Sponsor Adoptions, Inc. animal welfare agency organized a community wide effort to raise funds for a disabled citizen and her dog that needs immediate surgery to remove a massive tumor on Thursday.
Poo Bear is an eleven year old collie who lives with her owner in Arlington. Poo bear developed a tumor that has grown extensively creating a life-threatening condition for her. The owner, who is disabled, did not have the money to get Poo Bear the necessary surgery she needs to remove this tumor. She took the dog to Arlington Animal Services who directed her to Sponsor Adoptions. President, Karen Monaco referred her to Animal Health Care Center in Arlington for an examination. The veterinarian said this was the worst case she had ever seen.
Poo Bear’s owner is on very limited income and had no means to get her beloved pet treatment. Sponsor Adoptions staff of volunteers decided to reach out to the public with Poo Bear’s story to try to raise funds for her emergency surgery.
“At first, I was in shock of the condition the dog was in wondering how a person could let this happen, but after speaking with the owner, we realized the problem was not neglect of her dog, but it was that she had nowhere to turn for financial assistance, ” said Monaco. Volunteers reached out to Sponsor Adoptions sister organization, Partners of Arlington Animal Services (PAAS) via Facebook and within hours raised the money for Poo Bear’s surgery. Followers of the PAAS page responded overwhelmingly and they were able to reach $1,250 by the end of the day on Wednesday (March 13) and support continued to grow on Thursday.
Supporters of the two organizations came together for one cause, to save Poo-Bears life. There was no time to judge, only to act. “We realized the need for a program like this when owners are surrendering their animals to the local shelter because they cannot afford simple veterinary care, and in Poo-Bear’s case, she would have been euthanized”, Monaco said.
Sponsor Adoptions volunteers were able to schedule an immediate surgery with Animal Health Care Center for Thursday morning and Poo Bear is now recovering.
For more information on this story, contact Karen Monaco, President of Sponsor Adoptions, Inc., Karen@sponsor.trainingchimp.com.