SAVE is the last hope for many homeless animals….
Elvis was left to die on a street corner after being hit by a car. The car sped off and Elvis lay motionless on the side of the road. A Good Samaritan contacted SAVE after finding little Elvis in pain and bloody and asked for help. We got Elvis to the emergency vet where Xrays were taken and his wounds cleaned. He was badly bruised and his lower jaw was broken in two places. So the following Monday he was off to the orthopedic vet to have his jaw wired up to heal. Upon examination, Elvis was also determined to be positive for heartworm disease. At only 2 years of age, he was a good
candidate to have all his problems resolved and with a few months of recovery, Elvis would be good as new. His bills were high, over $1600.oo at the orthopedic vet (who also neutered him while he was under anesthesia) and another $350 for hisheartworm treatment.
Elvis finished all his treatments and became the happy little guy in this picture. Was it worth if to help this little guy? I think his smile tells the story. Each week many more animals require care to return to a bright, healthy future and our Medical Fund helps make stories like Elvis possible.
Gwen, a young German Shepherd, found herself at the local shelter with a badly infected front leg and without a medically approved rescue to get her out and treat her, she would be humanely euthanized. After being alerted about her plight on social media, our SAVE team went to work getting her out of the shelter and to a vet within hours. She was determined to need to see a specialist in order to see if her leg could be saved. It was a long shot as the infected tissues had been untreated for weeks, After consulting with Sugarland Veterinary Specialist, it was determined that the infection had entered her bone and the leg would have to be removed. Being a front leg, the recovery would be longer as Gwen had to learn to rebalance her body over her back legs. It was also revealed that she too had heartworm disease and would need treatment for this also once her recovery had started. Gwen was a star patient and loved the staff that took care of her for her hospitalization, Once back with her medical foster Gwen started rehab on her remaining three legs. I would say she is doing just fine, wouldn’t you?
Not all cases are this serious. In many cases adoptable dogs and cats do not find homes because they have a treatable medical condition, heartworm disease, respiratory illness, skin condition, etc. S.A.V.E. takes in many of these animals and we have generous vet partners who help us treat them at a low cost – best of all our adoptables are in Foster Homes so they can be treated effectively without risk of an “outbreak” that can affect a group of animals unlike a shelter environment.
This is one of our biggest expenses. To continue to care for and find homes for these special needs at risk dogs and cats we have set up a Medical Fund where you can donate with a guarantee that your donation is used towards medical care only.