Emergency surgery on a rescued wolf

Urgent help needed for Timber!

Timber is a wolf/wolfdog that was rescued by our sanctuary in 2012. Her companion passed away over a year ago and last month we were finally able to rescue another wolf, Yukon, to be her companion so she wouldn't be lonely anymore.

After weeks of living next to one another and showing signs of wanting to be together, we cautiously introduced them. It went well on the first day. However, on the second day, things took a rapid turn for the worse.

THEY SUDDENLY FOUGHT. Yukon bit Timber on the throat and severed her windpipe and neck muscles. 

We needed to act immediately to try and save her life and we did!

Now we owe $3,500 for her vet bills.

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  • Raised: $3,895
  • Goal: $3,500
111%


Campaign Details

We are sad that Yukon and Timber won't be able to live together, especially since wolves are such social animals. We will address that issue after she has healed.

Our first priority is to help Timber recover from her THREE HOURS of emergency surgery and pay the vet bills we have incurred.

She has a lot of healing to do...Please help and spread the word - this is probably not the end of her vet bills and recovery.

About the organization

Forest Animal Rescue is dedicated to the rescue and lifetime care of abused, neglected and confiscated wild animals.

Forest Animal Rescue
640 NE 170th Ct.
Silver Springs, Florida 34488
UNITED STATES

EIN: 65-0864695

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Updates

  • Update

    I have heartbreaking news and wanted you to be one of the first to hear it...

    Timber, unfortunately, did not survive her ordeal. We received the results of her bloodwork last night, showing that she was suffering from acute septicemia that was not previously apparent as well as some preexisting liver damage had not yet created symptoms. With these complications amidst everything else, she passed away in her sleep overnight.

    Timber was a treasured member of our sanctuary family and her loss hits all of us very hard. We truly appreciate your support that helped us to do absolutely everything we could do to help her. 

    One of the hardest things about running a sanctuary is outliving the animals we rescue. Even after 22 years, losing one never gets easier, they are all members of the family.

    Timber, we ALL did our best for you. You will always be remembered.

    Since you unselfishly helped us with Timber's care, we want you to know that if there are any remaining funds after all of her expenses are paid, they will go toward life-saving veterinary care for other rescued animals at the sanctuary.

    Thank you again for being a member of the Forest Animal Rescue family.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Stoner, VP
    Forest Animal Rescue

    640 NE 170th Ct., Silver Springs, FL 34488

     

     

  • Update

    Since you are one of the heroes who took action to help us with Timber's emergency surgery, we want to be sure we keep you up to date as we help her through her struggle.

    It has been 9 days since Timber’s injury and life-saving surgery, but she still will not eat - so we decided to get a closer look.

    She was anesthetized for a thorough examination of her progress toward healing and to see if we can figure out why she refuses to eat.

    She is healing from the original surgery and there are no signs of infection, but we are not sure if it is possible to repair some of the remaining damage. Her esophagus and Trachea are intact, and the muscles are stitched back together to the best of anyone’s ability. 

     

    Unfortunately, we discovered that her hyoid bone is broken, which is the anchoring structure for her tongue and helps with swallowing as well as the function of her larynx. There are also nerves in the injured area that are responsible for her ability to swallow. We don’t know if those nerves were damaged as well. These are issues we cannot repair.

    Fortunately, she is still drinking from her automatic waterer (although not from a bowl). She may regain proper function on her own and start eating for us, but the clock is ticking. Unfortunately, there is no way to force the issue without anesthesia since she is a wild animal and not handleable.

    Meanwhile, we are continuing with her meds and offering her all of her favorite things to eat, in every form from bits of various types of meat, to a ‘smoothie’, to broth. We will have the results of her bloodwork back in a few days to make sure there are no other challenges we need to address.

    We will continue to do our best to support her through this struggle. Thank you to everyone who has donated toward her care and for all of your kind words of support.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Stoner, VP
    Forest Animal Rescue

    640 NE 170th Ct., Silver Springs, FL 34488

     

     

  • Update

    Thank you so much for helping reach the goal for Timber! You're amazing!

    It has been a week since Timber’s life-threatening injury and major surgery. She is continuing to heal and looking brighter. She's clearly still in pain, but she is getting her medications on schedule and we are hopeful that things will continue to improve.

    Thank you again!

  • Update

    We are 80% of the way there! With your help, we will raise the funds to pay for Timbers veterinary care - Keep up the great work! Share her fundraiser with your friends!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Stoner, VP
    Forest Animal Rescue

    640 NE 170th Ct., Silver Springs, FL 34488

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Stoner, VP
    Forest Animal Rescue

    640 NE 170th Ct., Silver Springs, FL 34488

  • Update

    Timber is continuing to heal. She is drinking and has eaten a few bits of boneless meat. She is getting all of her medication on schedule so we are hopeful! This is quite an ordeal for her, but she is strong.

    Please share her fundraiser with your online friends - With everyone's help, we can pay for her expensive surgery and recovery.

    We appreciate your support very much!

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Stoner, VP
    Forest Animal Rescue

    640 NE 170th Ct., Silver Springs, FL 34488

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