3-year-old Aurora was injured outside in her back yard about two weeks ago. Her family had just let her outside to do her business, and she came to the door whimpering and barely able to walk. The next day Aurora went to the vet for X-rays and the family found out that she blew out both of her knees. They were referred to a vet orthopedic specialist for a consultation at which point it was recommended that Aurora have both knees surgically repaired. The lowest quoted price, $5000 was just too much for her family to afford. However, because Aurora is young and otherwise healthy, the specialist recommended lower cost surgery through Helping Hands Veterinary Surgeons in Virginia. Her family is willing to make the trip from New Jersey to Virginia, but even with the lower cost it will still be about $2500 for both knees. And like many people, Aurora’s family has been imp acted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, so even that price is almost impossible for them.
Like most pet parents, Aurora’s mom and dad would do anything for her. They know that pets are a life-long commitment, and it is not uncommon for a dog owner to face an unexpected expensive vet bill from time to time They believe that before you bring an animal into your home and heart, it is crucial to be fully prepared for the various financial responsibilities, such as vet care, quality food, and treats, and preventative care that come along with pet ownership. However, during this unprecedented time, it is also not surprising that pet parents need help with extraordinary vet bills.
When Margaret, Aurora’s mom, called us we had to tell her that it is not PET SAVERS’ mission to pay for pet medical issues. But because our mission IS to reduce the high euthanasia rate in our county and Aurora is an otherwise healthy pup, we agreed to host this fundraiser for her.
Aurora is just another kid in her household. Along with her 12-year-old human sibling she has a kitty brother and kitty sister. They “fight” like cats and dogs but Aurora is gentle with them both. She really likes to play which is hard for her right now since her family can’t risk letting her do more damage to her knees. And she loves to relax and sleep under the covers with her parents. Her family can’t imagine what they would do without her. Therefore, they are reaching out to the animal loving community for help so they can afford the surgery to get Aurora back on her feet again. Even a few dollars can add up to make a big difference. Thank you all in advance for your support in our efforts.