Dorothy's Fund

Dorothy's Fund

This brave and big-hearted terrier came to us from the Port Augusta Council as an unclaimed stray, with large lumps across her legs, chest, shoulder blades and chin.

The biggest of these was an aggressive tumour on her left leg, measuring a massive 7 inches in diameter, more than twice the size of a tennis ball. Our vet team suspect it had been growing for a long time, as the muscles in her leg had wasted away.

This huge growth had robbed Dorothy of the use of her left leg, and our vets decided that amputation was the best option.

She’s already recovering so well, and adapting to the tripawd life like a pro, a testament to this brave girl’s resilience.

But she’s not out of the woods yet – Dorothy still has four more lumps that need to be removed, along with desexing, dental surgery, and treatment for an umbilical hernia.

It is estimated her medical costs will be around $3,600, and as a community-funded charity, we urgently need your support to help cover them.

While waiting to go into foster care in-between surgeries, Dorothy has been spending some time in the staff offices at our Lonsdale shelter, and has melted the hearts of everyone who has met her.

Animal Care Manager, Sam, describes her as “such a sweet and friendly girl, who thrives on affection from people, and has so much love to give”.

At around twelve years of age, and with a chance the tumours will return, we don’t know how many more years this darling girl has left in her.

One thing we do know is that we are determined to make sure the remainder of her life is filled with joy, comfort and love.

As the wise Wizard of Oz said: “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”

Can we count on you to show Dorothy how loved she is, and be there for her at her time of greatest need?

With your help, we’re looking forward to finally giving Dorothy the happy life she deserves – after all, there’s no place like home ❤


*The goal for Dorothy’s fundraiser includes the cost of surgeries to remove the multiple lumps, dental surgery, desexing, xrays, post-operative care including pain relief, and recovery in foster care. If her medical and care costs are less than is raised in her name, additional funds will provide care for other animals in need of urgent veterinary treatment.


raised of $3,600 goal

Campaign progress

  • Goal: $3,600
  • Achieved: 103.6%
  • Days left: 0
  • No. donors: 67
  • Av. amount: $56

Thank you for your donation!

Your kindness will make a huge difference to the safety and wellbeing of animals in South Australia.

Do you have friends, family or colleagues who might also want to help? Why not share news of your donation via social media. Every donation we receive goes a long way to expanding the work of RSPCA South Australia.

Return to our main website

Latest donations

Wishing Dorothy all the best for her treatments ❤️