Zip's medical extras: Lets help him get adopted!

For: Zip's Superhero Fund
Organizer: Friends of Zip
Zip's medical extras: Lets help him get adopted! (Zip's Superhero Fund)
of $1,500 goal
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Raised by 9 donors
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The Story

(See alternate donation ideas and allocation information below, and thanks!)

Zip was surrendered to a kind hearted veterinarian after his family found out he is diabetic. Zip is a VERY special senior  guy who acts like a puppy when he is feeling well. Because his family left him at the vet, he is not sponsored by any shelters or rescue groups.

That means his medical extras are not covered, and this creates a barrier to adoption for many people who would otherwise be delighted to give Zip a home. The goal here is to subsidise his care so that those extra medical costs don't stand in the way. 

Zip is currently living with a foster family which includes four cats and two big dogs. He loves them all! His costs are covered for the next 30 days, but his foster family could sure use the help with some of his needed items as well. 


Where does my money go?

All donations will be used to pay for:

Diet- Zip's food runs approximately $2.50/day

Bloodwork: He will need one to two complete blood panels with fructosamine per year ($169/each)

Medical expenses: If he needs to make an extra trip due to hypoglycemia or seizure related to his diabetes, that can be over $200

Insulin: $80-132 every 50 days

Syringes: Those run $20-35 per box


Alternate Donation Method:

If you want to make a donation but don't want to do so online, here are some ways you can help:

*we buy Zip's food at Muttz in Westminster, CO. A donation can be made for Zip's food in the form of a gift card or account credit.

* We can buy his insulin syringes and insulin at Wal-Mart at the best cost.

*If you would rather send funds to the "Zip Fund" at our veterinarian, donations can be sent directly to:

Broadlands Veterinary Clinic

3800 W 144th Ave #1500

Broomfield, CO 80023

(303) 410-8522

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 3, 2013

Posted on June 3, 2013

Guess what? Zip is feeling fine and we feel that he is ready for adoption! Zip still needs two people to give him his insulin, but he has become a real champ when it comes to allowing people to handle him. Each day that he knows he is loved and won't be hurt is another step and eventually insulin time will be a one person task. To learn more about adopting Zip, please write to: [email protected] 

Such a HUGE thanks goes out to all of you who have helped Zip to stay in his foster home, to get the medical care he so badly needed, to have the time to grow and heal. Thank you all so much! We will keep you updated on Zip's progress and on how your generous donations are being used. 

Paws up!

~ Zip's foster mama

Posted on May 19, 2013

Posted on May 19, 2013

What a good week it has been for our friend! Zip had another two days in the hospital and by Wednesday he was by all measurements fully recovered from that nasty pancreatitis (let us all pause and give a big BOO to pancreatitis!) His appetite is back and he has been a very playful boy. 

Injection time continues to be a tough one for Zip, but he is getting SO MUCH BETTER. It still takes two people; one to lift him onto a table or counter and to hold him so he does not squirm, and another to quickly administer his shot. Once we are done, he usually has one nasty word to say (but he doesn't really mean it, honest!) and then he is ready to move on. He is doing well on his current dosage, and we feel that he is ready to be adopted if his adoptive family is willing and able to make injection time a two-person deal. I still firmly believe that he will be able to take injections more easily as time goes on, and especially once he is in a stable home with people he trusts. 

Thank you all so much for your faith in Zip and for helping him to have the chance he so deserves! I know he would love to meet his friends and supporters one day, so if you find yourselves in the Denver area and would like to shake paws with Mr. Zip, please let us know! 

Lots of love and deepest thanks for coming along on Zip's journey.

~ Zip's foster mama

Posted on May 11, 2013

Posted on May 11, 2013

It's been a wild month folks, and I apologize for the late update.

Here's the good news: Zip has been doing really well in his new environment and is learning to trust that we are here to help him, not to hurt him. He still needs two of us to administer insulin, but he has progressed from growling to simply allowing us to pick him up to give him his injections. I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and starting to feel there is a good possibility that Zip will be able to be adopted really soon!

I suppose the not-so-good news has to come out at some point, so here goes: 

On Wednesday night I came home from work and Darryl told me he was concerned about Zip. Zip was drinking a huge amount of water, circling and not interested in food or treats. I thought he might be going into shock, and we treated him for such. He did perk up enough to stay at home for the evening, but by the morning I felt it was necessary to bring him to Dr. Perkin. 

After a day at Dr. Perkin's office, it was discovered that Zip has pancreatitis. he spent the last 2 days being treated with fluids and IV antibiotics. We brought him home last night, and we are on the fence about whether or not he needs to go back for treatment over the weekend. 

And here is how you can help:

Needless to say, after all of this treatment, we are about $100 away from running out of funds. At other times in my life, I would be able to absorb the costs, but even with cutting our budget to the bare bones and taking every babysitting or bookkeeping job I can get my hands on in addition to the business and my full time job, I just can't make it work. If you are reading this it is likely you have already made a contribution to Zip's care, and I am certainly not asking his generous beneficiaries to give more, but perhaps you might share his story? We would be so grateful. 

I'm not sure what the next step is. I am very concerned about Zip and I feel that he so deserves a good life. I won't pretend I don't often wish the people who dumped him could see what is happening and that they would at least help by reaching out on his behalf, but I recognize that that is neither productive or at all likely to happen, so I am trying to put that energy elsewhere. 

Sorry for the lengthy update, but I hope it was helpful and again, I just want to thank Zip's supporters SO MUCH for helping him! 

Love and Kindness,

Zip's foster mama

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