Monty needs foster home and donations to get out of TLAC alive today

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Donations, Special Needs Pets


Update 9/18 10:00 am: Thank you, Austin!  We have raised plenty to cover the medical costs for Monty.  If you came to our site to donate for Monty, we urge you to consider donating instead for our Save a Life Drive, to help us raise $50,000 to save 500 pets.

He is scheduled for surgery on Monday with one of the best specialists in Austin for this kind of surgery.  We will have an update on Monday after the surgery.

If you are interested in adopting him, please send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Update 9/16 3:30 pm: More from Dr. Jefferson:

A local orthopedic specialist is going to attempt his surgery on Friday or Monday.  He is on good pain killers and was loaded with parasites so we have dewormed him.

His legs have a lot of inflammation and we think the injuries are recent (within the last week) due to blunt force trauma- no idea what could do it without leaving scrapes and scratches.

His right leg is in much worse shape than his left.  We are hopeful that after surgery he will not have arthritis in his left leg but might in his right when he is old (should not be a terrible problem for many years).

He will need pins, plates, and cross pins to fixate the fractures.  He seems to be in good spirits- eating and drinking well.

Recovery time will be about 6 weeks. HOPEFULLY he will not need more than one surgery (they will do both knees the same day since he is compensating so well on his front end).

He is an amazing dog to figure out how to walk on his front legs without dragging his back legs.  Most dogs can’t figure that out or pull it off!

Update 9/16 2:30 pm: We were able to x-ray Monty’s legs today.  We are so thrilled to have received so many donations for him because it looks like we’re really going to need them.  In fact, the surgeries may be more difficult and costly than we originally thought.  This poor boy has 2 back broken legs that are in really bad shape – one of his legs is broken in 6 different places.

We want to use this opportunity to remind everyone that we also have our Save a Life Drive going on right now.  Just $100 can save the life of most pets.  We are trying to raise $50,000 to save the lives of 500 dogs and cats.

Update 9/16 8:40am: Monty left TLAC last night with a foster.  Thanks to Shelton Green and KVUE showing Monty’s story last night, so far we have raised enough to fix one knee, if we don’t find someone to do the surgery at a reduced cost. Thank you so much to everyone who saw his story and offered to foster him or donate money for his surgery!

Monty was found slowly wandering a parking lot, walking like a circus dog, balancing on his front 2 legs with his back 2 legs hovering in the air.  Both of his back knees appear to be blown out.

Due to his injuries, TLAC cannot hold him and he has to be out TODAY.  We need a foster home for him.  We haven’t x-rayed his legs yet, but are assuming that he will need surgery on both knees, which will run $1,500-2,000 per knee. Unfortunately, Dr. J. doesn’t do these surgeries and we’ll need a specialist.

We know his treatment will be expensive, but we can’t let him die at TLAC.  He is a super-cuddly sweet boy without a mean bone in his body.  He’s wonderful with other dogs and while we haven’t had him around cats yet, we assume he’ll be fine with them too.  He is a small pit mix, only weighing 22 pounds for being 8 months old.

He’s quite a trooper and seems happy, content, and pain-free while he gets along on only 2 legs.

If you can foster him, please send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fill out an online application noting that he’s the dog you want to foster.

16 Responses to "Monty needs foster home and donations to get out of TLAC alive today"

  1. Emilysays: September 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Hang in there Monty! I know the people of Austin will come through, along with the wonderful APA, to fix you up and find you a great forever home!

  2. Patriciasays: September 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Monty:

    I saw your story tonight on KVUE and it touched my heart. Being a mom of an adopted boxer who was very ill when he came to me I know how overwhelming things might seem right now. But, I’m hoping my donation in combination with others from our beautiful and generous city of Austin will get you the help you need to live a bright and happy live free to run, walk and enjoy life!!!! Stay sweet, little one, I’m praying for you!

    Austin, please give to Monty’s care needs!!!

  3. Kimsays: September 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Monty, soon you will be on the road to recovery and a forever home. God Bless

  4. Alisonsays: September 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm


    Your will to live has inspired me and by the looks of all the donations pouring in it seems that you’ve inspired many others as well. You will get your surgery and you’ll get to run, swim, and play, and you’ll get a forever loving family that will give you the life you have deserved since the day you were born. Keep fighting little pup, we’re all fighting for you, too.

    Keep on giving Austin, there are many more pups like Monty who desperately need your help.

  5. Marysays: September 16, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Monty, you sweet baby! Don’t give up….we’ll find the help you need. If APA will send me an address, I’ll send you a check. I don’t give payment info over the internet. I’m old and still do things the old-fashioned way. God Bless you little one!

  6. sherrysays: September 16, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Let’s do what we can for Monty!!
    Anything will help. Give what you can, it will add up.

  7. Laura Strombergsays: September 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Please send a check made to:
    Austin Pets Alive!
    P.O. Box 6247
    Austin, TX 78762

    Even though money is pouring in for Monty, there are countless pets who do not make the nightly news and whose stories and faces are just as needy and heartwarming.

    Thank you for your support! I’m proud to be a part of this amazing organization.


  8. Krys Aitalasays: September 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I would like to come to your fund raiser tonight for Monty. Where is Shangrila Club???
    There is no information on APA’s Web site. Looking forward to hearing you.

  9. Krys Aitalasays: September 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I would like to come to your fund raiser tonight for Monty. Where is Shangrila Club????
    There is no information on APA’s Web site. Looking forward to a response on my Email.

    Thank You, Krys

  10. austinpetsalivesays: September 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Here is more information about tonight’s event, which includes a link to Shangri-La’s website.

  11. Carolsays: September 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Austin Pets Alive,
    Thank you for sharing Monty’s story with us and for getting him the care he needs. You do an wonderful job.
    Thank you!

  12. Tina Engravallosays: September 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I want to try and adopt this dog.

  13. austinpetsalivesays: September 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Thank you, Tina! Please send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’re interested in adopting Monty.

  14. Kathysays: September 18, 2009 at 5:33 am

    To Austin Pets Alive staff:
    I see Tina Engravallo is interested in adopting Monty. I have known Tina for years and I highly recommend her for Monty’s new mom. She would be wonderful.
    Im praying for Monty and his surgeon that all goes well.
    Good luck Monty and Tina.

  15. Carolsays: September 25, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Do you have an update on Monty? How was the surgery and how is he doing?

  16. austinpetsalivesays: September 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Hi Carol! I hope to post an update on Monty today. His second surgery on Wednesday went well. They started PT with him yesterday and he was going to go home with his foster either last night or today. Once I get the update, I will post again!