When Dolly the Dachshund arrived at Multnomah County Animal Services, she exhibited signs of severe animal mistreatment and neglect.
But despite her obvious medical problems, our staff and their veterinary hospital team were immediately captivated by Dolly's spirit.
She was in pretty bad shape when she arrived at the shelter, with a severe case of mange, said Dr. Meghan Romney, head of Shelter Medicine at Multnomah County Animal Services. Everyone who cared for her was touched by Dolly's sweet disposition and spirit.
An animal care donation fund is being renamed Dolly's Fund to help finance medical care for animal patients like Dolly. We see dozens of neglected and mistreated pets like Dolly every year, some in very serious condition.
"Concerned pet lovers can contribute to Dolly's Fund to increase our ability to treat more homeless pets in our shelter hospital", says Mike Oswald, former director of Multnomah County Animal Services.
Multnomah County Animal Services animal hospital medical team triages every one of the nearly 7,000 pets that are cared for each year at the shelter. Last year our officers investigated hundreds of animal abandonment cases and animal abuse/neglect cases.
"Dolly has made a full recovery, thanks to the efforts of our medical team. And Dolly's Fund will have a huge impact on our efforts to expand the care of medically treatable abandoned animals," stated Dr. Romney.
Money raised by Dolly's Fund supports care for abandoned animals in need of medical treatment. Donations made to this fund help us provide veterinary medical care for animals in need of surgery or special care and attention before they can be placed in a new home. Some examples include surgeries for dislocated bones, fracture repair, eye surgeries, and tumor removal.
In 2010, Dolly was adopted by a shelter staff member and often comes to work with her. Shelter staff adore Dolly and we think of her as our special mascot.
Please visit our "Donate" page to donate to Dolly's Fund.
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