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Good Samaritans Save Dog When Her Veteran Owner Can’t Afford To

Good Samaritans Save Dog When Her Veteran Owner Can’t Afford To

All four of Molly’s legs were broken when a snow plow hit her. Surgery could save her, but the sweet three-year-old dog faced death instead because her person couldn’t afford it. A Marine and veteran of the Iraqi war, he was so poor that he couldn’t even afford euthanasia, so he asked veterinary staff about bringing her back to her New Hampshire home to die of her injuries.

The staff at Manchester’s Center for Advanced Veterinary Care wouldn’t let that happen. The veteran told them Molly “was his life,” said Center owner Dr. Deborah Kelloway. They asked him to surrender Molly to the Center so the staff could do whatever was needed to get her better.

Molly had surgery, which took more than eight hours, on December 21st. She should be able to go home after a couple weeks of physical therapy. In the meantime, her guardian has visited her every day.

Molly’s plight is all too common. Many people who cannot afford veterinary treatment resort to “economic euthanasia.” Dr. Kelloway prevents these tragedies through her non-profit, All Better Pets (ABP). So far she has treated and re-homed 200 animals (others returned to their previous families), spending $100,000 from her own pocket. ABP is desperate for more funds.

While the Center and ABP saved Molly’s life, Molly proved to be a guardian angel for ABP, which is based at the Center. The non-profit appealed for donations for Molly’s care. As her story spread, donations poured in. Generous strangers gave all the money Molly needed in just one day. When the money kept coming, it went into ABP’s account to help future animals who could be saved but for their owners’ lack of funds or unwillingness to spend them.

There are other resources for people whose pets need veterinary care they can’t afford. At least two organizations, IMOM and RedRover, exist to help animals in this predicament. A company called CareCredit offers credit cards that let holders pay for veterinary expenses over time (this isn’t an endorsement — I’m just providing information). Another possibility is to launch a fundraising drive through a website like GiveForward.

The Humane Society of the United States offers a number of other suggestions including negotiating a payment plan with your regular vet; offering to barter your labor (e.g., cleaning kennels) for treatment; going to a vet in a less expensive location; and finding out whether local veterinary schools offer low-cost clinics.

In the meantime, preventive care can help avoid the need for expensive treatments. Spaying and neutering, vaccines, and dental maintenance all can protect animals from some health problems.

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12:09PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thank you seems like such an inadequate response. This story gives me some hope that there are still so many good hearted and compassionate people in this world.

I'm so happy that Molly was saved and that so many fine folks stepped up with donations. Other animals will be saved because of these angels.

2:53PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

I am so happy that Molly will be able to be reunited with her person!

5:51PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Hope Molly gets better. Thanks to all who saved her.

2:17PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Happy Molly was saved. Just hope her person is no longer letting her run loose. (Of course I'm assuming that she was as her person wasn't hit by the plow.)

5:00AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

I'm so happy they helped Molly!

10:45AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

DO NOT USE CARE CREDIT!!!!!!!! They charge excessive interest rates, they charge you for whatever credit line you are given, from the day you are approved!

Besides that warning, the rest of the story, and all the angels that came out to help, are wonderful......

8:38AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

everyone who helped are angels;their karma is paid on this

8:05AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

thnx for save this angel!!!!!!!! the doctor also is an angel!!!!! Molly is lucky!!!!! and wonderful baby!!!!! what a happy ended, I`m so happyyyyyy for Molly!!!! its stil some good humans!!!!!!!

4:07PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Thank you to all who helped and saved Molly. Articles like this restore my faith in humanity after reading about such abuse. Wishing Molly a quick and full recovery.

11:21AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Happy that Molly was cared for. Disgraceful that this nation's Veterans are not cared for.

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