What we do…..
Established in 2018, Friends of Sierra is a non-profit organization committed to continued education through research and development to improve the science of animal physical therapy. It is our hope that all dogs receive the care they need. We will assist in provision of physical therapy for organizations and families unable to pay for the service. We also hope to provide support of K-9 Officers as well as civilian K-9’s that are in need of physical therapy.
In December 2017, Drago, our three-year-old German Shepherd, was diagnosed with an FCE, Fibrocartilaginous Embolism. With FCE a small amount of intervertebral disk material from between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) detaches spontaneously and lodges in a nearby blood vessel. This blocks the blood supply to a section of spinal cord and the associated nerves. The resulting inflammation and nerve damage leads to weakness, poor coordination or, often sudden paralysis. Drago’s hind legs were acutely paralyzed. With the help of Sierra Peaks Animal Rehab (SPAR) and their staff, Drago was able to walk again. We are so grateful for the love, time and patience Stevan and Erin gave to Drago. Seeing our boy chase a ball again was one of the happiest days of our lives. We could say “thank you” a million times and it would never be enough to express our heartfelt gratitude.