***** Update *****
April 10, 2015: We're proud to announce that our founders were selected! You can read more about it in our release, Fur Kids Foundation founders receive recognition.
Fur Kids Foundation supporters, have we got some awesome news for you! Two of the Fur Kids Foundation founders have recently been recognized for their amazing work in their community: current President Mary Melaragno and Board Member Felicia Messimer.
These two inspiring ladies have been nominated as one of the Wyoming Business Report's “40 under 40”. This award recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who have done great things in their careers. More than 90 professionals were nominated from across the state, so it is an honor for this duo to be recognized this way. A selection committee made up of Wyoming business executives will select the 40 nominees who will be profiled in the April edition of the Wyoming Business Report.
Fur Kids Foundation is in Gillette, Wyoming and thriving because of their dedication and hard work since 2011. Let's give these ladies a round of applause! We'll be sure to update you as soon as we hear back from the Wyoming Business Report.
*** Update: April 9 ***
We just heard from Trinity at the Wright Animal Shelter, and Scath got her stitches out! She's making incredible progress. Check her out below.
*** UPDATE: MARCH 27 ***
We've received another update about Scath!
"There were some complications with Scath's surgery. There was a bacterial infection that was turning her bones to mush, which is the best way that I can describe it, but thankfully it wasn't septic. They also said that they were glad that they operated because if Scath would have gone in any later, this infection could have killed her. RHVH cleaned up the site and has put Scath on antibiotics for at least a month. Nicole at RHVH called me last night to let me know that while Scath was still sedated, she was trying to watch everything going on in the clinic. Nicole also said that it would be a long hard road for her because of that infection, but that Scath was a trooper and a fighter."
Trinity was able to pick Scath up today. Here's a video of Scath walking around the clinic.
Scath will return to the clinic in two weeks for a check up. Trinity will continue to provide updates on Scath's progress.
Donations are still being taken to help with Scath's care, as well as any other shelter animal needing medical attention at the Wright Animal Shelter. If you can, please go to Red Hills Veterinary Hospital at 2007 S. Douglas Highway (or call them at 307.696.2525); please mention the Town of Wright account when donating.
*** update: March 26 ***
WOW. Campbell County, Wyoming has come through for Scath in a big way.
After Fur Kids Foundation sent out an email about Scath, and watched our Facebook post get shared, and shared, we have some amazing news. Trinity got a call from Megan Degenfelder at Cloud Peak Energy in Gillette. She let Trinity know that Cloud Peak Energy is going to contribute $1,000 toward Scath's care. You read that right: $1,000! It looks like Scath's medical bills will be covered! Trinity had this to say:
"The donations are rolling in for Scath and it is amazing at the compassion of our county. I am hoping with the donations that everything for Scath is covered from surgery, to post op check ups and her therapy. Any left over funds will be used for future cases. Thank you so much! If anyone has any questions, you can reach me at 307.680.4701."
This is because of you. Our supporters and animal lovers in our area. You came through for Scath, and Trinity at the Wright Animal Shelter. Thank you for sharing this story. Thank you for creating this buzz to help Scath. And thank you to Cloud Peak Energy for coming through in such a big way. Cloud Peak Energy has been a big supporter of Fur Kids Foundation since 2013. We're thrilled to see them reach out and support the Wright Animal Shelter.
Wright still needs you
The Wright Animal Shelter still needs your help. Trinity needs funds to help shelter animals that may need medical attention for the rest of the year. If you would like to learn how you can help raise additional funding for the Wright Animal Shelter, please contact Trinity at 307.680.4701. And, please continue sharing this story.
Fur Kids Foundation has a plea to make to all of our supporters and animal lovers in Campbell County, Wyoming. There's a fur kid in trouble in Wright who needs our support, and love.
Scath, a 4-month-old pitbull was brought to the Wright Animal Shelter on March 8. This little gal was under weight and walked with her hind end bowed under.
