Surgery and rehab for shattered hip bones from a hit-and-run accident

  • Breed: Brittany
  • Name: Blossom
  • Color: Orange
  • Size: 38 lbs
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Baby

Meet Blossom.  On July 4th, while everyone was BBQing and preparing for evening festivities, Springer Spaniel Rescue, Inc. (SRRI) was contacted by the Animal Foundation/Lied Animal Shelter (Las Vegas) about a critically injured one-year old female brittany (mixed with golden retriever or lab). A Good Samaritan brought this poor baby to the shelter after seeing her struck by a hit & run driver! SSRI immediately contacted National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network (NBRAN) about this severely injured female. NBRAN immediately committed to the pup's medical needs and offered to take the pup into rescue. SSRI offered monetary and volunteer assistance as well.

Two SSRI volunteers sprung into action and travelled to the shelter to pick this young pup up and take her to a local rescue-friendly vet. Unfortunately, their first stop was not to be their last, as the poor girl's fractured pelvis was too complicated for this vet to handle. These seasoned volunteers immediately transported the pup, now known as Blossom, to the only 24/7 surgery facility in Las Vegas, where she was evaluated, stabilized with pain medications, and put under round-the clock care while waiting for the orthopedic surgeon to arrive the next morning. The SSRI volunteers stayed as long as they could with Blossom, but finally had to leave for the evening.

Once Blossom's orthopedic surgeon examined her, he found her fractures were worse than initially thought - she had fractures on both sides of her pelvis. Fortunately, the surgeon felt the fractures were both totally repairable. Blossom's devastating injuries dictated that she undergo surgery as quickly as possible, which left no time to fund-raise prior to critical surgery.

Blossom's emergency surgery was a huge success! The surgeon had to implant a plate on one hip and screws in the other hip. Blossom now has enough metal to set off the security alarms at the airport! A wonderful NV NBRAN volunteer has already stepped forward to foster this special girl. Blossom will require at least six-eight weeks of rehab (and possibly physical therapy), crate rest, and a ton of hugs and kisses. Thanks to NBRAN and SSRI, Blossom is expected to make a full recovery.

NBRAN is working hard to gather the funds to pay the medical expenses for the surgery that literally saved Blossom's life and has provided her a second chance at happiness. Without NBRAN and SRRI's intervention, Blossom was destined to be euthanized. NBRAN and SSRI could not allow this sweet soul to go quietly into the night. NBRAN and SSRI paid the initial emergency overnight bill and NBRAN has committed to covering the rest of the medical bill. However, NBRAN now needs your help with these extraordinary expenses. Donations are the lifeblood of its rescue and it cannot pay medical expenses such as this without help from wonderful supporters like you.

It has taken the coordinated efforts of multiple people and multiple rescues across the Western States to bring Blossom this far. Now we need your help. Please consider making a donation to NBRAN to help cover Blossom's medical expenses. Any monetary donation will help. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to cover all of Blossom's medical expenses, not only the surgery but also the related expenses that have been incurred to date.


  • Blossom, who was hit by a car over a month ago, is enjoy some new found freedom out of her crate without her sling.

    Although she is on the road to recovery, Blossom has a long road to recovery left and NBRAN could sure use your financial support.

    September 08, 2017

  • We wanted to show you this video of Blossom from just after she came into NBRAN's care. It really shows the extent to which her mobility was impacted by the hit and run accident. She had a very lengthy surgery to put a steel plate in her hip and some screws in her leg but she is recovering well. She still has a LONG way to go but her vets are very hopeful! She is on strict crate rest other than potty breaks and will require very expensive physio therapy in the near future. NBRAN appreciates any donation you can make to help us get Blossom back on her feet....literally :)

    August 06, 2017

  • Update on Blossom from her Foster Family:

    Blossom had her staples removed last Monday and the vet says she is doing great but still has a long way to go.

    Blossom stays confined to her crate most of the time because she can't overexert pressure on her legs, although her Foster Family will get her out from time to sit/lay on a big fluffy bed so she isn't always in the crate!

    Her right paw is still limp but we are that that in time she will get use of her foot again.

    July 23, 2017