H.E.L.P. When It's Needed Most
“He was abused before I got him. He’d had broken ribs. There’s a scar on his head where he was hit with a board that had a nail in it.”
Kristi was talking about Sam, a Jack Russell Terrier and Pit Bull mix. She gained custody of Sam and removed him from the horrific situation he’d been in.
Something was still off. Sam wasn’t walking or moving normally. Kristi could tell he was in pain, and it was getting worse.
She felt stuck. Living on a fixed income, Kristi had little money to spare, but she knew Sam needed medical attention!
Fortunately, Kristi’s mom told her about the H.E.L.P. program offered by the HSWC for Washington County residents experiencing economic hardship. The program assists with veterinary costs, temporary boarding of pets, and more in an effort to help people retain ownership of their pet in emergency situations.
Kristi took advantage of the H.E.L.P. program and received a $100 voucher for Sam to go to the vet.
Dr. Mack at Park Circle Animal Hospital treated Sam and diagnosed him with Lyme disease. She warned Kristi that it was potentially life-threatening. Sam was quickly placed on medication.
The doctor told Kristi that the H.E.L.P. voucher saved Sam’s life. He wouldn’t have made it much longer without medical care.
In this case, the voucher covered bloodwork, 30 days of antibiotics, and 10 days of pain medication for Sam.
Kristi was grateful to the veterinarian for working with her financially, knowing she needed a little extra help. “That much care shouldn’t have come from a $100 voucher.”
Sam is now happy and healthy! And Kristi finally has peace of mind.
“You are an amazing contribution to the community. I am so thankful.”
The HSWC recognizes there are wonderful pet owners out there that cannot always afford what’s necessary for their animal. That’s why we participate with several public assistance programs like H.E.L.P. We want pets to be able to stay with their families who love them, and we’ll do our best to keep it that way.