Valerie is a proud Air Force veteran and her family means the world to her. And thanks to the many small, individual donations we received on her behalf, her family is able to stay together.
“I can no longer care for Sydney”
Since July of 2016 that family consisted of her son and a nine year-old dog named Sydney, adopted through our partnership with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. Even though Sydney had been with his previous guardian since he was a mere pup, as he aged they no longer wanted him. Suddenly, like too many companion pets, he found himself homeless, alone and afraid.
Despite Sydney’s age, Valerie saw value in his life. Together with her young son she adopted the petite Shih Tzu and instantly the three were family. Then in early September we received a troubling message from Valerie.
“I can no longer care for Sydney.”
Our hearts sank.
“Therefore I will talk to my child tonight and let him know that we’ll have to return Sydney to the humane society tomorrow,” she says. “I will give them all of his paperwork and everything that I’ve purchased with the gift card.”
Sydney had been diagnosed with pancreatitis, a condition that can be treated and managed through diet, but Valerie had suffered a serious financial hardship and could not pay the veterinary bill estimated for his care.
Donors to the rescue
Pets for Patriots reached out to Valerie to ask one simple question: if she did not have to worry about Sydney’s medical bill, could she afford to keep him? The answer was “yes.”
We told Valerie that we would pay the bill, and gave her information on a pet food assistance program operated by the Greater Huntsville Humane Society for income-qualified individuals. She was grateful for the help and the information, and applied to the program the following day.
Next, we requested and received a nonprofit discount from Sydney’s treating veterinarian. The senior dog’s care, including tests and medication, would cost about $400. And then we reached out to our donor community for help.
Most of the contributions were small – between $10-$15. And in no time we received enough contributions to ensure that Sydney received essential medical care. Most important, our donors kept this Air Force family together.
Every small donation makes a difference because when added together with other small donations they do some pretty big things. Every donation, every dollar matters; just ask Valerie and Sydney.