||March 23, 2006
Knowing we had some
touching stories about dogs as the cover story in this week’s issue, we thought
we should give a “heads-up” to the Escondido Humane Society. We would, we
thought, have several readers who just might either be interested in helping to
provide financial support for dogs . . . or possibly even provide them a loving
home. Here’s what we received:
Compassion, time and money... these are the everyday investments that the
Escondido Humane Society (EHS) makes in its various animal charges, which often
come to the shelter in tenuous condition.
Take for instance:
Gollum: A pit
bull puppy afflicted shortly after birth with a condition known as swimmer puppy
syndrome. Surrendered to the shelter at a couple of weeks old, the puppy had
developed malformed joints in his legs that left him splayed and unable to
stand. Staci Fitzgerald, director of animal care at Escondido Humane Society,
researched the condition and possible treatment with local veterinarians. Then
she bound Gollum’s legs to one another in an upright position. It wasn’t easy,
as the wide-eyed pup would often try to chew the bindings off, but eventually,
he was able to lift himself up and move forward.
After several months of therapy, Gollum can now walk, cavort and charm anyone
within his sights and has since found a good home.
Courtney was a cat, she would be on her ninth life. The Chihuahua mix was
brought to the shelter after being found on the side of a rural road in
Escondido. Her pelvis was crushed, her tail was gone and a large area of skin
on her back had been torn off. EHS medical staff estimated she had been
attacked by a coyote, and incredibly, not only escaped but survived. A raging
infection left her close to death, but EHS medical staff pulled her through.
Two and a half months and several surgeries after her ordeal, the tiny dog was
declared ready for adoption.
six-year-old Rottweiler mix came to EHS with nerve damage in his right front paw
that his owner had let go too long. Dragging the paw, Bruce needed his leg
amputated to survive. Now a cheerful ball of loving energy, this dog is ready
to adopt a new family to love.
It’s easy to see the results of the compassion and time these animals received
at the Escondido Humane Society. It’s not so easy to see the costs that are
necessary to keep the compassion alive. For just these three animals, the cost
for care was at least $10,000.
the residents of North County can go the extra mile for EHS. They are having an
event called Paws in the Park, a 1.5 or 2.5 mile walk beginning at 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 26 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. There is no charge to
participate in either walk, but members of the community are invited to
pre-register, seek friends and business associates who would support their
personal fundraising or make a donation.