This story touched my heart so deeply, I just had to share it with you. It’s about one of our clients, Jimmye, and her dog Pepsi – here it is in her own words:
“I just didn’t know what to do. Pepsi is my whole world.
I’ve had her since she was a tiny puppy and could fit in my hand. She keeps me company and gives me someone to talk to.
Early in the summer, I noticed that Pepsi wasn’t quite herself. She started scratching and losing her hair. Over the next few weeks, it got really bad.
Every time she scratched, she cried and her skin would bleed.
In no time she was covered in scabs and clearly suffering. It hurt my heart so much to see her like that. I tried everything I knew to do, and nothing made any difference.
I didn’t have the money to take her to the vet and I hoped it would get better on its own. It didn’t.
One night, as I lay awake listening to her pitiful whines, I knew I had to do something. I couldn’t stand to see my baby so miserable and in pain.
So, I made the hardest decision of my life.
I remembered that I had the number for the Pet Community Center, so I called and asked them if they could take Pepsi and put her to sleep.
I thought that was better than her suffering anymore.”
My team got that call in June this year and it absolutely broke our hearts.
We immediately sent one of my staff, Jessy, to visit the home. Poor Pepsi had mange, which is very treatable. Jessy worked with our staff doctors to get Pepsi the medications that she so desperately needed, and personally delivered them back to Jimmye, saving her from losing her only friend.
The happy ending to this story is that Pepsi is now almost fully recovered, with no more scabs and nearly a full coat of hair.
What I hate about this story is that it happens too often.
People who live paycheck to paycheck don’t have a lot of options when it comes to keeping their animal happy and healthy. They can barely afford to feed their pet, much less visit the vet with an emergency condition.
Our Pets for Life program targets zip code 37208 which is an impoverished area where folks have little access to veterinary care. Through this program and others like it, pet owners receive free and low-cost services, including spay/neuter, transportation to the clinic, vaccines, supplies, food, and medical care. This means happier, healthier pets and less financial strain for the owners. It also means fewer owner surrendered pets at the local shelters.
We’re committed to reducing pet homelessness. We believe that every animal deserves a safe, healthy place to live. And we need your help to make it happen.
Your gift of $35, $50, $100, or more will help us provide medical care and services to the most vulnerable of our area’s pets. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping a neighbor like Jimmye keep her best friend at home with her instead of having to make the unthinkable choice.
Please send your best gift today to help us provide a safety net for these pets during the holidays.
No one should have to watch their beloved pet suffer.
With your help, we can be there for those who need us most.
President and CEO
P.S. Will you show your love for pets today? Make a tax-deductible gift and we’ll keep more at-risk pets, like Pepsi, safe, healthy, and in their home.
P.P.S. Watch our Facebook page for updates on Pepsi! Find us @petcommunitycenter.