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Special Feature March 23, 2006


 

 

Editor

Editor’s Note:  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:

 

Dear Lyle:

 

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:  If 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.

 

Bruce:  This 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.

 

Now 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.

 

 

 

 


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