As an open door shelter, Clackamas County Dog Services (CCDS) cares for every dog that comes to them. All too often these dogs arrive in rough shape. Our veterinary staff works hard to heal the dogs, however with limited resources and funds the shelter often has to turn to outside help. And that can get expensive.
In November, the Clackamas Dogs Foundation (CDF) established a $20,000 Emergency Vet Fund to help cover these costs, and in no time at all the shelter has begun to see how valuable this fund is for helping the dogs in their care.
Sam, a black Labrador retriever mix, was surrendered by his owner to the shelter. Sam was happy and active, but our veterinary staff could not diagnose why he kept urinating blood. Thanks to the Emergency Vet Fund, the shelter was able to send Sam to an outside clinic to get x-rays and found that he had two large bladder stones. That information saved Sam’s life. CCDS’s veterinarian was able to remove the bladder stones and send Sam on his way to a new home and a much more comfortable life.
Elvira is a white Pitbull mix puppy that came to the shelter as a stray in terrible shape. Thanks to CDF’s Emergency Vet Fund, the shelter sent her to the Northwest Specialty Vet Clinic to try to stabilize her condition, figure out what was wrong and treat her. It turned out that, in addition to all her other complications, Elvira was deaf. After her health stabilized, the shelter transferred her to the Deaf Dogs of Oregon Rescue.
The growing Clackamas Dogs Foundation is now, more than ever, able to support the programs of Clackamas County Dog Services, and the Emergency Vet Fund is just the latest example.
In addition to the new Emergency Vet Fund, CDF provides funds for a professional dog behaviorist on the shelter staff, development of a dog foster program, and a spay and neuter program for the dogs of low-income Clackamas County residents.
Together, CCDS and CDF are committed to keeping people and their pets together while advancing dog welfare in our community.