Help me and my "Puppy Parlor" friends to get proper medical!

For: Almost Home Foundation
Organizer: Almost Home Foundatrion
Help me and my "Puppy Parlor" friends to get proper medical! (Almost Home Foundation)
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The Story

Imagine for a moment that you were born in and spent your entire life in a tiny jail cell: you have no room to move around, nowhere to go to the bathroom, no good food or fresh water. You’ve never been hugged or touched; you don’t know what sunlight on your face or grass under your feet feels like.

My name is Folgers, and until recently this is the only miserable life 34 of my friends and I knew. We were kept in cages in the back room of the Puppy Parlor, a “pet store” that recently closed in Lisle, Ill. We were saved by the Almost Home Foundation and are finally learning what real life in real homes with people who care about us feels like. Many of us were terrified, and we needed to learn basic things that all dogs should know like how to go to the bathroom outside and go for a walk on a leash. We’re so grateful for the second chance we’ve been given and the love we’re finally receiving.

There are many volunteers who have opened their homes and hearts to help socialize us and prepare us for furever homes. But Almost Home Foundation needs more help to give us the care we desperately need. Our medical bills are stacking up very quickly; we never received adequate care and unfortunately repairing years of neglect is expensive. Even basic veterinary care for 35 of us is costly: we all needed to be spayed or neutered and every one of us needed dental cleanings to take care of our neglected teeth.

Some of us required even more medical help. I needed to see a specialist for a dramatic hip surgery to alleviate pain from hip dysplasia. My friend Bisbee is on medications for the next month because he has an illness similar to what one might get from a tick and can’t be neutered until he’s healthier. No one knows how he could have been exposed to such an illness, but he’s getting the care he needs to help him recover.

We’re all so lucky and fortunate to be getting the help we need and the love we’ve always wanted. Any monetary help you could offer to our friends at Almost Home Foundation who have given us so much already would be greatly appreciated. Every dollar helps and is tax deductible. It will help cover our extensive medical costs and allow Almost Home to continue saving more dogs and cats like us in the future. We also have a few upcoming fabulous events coming up that will help raise more funds for us and others in AHF’s care: TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER TOURNAMENT and RED CARPET DINNER SHOW.  Please join us!

We still can’t believe we’ve been given this new chance. It hasn’t been easy, but we’re making great progress and we’re finally on the path to great lives that all animals deserve. If you’re interested in adopting any of us, please get in touch with our friends at Almost Home Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 28, 2014

Posted on March 28, 2014

Hi there, I’m Charlie Brown (known at Almost Home Foundation as Derrall, but I was called Spinner at the pet store because of my tendency to pace in circles in my tiny cage), giving you an update on my friends and me that AHF saved from the back room of a “pet store” in Lisle. First of all, we’re all so amazed and thankful for the support we’ve received since our story was first published. I want to tell you a little about my journey, and the similar journey my friends currently are on.

I’m so lucky because I’m one of a few that has already been adopted by a very patient, dedicated family. I’m still learning to trust and there are days when I’m so scared of everything I don’t want to leave my “safe bed.” It’s taking me a while to get the hang of going outside, and I’m often scared to even pass through the door. Like my friends, I’m still learning what it is to be a real dog, but with the love I’m receiving and the gentle reminders that I’m a “good boy,” I’ll get there. We have a lot of fear, but we’re figuring out that the life we lived before isn’t what real life is like.

We’re all making progress with our socialization, and we’re finally getting the medical attention we’ve needed our entire lives. But our medical bills that AHF is responsible for are extraordinary and I know our people friends at Almost Home Foundation would really appreciate any additional help you could provide. As you might remember, some of us needed specialty surgeries for leg problems, we all needed dental cleanings, and quite a few of us had to have full-blown dental surgery to remove some bad teeth that had rotted because of our previous neglect. Most of us also had bad ear infections that required expensive medications to clear up.

Basic health care such as spay/neuter surgery, dental cleanings, or antibiotics are expensive enough for just one animal; imagine what that bill looks like for 35! Almost Home Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that depends on donations to save cats and dogs like us. Any donation you could contribute to aid with our substantial medical expenses will help AHF save even more lives. And we’ve been told there’s a generous supporter who has offered to match your donations if we hit our $5,000 goal!

I recently learned that squeaky toys are fun, and with time and dedication my mommy is going to make sure my inner happy puppy is released! With your financial help, my friends still waiting for furever families at Almost Home will have the same opportunities. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for your continued support and well wishes!

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