Rescuing a pup in need is one of the most wonderful and personally rewarding ways to give back.
Not only does adopting change a dog’s life, but it also changes yours. For one sweet Rottweiler in Georgia, though, the life-changing aspect of being adopted was more like live-saving.
Mason the 6-month-old Rottweiler mix was rescued and brought to the DeKalb County Animal Services, where shelter volunteer Andie Peart fell quickly in love with him.
When a shelter vet checked Mason out, she noticed something worrisome. A vibration in the pup’s chest signified a heart murmur, and a closer examination revealed a “rare, complicated condition known as a sub-aortic stenosis.” Mason’s heart was working significantly harder than it should.
Andie knew she needed to help Mason, so she started calling vets to get him an operation. Only one group of vets, at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine, were willing to do the risky operation — but they told Andie it could cost up to $15,000.
Amazingly, an anonymous donor paid for Mason’s entire operation.
Andie was amazed. She said “I’m very much in love with him. So, when they agreed to do that, I was just extremely, extremely beside myself.”
Doctors successfully completed the complicated operation on Mason, and Andie says the pup will now “get a chance at life that he wouldn’t have had.” He is looking for his forever home.