"Doggie Mayor" Ross Recovers from Leg Amputation

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Ross, a lovable puppy with a promising future, recently found himself facing a series of unexpected challenges. Scheduled for a routine neuter appointment, Ross's journey took an unexpected turn when he suffered an injury to his paw/wrist. The Weslaco Animal Care Officers upon taking him to the vet discovered he had previous injuries in that leg. Amputation was necessary. What followed was a remarkable display of compassion, resilience, and the unwavering dedication of animal care professionals.
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The cost of the necessary surgery was pricey, and Weslaco Animal Care Services shared to social media looking for donations. Ross's story inspired a kind-hearted individual to step forward and cover the entire bill. Their act of kindness not only made the procedure possible but also symbolized the power of community support.
While Ross recovered from surgery, it became clear that he could not remain at the shelter due to his easily agitated nature. Recognizing the importance of providing a nurturing environment, efforts were made to find a suitable foster home where Ross's needs could be met. Officer Orellana of Weslaco Animal Care Services has opened her home to Ross during his recovery. The collective effort and compassion demonstrated by Officer Orellana will create a stable and loving environment where Ross can heal and prepare for his future.
DSC_9868Ross's surgery took place on June 14th, 2023. Although he faced the loss of a limb, his resilient spirit and dedication of his caretakers ensure that he would have a chance at a fulfilling life.
Ross's journey is a testament to the extraordinary impact that can be made when individuals come together for a common cause. As Ross embarks on a new chapter in his life, we are reminded of the profound difference we can make by extending a helping hand to those in need. Pictured below is Ross and Officer Orellana at an outreach educational event prior to the amputation. 
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Ross's story is not just about the challenges he overcame; it is also an invitation to the wider community to get involved. If you are interested in providing donations to support the Weslaco Animal Care Center's important work, please contact animalcare@weslacotx.gov. Your contribution, whether big or small, can help transform the lives of animals like Ross, who deserve a second chance at happiness.

by Maggie Perez, City of Weslaco