Homeless Vet: Reach out to Ernie and his Huskies

For: Ernie the Vet and his two beautiful huskies
El Cajon, CA
Organizer: Koalition of Rescuers & Animal Lovers
$639
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
12% Complete
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The Story

I met Ernie 11/13/2016 while driving home. Ernie is a US Army and CG vet with 18yrs of combined service. Ernie and his two huskies are homeless in El Cajon, CA. Both animals are neutered and very sweet animals, and it is clear they are loved very much by Ernie. 

Please help us help this veteran by donating towards his cause. With your generous donation we are hoping to be able to provide the following for Ernie and his dogs:

-Dog supplies: food (dry and cans), collars, care items, grooming, vetting (including vaccines)
-Clothing: men's medium size: shirts, sweatshirts, pants, socks, underwear, (shoes, we will find out size soon)
-Care items: toiletries, hygiene items
-Few nights of hotel stay at a pet friendly hotel for holidays
-Food- including holiday meals we will be happy to prepare and deliver, unless you want to help us :)
-Other: Social services, place to sleep safety, other types of donations for sustenance and supplies, possibly employment

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 2, 2016

Posted on December 2, 2016

11/29/2016 Visited with Ernie today and met his friend Suzanne. At this time they are both sick with an upper respiratory infection. We took the donated tent (THANK YOU!!), socks, undershirt and some doggie goods, bought them warm dinner and asked if they need anything else. Ernie asked me to extend many warm, and most heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been helping him and his dogs. He asked for some lemon juice and honey to help him get through the illness. We will be visiting him tomorrow again and providing this and a warm meal. There are more rains coming and the past week caused Ernie to get his items soaked, including his sleeping baskets, clothing and more....the dogs welcomed the volunteer with a big smile and wagging tails. By now we have made good fiends with these guys

Posted on November 21, 2016

Posted on November 21, 2016

11/20/2016 We forgot to mention..Chinook has an old injury to his left front paw...we got him a brace to help support the weakness...he does not seem to be in pain and it was previously evaluated by a vet, but it does cause him to have an abnormal flexion of the ankle area..hopefully the brace will help a little bit for comfort.

Posted on November 21, 2016

Posted on November 21, 2016

11/20/2016 Margo and I visited with Ernie today again. We received a generous donation by one of Margo's friends of a sleeping bag, air mattress, 6 pairs of wool socks he will share with his homeless friend with the cat. We got him some warm food: a cup of chicken noodle soup, a whole broiled chicken he can share with the dogs, a fresh and still hot loaf of french bread, potato salad and some chocolate muffins for breakfast. Margo also got him a cup of hot coffee. It will be cool over the next few nights so all of those items will come in use. Ernie is very thankful for all the donations and generosity. He asked me to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart. Maybe we will convince him to allow us to record him at some point so you can get a sense of what a lovely man he is. 

Thank you for all of your support and continued generosity. Ernie wants to get off the streets but its not an easy process. We will try to support him for as long as we can with visits, animal care supplies and donations thanks to the raised funds. Please see additional pictures in the gallery.

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