The Voorhees Animal Orphanage (“VAO”) believes in giving all animals the best medical care. But that comes with a price. And in 2018, that price has been rapidly adding up.
In February, the shelter kennels were hit with a severe Upper Respiratory Infection (“URI”). The strain was so strong that we had to use a stronger, and more expensive, antibiotic. As a precautionary measure we re-vaccinated every dog for the Canine Flu. We also treated every dog for intestinal parasites, for parasites can weaken the immune system and make the animal more susceptible to the URI. We closed the shelter to the public for a week as well to try to contain the URI’s impact. Thankfully we are over that crisis, but that seems like only the beginning of a string of escalating medical expenses.
Blake came to us with a limp and upon investigation we discovered that he had a loose piece of femoral bone in his hip socket which required immediate surgery to alleviate bone-on-bone pain.
Little Jimmy (aka Tank) came to us as a stray and was the picture of cuteness. We rapidly realized that this young Chihuahua had something wrong with him. Little Jimmy was born with a “liver shunt” which if left untreated, can ultimately be fatal. He is living in foster care and we are trying our best to save him. But the MRI alone, which was needed to determine whether surgery is viable option, was over $800 and that was with a 50% discount. Now Jimmy requires surgery which will cost at least $2,000. But look at that face. How can we not save him?
Archie was found as a stray and had a congenital defect that required complete urethral reconstruction. He surgery was very extensive and required a stay at the hospital while he recuperated.
But it is Henry’s story that is so fresh, we are still reeling from it. Henry is a young Maltese-mix that was surrendered to the VAO on Tuesday, April 24 because his owner was not able to care for him. Within hours of arriving, poor Henry began having multiple, intense seizures. He was rushed to the Emergency Vet, where he remained over night for testing and observation. Henry’s Epilepsy will require a lifetime of medicine and medical care. Within the first 24 hours of his arrival to the VAO, his medical bills tallied $815, and he remains in the hospital as we write this plea for help.
The VAO never thinks twice about saving the life of a poor defenseless animal in need. It is our mission to save them, but we can’t do it without your help. Please help us by making a contribution to the VAO Emergency Medical Fund TODAY. Your donation will immediately be applied towards helping pay the medical bills of Henry, Little Jimmy, Blake, Archie, Remus, and Henrietta. The list is never ending.
Your donation will help ensure that future animals like Henry will always receive the medical care that they need to survive. Please help the VAO today, so that we can continue to help homeless cats & dogs when they need it most. We can’t make it without your support.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.