Polly's Fund

Polly's Fund

The last couple of years have been hell for Polly, a sweet older Chihuahua X. Rescued in the nick of time, she narrowly escaped a tragic fate.

With two massive hernias bulging from her groin, Polly was living in constant pain and discomfort. Her movement limited, she suffered a lonely and sedentary existence, forgotten and neglected in a backyard kennel surrounded by concrete and faeces.

It is so lucky our inspectors found her when they did, as she probably wouldn’t have survived much longer. Given the rough living conditions and the size of the hernias, it was a miracle that they hadn’t split or burst already. It was only a matter of time before this occurred, and if it had happened in the heat of summer, the consequences would have been unimaginable.

Despondent and weak, Polly didn’t respond to our inspectors’ calls to come out of her kennel. They had to reach in and lift her out, handling her with extra care as they supported the heavy lumps, which weighed almost as much as she did.

Understandably fearful and timid, Polly still remained calm and dignified as our inspectors transported her to our Lonsdale shelter for an urgent vet assessment.

As well as the two inguinal hernias, our vet team identified a range of other medical conditions, including allergic skin disease, dry eye, knee damage and respiratory difficulties. Poor Polly was constantly scratching her itchy, irritated skin, as well as struggling to walk and breathe.

Polly needs urgent surgery to remove the enormous hernias, and will likely require subsequent surgeries to be restored to full health.

Our vet team has advised us that these procedures, along with ongoing medication, treatment and care, will cost around $2000.

As a community-funded charity, we need your support to help pay for this life-changing surgery, so that we can finally relieve Polly of her pain and discomfort.

After all that time living in such a shocking state, Polly didn’t give up – and we won’t give up on her either.

Given the incredible resilience she has already shown, we believe she will be a completely new dog after her treatment, with some wonderful years ahead of her.

Will you please help give Polly a second chance at a happy life by donating to her emergency fund?

We would love to see Polly live out the remainder of her days free from constant discomfort, in a loving home. Imagine this sweet girl playing in the grass, able to move freely without pain, or curled up on a warm couch, catching up on all the cuddles she has missed out on. With your support, we can make this her reality.


*The goal for Polly’s fundraiser includes the costs of hernia repair surgery, patella surgery, and potentially airway surgery, as well as post-operative care and monitoring. It also includes the ongoing costs of eye drops and skin medication. If her medical and care costs are less than is raised in her name, additional funds will provide care for other animals in need.

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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.

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