Thanks to the generous contributions of people, Monday is going to be life changing for Dupree and his foster family. Dupree, a 6-year-old boxer, is blind.
Although his blindness doesn’t restrict his daily activities, Dupree’s foster mom and New Life Boxer Rescue volunteer Patricia O’Brien Roche of McMurray were driven to bring back his sight.
“He’s such a sweet boy,” Roche mentioned. “So if we could have his eyesight restored, why not?”
Following having Dupree evaluated by a specialty vet in the North Hills, Roche realized Dupree is suffering from mature cataracts. A pricey surgery would restore sight in his right eye. Dupree’s left eye is full of glaucoma, and the retina is detached.
“It’s beyond repair,” she explained. “We were given two options: to remove the eye and have a prosthetic put in place or remove the eye and have the eyelid sewn shut. We are still struggling with the news and the decision.”
The rescue group and Roche removed Dupree from a Pittsburgh shelter in late August. Roche mentioned there’s no telling how much time Dupree has been sightless or if that was the reason he was given up for adoption.
Even though he was a shelter favorite, Roche is convinced Dupree was not adopted, and has still not been adopted, since he is blind.
“We love him to pieces. If he doesn’t have a lot of interest (after the surgery), we are going to keep him,” she explained. “But he’s not getting the attention he deserves.”
Roche explained the rescue group, which is based out of New Jersey, does not have a lot of funds and depends on donations. With no the donations, the group wouldn’t be in a position to pay for Dupree’s surgery.
“We were given an estimate between $2,200 and $4,000,” she stated. “I made a video and posted it on youcaring.com.”
In 10 days, Roche said the group surpassed its objective of $3,500.
“We raised $3,700, and we had a donation of $1,500 from a mysterious donor,” she said.
Roche said no matter what amount is left unused will go into a general fund for the rescue group.
For the time being, Roche said Dupree is busy being a dog. She looks forward to the day when Dupree will be able to put a face to her voice and roughhouse with her two boxers.
“The surgery will be a life-altering event,” she said. “Boxers live to play. He wants so badly to play with them. The first time he can will be so cool.”