Jill is on long term disability and has very little disposable income available for pet emergencies. However, living with chronic illness can be extremely isolating and she often depends on her furry family for companionship on her bad days. “The dogs, all four of them, will adjust their activity level to mine, so if I’m having a bad day and I’m in bed, they all crawl into bed and keep me company.”
Just as they would do anything for her, so too would Jill for them. When faced with the necessity of a visit to the veterinary clinic, Jill sold off her one remaining asset: her diamond ring from a past marriage. “The diamond didn’t matter. The dog mattered. And off [to the vet] we went.”
After examining him the vet told Jill the bad news. He had cracked a tooth and needed surgery as soon as possible; the root of the tooth was exposed, causing him a great deal of pain. He also had a growth on his mouth that needed to be removed and biopsied.
Despite not having the funds for his surgery, Jill considered no other options. “Selling that diamond was the last bit of assets that I had, but I literally would have sold every piece of furniture in my home to get my dog the surgery,” Jill says. “The only option was to somehow find the money to get the surgery. That was the only option.”
Sadly, too many pet lovers in Alberta face similar situations where they cannot afford the necessary medical procedures for their furry family members. Pets are often given up or euthanized if owners cannot find a way to raise the funds required.
Luckily the growing public awareness about Tails of Help in Alberta meant that one of Jill’s online contacts knew about and recommended the organization to her. She looked us up online and right away emailed her veterinarian, who filed an application on Dioji’s behalf. In just two days the funding came through, and Jill was left with a much smaller (and more manageable) portion of the expense. “It was incredible and made me feel relief because I knew he was in so much pain,” says Jill.
Dioji’s surgery was a success, and the biopsy results for the growth in his mouth came back negative. However, going home in the middle of a record-breaking heatwave, with an influx of wildfire smoke and ash, did not exactly make for an easy recovery. After a few rough days though, Dioji started coming around back to his old self.
“He’s doing great,” Jill notes with much relief. “He’s such a happy dog and such a character.”
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