Sarah Anderson, Wyndham Leader
March 26, 2013 12:00am
When the active dog stopped eating and started hiding, Wyndham Vale owner Alisha Anderson knew something was wrong and took her to Lort Smith Veterinary Hospital.
An X-ray revealed the dog needed surgery to remove a corn cob stuck in her stomach – a procedure costing up to $1000.
“Being a single mum, I didn’t have the money,” Ms Anderson said.
“I was given the hard option to surrender her or have her euthanased. I was a blubbering mess. My kids would never have forgiven me.”
However, the vet suggested the Pet Medical Crisis Fund, a charity that helps cash-strapped pet owners avoid having to put down their animals just because they can’t afford treatment costs.
The fund, which relies on donations, provided a $500 deposit for Marley’s emergency surgery.
“Without them, we wouldn’t have Marley,” a grateful Ms Anderson said.