A Canadian pet insurance company has stepped in to help one of the residents at the Victoria SPCA, a “gentle giant” Great Dane named Caesar, who needs a costly surgery.
Manitoba-based Petsecure is offering to match $5,000 in donations to help provide urgently needed surgery for the two-year-old Great Dane.
Caesar came into the BC SPCA’s care through an animal cruelty investigation and is now at the Victoria branch.
“Caesar was living in filthy, unsanitary conditions when he was rescued and has a knee issue that could cause a lifetime of chronic pain,” says Annie Prittie-Bell, manager of the Victoria SPCA. “His knee is out of place – it can be massaged back but it pops out again right away. After everything he has been through we want him to be able to run and play like a normal pup, but he can’t do that without surgery.”
Caesar needs an expensive Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy surgery, as well as a second operation to ensure his knee cap stays in place.
Being as big as he is, Caesar will also require professional rehabilitation treatments to help his recovery.
“Total cost for his care will be more than $9,000 and we really hope people will help us get this gentle giant on the road to a happy, normal life,” says Prittie-Bell.
She says Caesar is a sweet dog who will make a wonderful family pet once he is ready for adoption.
“He often forgets just how big he is – he’s totally convinced he is a lap dog.”
To donate to help pay for Caesar’s surgery, you can visit the SPCA’s donation page on their website.