A Fort Saskatchewan family is overwhelmed by the community’s support after nearly being forced to make a heart-breaking decision.
Max, a 125-pound Cane Corso who is just shy of his second birthday, was playing in his family’s front yard when he suffered a complete tear of his cranial cruciate ligament on his right leg. A trip to the vet ensued, and the estimated price for the surgery to repair Max’s leg came in at about $4,500. 
His surgery had been scheduled, but within that time, Max had suffered a partial tear of the ligament on his left leg from the extra weight he was putting on it, according to his owner, Mary Meade. After tearing his second ligament, Max’s vet bill doubled to $10,000. 
“So, we brought him home and then we were trying to figure out what we were going to do, whether if we had to euthanize him because we didn’t know at this point. We couldn’t afford $10,000,” Meade explained. 
Not wanting to see her dog suffer, Meade reached out to the community on Facebook asking for recommendations on mobile vets who could provide at-home euthanasia. 
“Everybody just all of a sudden was like ‘do a GoFundMe, do a bottle drive,' and so I put the bottle drive on, and then that night Omar from the jewellery store (Legacy Jewellers) put a post on and donated $5,000 worth of jewellery,” said Meade. 
Within days, community members had helped raise thousands of dollars for Max, with people continuously dropping off bottles and even treats for Max, who had his first surgery on Wednesday (Oct.20). Some have even gone so far as to bring a hip and joint supplements to aid in Max’s recovery. 
Max will now spend eight weeks on bed rest and will undergo his second surgery after Christmas; Meade added she wanted to give him a little break from being cooped up in surgery recovery. 
Meade said she is in ‘complete awe’ of the community and overjoyed that Max will get the care he needs. She described him as her therapy dog, particularly after she suffered a heart attack in 2020. 
“He is a special boy, and I think the whole town seems to agree that he was meant to be here. It’s a very heart-warming feeling, that’s for sure.” 
A link to Max’s GoFundMe can be found here