They’re secreted inside a Domestic Violence shelter. Can’t tell you their names because he’s found them before. Her call came at 8:30am on Saturday, she said her dog, her everything, had something wrong and she didn’t know what to do. She described the situation, said it started a few days earlier and was getting worse. Every time we asked a question her voice got lost and trailed off, in the softest voice possible she kept saying “I can’t lose him, I just can’t lose him, I don’t know what to do, please help us…”
Minutes later we’re already in communication with Dr. Alayson and her crackerjack team at VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital. It’s a busy Saturday and Dr. Alayson is at the front end of a 12 hour day. She made an opening and we grabbed it. This woman, she has no transportation, just the bus. She’s old enough to be your grandmother yet here she is, sequestered deep inside a safe house yet worried more about her dog than about herself.
She told us she should have had money set aside for a vet, but their names finally came up and there was a place waiting for them, their own place, and it was just a couple weeks away. She’d been saving every penny to pay the deposits and that just got done. Leaving them penniless. She’s old enough to know better, but sometimes knowing better doesn’t change things. When your life is at stake, you run. Sometimes from one end of the country to the other and back again, left to right and top to bottom.
Sometimes you don’t even know where you’re waking up because you’ve been moved so many times. But your dog, she’s here with you, but how do you help her when you haven’t got a penny?
She found The Pongo Fund, we said we would help. This super sweet dog is older, and despite it all you can see she receives excellent care. She even listens to classical music. Full of kisses and cuddles and we might as well name her “Therapy” for the impact she has on those around her. And we’re proud to report she is feeling lots better.
When you donate to our Emergency Care Fund, this is who you help. A grandmother battered from one end of the country to the other, and the support dog who keeps her going.
Sometimes you’re spinning so fast you don’t know where to turn and yet, somehow, you find The Pongo Fund. This was one of those times. Being there for others when they need us most.
And this is why we Pongo.
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