Meet Tonka, a five-year-old Mastiff/Shepherd Cross, who recently received life-saving care from the Guelph Humane Society (GHS). 

Meet Tonka, a five-year-old Mastiff/Shepherd Cross
Meet Tonka, a five-year-old Mastiff/Shepherd Cross.

Tonka wandered down a country road one night when a car came out of nowhere and hit him. After his accident, he began to slow down, his back right leg severely swelled, and he couldn’t walk properly.  

He was clearly in a lot of pain and needed help. Without immediate veterinary attention, he could have died. 

Tonka suffered a severe injury to his leg. After thorough examination, our veterinarian determined that he would need a Fermoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) to repair the damage. FHO, is a surgical procedure that involves removing the head and neck of the femur bone, which is the long bone in the thigh that connects to the hip joint.

For Tonka, the advanced orthopedic surgical procedure would relieve his hip pain, and, in time, it will restore his ability to run and play.  

Thanks to the generous support of GHS donors, Tonka received the critical surgery he needed, as well as continued care during his recovery.

“Funds to support emergency medical cases, like Tonka’s, are entirely reliant upon our community’s support,” says Lisa Veit, GHS Executive Director. “Without it, we would not have been able to help Tonka and or the countless other pets who rely on us. We are so grateful to have supporters who are committed to ensuring pets like Tonka can get the care they need.”

As the holiday season approaches, the GHS team asks the community, if you haven’t already, to consider making a gift to GHS to support more pets like Tonka and ensure they can get the care they need when they need it the most.

“Every donation makes a significant impact and helps us continue to provide life-saving care to pets in Guelph and Wellington County,” says, Veit. “We thank our community for their on-going support, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable animals, like Tonka, with their help.”

Please consider making a gift to support lifesaving care this holiday season

Donate by December 31, 2022, to receive a 2022 tax receipt.

Tonka will be available to adopt when he is further in his recovery, we encourage members of the community to watch our adoptions page for updates.