She was just as cute and brave as she could be. The little Shih Tzu was hit by a car near her home. Luckily, the driver stopped, and the injured dog was taken to the Lewiston Veterinary Hospital. Once there, it was quickly determined that she would need extensive surgery by an orthopedic specialist. She was given emergency care, stabilized, and the Animal Control Officer called the Animal Shelter to see if we could help. It seemed the dog’s owner was in the process of finding a new home for her and could not afford the expensive treatment.
At this point, the shelter Operations Manager saw an excellent opportunity to help "Xena" and call attention to the other animals in the shelter. We made the decision to pay for the surgery and appeal to the public for both a new home for the dog and help in paying for the surgery. Todd Gauger, DVM of the Norway Veterinary Hospital, performed the surgery and pronounced Xena a great patient with a bright prognosis. Dr. Gauger was most generous in discounting his fees to help us out.
The dog lovers of the area did not disappoint us. We quickly received many applications for adoption and offers to help pay her bills. We collected enough money to pay all of the expenses and still have $443.00 left for the next medical emergency.
This story has a happy ending. On Christmas Eve, "Xena" went to a wonderful new home with people who would give her the attention and pampering she needed. She is now recovering very well from her surgery.