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!