Bingo was his name. That’s all anyone knew about the four-year-old ginger colored boy when he, like so many other pit bulls, was about to be relinquished to a high kill shelter in Tampa, Florida.
Why was he being relinquished? He was born a pit bull, and his owner’s landlord demanded that she get rid of him, however, Bingo did nothing to deserve this banishment. No acts of aggression were ever committed by this sweet boy. He was being punished and discriminated against based on both his appearance and breed.
Because of his breed and so many like him, Bingo would not have lasted long at the county shelter. His chances of making it out alive and into a safe, caring environment would have been slim to none, but luck was on his side when his owner stopped off at a retail store before taking him to the shelter. There, they met up with Anastasia Devaris, who is a staunch advocate and rescuer of many pit bulls. She heard the woman’s story and saw the pleading in Bingo’s eyes and made the decision to take Bingo then and there.
There wasn’t time to come up with a plan; he needed saving now. Anastasia placed Bingo in a boarding facility close to her home so she could visit him frequently and reassure him that she had not abandoned him. She also worked very hard through personal contacts and social media to find Bingo a home. Then, one joyous day, someone offered to take Bingo. Anastasia and Bingo were elated because they were personal friends so Anastasia knew her boy would be in good hands.
The only catch was, his new family could not take him right away as they were in the midst of moving. Bingo continued to wait patiently in boarding for the day he would finally go to a real home. But the weeks turned into months, and Bingo’s dream of a new home quickly dissolved when the family had to back out unexpectedly.
Bingo stayed in boarding, and Anastasia continued to pay the bill. Almost a year went by when Anastasia started to notice lumps on his side during one of her visits. She took him to her vet who gave the heartbreaking news; dear Bingo was suffering from Lymphoma – cancer. Anastasia was devastated. She had such hopes for him when she saved him from death row almost a year ago. Now, he was facing a new threat to his life.
But Anastasia was not going to give up on the dog she had worked so hard to save. She was going to see that Bingo had everything he needed no matter what the cost. That’s when good things began to happen, and many Good Samaritans came forward to be Bingo’s village. A fellow rescuer who lives close by offered to take Bingo into her home.
The only option to save Bingo’s life was a series of chemo treatments. Without these treatments, Bingo would only live 4-6 weeks. Bingo started his care under Dr. Nations in Winter Haven, Florida.
Of course, cancer treatments come with a steep price, but it is the only way Bingo could survive and live a good life. The minimum cost for the series of chemo treatments would be $5000, but Anastasia did not think twice or hesitate to move forward with the treatments; just like she never hesitated to save Bingo’s life the day she met up with him and his owner in the retail store.
As of March 28th, 2019, Bingo has had six chemo treatments. Dr. Nations states he is in full remission and doing much better. Bingo also celebrated his fourth birthday; a major milestone for a dog who dodged death twice.
It seems the people who have the least in life are the ones who do the most. Anastasia could easily have turned a blind eye to Bingo that day in the store and avoided the inconvenience and cost of taking in a stranger’s dog, but she didn’t. She saw that Bingo and his life mattered. She took on the responsibility and financial burden with no questions asked.
She still owes over $4000 on his boarding bill and the chemo treatments must be paid weekly. Be part of Bingo’s village. He could have gone to a shelter and died alone and been forgotten with no one even knowing that Bingo was his name. But fate intervened, and he wants to stay alive. Make a difference and help change one dumped dog’s life for the better. He will be forever grateful to you.
Let’s allow Bingo to celebrate more birthdays.
Donations can be made through the Gofundme that’s been set for him.
Donations can also be called in directly to Dr. Nations at 863-324-3340. Please state for Bingo Devaris.
Also, through Anastasia’s Paypal firstname.lastname@example.org.
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