Melanie and Carmen, two very special dogs, just arrived at OAS--both need surgeries to have a chance at a happy life with a new family. And both of them need your help.
As you may know, FOAS just ran a fundraising campaign to help pay for surgery for a sweet dog named Hanna--and FOAS donors quickly came through for her. It’s never our plan to do back-to-back campaigns like this, but Oakland Animal Services is our city’s only open-door shelter. When animals in need arrive, the shelter--and FOAS--are there for them.
Little Carmen is a terrier mix who is about two years old. She was found as a stray on 83rd Ave and D Street in East Oakland with a broken pelvis--likely the result of being hit by a car. Though she enjoys sitting quietly on laps and cuddling, her OAS caretakers report that she seems shut down, probably due to her considerable pain. She is now on medication to ease her discomfort, but our vets think surgery is the only option for her recovery. Our shelter has asked FOAS if our donors could be counted on for the $8,000 that will be needed for her veterinary bills...and we quickly said “Yes.”
Melanie is an Italian greyhound mix, only six months old, who arrived at OAS when her owner had to surrender her due to landlord issues, a sad reality for many of our city’s residents with housing insecurity. Melanie was initially shy but curious, cautiously seeking affection, her little tail held low. Now, she’s already learning to walk on a leash, and our shelter staff report, “she appreciates the company of people and LOVES other dogs!” However, Melanie has a fracture in her tibial (leg) growth plate, an injury that can happen to puppies after a trauma like a fall. Our vets have determined she will need surgery to prevent future problems--her veterinary costs will likely go up to $4,000.
Dogs like Carmen and Melanie are the reason FOAS created Mickey’s Medical Fund--an emergency fund our shelter can turn to when animals with serious but treatable medical conditions arrive at their door. The City’s budget for our municipal shelter has no provisions for animals like Carmen and Melanie. As both rest at our shelter awaiting their needed surgeries, FOAS is their best hope for happy, pain free lives.
Carmen and Melanie are among Oakland’s animals in greatest need, and thanks to our dedicated shelter and veterinarians, we have a chance to turn their lives around. Please make a generous gift to their medical fund campaign today!
P.S. Carmen and Melanie will both need foster homes where they can recover after their surgeries. If you are able to foster, please fill out the OAS foster interest form and note which dog you are interested in fostering: https://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/how-to-help/fostering-animals/foster-application-form/