14:25, 6 April 2015 | By Helen Davies
Zack is losing his sight and needs a £3,000 cataract operation
A Liverpool student who made a desperate plea through the ECHO for help to stop her dog going blind is nearing her final fundraising target.
Zack, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross, is gradually losing his vision due to cataracts in his eyes.
The four-year-old’s eyes could be saved but it would cost £1,500 per eye, which his owner Katie Tarrant can’t afford.
The 20-year-old, a second year music student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, appealed through the ECHO for members of the public to help by donating money.
She has now raised more than £2,500 and is arranging a visit to the vets to discuss the procedure, which she hopes will go ahead once they hit £3,000.
Katie said: “I really believe we can reach this target thanks to how wonderfully supportive everyone has been. Anything we are able to raise over the £3,000 will go towards Zack’s post-operation after-care so every little truly helps.
“We are so close to the final hurdle now and it means so much to be able to accomplish this.”
Many of those contributing to Katie’s online fundraising page have never met the student or the dog but have left messages of support for Zack.
Among them was Ben Santo, who wrote: “I hope you get enough to save the little one’s sight, he looks a lovely dog, best wishes.”
Sarah Wyatt wrote: “From one dog lover to another… good luck” and Tricia Lavelle wrote: “Read Zack’s story in the Liverpool ECHO, it touched my heart. I really do hope you manage to raise the funds for his ops. Good luck Zack.”
The dog still has some vision but a vet has told Katie and her family this will gradually disappear until he cannot see anything.
Zack 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