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Busted Buster

I adopted her to give her a better life.

— Ropers —

This unique ‘breed’ of dachshund and Labrador mix named Buster caught the eye of a dynamic mother-daughter duo 3 years previously when they were at the SPCA. This beautiful lady happily came home to this loving family and the three have been companions ever since.

Earlier in the year, the Ropers began to notice a bump on Buster’s tail. Being conscientious and responsible pet owners, they monitored the situation carefully. While Buster was experiencing this new development, the Roper family was also going through some challenging times of their own. They shared, “I am a single parent going through bankruptcy after a long-term partner moved out six months ago and I’m now handling all finances on my own. I have no credit cards. I have a daughter getting ready to go away to college.” With such tight circumstances, the family was financially pressed to cover any costs associated with Buster.

After a couple months of monitoring, it became apparent that Buster would need to see a veterinarian about the bump and the Ropers took her to Cottage Veterinary Care in PG. The Ropers were told amputation of the tail was a real possibility, but surgery was needed in order to determine the next steps for Buster. The cost of the surgery was estimated between $1,400 – $2,300 and the Ropers felt the financial pressure of this right away. Knowing the surgery was needed, they were willing to do whatever was needed to ensure proper care of Buster. When Cottage Veterinary Care mentioned Max’s Helping Paws to the Ropers, they reached out right away and explained, “I have never asked for financial help from anyone but I am now because Buster means the world to us and unfortunately, I do not have the resources to pay for her surgery.”

Thanks to the tenacity of the Ropers to make sure Buster was cared for, and the financial assistance of Max’s Helping Paws, Buster was able to receive the surgery she needed without an amputation being done. This 6 1/2 year old puppy went back to his family and had the restoration and recovery time she needed to complete their family once again.

About Our Veterinary Partner:

<img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-7981 alignleft portfolio-lazyLoad" src="" alt="" width="127" height="105" srcset=" 300w, 150w, 579w" sizes="(max-width: 127px) 100vw, 127px" /> Located in Pacific Grove, CA, Cottage Veterinary Care provides pets and pet owners with quality veterinary care in the Monterey County area. We strive every day to be a welcoming, skilled, and cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions. For us, this means keeping you, the pet owner, at the center of all we do.

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