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Help This Lovable Dog Stand on His Own

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The first thing you notice when you meet QBert is the gentle topography of his face: the slightly puzzled look in his eyes, his elegantly creased brow, his pendulous jowls — and that goofy-lovable under bite.

But look more closely: follow the lines of his caramel-colored coat, and you discover something terribly wrong with his left rear leg. It dangles. It’s deformed, and whether a birth defect or the result of life in a puppy mill, it has been rendered useless to QBert.

A three-year old mastiff, QBert arrived at our Port Washington headquarters, along with nearly 90 other dogs, as part of a puppy mill rescue in Oklahoma. The effort was a collaboration between North Shore Animal League America and the MuttNation Foundation, the group created by country music superstar Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev Lambert.

A shy, sweet dog QBert appears to have made the best of things. He doesn’t seem to be in pain, walks well, and runs with a sort of sideways gallop, dragging his back leg behind him.

But North Shore Animal League America doesn’t think “making do” is good enough for a dog as lively and active as QBert. So after assessing his general condition, our medical team decided on corrective orthopedic surgery. The procedure is unusual and will require the skills of a specialist. We're working hard to make the complicated medical arrangements, including the post-surgery rehab that may take at least four weeks.

Until then, QBert will spend two to three weeks in a  foster home, resting, socializing, and prepping for surgery — but mostly getting ready for life as a loved, four-legged friend.

It is only because of donations to our Help Me Heal program that we can help animals like QBert — and so many other dogs and cats — get the care they need to lead healthy lives. Please join us as we continue our life-saving mission. Your donation can help transform QBert’s life, making him the happy four-legged dog he was meant to be. 

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