So I rescued a puppy from the side of the road after I saw him hit by an amish buggy almost a month ago. I took him to our local pet emergency, he had no collar, no tags & turns out no chip. I'd left my name & # with them telling them if I cld help out in anyway pls call me. A few days later they called me asking if I wld want to adopt the puppy bc where I lived there was no place to go with a stray injured dog. They went on to say in not so many words, if I didn't take him there was a good chance hed be put down. My heart broke for this poor sweet creature, he has the nicest disposition of any dog I've ever encountered. He's not 7 mons old & just as sweet as ever. He is American bulldog/ pitbull mix & we (my 6yo son & I) have fallen in love with him dearly.
Unexpectedly coming in to dog ownership esp one with medical problems & the bills that come along with that are not cheap. I had estimated I would need about a $1000 to care for his broken leg- which is the weekly split changes, upcoming xrays, getting his shots updated & getting him fixed once his leg is healed.
All of that cost money that I a full time single parent who rarely receives more than nickles or dimes every few months in child support even can afford only 3 short mobs before my son's birthday &xmas -so I started a go fund me page I have raised $815 on the go fund me page of a $1000 goal. Which is AWESOME. The problem is -last week I spent $616 just in one vet visit bc I did not take into consideration that a puppy will chew on his split, he will get it wet & it will need to be changed sometimes multiple times a week that's $57 just to walk in the door $34 for the splint change And for some reason I have never spent less than a $100 at the vet every week since we got our puppy.
I underestimated how much a dog of his breed will eat, how much of my stuff he will destroy with house training accidents & puppy-ness behaviors. So in not so many words I need more money & idk how to politely ask without being a bother or trying to sound greedy. I obviously am not using funds to replace ny hallway runners or to buy him toys- it is legitimately for his vet care so I'm not breaking the bank. The unexpected x-rays last week + the severe infection in his foot + 2 splints that week totaled $700+ last week alone.
Yesterday we had to go for another unscheduled splint change & I miss work for these appts mind you. I'm self employed therefore if I don't go to work, I don't get paid.
I don't want to continue to financially strap myself to the point I'm wondering where I can make up my rent money the last week of ea month but it's a thought I find creeping into my mind more and more.
Has anyone else every sorely underestimated their fundraising goal & if so did you ask for more help; and how?
Thanks so much in advance
-Chance's struggling Mom, Julie xoxo