My family adopted Roxy as a young puppy on April 5th, 2015. She had been transported to Chicago to the area from a high-kill, overpopulated shelter in Alabama and our first impression was that she was a very shy. but sweet dog. We soon noticed that it was not only shyness, but extreme fear. She warmed up to the entire household within a few days, but no one else ever since even though we tried classes, and followed advice from different vets; she just is who she is and that’s okay with us. We do not know what she experienced before her life with us, but apparently it has had lasting effects and she is terribly fearful of all new situations, new people, and absolutely terrified of loud noises.
She has never bitten anyone but she does tremble, growl, and hide when faced with any of those situations. At home though, with her family, she is the most loving, loyal, sweet, and intelligent dog we have ever had. She is mine and my 9 year old daughters best friend and the chance of losing her is absolutely devastating.
Unfortunately, last month after a long, long process, my mothers house went into foreclosure, and the place she is living now wants Roxy out ASAP. The original shelter and various vets have said that she is a Boxer mix, but all that these landlords see is Pit bull, and because of that, and even though the breed is so very misunderstood, they want her gone ASAP. :(
Her birthday is Christmas, 2014, which I always found quite amazing considering my childhood dog whom I was very close with (always been a huge animal lover) passed away on Christmas, 2003! Coincidence? Perhaps. But I truly feel a strong connection that I cannot quite explain, to our dear Roxy, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
On September 1st of this year, the lease at my no-pets-allowed apartment is over with and I want nothing more than to take her to live with me! I would give anything for our beautiful and amazing girl. I have reached out to DOZENS of local and non-local non-kill shelters and foster programs to see if they could help her until I can take her on September 1st, 2018, as I am disabled and live on a very fixed income and cannot afford boarding for her- not to mention how traumatic that would be for such an extremely scared and shy dog. My wonderful husband (who is severely ill with a liver condition and unable to work at this time) is my biggest emotional supporter through out this, and both he and numerous other people have suggested that we should try to raise money so that I could break my lease early, and move to a place where I can have Roxy. Well, I found the perfect place and began saving every penny I possibly could. So far, after cutting our phones, living off of beans and rice, just truly saving any money POSSIBLE I am still very, very short, and time is running out.
My daughter turns 10 on March 14th, and being able to keep our dog, our best friend, would be the greatest gift of all. So please, please, if you can spare ANY amount at all, everything that we receive from this will go directly toward my new places pet AND security deposit, the first months rent there, and of course our peace of mind knowing that Roxy will be kept not only alive, but safe and happy with the family she is very attached to. I’m praying for a miracle- that somehow, before its truly too late, we will have enough saved. My mother has already tried bringing her back to the shelter from she came from, and they were going to euthanize her, so even though she’s risking her home by continuing to (sneak) keep her there, my mom couldn’t let her die, so Roxy is for now (but NOT for much longer at all) safe and sound where she is loved and comfortable.
I know this was long and I really hope at least someone reads it. I have taken odd jobs, I clean a neighbors house biweekly, I began making bath bombs with supplies I already had to try and sell to raise money, my husband, although only 28 and has a work ethic unlike anyone else I’ve ever known, is as I said very very ill right now with the most aggressive form of a chronic liver condition. That is for another time and place, though. We just need to save our dog. Please, please consider helping us. I can share more photos, documents, anything to prove that this is legitimate. Roxy and my daughter have a lot of adorable videos together from over the years as well, one in particular called “Devoted Dog Welcomes Little Girl Home From School” among a few others all found either on YouTube or many more here https://rumble.com/c-3179/
Only sharing because watching them will show any reader of this of just how very real their bond is. My daughter has lost her biological father, she has always had her best dog friend through it all. We cannot lose her, and she cannot lose us. Please, please help us save Roxy. Thank you so much and have a wonderful day.