With his surgery over, Orson's Recovery Has Begun!

May 11, 2017

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Encinitas, CA – Animal lovers in San Diego and across the country came together to raise funds to provide leg surgery for a dog named Orson. The operation that was performed today (Thursday, 5/11) will stretch a bone in his right, front leg and allow him to walk normally. Most important, when his recovery is complete the pain that he’s suffered for most of his life will be gone. 

Orson was abandoned by a freeway in Mexico when he was a puppy. He was rescued and eventually transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas through the FOCAS program. Medical officials discovered that one of the bones in his lower, right, front leg was too short and the joint between the lower and upper leg was not formed properly. Because he was favoring the leg, it created more medical issues in his right, rear leg. Without surgery he would have been in pain for his whole life. 

RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “He was adopted by a family that agreed to get him the surgery. They returned him several months later but the procedure had not been done.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains, “Our Medical fund was depleted after we recently accepted dozens of dogs and puppies rescued from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. Many of them needed medical treatment. We were able to take care of them, but there wasn’t much left afterward.”

RCHS notified donors, volunteers, and the media. Donations began arriving. A donation from an animal lover in Texas combined with a discount from the Veterinary Surgeon provided enough to schedule the surgery.  
Pool says, “The surgeon installed a device that will slowly stretch the bone. This process will continue when he leaves the hospital and goes into foster care, and possibly even when he’s adopted. For the first time in his life, Orson will be pain free.”

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap. 
The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. 

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org

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