Lulu was adopted by a family on March 5, 2020 from our local municipal shelter. Her stay was finally over and she was free to find a family to call her own. Unfortunately, within two short weeks, Lulu’s world would be uprooted again. What she thought was her forever family began looking to rehome her, as she was posted on a Las Vegas rehoming site. Her precious face, full of hope, was shared on Facebook.
Luckily her amazing smile melted Maggie’s heart. She couldn’t wait to meet Lulu! She had the same sweet expression as one of Maggie’s dogs, Honey Pie. Maggie called the owner and asked them to meet her in the parking lot of Hearts Alive Village. When Lulu jumped out of the car, she seemed unusually calm. Was her demeanor from the sadness of knowing her owner could no longer keep her? Was it from thinking she was going back to the shelter?
Maggie brought Lulu home and introduced her to the other dogs and family cat. Lulu showed interest, but was cordial and explored the house as expected. At dinner time the pup did not show interest in eating at all. She’d had a big day. Maybe she needed to settle in. Then, Lulu began vomiting in the middle of the night. Maggie decided to take her to the vet to have her checked out. The vet gave her some anti-vomiting medications and told her to bring Lulu back in two days if the vomiting continued. When the medications didn’t help, Lulu was taken in for x-rays. They found an obstruction and it was determined that she needed emergency life-saving surgery that would run $2,500 to $3,500! The cost of emergency veterinarian care is a devastating blow to many pet parents with no ability to pay.
The last thing anyone wants is to euthanize their pet due to the inability to afford such a giant vet bill. Maggie reached out to another local shelter to see if they can help, but they said no, then referred her to us.
Hearts Alive Village understands the struggle that people have with affording emergency medical care for their animals and we didn’t hesitate to step in to save Lulu with lifesaving surgery. We are able to help animals like Lulu because you care!
With the Covid-19 crisis affecting everyone, there are more people and pets in need than ever. From painful ear infections and tooth abscesses, to devastating injuries and lifesaving surgeries, we must do our best to help pets get the care they need.
Today, Lulu is in a wonderful home and loving the life she almost lost. People came together and stopped at nothing to find a solution to save her and we are so grateful to have been able to be a part of that solution.
Your support makes it possible for us to help pets like Lulu. We need each other now more than ever. Please consider making a contribution so we can continue our lifesaving work.