Trinity Thomas, the Wright Animal Shelter Animal Control Officer, took her to Dr. G with Red Hills Veterinary Hospital and they discovered that she had a fractured right femur that had been broken a month earlier and never received treatment. A calcium deposit had bridged the two pieces of bones together, allowing Scath to walk, but painfully. However, as Scath started to gain weight, the calcium bridge failed. Scath is now facing an amputaion on Thursday, March 26. Scath also has a severe under bite, and is currently on a soft food diet so she can eat and gain weight.
Trinity let Fur Kids Foundation know that she only received $250 for medical care for shelter animals in her budget this year. Not only is this amount not enough for Scath, it's not enough for any of the animals the shelter may have to help in 2015. To top it off, this is the third case of animal cruelty that has needed medical attention at the Wright Animal Shelter. Trinity has exhausted all of her funds to help Scath. She NEEDS our help. Scath needs our help.
Fur Kids Foundation is pledging $200 in medical care to help Scath. Can you give $5? If you can, please go to Red Hills Veterinary Hospital at 2007 S. Douglas Highway (or call them at 307.696.2525); please mention the Town of Wright account or Scath when donating. If you can donate more, Scath, as well as Trinity and the Fur Kids Foundation board, would be forever grateful.
Once Scath is healthy, she will be adopted to a family who is prepared to care for and love a special needs dog for the rest of her life. If you want to inquire about adopting Scath, or would like to learn how you can help the Wright Animal Shelter raise additional funding to help with medical costs for the shelter animals, you can contact Trinity at 307.680.4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This beautiful pup is Cedar. Cedar was welcomed back into her family’s home over Thanksgiving, and seemed to be settling in quite nicely. However, they began to notice some light bleeding off and on from her, and decided it was time to get her spayed. Because they had their own medical bills to pay down, they had to wait a couple of months before they had enough money ready for the procedure.
However, when Cedar’s family brought her in for her procedure, they received news from the vet that the doctor believed Cedar had endometriosis leading to pyometra, which meant Cedar had to have an emergency surgery or she could quickly die from it. The routine spay, which they had money to cover, quickly turned into so much more.
For those who don’t know, pyometra is essentially an infection in the uterus that is considered a serious and life threatening, and must be treated quickly and aggressively. Pyometra can occur in any sexually intact young to middle-aged dog; however, it is most common in older dogs. (FYI: it can also occur in cats, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and guinea pigs.) After many years of heat cycles (or estrus cycles) without pregnancy, the uterine wall undergoes the changes that promote this disease. Symptoms of pyometra can include abdominal distention (from an enlarged uterus), vaginal discharge (such as blood or puss), lack of appetite, vomiting, frequent urination, and many others. Allowing a dog to go through its heat cycles without being bred has been shown to increase the incidence of pyometra. Many vets recommend spaying your dog (or removing its ovaries) as the best form of prevention.
Fur Kids Foundation was then contacted to help with the additional costs of the procedure.
After the procedure, the family got her home thinking Cedar was going to be on the mend, only to find that her incision had ripped open and there was a very large amount of blood everywhere. They then had to rush Cedar to a different vet clinic after hours. The doctor got an IV in her and fixed her incision sight, and decided to keep Cedar overnight to make sure she remained stable. This meant more bills, and Fur Kids Foundation was there with the family to help cover the costs.
“When we went to the second vet’s office, Cedar had to be carried to the truck and into the office on a make shift stretcher we made out of a folding table and blankets. The fact that she couldn't even walk was terrifying for us. To be able to pick her up from the vet the second time, and have her be the happy dog she normally is, was a huge sigh of relief to us to say the least,” Cedar’s family said. “Thank you, Fur Kids for helping with our unexpected veterinary bills. I can't say thank you enough for helping us save our Cedar.”
Cedar Update March 2016
A big heartfelt thank you to Sandra Aberle for hosting such fun fundraisers at Paint-Your-Canvas for Fur Kids Foundation. We are so excited to tell you that 55 pet lovers participated in Paint Your Pet, and helped us raise $1,100 for the Foundation!
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!