Kuda, the ailing dog belonging to homeless Sharon Schroer, got his surgery to remove a three-pound tumor — non-cancerous — from his spleen and is back on his feet, thanks to a big fund drive by Tail Waggers Rescue, run by Maria Modica.
The surgery, done last week by Dr. Glen Winters of Phoenix Animal Hospital, cost $1,156, an amount raised through a media appeal throughout the Rogue Valley.
To supporters, Modica emailed, “I am very happy to announce that Kuda made it through surgery. He let everyone know he was ready to leave the vets by BARKING!
“During surgery, Sharon and I went shopping for food for her and Kuda. We bought out Costco’s organic veggies. Broccoli, green beans, carrots, spring mix, wild blueberries, zucchini, coconut water, cheese and peanut butter/jelly sandwiches, some OJ and a baked chicken for Kuda. It didn’t stop there, Kuda got a brand-new bed and is resting comfortably in the motel room.”
Schroer, 30, says she’s had the dog 13 years and he is her best friend.
“He’s strong and always happy. He keeps me going,” she said in an interview before the surgery. Before the fund drive, Schroer said she was raising funds by singing and playing guitar in front of Varsity Theatre.
John Darling is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.