A Heart-warming Story and a Wonderful Charity

Jennifer responded to one of our anniversary emails asking her to check and ensure that her pet and owner details on the Central Animal Records database were up to date and accurate but the story that she shared with us was so heart-warming and important that we felt we had to share it on the website…..

“I’m pleased to say that Jed is still going strong at 17.

Jed ruptured 3 discs in his spine when he was 8 (chasing seagulls along the beach with too much gusto) and has had 3 spinal surgeries and hip surgery. We could afford this by foregoing our kitchen renovation, but many pensioners cannot. He is essentially paraplegic and incontinent now but very happy. I have carried him in a harness for 9 years and express his bladder 3-4 times a day. Despite this he is pain free, still walks for an hour a day with me carrying him and is VERY bossy!

I was at Save-A-Dog Scheme (SADs) to foster a dog for the weekend and they asked me to take Jed who they had adopted after having been found had wandering and starving in a rural Victorian area. It has been one long glorious weekend – spanning 15 years! Our bond was immediate and to have lost him at 8 years old when he injured his back would have devastated me. I was fortunate to be able to afford his veterinary care – 3 x spinal surgeries, hips surgery, ear surgery, dental surgery, etc and quickly found out that most pensioners in our case would have had to euthanase him because of the financial cost. And so I started a fund to prevent this from happening to the community’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged owners.

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