The Perth County branch of the Ontario SPCA is again thanking its supporters after a generous donation was received to help a dog in need.
On June 11, the Douro Street shelter was contacted by a local veterinary clinic to advise them one of their client’s dogs, an eight-month-old yellow lab, had been hit by a car. The dog needed to have surgery to amputate one of its hind legs and the owner could not afford the expensive surgery.
“The owner of the dog surrendered her to the vet clinic knowing that if the vet could not find someone to help she would have to be euthanized,” said Sarah Tickner, OSPCA branch manager. “That someone was us.”
Initially, the shelter hoped to use the funds it is raising in its new Pennies for Pets initiative to help fund the surgery. Staff named the dog Penny in honour of the fundraiser, which encourages the public to collect pennies in large containers and drop them off at the shelter where they will be rolled and banked. Before the shelter could spread the word about the new benefactor of the campaign, a generous supporter stepped in and donated the full amount of the surgery.
“We cannot thank this person enough,” Tickner said, adding the donor wanted to remain anonymous.
Penny’s surgery was a success and she is now healing in a foster home. The donation means monies raised through the new initiative can go towards other animals in need of assistance. The shelter isn’t always lucky enough to receive large donations to cover such costs.
“Each year hundreds of lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted animals come through our doors,” Tickner said. “The donations we receive are absolutely necessary to provide care to them all. The care that they deserve. Please donate to help animals like Penny.”