Found abandoned in a car with a broken pelvis, 3 year old Mabel was running out of time at the local shelter. Despite multiple fractures (left acetabular fracture, right SI luxation, pubic and ischial fractures) and an unimaginable amount of pain, her sweet nature was on full display when a Silicon Valley Pet Project representative went to meet her. She wagged her tail wildly while dragging herself over to say hello and quickly found herself tucked into a safe foster home and scheduled for a surgical consult.
Unfortunately, the primary trauma had occurred too long ago to easily repair Mabel’s pelvis: it was already in the process of healing. With the help of a talented orthopedic surgeon, Silicon Valley Pet Project was able to have a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) performed, allowing her pelvis to continue healing while restoring her ability to walk. Mabel wasn’t quite out of the woods yet- balancing the crate rest necessary for her pelvic fractures and the exercise and physical therapy needed for her FHO took some careful thought and planning.
Mabel has made a remarkable recovery, thanks to a team of dedicated fosters, a fantastic surgeon, and WeHelpDogs.org. Watching her trot down the sidewalk or wrestle with another dog is a delight. She’s got a wag and a lick for everyone she meets and we’re confident that she’ll make the perfect pet for a lucky family.
Working with an organization that primarily cares for medically needy animals can be a little hard on the heart. Having an ally like WeHelpDogs.org means we’re able to provide exceptional care to animals that may otherwise be euthanized without jeopardizing the security of the rest of the animals in our care. We’re so delighted to know that we have WeHelpDogs.org on our side in helping out all of the dogs in our community.”
Ellen McBriarty, CPDT-KA
Animal Care Manager, Silicon Valley Pet Project