Help Restore Blind Dog's Sight

Urgent help needed for Bootsie!

Bootsie is blind and deserves to live in a world of light and love, not darkness. She's an 8-year-old Maltese who needs your help so she can see again. She was brought to a vet in CA to be euthanized. Luckily the vet called AMAR. We rescued her and took her to a specialist who believes Bootsie's eyesight can be restored with cataract surgery, but it is expensive. Pre-testing alone costs $950; surgery is $4200. Please donate so Bootsie can see.

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  • Raised: $1,060
  • Goal: $950

Campaign Details

Just close your eyes for a moment and you'll experience what Bootsie is feeling as a dog who is completely blind. Then imagine walking around that way. Bootsie is a young dog for cataracts and we had a feeling that she might be able to see with cataract surgery. We were so happy to hear the specialist say that she thinks they are juvenile cataracts and Bootsie's eyesight can be restored with surgery. She still needs more pre-testing to know if it will work. These tests will show if Bootsie is a good candidate for the cataract surgery and are at a stage where they can be removed. If so, we have an estimate of $4255.25 to do the surgery to have the cataracts removed in both eyes and lenses implanted.  First, we're just trying to fund the testing until we know for sure she can have the surgery. If it's a go, we'll let you all know. We're hoping that because of your generosity Bootsie will be able to live her life to the fullest. We know she'll feel the love and can't wait for her to see it.  Please share this with your friends and family.

About the organization

American Maltese Association Rescue
30901 Pudding Cr. Rd
Fort Bragg , CA 95437




  • Update

    We wanted to share the good news with all you Bootsie supporters who raised the money for Bootsie to be tested as a candidate for cataract surgery. Bootsie passed her tests and had her cataract surgery. She came through the surgery like a pro and it looks like some of her sight is already being restored. There's lots of swelling (as expected) and her ability to see around is hampered a bit by her "cone of shame" but we have high hopes for her. We'll keep you posted.

    We posted a video on our Giving Grid page for dog nerds only in which you can see the moments after blind Bootsie wakes up from bi-lateral cataract surgery, followed by her morning-after exam. Her surgery was made possible by two rescue groups working together: American Maltese Association Rescue and Hope4Paws. Rescue Rocks!! Thanks to all.    

  • Update

    You are all so amazing.  In two days time, donations came flooding in enabling us to go forward with Bootsie's pre-testing to see if she's a good candidate for cataract surgery. We met our goal to pay for it and exceeded it!!! YOU ROCK!!  Any additional funds will be going towards her surgery.  We wanted to update you to let you know that Bootsie's scheduled to see the specialist this coming week, on March 14.  We're hoping that she aces these tests and will soon be on her way to seeing again.  We will let you know how the testing goes. Again, thank you all so much for your donations and your big hearts. We are touched!

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