For animal rescues and shelters it can be heartbreaking to not be able to help a very sick or injured animal because they simply do not have the money.
For Lucky Dog Animal Rescue this sad reality is often made better by help from the public through their Critical Care Fund. Dogs such as Tavi are alive and in a wonderful new home thanks to caring people.
But, of course, the need never stops and two dogs are currently at the top of the list. Sweetie found her way to a Lucky Dog’s foster person’s yard in March and was in pretty bad shape: fleas, over 40 ticks and very sad. After going through a few circumstances after rescue she one day decided that a large amount of Rimadyl would be a nice snack, and then spent several weeks being treated for this potentially fatal ingestion. It was a tough road, but she is now happily on her way to full recovery.
Duncan was found on the side of a road in South Carolina by one of Lucky Dog’s wonderful friends. He had been hit by a car several days earlier, his wound was very infected and he needed treatment and surgery. Unfortunately, another very bad infection began and amputation of his leg was recommended. This surgery was recently performed, and along with the leg some of his hip had to be removed. His recovery so far has been difficult due to the amount of damage from the hit and run, but his kisses keep coming for those around him.
When asked why people should care about and donate to funds such as this, Duncan’s caretaker states: “If not for this fund Duncan would be another dead dog on the side of the road. Adoption fees do not cover the expense of some dogs. So where does the money come from? If not donations we could not save lives; it is sad, but very true. A non-profit organization doesn’t have money coming in for the cause, unless it is from people giving. Our animal control, before Lucky Dog, killed 100%. Five hundred animals were being killed every month. That cost the county $62.00 for each animal, which is coming out of taxes. We have now moved over 2,000 dogs from our once all-kill shelter. We couldn’t make this happen without money.”
Sweetie’s caretaker points out that: “Without the support of donors, Lucky Dog wouldn’t be able to finance surgeries, emergency vet hospitalizations, or other necessary medical costs. It’s most honorable that Lucky Dog won’t give up on a dog because if its medical condition, no matter the cost.”
The total cost to Lucky Dog for just these two dogs has been approximately $5,000 so far. As of now only $3,203 has been raised toward the ultimate goal of $10,000 for the main fund. If you cannot help sponsor one of these dogs, then perhaps those of you living in Virginia can make a difference at a dine and donate fundraiser on May 6th. Every little bit helps gives a fighting chance to a deserving dog.
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