Warren and Jezza have been inseparable since they got together 8 years ago. Warren is on a disability support pension and has experienced homelessness and desperation but Jezza has been his constant support.
Last year Pets of the Homeless assisted Warren to fund Jezza’s left anterior cruciate ligament repair for which he was enormously grateful.
Sadly Jezza’s right ACL ruptured a month ago. Warren was still paying off a previous $800 vet bill at Lort Smith with $30 each and every fortnight. He simply wasn’t able to afford the cost of this $2,800 TWLO surgery.
Pet Medical Crisis have been pleased to donate our maximum of $1,000 to enable Jezza to go to surgery at Lort Smith. Warren now has a $2,600 bill to pay off at $30/fortnight over the next 3.3+ years.
His love for Jezza is absolute and he’s never missed a payment to Lort Smith who have been so good to this devoted pair.
Lovely to see you home again sweetheart. Love from all your friends at PMC xxxxooooxxxx
Our 504th case is 6mo Kelpie Tank D’Cruza. PMC assisted with surgery for Tank’s brother Mate 4 weeks ago (same bilateral femoral head osteotomy surgery) and while we are a 1-off crisis fund the case was approved for extenuating circumstances.
About 4 years ago Jeannette Freeman found a skinny, neglected 8 week old Great Dane X Labrador puppy on the side of the Hume Highway. She took him home and called him ‘Highway’
Jeanette is a 63yo single woman trying to make ends meet on the disability pension. She suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis and lives in chronic pain. She has had 2 total hip replacements and every day is a struggle. Her 2 dogs Highway and her soulmate ’Nellie’ are both rescues as are her cats – all rescues. “My animals are my world – they are so wonderful and so good for my mental health”.
On Thursday 28th March Highway was running along the driveway of their Oakland Junction property near Tullamarine. He mistook his footing and got his right back leg caught in a cattle grate – screaming in agony as his tibia and fibula snapped with the unforgiving metal’s force on bone. Jeanette heard his agonising cries and raced frantically to see what was wrong. He scrambled towards her and collapsed at her feet crying in pain.
Jeanette’s son was able to help get Highway into the car and off to Dr John Carter at Moonee Central Vet. Knowing she was unable to afford the cost of surgery and facing having to put him down because of this she was in tears saying “I can’t, I just can’t!”. Jeannettes’s sister had some advice from a friend about Pet Medical Crisis and she made a call – one of the last the charity will take as they are moving to a web based application process to help owners and vets more simply www.petmedicalcrisis.com.au
Pet Medical Crisis liaised with Dr John who also had not heard of Pet Medical Crisis. He explained the usual cost of surgery would be $2,500 so with our $1,000 maximum donation and a huge discount for Jeanette, she would have to contribute $650 by paying $25 per week ($50 per fortnight) out of her pension. Assuming no other unexpected expenses come in it will take her all of 6 months to pay this back.
Two Pet Medical Crisis supporters, Jenny from Ocean Grove and Wayne, who has followed us for years, have kindly donated $100 and $30 respectively at www.petmedicalcrisis.com.au
Highway had his surgery at Moonee Central Vet on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 under Dr John’s care and we have our collective fingers and paws crossed his leg can be saved – time will tell. Mum Jeanette is relieved he has come through the operation and is a step closer to coming home to her.