Underdog Friends & Family,
UPDATE: We are sad to announce that Optimus Prime didnt make it. We were successful in starting him with tube feeding, but his tiny body just wasnt strong enough. Thank you to everyone who supported this little man.
We would like to introduce you to Optimus Prime. This little fellow was born last night in the care of one of our foster homes. Recently we attended an auction where we saved several lives including that of a pregnant yorkie named Rissa. She gave birth last night to three beautiful babies. Upon first examination they looked like healthy pups. However, soon it became apparent that one of them was not thriving like the others. We discovered that Optimus Prime was born with a cleft palate. In puppies, this condition is often a death sentence. Many factors are involved, such as, simply eating. If any amount of food travels to the lungs instead of the esophagus, this can cause pneumonia. So early in life, tiny puppies are not strong enough to fight it off.
We believe that all life is precious and so we are working to give Optimus Prime his best shot at a healthy life. We are consulting veterinarians today and will begin to tube feed him. Our hope is that he will grow strong, and eventually be healthy enough for corrective surgery. He has a very long road ahead of him and we need your help.
The on-going care and eventual surgery will cost thousands. Please consider donating to help Optimus Prime. Click on the donate link below to contribute to his care.
Please spread the word about this amazing little man who deserves every effort we can make to save his life.