15:20, 4 March 2015 By Helen Davies
Zack is losing his sight and needs a £3,000 cataract operation
A Liverpool student says she is “absolutely overwhelmed” by the support from ECHO readers who have raised nearly £1,000 to try to save her dog’s sight.
Zack, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross, is gradually losing his vision due to cataracts in his eyes.
The four-year-old’s vision could be saved with expensive operations, which cost £1,500 per eye, but his owner Katie Tarrant can’t afford it.
The 20-year-old, a second year music student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, made a desperate plea through the ECHO earlier this week for members of the public to help Zack by donating money.
Since then around 80 donations and more than £900 has been donated to the dog’s cause, meaning Katie is nearly two-thirds of the way towards the £1,500 needed to save one eye.
She said: “I think a lot of people understand the power of the internet but I don’t think you truly appreciate it until you experience it. When I created Zack’s GoFundMe page, the £3,000 figure stared out at me from the screen and I found myself questioning how we would ever reach that target. Little did I know that a mere week later, we would be almost a third of the way towards reaching our goal.
“I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of support and kind messages that have been coming in for Zack.”
Katie added: “I have written a personal thank you message to each and every contributor but I would like to say a collective thank you to the ECHO and everyone that has supported this story; everyone that has donated, everyone that has shared it and everyone that has messaged me and simply shared kind words about Zack.”
Zack still has some vision but a vet has told Katie and her family this will gradually disappear until he cannot see anything.
The dog currently lives with Katie’s parents in Kent but she hopes he will move to Liverpool to live with her once she graduates and moves out of student accommodation.
Katie said: “Zack is a member of our family and an absolutely cherished one at that. He brings my family so much joy every single day and it would mean so much to us to be able to give his sight back. To be able to take him outside and throw a tennis ball for him again, or for him to start walking down the stairs again because he’s no longer scared about falling. This operation would completely change his life.”
Katie says her mum and dad, who both work full time, don’t have enough money for the operation due to low salaries which only cover essential bills.
She said: “£3,000 is an amount that we are just not fortunate enough to be able to afford, so anything that can be donated is truly something we will all be eternally grateful for.”
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/savezackssight