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Help Save our Rescue Pup, Cedar, if you are able

by Prince Of Petworth August 12, 2014 at 9:15 am 26 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Cedar is an adorable, hilarious, loving, energetic, and clumsy 1.5 year old labradoodle-of-sorts rescue pup, and he’s brought an incredible amount of joy into our lives.We were broken-hearted to find out recently that our little guy has a heart condition called PDA, which basically means that there is a small hole in his heart. There is a curative surgery for PDA which would enable him to live a full and normal life, but the cost is enormous. Without the surgery, he’ll live for at most one year.

Cedar is fully a member of our family, he’s about to be a big brother (I’m due with a baby girl in November)! We want to do everything we possibly can to give our guy the happiest, longest life possible because we love the little dude so very much. But paying his medical bills is going to be a real struggle for us.

Cedar’s rescue was kind enough to set up a donation page to help us fund his life saving surgery, and you can access it or share it from here.

We’ve also set up a Facebook page for him here.

We would deeply appreciate any help, whether it be a donation, sharing the donation page with others, “liking” Cedar’s Facebook Page, or even sending good thoughts. Every little bit helps.

Many, many thanks,
Sarah and Joshua (and Cedar)”

  • Anonymous
  • Anon

    I’m sure Cedar’s family would also welcome any ideas about organizations that help pets and owners in these situations. Go Cedar go!

  • gertie_wickler

    Just contributed and also sending warm and fuzzy thoughts your way Cedar!

  • Sarah

    Have you looked at Helping Hands in Richmond VA? They have amazing reviews and are much more affordable.

  • I recently had to pay for a sudden (and expensive) surgery for my cat. While I didn’t end up using it, CareCredit was suggested to me. It’s basically a credit card specifically for veterinary costs. Here’s the link: http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/. Here are some FAQs that explain how it’s different from a regular credit card: http://www.carecredit.com/faqs/basics/.

  • Panna

    I am sorry, but popville is always putting up theses pages without verifying that they are legit. There is no actual information about the owners or where they are from linked to the fundraising page or facebook. I remember the yoga teacher donation page from a few months ago that turned out to be a scam. I know animals all tug at our heartstrings, but no family members have commented, and the owners arent linked via FB.. I am just cautious..

    • +1.

    • Eponymous

      I kind of agree. It seems like the least the owners could have done here is post a pdf of the vet’s quote for surgery. But there’s no real effort at proof here at all. So even though I love dogs and would like to contribute, I am not going to take the chance that this is a scam.
      FWIW, it seems to me that it ought to be the owner’s responsibility to prove that they are legit, not Popville’s – but a some kind of standard warning on this front wouldn’t hurt.

      • textdoc

        There is also no mention of which rescue group this dog came from (the group that the OP says set up a donation page) — it would seem a lot less dubious if the rescue group were named and could confirm that this was all legit.
        In the past I’ve seen people trying to raise money for a pet’s surgery asking people to send their donations directly to the vet. That too would bolster the request’s legitimacy (as long as it was an area vet that people had actually heard of).

    • Anonymous

      Wait, I’m curious to hear more about the “yoga teacher scam”. Is this the one where the person claimed to be affected by mold? Where’s the scam follow-up?

      • Anonymous

        I missed this also – what was the scam?

  • Paul

    OK I did a little research. When you donate you are provided an e-mail address and contacted Erin Webber. If you search her e-mail you will see that she is very involved in the rescue of animals in Virginia

    OK I did a little research. When you donate you are provided an e-mail address of Erin Webber. If you search her e-mail you will see that she is very involved in the rescue of animals in Virginia. I e-mailed her to verify the need and she responded back to me with the following message:

    I appreciate you asking for verification. I wish it wasn’t necessary however the surgery has been deemed needed otherwise he has been given an expectancy of 1 year without surgery. With the surgery they are expecting a high quality of life and a higher life expectancy. He has an appointment with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine for October 1 which ran about $1,000 less than the vet in DC (cvca). They book up quickly at Virginia Maryland so Sarah wanted to get on their calendar for the surgery prior to the fundraiser completion which I think is wise. If you have further questions please do not hesitate. The donations will directly be paid to the vet hospital.

    • Eponymous

      But this can only be verified AFTER you donate. Sorry, but it would take relatively little effort for them to show upfront that they’re legitimate.

    • anon

      I’ve never heard of Erin Webber. Is there a specific rescue group that she’s involved with?

      • Eponymous

        Also, the rescue that you identify in your later post is in CT, not VA…

        • Anonymous

          So the pup was rescued when the OP was in CT. Still a rescue.

          • textdoc

            The fact that it’s not local means that D.C.-area people being solicited for donations haven’t heard of it, and don’t have a good way of knowing whether it’s a reputable CT rescue or a nonexistent rescue pretending to be from CT.
            If you’re going to ask people you don’t know for money, it’s in your best interest to provide as much corroborating information as possible.

          • Eponymous

            Yes, but the post above identifies Ms. Webber as active in Virginia rescue. It would be odd for a Virginia rescue to advocate for an animal rescued in Connecticut from a Connecticut rescue. I guess that could be the case, but it’s very odd And it’s even odder that someone claiming to be the owner (below) posted here and basically did nothing to assuage concerns expressed by people here.
            I’d be happy to be proven wrong, but there’s no way I’d give money based on what they’ve presented. It could just as easily be a scam.

          • textdoc

            Agreed with Eponymous, especially re. “And it’s even odder that someone claiming to be the owner (below) posted here and basically did nothing to assuage concerns expressed by people here.”

  • Paul

    Here is an e-mail that Erin sent to everyone who donated.

    Your donation towards Cedars surgery has been received. We at Bandits Place cant even begin to thank you for the support to help Cedar have this life saving surgery. His family cant thank you enough either. His surgery is scheduled for October 1 with Virginia Maryland Veterinary Center in Blacksburg VA he will following the surgery need followup care and a cardiogram. I know the cost seems big but he is very loved and this surgery is going to give little Cedar a healthy life. Again we cant thank you enough.
    Please keep your donation receipt that you should have received from paypal as the fundraiser is being handled by the rescue and payment will be made directly to the vets office.
    Thank you so much

    join us at http://www.facebook.com/banditsplacerescue

  • Did you notice…

    that Arash (of Tabard Inn diatribe infamy) commented on the Facebook page? And appears to have gotten married at the WWI Memorial?

    • Anonymous

      Good eye – it is one and the same (or at least his twin, or doppelganger). Glad he didn’t give Cesar one star 🙂

  • Sarah

    Dear All,

    Many, many thanks for your support and kind words. I will certainly look into the resources that folks provided. Cedar’s surgery is scheduled for Oct 1 at the VA Tech veternary teaching hospital, which we chose because the cost was much less than in DC. All donations will go directly from his rescue to the veternary hospital to pay his bills; we’ve provided documentation of his diagnosis and his surgery appointment to his rescue. We will be providing updates on Cedar’s progress pre and post surgery on his Facebook page. Many thanks again for the out-pouring of support to save our little guy.

    • textdoc

      Which rescue?

  • So – an internet messy tangle. But even if this were a plain and simple upfront deal – I just can’t justify spending $5,000.00 to save a dog’s life. I have a dog that I love. I could afford to spend a few thousand dollars on her, but I couldn’t justify that when there are starving children as well as family members who need support.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Victoria! If you don’t think you can “justify” donating, how about you just don’t and keep your comments to yourself? Ok? Thanks!


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