Organized by: Rema Uzri
Rema Uzri via Crowdrise
May 09, 2014
On Saturday, May 3rd my boyfriend and I adopted a boxer mix from our local animal shelter. They named him Kramer. He had been at the shelter since September 2013, putting him on the shelter's board of longest housed pet.
We went in to do a meet and greet with our current dog and the first thing we were told when we walked in was that Kramer was not good with other dogs. I was not aware of this but thought I should give him a chance to prove them wrong. So, we went ahead with the meet and greet. Initially it did not go great. He barked and jumped when we approached him in his fenced space (separated from the kennels). Our dog is a calm medium sized dog and she didn't mind the barking so we kept trying different techniques and we got to the point where Kramer wasn't excited about her. The volunteers were amazed and said that they never thought this would happen; that if they could adopt Kramer out it would be something no one at the shelter imagined for him. Turned out, their theory on him not being good with dogs was based on occurrences where they would walk other sheltered dogs by him and he would bark. This was anxiety and excitement, not aggression. Poor Kramer was never given the opportunity to even do a meet a greet. We decided this was going to work when the two of them sat side by side and panted looking around at us bored.
As we start our adoption process we are told Kramer also has heartworms and the procedure can cost upwards to $1300.00! Well, luckily, I had done some research prior to the visit in case we found a dog that did have heartworms. I came across a nonprofit organization in our city that provided discounts for these particular situations. I had called and got more info and found out the whole process would only cost $500 more or less depending on the pet's weight.
When our volunteer said Kramer had heartworms my heart dropped. Even though I knew there was a lower price option available for us I still was weary of that amount as a young adult with a low wage job. I knew that if my own dog got heartworms that would be my mistake and lack of responsibility for not giving her her heartworm meds consistently every month. Kramer, however, did not have that responsible owner. He did not get heartworm preventative care and had to suffer in the Texas heat and cold since September.
I knew we had two options: suck it up and save for the procedure or try and reach out for help. Well, turns out the discount program requires half up front and he would need to be seen immediately so they could diagnose his stage in the condition. I've made the appointment for this Saturday and need at least $200. With rent and bills for the first of the month already taking both our paychecks we have nothing left to offer him! Please help us in providing the finances for this difficult procedure. He will require 5-6 weeks of a calm environment when his injections are given. He will need love for the rest of his life and yearly vet visits and monthly heartworm and flea meds. This we can do! We will love all our pets till the day they have to leave us for a better place.
The amazing thing about Kramer is his ability to love immediately. In only 3 days, he has already bonded to my boyfriend in a way I have never thought possible so quickly. We are excited to see him grow and heal in our family!
With your generous donation he can start the path towards a clean and healthy heart. The way he should have been. I will keep everyone updated as the weeks go by.