Cleo's Cause, a Memorial Fundraiser

  • Breed: Great Dane
  • Name: Cleopatra
  • Size: Extra Large
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult

$4,110.00 raised of $4,500.00

Poor Cleopatra is a victim of circumstance, after she was hit by a car, her family decided to surrender her leaving Cleo hurt and all alone in a scary place.

The car stuck Cleopatra breaking her leg not only leaving her in pain but, because of the future vet bills fixing her leg would incur, it also took her away from her family. After getting X-rays we realized this sweet angel is going to have a long road to recovery for not only her leg, but her heart. Cleopatra is only 5 years old and has a lot of life left to live.

Please donate what ever you can spare to her care, with your help we can give this sweetheart a second chance at love and happiness. 

Updates

  • Last night we lost our girl during emergency surgery to amputate her leg. It was a last ditch effort to try and salvage any life she had left.  However, her tired body just had too much damage. Our surgeon and vet did absolutely everything they possible could to save her. 

    Cleo has taught us so much about love, caring for those who cannot speak for themselves, and she helped ignite the flame that we want to help others like Cleo.  She brought so many people together from all walks of life, from all over the country.  Her sweet soul lives on through our rescue and the other dogs we currently have.  We have cherished every moment we spent with her, even during the really tough times.  She had the most gentle soul out of any dog we have ever met.   We are asking for donations to to help pay for the bills we incurred while trying to save her.  Anything above will go to helping more medically needy Danes such as Cleo.  We currently have two heart-worm positive 6yr olds in the rescue who need treatment.  As a rescue we often have to make tough choices as to how to treat a dog due to funds or lack there of; whether or not we can help them, or turning dogs away because we simply don't have the room.  It is our dream to be able to help the really difficult cases, dogs that other rescues may not be able to take in or that are deemed hopeless.   We would like to be able to help these dogs have voices, to show them what unconditional love truly is, and we want to do so in Cleo's memory.  Please consider donating to help us pay the rest of Cleo's bills as well as helping other danes who also need our help.  Thank you all for your support and generosity.  Cleo finally knew what it was to be loved and how it felt to have people fighting for her.  We wouldn't have been able to do any of this without you.  Meet us at the Rainbow Bridge, our sweet Cleopatra.

    April 10, 2018


  • Cleo had a rough weekend, we were unable to control the edema in leg with anything that we tried.  We ended up taking her to Companion Animal Hospital here in Lakeland today to see what else we could do for her.  While she was there, she received a blood transfusion due to her organ levels.  Dr. Mattson has done everything to try and help our girl.  Our surgeon has been in constant contact with us throughout this entire process.  They believe that Cleo's best chance is amputation.  While we were waiting to set up surgery for tomorrow, Cleo started to bleed out internally and through her suture line.  The entire bag of blood she recieved was then on the floor.  Our only chance was emergency surgery to save our girl.  She is currently in surgery having her leg amputated.  Our doctors believe that if she makes it through, she has a real chance.  I know we have asked before, but we need help.  Any amount will help us save our girl.  She is a light in our home as a foster and has so many followers who all want her to make it through this.  Cleo has so much life left in her.  Help us give her that chance by donating. 

    April 09, 2018


  • Cleo had a quiet Easter but was festive as ever!  She made the cutest little EasterDane!  Her leg is still very swollen and she is still on crate rest.  She is receiving cold laser treatments twice a day to help restore circulation and to help with the edema which is plaguing her leg.  She still won't put any weight on it and needs assistance to go outside and move around.  We are hoping that since she seems to be feeling better, her anemia is improving that she will start putting more weight on her leg.  Thank you to everyone who has donated to help Cleo.  We wouldn't be able to help her or other danes like her without your help and support.

    April 02, 2018


  • Cleo had a big day today, she spent the day at Tampa Bay Humane Society having yet another surgery.  Our surgeon said that there was a 1% chance of saving her leg.  We mentally prepared ourselves for the fact that our girl was about to lose her leg.  After everything she has been through in less than 2 weeks, being hit by a car, left by the only family that she had ever known at a high kill shelter, a four hour surgery to repair her leg, then going downhill needing blood transfusions to save her life.. we simply couldn't imagine that after all of her losses that she would have to lose her leg too.  However, our surgeon is truly amazing and Cleo beat the odds of yet another surgery and her surgeon was able to piece he back together again.  He removed a VERY large clot, removed some of the metal that could possibly have her in pain or that could cause further damage to the vessels, musculature, and bone.  He worked for hours saving our girl once again. Cleo is now home and resting, her spirit seems better, she has light in her eyes again.  The past few days she would only lift her head for hotdogs and chicken liver. 

    Her additional surgery was not one we were prepared for financially, physically or mentally.  However, we would save her over and over again if it meant the chance to see her flourish and have a forever home where she will be loved and cared for as she deserves.  Please consider donating to Cleo's Cause. Every dollar assures her the proper medical treatment she has needed and will continue to need.  Again, every dollar helps.  Please help Cleo. 

    March 20, 2018


  • Cleopatra was rushed to the emergency vet last night, and is currently receiving a blood transfusion. Please help us provide her with the best care possible by donating to her vet bills that may have just saved her life. 

    March 19, 2018


  • Cleo had a hospital day and received a blood transfusion to treat her anemia that very well may have saved her life.  We are still trying to figure out our next course of action on how to treat her.  We have a fabulous team of doctors invested in our girl.  Our surgeon has been amazing, even Facebook messaging us in between his surgeries today.  Our vet is giving us the proper guidance and sent her home to rest under close supervision to see if she improves. We are doing the best we can with little means, we have virtually run out of money for Cleo's care.  If you can spare even $1, every penny helps get us towards making her better.  If we had the money, we would bring her to a 24 hour care center, however due to funds that simply isn't possible.  We have been blessed with amazing doctors who will see her day or night and a wonderful support system.  We vowed as a rescue and just as good humans to show her kindness, compassion, and love.  We will do everything possible to get our girl not only feeling better, but on to live a long and healthy life.  Thank you all for your support and generosity.

    March 19, 2018


  • Cleopatra update. It's 9:20 am now. She's in surgery. They gave her the 1st spot. I'll update again as soon as we hear something.

    March 08, 2018