We have an update from Lisa at Athenspets, and it’s mostly good news!
In the past 30 days, BJ peeps donated a total of $1898.79 through the thermometer. Big thanks to all who “bought” the .pdf of the calendar and also to everyone who donated, regardless. There were some $50 and $100 calendar sales, so thanks to everyone for their generosity. :-)
The shelter has used up its medical funds for the year so they’ll likely have more medical expenses for the next 3 months (though the director plans to keep paying for things, just with us pitching in a little more–the county is still figuring out what is really needed to run the shelter since for years the former director just euthanized animals instead of asking for the money necessary to treat them).
Lisa asked me to let you all know how much they appreciate our support for these special animals.
WHO HAVE WE HELPED?
We paid $1387.69 for an ACL repair surgery for Sadie, a friendly somewhat older pittie who was at the shelter. She actually needed two ACL repair surgeries but the shelter covered one of them. (In the photo, she’s on the left; on the right is her now-brother Nelson who also came from our shelter.)
Van Helsing (now Donnie Darko) needed follow up care from his FHO (he was having pain issues), which cost a total of $470.12.
They covered a dental for Magnolia Cupcake, a senior dog with awful teeth (the shelter paid for her heartworm treatment), which cost $965.64. (On the right in her photo; Blue, on the left, was also a medical case when he came in to the shelter.)
Sadie, Van Helsig (now Donnie Darko) and Magnolia have since been adopted!
After all that there is still $3,501.08 in the fund!
They also have a 10 week old puppy (Remi) who had a septic joint (I don’t know the cause) and needed an amputation – not sure of the exact cost yet but it will be ~$500. She’s currently recovering from her surgery, then a local rescue group plans to take her.
Update on Cindy Lou!
Her tumor is not cancerous, but will regrow unfortunately. She’s at the shelter currently and they’re focusing on finding her a home to be in–she’s an active girl and sitting in a kennel is not good for her. They are really hoping to find something for her soon. :-(
After Remi is taken care of, there will be about $3,000 left in Walter’s Fund, which is where we like to be so they have options when a special case comes up. So we’re not asking for donations at this time, but I know at least one of you generous peeps will ask for the thermometer, so I am including it.
Oh, and no Walter’s Fund post would be the same without Walter (and Ellie).
Look at all those faces!
Walter’s fund wasn’t in effect when we adopted Artie but Athens Pets did pay the cost of saving her life. If you didn’t see her Easter picture here it is. This little girl has come a long way!
@raven: Gorgeous picture of Artie!
@WaterGirl: Especially given how bad she looked.
Remi looks so anxious. I’d love to give him? her? a hug and some treats.
@Dan B: Her. So sad. A 10-week old pup who needed an amputation because of a septic joint. Just awful.
She looks like a good girl and I’m sure she would gladly take your hugs.
Oh, WaterGirl, thank you for the reminder. I forgot about the calendars, but just made a donation. My best to all the pets….
All those faces, but little Remi. 😢 Hope she makes a full recovery and finds a great home.
@WaterGirl: Oh, she looks so much like my Watson at that age, when we had just rescued him – that side-eye stare! Once I get my taxes paid I will have a little more money for donations.
Joy in FL
I really appreciate the update from the shelter. The photos are just wonderful, and I’m so glad we are helping.
Thanks, WaterGirl, for posting the update : )
Joy in FL
@raven: Artie is magnificent- happy, sweet, beautiful.
Odie Hugh Manatee
John and this community stepped up for Walter and the fund in his name carries that tradition onward. It makes me smile every time I am reminded about it.
I hope karma is raining down on the asshole who neglected/mistreated/abandoned him.
Great stuff! I just finished five months of fostering and doing heartworm treatment for a big ole Newfoundland boy, who was rescued from being a breeder at a puppy mill. He’s gone on to his best life with a family who have a place right near the beach on Long Island–heaven, for a water dog. And honestly, no more than this sweet fellow deserves. After 6+ years of living in a cage, in a metal barn with some hundreds of other dogs, he can now have a real life, with people who love and cosset him. As it should be!
I highly recommend fostering, if you have the space etc. In this case the shelter provided me with food, and I used the vet they have a long standing relationship with. But so gratifying to help a dog on to his best life. The best, warmest feeling.
@NutmegAgain: Here’s our “Foster Fail” article from the local paper
Walter, oh Walter, John helped us do right by you.
Could not have been rescued by a more kind soul. I remember, and it was shocking. And now we are doing even more good in your name.
FSM bless John Cole. And Walter.
I don’t care what they say John Cole, I think you are the best! :)
Thanks for the update! Since I didn’t want the postcards for myself, just now donated what I’d’ve given for the calendar. Smooches to all those good pups and kitties.
Athens own REM with Walter’s Theme!