Monday, November 28, 2011

Whitey- And the need of funds for dogs in need

How do you establish the fine equilibrium between quantity and quality? How do you tackle the desire to help the largest number of dogs possible, with the necessity to provide special costly care to certain absolutely wonderful individuals in great need? With limited funds, it's always a very difficult task to accomplish.

Spaying and neutering surely is the best way to help the largest number of dogs possible- by preventing unwanted litters- literally turning off the source of stray dogs that otherwise would have been born to a life of misery in the streets. But what of the dogs already born, already suffering? What of the animals injured, ill and victims of abuse? Hit by cars, with broken bones, sick with distemper, or severely malnourished?

Whitey used to be just one of these dogs. He was involved in a car accident last year, suffering a broken front leg- a broken leg that, without the proper necessary veterinary care at the right time, healed in a wrong way. One year later, and Whitey is still limping and avoiding using that paw. To make things worse, when I returned home to Ploiesti I've also found Whitey with a bulge the size of a tennis ball under his chin. The wonderful lady in Whitey's neighborhood who last year would bandage his broken leg, this year was trying to treat his bulge as well. But best intentions backed up with modest financial possibilities can only reach that far... Luckily, Romania Animal Rescue (RAR) and their veterinarian Dr A offered to help Whitey. RAR covered the costs of the medical visit, and Dr A saw and treated Whitey recently. Whitey's bulge turned out to be full of blood and puss that Dr A removed during the vet visit. Now Whitey is on antibiotics so that the bulge disappears completely, and we hope that soon, Dr A will be able to work wonders for Whitey's previously injured leg as well.

 The images show Whitey's formerly injured front leg, as well as the bulge under his chin

Whitey on his first car ride ever on the way to Bucharest to get seen and treated by Dr A, courtesy of RAR!

Whitey not too thrilled to be at the vet practice, but being a super good boy nonetheless, and getting much needed vet care

To make things even better, a few days ago I have found out that Whitey will go in foster care soon, with another dog from his pack, at a most wonderful lady from Holland. Now the two dogs are off the streets and in foster care in Ploiesti, getting ready for their departure, and eagerly awaiting their first Christmas in a warm, loving place called home.

 Whitey tonight, in foster care at a wonderful local animal rescuer and waiting for his first Christmas in a nice, warm home

Ironically, soon after I took Whitey to Dr A, I went on a spree to check on all dogs in my neighborhood... Only to find another dog I've known for years now with sure signs of urinating with blood. As an animal rescuer, I know caring for animals is a never ending story. There will always be animals needing help, animals you cannot just not help. Up to this point, I have only used my personal savings and never asked for financial help for rescuing animals. This time, it was surely great to be able to take Whitey for free vet care provided by RAR and Dr A - since a recent graduate with no job yet can only afford to do that much.

I am extremely grateful to RAR for committing to help Whitey. And I can only wish people will continue to give for such wonderful dogs, dogs that did not ask to be born but were born anyway, dogs that endure a tough life in the streets that all too often inflicts injuries and pain on them. And yet, despite all this, dogs that can still be extremely good and loving like Whitey is.

Thank you, RAR, for helping Whitey!

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