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Tonka the rottie needs 2 new knees!

Closed Cause page created in the Animals category by Sharne Purchase

$2,100 of $8,000 goal
Given by 44 generous donors in around 3 months

Our beautiful Rottweiler needs cruciate ligament surgery on both knees and the pet insurance we've been paying for 5 years won't help us!

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We are devastated! Tonka is our best mate and is the most gentle loving dog. We don't want to see him in pain and want him to have the best life possible, but unfortunately even with pet insurance and with a baby due any day now we cant afford nearly $9,000 worth of surgery for him. And this is why we need your help!

Tonka is our beautiful Rottweiler and just before his 5th birthday he tore the cruciate ligament in his right knee whilst playing with my husband, James. Having been a Rottweiler we knew he could potentially have issues with his legs as he got older so as soon as we got him we did the responsible thing and signed him up for pet insurance. $70/month for the past 5 years and cover for $6000 worth of surgery we thought this would be sufficient. However, that is not the case. After sending him to a specialist at the request of his vet, we found out that he would require Cruciate Ligament Surgery and not just his damaged knee but his other knee as well. At approximately $4500/knee we were extremely grateful for signing up for pet insurance! That is not the case though. PetnSur's surgery cover does not cover cruciate surgery and will only pay out $700 towards this type of surgery.

On top of this, my husband and I are expecting our first child in December and despite doing everything we thought was right we have now been left in this awful situation where we are needing to call on the generosity of strangers to help our dog get the best life he can.

Use of funds

Any money raised will go towards paying for Cruciate Ligament Surgery on both knees for our dog, Tonka. Any surplus will go towards the Rottweiler Rescue and Rehoming NZ charity.

Latest update

Surgery is booked!  2 March 2020

Posted by: Sharne Purchase

Thank you once again for all of your generosity! We are completely blown away by the level of support and love we have received for Tonka.

Good news though, he is finally booked in for surgery and will be going in next Thursday the 12th March with Veterinary Associates in Takanini.

Under their care he will receive a thorough check up, including x-rays, so we will know the extent of the damage to his knees and from there decide when he will have to go in for his second knee. As there is a 10 week recovery period per knee, we will look at getting the second knee operated on next year - which will also give us time to change insurance companies and to choose a policy that will cover it this time!!

I will post another update once surgery is complete :)

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Penny & Ali
Penny & Ali on 12 Jan 2020
Frank Ricard
Frank Ricard on 28 Dec 2019
❤️ The Barretts
❤️ The Barretts on 26 Dec 2019
Karina on 20 Dec 2019
From Rhico Wish we could do more to help!
Cheryl on 18 Dec 2019

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