Part of owning a pet is on the understanding that they are actually very expensive to treat if something goes wrong. We all understand that to some people having a pet is all that keeps them going, it gives folk a reason to get up in the morning. How many of us have witnessed the heartache that some owners have faced when they can’t afford to have their animals treated due to the growing cost of vet bills?
Some people are lucky, and have managed to get their pets treated by charities such as the Blue Cross. There are many more people, that unfortunately, have had to make the terrible decision and have their pets euthanized because the cost of keeping them alive is simply beyond them. The pain of having to make this decision must be awful.I’m not sure what the answer is. Charities do a marvelous job and long may they continue. There are still too many animals having to be destroyed due to a lack of money. Demand for free vet care far out weighs the availability.
The following story is the article that really got me thinking. What happened to the dog sounds like a real fluke accident and it is miraculous that he survived. The shock is that the owner can’t afford the vet bills and is going to have to give him up! (But I have a sneaky suspicion that charity will win the day in this case)
A dog who scampered after an arboreal critter became badly impaled on a tree that left him dangling above a South Carolina marsh for about 24 hours has survived his brush with fate; Louis’ cries were heard by a man who got him rescued.
A concerned resident heard the dog’s continuous barking and waded through an entire marsh to find him. To his surprise, the man found the pit bull hanging about 15 feet above the marsh, a tree limb pierced through his lower torso.
He contacted the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and animal control, who successfully extricated the suffering boy. He was carried out on a stretcher and taken to a vet for treatment.
Louis is microchipped and his family has been contacted.
“My love… My Louis Vuitton Smith… Was rescued out of a tree on Wadmalaw. My tears can’t fill the relief in my heart that someone cared,” the owner posted on CAS’ Facebook page. “I’m not fortunate enough to pay his bills so I have to surrender him. I can’t focus…. I work on Kiawah Island and I called off work today once I found out what happened to my love. They understood because I talked about him frequent[ly]. But just pray Louis pulls thru and our paths cross again. Because I will never be the same without him. Thank you.”
I think there is a lot of publicity surrounding this particular story so I am hopeful that people have rallied enough and the dog will be reunited with his family. Reading the comments of his owner is terrible. I tried to put myself in that position and it is quite a disturbing place to be. The majority of us regard our pets as family, so how on earth could we be expected to let a family member go and live with another family without that having a devastating effect on us?
At the end of the day charity has a key part to play in our World. The rising cost of vet bills is understandably part and parcel of progress, I am just so grateful for you people who work tirelessly to keep people and their beloved pets together!