As a “No-Kill” shelter, PAWS has adopted a no-animal-left-behind mentality. If a pet is suffering from a treatable medical or behavioral issue, we will always do our best to help. As a non-profit organization, however, it is a tremendous financial burden to do so. We work our hardest to keep these pets safe and both physically and mentally healthy, but there are extraordinary situations that test our limits of care. For, this reason, we have created the Knight in Shining Armor Fund. This fund will allow our supporters to donate specifically to animals whose care would otherwise be beyond our means of helping.
Garth is the sweetest, dorkiest Labrador you’ll ever meet. There’s just no convincing him he’s an old man. Sadly he is, and with that, he needs extra medical attention. On top of his senior status, Garth was not well cared for his entire life. In fact, when we first met Garth, he was tied to a bench in front of our shelter during a night filled with thunder, lightning, and tornadoes (seriously). He was emaciated, arthritic, and covered in raw, itchy, irritated skin. He was also heartworm positive. One by one we have tackled this sweet goofball’s medical issues. Currently, he is in a wonderful foster home and, thanks to treatment, is no longer a skinny, stiff, itchy boy and his heartworm treatment is underway. To donate to Garth’s care, simply click her image and specify “Garth” in the memo line.
Molly (also known as Astrix) is an amazing pup. She is the definition of a Velcro dog and will stick to you like glue. We’ve been caring for this lovely girl for a few months now and have constantly been working on getting her to gain an appetite. Initially we assumed she was too stressed from being in the kennels so we did all we could to remedy that. Still, she didn’t want to eat. From there, Molly has been in and out of the vet’s office trying to pin down a diagnosis. She’s had blood work, x-rays, and an endoscopy. While we still don’t have a confirmed diagnosis, the doctors recommended treating her for a potential fungal infection. We are hoping that the treatment will be a success but we are still in the very early stages (as of 7/21/17). To donate to Molly’s care, simply click his image and specify “Molly” in the memo line.
The day after Paloma came to PAWS, we realized something was wrong. She began showing clear signs of pain when she walked. We had a veterinarian take a look and, with several tests and months of waiting, we had a diagnosis. Paloma has a rare, infectious, chronic illness that she will carry with her for the rest of her life, most likely. She deserves all the best things in life and we expect to give them to her but, due to this illness, we know it will probably take a while. With the diagnostic testing, medications, and prolonged care, we could use all the help with can get financially. To donate to Paloma’s care, simply click her image and specify “Paloma” in the memo line.
While Freddie Purrcury’s problems don’t compare, financially, to some of the others, they’re still there. Freddie is FIV positive. Because of that diagnosis, he isn’t able to hang out in our open cattery nor is he able to go to offsite locations. Freddie also only has one eye and despite his incredible, larger-than-life personality, the combination of all of these factors seem to be a turn off for adopters. So Freddie falls into the category of “prolonged care”. Fortunately for Freddy, we have a wonderful therapy program beginning and we think he would be a great candidate for therapy work. We are currently working towards a path for therapy training for him so he is able to live in foster care and spend his time making people happy. To donate to Freddie’s care, simply click his image and specify “Freddie” in the memo line.
Thank you for your support!
This amazing kitty was transferred from an uncertain future at a municipal shelter, to PAWS in June of 2013. After arrival, it became clear that Knight was not in the best health. What began as a simple upper respiratory infection, quickly turned into a desperate situation when he came down with a dangerously high fever.
Knight was rushed to the vet where he was given antibiotics and a detailed regimen of care. After five days, his fever broke and things began to look up. There was just one problem – Knight refused to eat. The shelter staff began force feeding him every three hours over the next month. Although this was what the doctor ordered, Knight was showing no signs of improvement – in fact, he was getting worse.
Knight’s anorexia was causing him to slowly go into liver failure. Knight was taken back to the doctor and had a feeding tube surgically placed. He was at his lowest point and no one was sure what his fate would be. After the feeding tube was in, Knight spent his days at PAWS being cared for by the staff and his nights in a foster home.
After what felt like an eternity, and cost a small fortune in medical bills, Knight took his first bites on September 25th – three months after his hunger strike began! Today, Knight is a happy and healthy cat resting comfortably in the loving arms of his new family!
By contributing to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund, you afford PAWS the opportunity to treat pets like Knight and see them through to their forever homes.