Meet Blanca. Blanca was seized by police in a drug raid. At the time, she was a tiny three month old puppy, sick, wormy, and lame. She went to Animal Control.
This particular Animal Control has a bad reputation. They euthanize by gas chamber (don’t get me started), and apparently one of the Animal Control officers passes bully breeds like Blanca to a hog hunting friend. If they don’t shape up to be good hunting dogs, he kills them. Given Blanca’s condition, she wouldn’t have had a chance.
Amy Lewing, with Italian Greyhound rescue, knew how bad Blanca’s odds were and pulled her out of the shelter to save her life. Blanca was wormed, vaccinated, and fed, but the lameness persisted. X-rays showed a break to one of the bones of her left front leg. It can be fixed, but it will require major orthopedic surgery and the bone will have to be pinned into place.
Amy primarily rescues tiny, fragile Italian greyhounds, so Blanca cannot stay with Amy for too long, as her heavier bone structure, playful nature, and larger size are intimidating to the little dogs in residence. Amy has found Blanca a place in the Brazoria County Humane Society’s adoption program, once her leg is repaired and she is healthy enough to go up for adoption. But first that leg has to be fixed.
Unfortunately, orthopedic surgery is expensive, and the only other option is amputation.
The discounted rescue price for Blanca’s surgery and associated care will be about $1600. If they were forced to amputate, the cost would only be about $600. This is NOT an acceptable option. The leg in question is a weight bearing front leg, which can be harder on the dog, and it would make her correspondingly less adoptable, too.
Amy still needs another $850 to pay for this little girl’s only chance for a normal life. Less than $1000 stands between this little dog’s rough start in life and her future as a healthy, happy puppy who can go to a loving forever home.
Sadly, Blanca’s case is all too common. Shelters and rescues have to make financial decisions about animals like Blanca every day. Sometimes they choose amputation because it really is the only choice. Other times, the financial realities of caring for many animals in need set in, and an animal like Blanca ends up with three legs. Sometimes – many times – animals like Blanca are simply euthanized to make room for the several healthy animals that could be helped for the same amount of money. This is especially true if, like Blanca, they come from certain “less adoptable” breeds.
A rescuer’s job is to help the specific animals in his or her care. Blanca was lucky to fall into Amy’s hands, where she is safe and cared for. She’s lucky that someone is willing to put in the time and money to get her leg fixed so that she can live a normal life without any unnecessary handicaps.
Readers, please chip in to help Blanca.
This blog takes about 275 hits per day. If even thirty percent of you will donate ten dollars apiece to Blanca, the remaining cost of her orthopedic surgery will be covered. (If you can’t do ten, please, do what you can.) Ten dollars is the cost of going to a movie and getting a small drink (not even popcorn). Ten dollars is the cost of a quick visit to Starbuck’s for coffee and a pastry.
Blanca really is depending on the kindness of strangers to repair the damage done to her by cruel humans so early in her life. And I’m counting on the kindness of my animal loving readers to step forward and help her.
Can you spare ten dollars to help save Blanca’s leg?
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