On June 8, 2017 we lost our sweet Naji. Naji in Arabic means survivor and although the cancer defeated her body, her spirit prevailed to leave an immeasurable and profound difference in us all. Naji taught us how to survive. She taught us how to love unconditionally, she taught us how to forgive and she taught us how to cherish each moment that we are given.
Earlier this year we also lost our beloved Mr. Hicks to cancer. Mr. Hicks conquered abandonment, loneliness, starvation and blindness only to succumb quickly to the disease. Both of these amazing dogs might have had a better chance at a life filled with love and companionship if they were able to receive medical treatment earlier in their diagnosis. New York Bully Crew has started the Mr. Hicks and Naji Cancer Fund to raise much-needed support for complex medical procedures and treatments for dogs in need of help while battling cancer. We hope to help and get to dogs like Mr. Hicks and Naji earlier, so they do not have prolonged suffering and they can receive treatment early in hopes to fight and defeat the disease and give them quality of life. We also hope to help families that might be experiencing financial hardships which would cause them to put their pet’s care as not a priority. Offering assistance would help families to not have to make the hard choice of euthanasia because of finances or the possibility of abandonment.
We ask for support and contributions to the Mr. Hicks and Naji Cancer Fund so we can earmark your donations specifically to patients in need of emergency, chronic and consistent treatments and therapies.
New York Bully Crew thanks you for your constant support and compassion to help us help dogs in dire need. We can only achieve success with your help. Please help us do more, save more, make a difference in their lives.
Our first recipient under the Mr. Hicks & Naji Cancer Fund is Kira. Kira is a young owner surrender from Puerto Rico that is suffering from multiple squamous cell carcinoma masses. Unable to afford surgery and treatment, Kira’s owner made the selfless decision to surrender her to New York Bully Crew hoping that we can give her loved pet hope and a future without pain. Being a single mom with two children making minimum wage, caring for a dog with advanced cancer in dire need of surgery is an impossible task.
Kira is under 2 years old and is relatively healthy besides the tumors and skin condition. Kira has been receiving supportive care since she was brought into the hospital. She presented with high temperature and in awful pain. Kira also presented with deep pyroderma, skin infections with pus and open sores. Antibiotics and pain medications have been administered. After consulting with our veterinarian in Puerto Rico and several board certified specialists in dermatology and radiology, Kira will be undergoing front, left leg amputation this Wednesday. The two huge masses on the front left leg have started to affect the growth of her bones. She is in severe pain and after multiple consults, all involved that this is the safest and best approach for sweet Kira. She will also have 2 other cancerous masses removed, 1 other left rear leg and another in the thorax region. All tumors are on her left side which points to Kira favoring laying in the sun and favoring one side.
We ask for your compassion and prayers for Kira at this time. She is a sweet, young girl that has the possibility of life ahead of hear with your help.
We also are thankful for the animal advocates that look to assist and make a difference. We unfortunately cannot save them all, but we can certainly try to make life better for the ones we can help.