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Angela States Vet Guardian Fund
The Angela States Guardian Fund has been instrumental in providing EASEL with financial support to partially or fully fund significant medical procedures or surgeries that help animals in need. The Fund is used in situations where shelter pet care is urgently needed or cost would impact adoptability. It is also used when owners in our area cannot afford to treat their pets.
Since its inception, the Angela States Guardian Fund has helped a total of 44 cats and dogs. Below are a sample of the wonderful animals helped.
Tux was adopted from EASEL with another kitten, Abe. Over the next couple of months, his family noticed that he didn’t seem to grow much compared to Abe. Then one day, he started drooling and collapsed. Tux was rushed to the emergency room, where testing revealed that he had a portosystemic liver shunt. This life-threatening birth defect needed to be repaired to stop the toxic build up in his blood, but the surgery cost was over $4000. The Angela States Guardian Fund provided funds to help cover the bill. Tux is now back home and on the mend. He is expected to fully recover and enjoy his home with Abe.
Pickles is a lucky little dog. This 5-year-old Pomeranian mix was hit by a car and survived. He was brought to emergency care with a collapsed lung and in pain, but did not have any broken limbs or spinal damage. The owner was so happy to find him, but was suffering financially from a car accident that had left her husband out of work. The had also had a new baby and did not have the money to cover the emergency care or treatment little Pickles. The Angela States Guardian Fund was able to provide the funding and Pickles is now back home and on the mend.
Spanky was a very sick little kitten. At 4 months of age, he developed severe pneumonia. He went to a local vet, but needed to be admitted to an emergency vet due to the severity of his condition. He needed x-rays and had to be monitored while he was treated with fluids, antibiotics, and a nebulizer in order to get him breathing normally again. With careful monitoring in foster, and several follow up visits to the vet, Spanky got past the pneumonia and was adopted out on New Year’s Eve. The Angela States Guardian Fund allowed us to get Spanky the treatment he needed.
Sir Gideon is a 9-year-old Yorkie who was suffering from severe dental disease. He had a strong odor coming from his mouth with bloody discharge. The pain was causing him not to eat, and was a situation that needed immediate care. His vet recommended extractions and a cleaning that would have been well over $1000. His owner was suffering from financial hardship and was unable to afford to treat him. The Angela States Guardian Fund was able to provide the dental treatment, and Sir Gideon is now pain free and back to eating normally again.
Eleanor was picked up as a stray in Ewing. She appeared to be an injured senior dog and was brought in to the shelter by a resident. It turns out that Eleanor is actually a young dog suffering from a neurological issue. Angela States funding allowed us to rule out an orthopedic cause and to work with an internal medicine veterinarian to treat her symptoms. Eleanor is now responding very well to medications. She is a friendly, social dog and is improving daily. We believe that Eleanor will recover to the point where she will be ready for adoption.
Andy is a 5-year-old tabby cat that was transferred to EASEL from a high volume shelter. He came to us with dental issues that we began to address. He was adopted as a companion by Mrs. R (a local senior citizen) who lives on a fixed income, and she quickly fell in love with him. After multiple dental extraction visits, Andy is finally feeling better and eating normally. Mrs. R would not have been able to care for Andy without assistance from the Angela States Guardian Fund.
Pinky was transferred to EASEL after Hurricane Ida from a shelter in Baton Rouge. She is a friendly, medium size staffordshire terrier mix who unfortunately has been dealt a difficult hand. She came to the shelter with an eye and a leg that we were told needed to be removed. She arrived at EASEL happy, friendly, and welcoming to all she met. Our vet was able to save the eye and believes that the leg will heal with time. We are confident she will make a full recovery, and will make a family very happy to have her.
Powder was adopted from EASEL back in 2019 as a companion for Mrs. E and was a perfect fit. About a year later, Powder developed a painful limp and was diagnosed with a patellar luxation. After attempts to use rest and medications, it turned out that he needed and expensive lateral suture and MPL surgery. Mrs. E is retired and on a fixed income, so the Fund provided the money she needed to get her best friend healed. Powder made a full recovery and is doing great.
Juno was abandoned outside and came to EASEL as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project. She had difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia (hole in the diaphragm separating her chest and abdominal cavities). Her hernia was repaired via a complex surgical procedure at a specialty hospital. Once fully healed, Juno was adopted and lives with her new family nearby.
Adam was born in the home of a senior citizen who could not afford to provide veterinary care for all of his cats, and ended up with 11 unplanned kittens. EASEL helped Mr. S. with spay/neuter and vet care for the adults, and find homes for the kittens. Sweet little Adam had difficulty breathing and couldn’t run and play with his siblings. He was diagnosed with pectus excavatum (a deformity in the chest bones). Fortunately, we were able to get Adam’s chest repaired at a specialty hospital. After healing completely, Adam was adopted and lives with an active family, running and playing with the children and his new cat buddy.
Remus (senior dog) was found as a stray and taken to a high-volume shelter, where they found he had heartworm. This is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is costly to treat, greatly limiting the potential pool of adopters. However, EASEL is able to provide the recommended type of veterinary care that has a high success rate for curing the disease. So, Remus was transferred to us, began his treatment, and was adopted.
Tiger (senior cat) was brought in by his owner, a senior citizen on Social Security. He was diagnosed with diabetes. Ms. S. couldn’t afford his medication and she wanted to surrender him to us, but was thrilled to learn that we could help her keep Tiger instead! Our wonderful vet staff taught Ms. S. how to give Tiger his insulin and EASEL was able to provide the medication along with special food for him.