Your ongoing support of the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund is very important to DoveLewis. Here is a story of how the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund saved an adorable little dog. Without this fund, Cami would never have received the care she needed:
Late one afternoon while working at DoveLewis, I heard about a small female dog in our emergency room, who had been brought to DoveLewis by a Multnomah County Animal Services Officer. I went downstairs to briefly meet her. As I arrived, this little girl had just been given a complete evaluation by the DoveLewishospital staff. She was tiny, thin and covered with fleas. She had fur on herhead and legs only, but was otherwise mostly devoid of fur, with rough,thickened, scaly skin that appeared more like a reptile’s skin than a canine’s.She immediately was given treatment for her severe flea infestation. From aside view, she looked like she had a full face mask of fur on her head, as shehad no fur on her neck. She had a large tumor on her stomach. And she had verysweet, soulful, sad brown eyes. Though she was at DoveLewis, where she was verysafe and loved by the staff, she shivered continuously. She stole my heart.DoveLewis provided overnight supportive care for her, and she was transferredto Multnomah County Animal Shelter the following day. DoveLewis partners with local county animalshelters to help stray animals who would otherwise have no hope.
I had previously filled out the necessary paperwork at Multnomah County AnimalShelter, and had completed an interview to become a ‘medical foster’ for asmall dog. I contacted the person in charge of the foster program at MultnomahCounty Animal Shelter about fostering her. She would need to be in a fosterhome for recovery following surgery to remove her tumor, dentistry to removeher bad teeth and for time to healher skin condition. My fostering her was approved, and she joined our family offour older rescued dogs, which consisted of two one–eyed Shih Tzus, a one–eyedYorkie, and a small back dog. Tentative at first, ‘Cami’ as we started callingher, quickly settled in to our family, loving her frequent baths to make herskin softer, and the food and environment we provided for her in our home; shewas gaining confidence daily!
Dr. Meghan Romney, the staff Veterinarian at MCAS, scheduled surgery to remove Cami’stumor, extract eight badly diseased teeth, and spay her. Cami did great in herpost operative recovery period, coming to work with me every day at DoveLewis,where the staff frequently stopped by to say hello, see how she was doing, andgive her love and treats! Cami was getting used to sleeping quietly in my lapas I worked, and she did not want me to leave for work in the morning withouther!
Just as Cami was nearing the end of her foster period with us, Gumbo, one of our dear Shih Tzus, wasseen at DoveLewis over the July 4th weekend because he suddenlydeveloped some difficulty breathing at night. Following a CT scan that was doneat DoveLewis, he was found to have an advanced intranasal tumor, with a poorprognosis for recovery. We gave him lots of love, day trips to the beach, newtoys and chicken dinners during his last month with us, but we recently said afinal goodbye to Gumbo at DoveLewis when he let us know it was time. Ken and I were so grateful for the kindness,compassion and expertise the entire DoveLewis staff showed our dear Gumbo andboth of us during that difficult month. We miss Gumbo terribly, but Cami musthave come into DoveLewis and into our lives when she did for a reason, as wehave now adopted her into our family.
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