctuary houses a Welcome Center, Canine Training Center, 12 feline facilities, 29 canine lodges and is home to more than 350 cats and 60 dogs.

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