Shelter director makes plea for financial help for family with newly-adopted pet

9:31 am | September 28, 2012

From, April Jones, ECCAS Director

To the editor,

We have an urgent need for an animal shelter dog. If you visited the shelter in late August and early September, you probably remember the striking blue-eyed, red and white pit bull mix named Charlotte along the back fence. She is quite a looker with a personality to match.

After finding space for her for over a month, a young family adopted her. They carefully weighed the pros and cons of adopting a pit bull, visited her three times, asked many questions and even bought her a parvo vaccination to protect her, even if they weren’t the family that ultimately adopted her.

After adoption we learned that Charlotte has heartworms. This is an expensive and dangerous procedure that requires long-term aftercare that the family is able and willing to provide. What they don’t have is the $800 that it will take to run the initial treatment. Several volunteers and concerned friends have donated already, and we are only about $400 away from our goal to secure Charlotte’s treatment.

If you can donate any amount, please send a check directly to the Carter County Humane Society at P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 37644. If you would prefer to donate cash, you can deliver it to the shelter directly at 253 Sycamore Shoals Road and I will personally transport it to the CCHS.

I know it seems contradictory for the animal shelter director to make a plea for one dog’s treatment when so many family pets and shelter pets are in need. I realize that there simply isn’t enough money to go around, but in this case, this community can make a difference. Some have said that if the new adopters can’t afford the treatment, then they shouldn’t keep the dog. Please remember that this is a brand new dog for them and she came with an unexpected, expensive problem. We are working to improve the conditions slowly at the shelter and this includes the veterinary treatment of the animals. We won’t be able to fix all newly adopted pets but we can start with this one.

If you need more information, you are welcome to call the shelter at 547-6359.

Thank you,

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