It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were executed in our nation’s shelters in 2008 for the crime of being unwanted. This was often due to overcrowding, being sick, aggressive or injured. Sometimes it was for being the wrong color or for outgrowing their cuteness. Elderly dogs who outlive their beloved masters are often found guilty of being unwanted and are executed for it. Sometimes having a broken bone or cancer or a simple skin condition can mark them for death. Abandonment is the most common crime, and being deserted by the people they trusted is apparently a crime deserving of death.
Sometimes the volunteers at the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary think they have seen and heard it all and then along comes another animal guilty of some new unsuspected crime and marked for death unless they open their doors to yet one more.
The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary operates entirely off donations; the sale of properties left to us by animal lovers in their wills, stores who donate broken bags of pet food, volunteers who donate time, transportation, professional services and more. Our doors could not stay open without their kindness. But the sad truth is that sometimes there truly is just no more extra money for one more emergency and that’s when we reach out to you, our passionate and compassionate online supporters.
Our Compassion Fund was created to help our county’s unwanted dogs and cats who arrive at our door with unexpected medical issues, and for those animals who may need ongoing treatment above and beyond what our already stressed budget allows for.
Instead of requesting funds for each and every emergency as it arises, the Compassion Fund would help guarantee medical services for Sanctuary animals in need. Pictures and stories of animals helped by donations to the Compassion Fund will be added to our website as they occur and updates will be included as they become available.
Here are some examples of the kinds of medical cases we see on a regular basis and which would benefit from the Compassion Fund.
Cinco was found in a remote section of the NE Washington Forest land. He had been dumped or abandoned and left to fend for himself, along with his sister.
They must have wandered for weeks in that predator infested area. They were half-starved, banged-up, exhausted and filthy! Both dogs had lost approx. 20% of their body weight! It is truly amazing that they survived at all!
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They were discovered by a kind woman who wrote to us asking for help in finding them homes, she told us that the male, although very sweet, had a strange deformity.
She was right, as you can see, Cinco had what is known as a Lobster Claw deformity. They are pretty rare.
Cinco seemed happy and never let his deformity slow him down, but it was obvious that he would function so much better without his gimpy leg getting in the way and slowing him down.
We immediately began searching for a vet to help with Cinco's leg. Tia Rosetti-Mills from PNW Animal Welfare Project (who has quite a bit of experience working with handicapped animals) immediately jumped in to help and put us in contact with Dr. Michelle Ward; a wonderful and compassionate veterinarian, who has a mobile clinic based out of Priest Lake, and who agreed to do the surgery.
Even with a huge discount from Dr. Ward, this surgery still cost the shelter $700.00.
With a Compassion Fund in place, we could have simply had the surgery done without having to first organize and do an online fundraiser. Cinco came through with flying colors and was quickly adopted by a wonderful woman. I hate to think what would have happened to him if he had not been found and turned over to us. Instead, thanks to the caring and compassion of many people, Cinco has a wonderful life. This is what the fund is all about.
Here is Cinco with Dr. Michelle Ward... and here he is with is new mom.