Long-term commentor, Garden Chat/Recipe Exchange regular, and general friend-of-the-blog Satby has just experienced one more shock in a chain of nasty news:
Last night, I discovered a tumor under the jaw of my oldest rescue dog. And it’s a disaster, because I have no money for medical care for him, or even to put him to sleep if that turns out to be the merciful thing to do.
I’ve been an pet / animal rescuer for about 15 years. I’ve rescued, fostered, transported, and adopted out hundreds of dogs, cats, and the occasional wildlife baby in that time…
Along the way, I ended up with 12 loving and lovable hard to place or “unadoptable” animals, most due to medical issues. All of them were accepted by me at the last minute, usually on the day they were to be euthanized. All are great pets, none have aggression issues. I have 6 dogs and 6 cats. Three of the dogs are labrador retrievers with epilepsy, one of those has an autoimmune skin disorder as well. One of the cats also needed over a thousand dollars worth of surgery to correct benign tumors in her ears that recurred (now fixed, finally!). To house my gang, I moved from Chicago to a “farmette” in a rural area of Michigan six years ago.
Umfortunately, last December I lost my job in IT, which had allowed me to feed and more importantly, pay the medical bills that these guys have. I accepted the first job I was offered when my unemployment ran out after 6 months, and it’s insufficient to cover more than my mortgage and food for us all. I used what was left of my 401k to fill the gap, and now that’s gone. Though I continue to look for better employment, and have an Etsy shop and tutor on the side, it’s not enough. I need help, for my old dog to get diagnosed and treated if possible; and to keep these guys fed, immunized, on their epilepsy medications, and housed, especially in winter, when the heating bill for the kennel will hit hard. Can you help?
Her GoFundMe site is here (there are adorable puppy photos!). I just chipped in a mite, so I can attest that donating is easy & requires no complicated extra-registration process.