Max came in to a small all-breed rescue in New England at just under 5 months of age. He was almost totally blind due to congenital cataracts in both eyes. He was placed in foster care with a wonderful family who had recently lost their second rescue Berner. A visit to a canine ophthalmologist proved that Max would be a good candidate for cataract surgery that would give him a 90% chance of gaining sight. Without the surgery, his cataracts will progress, worsening to a point where protein will leak from the lenses and cause inflammation, which in turn will lead to secondary glaucoma. The cost of the surgery is $4,500.
The all-breed rescue does not have the funds to pay for Max's surgery and the foster family, who adore Max and would love to adopt him, are also unable to come up with such a big chunk of cash. An aside here...you could look long and hard to find a better adoptive family for Max. This loving family with three great, dog-savvy kids, has plenty of Berner experience as well as a commitment to rescue. His foster "mom" has already been working with a trainer to help make Max more confident in his dark world and the kids are currently working on their own fundraiser for his surgery! Even their dog Lily helps out - acting as Max's own seeing eye dog! (Naturally, that's the lovely Lily in the photo with Max!)
If you can find your way free to help Max see and to save him from a life of increasing pain, please donate to his surgery fund by sending a donation through the link on this page or by mailing a check payable to BERNER, Inc. (with "Max's Surgery" in the memo line) and mail it to:
P.O. Box 1221
Arlington, MA 02474-0021