Anton Needs Your Help

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Anton is recovering from heart surgery.

8/17/2014 Update: Good news! Anton is on the mend. Anton was a very happy boy on Saturday when the Vet informed his foster parents that he could now play with his toys. Anton LOVES his toys! We would like to thank ALL of you who have sent prayers and donated to his surgery costs. It would be impossible for us to help dogs that need expensive medical surgeries and treatments like Anton without generous donations from our wonderful supporters.


If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, please click the button at the bottom of this page to make your tax-free donation.



Anton the day after his heart surgery.

8/14/2014 Update: Anton’s foster mom reports that Anton is doing better. His wounds are beginning to heal and he is starting to act like his old self.  He is still confined to the family room with no activity but is showing interest in his toys and his ball — right now “catch” is definitely off limits. If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, please click the button at the bottom of this page to make your tax free donation.

8/11/2014 Update: We are asking that you please keep Anton in your thoughts as he recovers from heart surgery. Anton is doing much better, although nights have been really rough for him. He is restless and the pain seems worse. His foster mom has not left his side since he came home from the hospital and she has ‘quarantined’ herself to their family room with him. Always a boy who loves attention, he really loves having his foster mom at his side 24/7.

You may have seen Anton on our website and even on our Facebook page. He’s a large gorgeous bi-color, long haired German shepherd that served one year in Afghanistan as a “Detection Explosives K9”. After that tour, he did security and explosives detection keeping our U.S. ports and waterfronts safe. Early last spring he came to New England to work at the Wood’s Hole Port Authority; and when it was time to retire him at age 7, they called GSRNE.

During Anton’s routine Vet exam, we were informed that Anton had a serious heart murmur and would require delicate heart surgery. When we take a dog into our rescue, we treat the dog as one of our own. No matter the cost, if we can save a dog who we believe can have a good quality of life, we do whatever we have to for that dog. We took our boy for a second opinion and our biggest fears were confirmed, the surgery was vital for Anton to live. Heart surgery is frightening and we were all concerned that he may not survive the operation.  When the day for the operation came, we silently prayed and trusted the amazing medical team at Tufts. All our prayers were answered. We got our miracle! Anton made it through the delicate surgery. He has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably with his foster family who has given him so much loving care.

If you would like to help us with the cost of Anton’s heart surgery, click the button below to make your tax free donation. You do not need a PayPal account to donate.  At the “Review Your Donation” page, please enter ANTON in the box that asks “What is your donation for?”


Anton Needs Your HelpThis brave GSD had heart surgery!




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