Pooch, a ten-year-old German shepherd mix, has not had an easy transition to his golden years. Not long ago, the handsome dog found himself behind bars at the New York Animal Care and Control when his owner went to a nursing home.
Though things looked bleak for Pooch, he was given the opportunity to live out his natural life when an adopter took a chance on him and brought him home to her family.
Tragically, the time that the senior dog spent at the animal control facility took its toll - not long after arriving to his new home, the kennel cough which he had contracted at the facility morphed into pneumonia. Pooch stopped eating, developed a fever and became dehydrated.
Now, the adopter who took a chance on a death row dog is struggling with the veterinary expenses which are accumulating as Pooch fights for his life. Urgent Pets on Death Row, the non-profit agency which initially helped network the information to get Pooch saved from the facility, shared the following information on Tuesday:
Even though they have only been a family for a short time, Pooch's mom is doing everything in her power to help him recover. Pooch is an amazing dog with so much love and life in him. Aside from his illness contracted AT the shelter he is in great shape for his age, and loves to play fetch. He deserves to live the rest of his life as a happy healthy dog.
The organization added:
It is extremely unfair that well intentioned adopters are saddled with the medical bills and other consequences that arise as a direct result of NYC AC&C’s "cesspool" environment. Pooch's mom is a college student with limited resources. She stepped up to save the life of a senior dog. Not many would. Now her heart and wallet are being broken as she watches Pooch’s needless suffering.
Not everyone can adopt a death row dog, but everyone has the ability to either make a donation (no donation is too small) or share a story with someone else who might have the funds to help contribute.
Donations for Pooch's care can be made directly to his vet - in order to do so, written authorization will need to be faxed to the vet’s office. Please call them first at this number 516-735-0090 to set up the donation. Please note, this is a place of business where they are busy caring for sick animals - as such, please do not call for updates (they will be posted on the Urgent Pets On Death Row FB thread).
Donations for Pooch's care can also be made through the non-profit organization at this link - be sure to note "Pooch" in the comments.
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