Sandy the greyhound is a delightful and beloved companion to his elderly owners.
At age 11 and with a dental disease making it too painful to eat, it was clear he would need significant surgery.
His owners, who prefer to remain anonymous, couldn't afford the costly surgical work and were distraught at the idea of returning their pooch to the Greyhound Adoption Program where they got him.
Veterinary clinic Passionate Pet Care said Sandy's chances of being adopted to a new home were slim because of his age.
The vet clinic offered a 30 per cent discount on surgery costs and approached the Pet Medical Crisis Fund to further assist with the cost.
The fund helps pensioners who are facing having their pets unnecessarily euthanased and has saved 201 Victorian family pets since it started four years ago. To help elderly owners keep their pets, donations can be made at petmedicalcrisisfund.com.au