LANCASTER SC RESCUE VOLUNTEER, STILL NEEDS OUR HELP WITH BEAGLE PEE WEE!
Latest update (3/6/17): Donations are still needed! Christy Bell's rescue Beagle is doing well but there are still outstanding bills to be paid. Not surprisingly, the accident itself is long forgotten by most except for Christy's friends and family who see her devotion to Pee Wee's full recovery, and the sacrifices made. Close friends and family also see the stress from knowing previous bills and debt obligations have not been paid, and there are more expenses coming up for x-rays and a consultation.
DONATIONS CAN STILL BE CALLED IN TO CAROLINA VETERINARY SPECIALISTS AT (704) 815-3939. ALL DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
It was an accident, could have happened to anyone. But is wasn't just anyone, it was Christy Bell, our friend, fellow rescuer, and volunteer at the animal shelter in Lancaster SC. Pee Wee, Christy's three year-old Beagle, was hit by a car Saturday night. A witness to this traumatic event saw a SUV speeding down the road, heard Pee Wee get hit (there were no street lights), and watched as the vehicle continued on without slowing down. Based on where the vehicle was, and Pee Wee's injuries, he/she/they MUST HAVE SEEN HER in the road, and certainly would have known they hit her.
Christy was working at the time, raced home, and took Pee Wee to the one place she could be certain they'd be seen and receive the very best care, Carolina Veterinary specialists in Mathews NC. This little girl is very, very lucky to be alive. And as it turns out, few vets would have been capable of providing the level of care she needed (still needs). Pee Wee sustained massive injuries to her pelvis and right rear leg, some bruising in her lungs, skin abrasions ("road rash"). It’s amazing she wasn’t hurt more badly; no internal organs were injured, her spine is intact, and there doesn’t appear to be any nerve damage.
Today, Pee Wee is still in intensive care and a consult with Dr. Gallivan, a surgeon specializing in the surgical repair of fractures and ligament injuries, is scheduled for this afternoon. Christy has visited, but Pee Wee is still in considerable pain, and Christy's presence seems to heighten her discomfort.
The bill for three days, including diagnostics, will be approximately $1500 to 2000; Christy was required to provide a credit card for payment before Pee Wee was admitted Saturday night. She will know more by the end of the day today, but we understand the total cost could be close to $6000.
The vast majority of people who volunteer in rescue have limited means, for that matter, most families would have considerable difficulty paying a bill like this. Christy and her family are stretched to the limit. She and her husband Lee both work full-time, Christy on the graveyard shift (10 pm to 6 am) to accommodate her son Gavin's school and athletic schedule.
Whether it's in the field or in a shelter, when we help with medical cases we know it's going to be expensive, and unless the dog is very old, or the nature of the injuries and/or treatment is going to compromise their quality of life, we don't hesitate to do whatever it takes. Christy is doing the same thing. The difference for us is that this isn’t a dog in a shelter or out in the woods, it's Christy's beloved Pee Wee. And we have an opportunity to help both a dog and her owner.
All donations will be gratefully accepted, and are tax deductible. Even if you’re only able to contribute a few dollars, it will convey support and let Christy know we appreciate all she does.
Donations can also be made directly by calling Carolina Veterinary Specialists. They’re open 24 hours a day; (704) 815-3939.
Friends of Christy Bell
Note: Christy is eligible for a 10% rescue discount, the maximum CVS gives to all but a few clients.
(Note from Christy: Please share and donate. I volunteer countless hours at our shelter and help rescues. I Always have a foster or 20. I try to never tell anybody no when a animal needs help. This is my baby and I'm begging for help. All I ask is for the same help I give people day in and day out)
January 21st: Pee Wee is home! She's still in considerable pain but it's clear this is where she needs to be right now, home with her Momma Christy and the rest of her family. Eight weeks of rehab lays ahead. We are keeping Pee Wee's fundraiser open until we raise enough to cover the bill for emergency medical care, and the HOSPITAL IS STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS! THIS IS A 24-HOUR FACILITY. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE AS YOU'RE ABLE AND SHARE!
CAROLINA VETERINARY SPECIALISTS - (704) 815-3939.
We will keep this Fundraiser open until Pee Wee's bill is paid