SMILEY SUPPORTERS......SMILEY NEEDS YOUR HELP AGAIN!!!
Hi Everyone, the good news is Mr. Smiley is doing great, gaining weight, and his true happy personality is coming back!!
The not so good news is Todd (his savior who adopted him) is not doing so well. Todd has been very sick and has to have surgery next week. In the meantime Smiley needs to get to SAPA in San Antonio for his HW treatment and he needs someone to foster him for the week while Todd is in the hospital.
Basically we need someone to get Smiley from Todd in San Antonio, take him to San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA) to get his prednisone and then he MUST be taken back to SAPA 24 hrs. later for his HW injection. Important note: HW injections are given between 2-5 only. If it needs to be later someone can let us know and I can set something else up.
We are looking for someone who could do this on Tuesday or Wednesday of this next week (Sept 3rd or 4th) and then foster Smiley in their home thru the weekend until Todd gets released from the hospital.
SAPA is in Building 1 on the grounds of ACS (Animal Care Services) in San Antonio located at 4710 TX Highway 151.
Please contact Kate Ferguson if you can do this for Smiley and Todd!! I am not the contact so please call Kate directly at 585-733-5974
Just an update on Smiley first and then other news! Smiley is all set up for HW treatment soon and is living the good life with Todd. He is doing GREAT!!
Now onto other news! As you know funds were leftover from Smiley's care and everyone so graciously agreed that they should go to help the next dog in need.
Last week I learned of a little dachshund girl that fell off the bed and ruptured her disc. Her human mommy Cynthia is on SSI and because she didn't have the money for surgery it was suggested she euthanize her dog. Cynthia contacted Texas A&M and they helped her with a payment plan she can afford but as hard as she tried she was still unable to come up with the initial $200 down to get the surgery done so $200 of Smiley's left over funds will be going to help this little girl today so she can walk again. She has been paralyzed for a week now and on pain meds. Cynthia is crying tears of joy!! This dog is her baby and the thought of having her euthanized was unbearable.
Thank you again for ALL of your support. Your generosity has now saved two dogs in need!
He made it through surgery fine and he gets to go home with Todd today!!
I am waiting on the final bill and think we will be close to $3,000. As you know we (Austin Pets Alive Pass Program) raised a total of $5,255.00 for Smiley so anyone who gave in the later stages after we hit the 3K mark can either email me for a refund or we will put the money into our Pass Program Rescue account to go towards other urgent dogs just like Smiley.
Our Pass Program is for the PUBLIC. It's for the street dogs people find and need help for, and for their own dogs that need medical help but they would have to euthanize because they don't have the money for a vet.
We help dogs just like Smiley that need medical care, need re-homed, need emergency boarding due to domestic violence or hospice cases and more. We take 450-750 calls and emails per month about dogs and cats in dire need so any money left over will go directly towards saving more lives that would probably otherwise die or be surrendered to shelters.
Please email me by July 1st if you can to let me know if you want a refund, otherwise we will go ahead and use it for future "Smiley's!!
Thank you ALL so much for your support. This sweet dog would not be alive today without you all!!!
Good Afternoon Team Smiley!! Here's the latest update on both Smiley and Todd:
Smiley is breaking free of ACS tonight or tomorrow. He is now neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped! From ACS he will be going to Mission Veterinary Specialists to begin the surgeries to repair his mouth. I will keep everyone updated as the news comes in!
Todd is now gainfully employed!!! Thanks to the kind owners of Greenwell he now has a new job and can put that huge worry behind him!
UPDATE: I still see we are getting donations! So Grateful!!
BUT, we do have more than enough funds now. I do not want to end the Go Fund Me because this is how I can keep you guys updated!
However, for any new people to this page we have surpassed what is needed for Smiley's surgery so we would encourage any future donations to go to another needy animal or person on Go Fund Me. There are so many out there that need help and we feel so blessed to have been able to raise these funds!!
Good Morning Smiley Supporters! This morning I received an email from a well know pot stirrer-trouble maker in San Antonio Rescue so I wanted to update everyone here.
First of all, people who know me know my reputation. I check out the facts of any story I get behind and make sure they hold up. The story of Smiley and Todd is true....Smiley was NOT Todd's dog and he was not simply trying to get a surgery paid for by others. It's so sad when people are so jaded that they think the worst...
Second, no vet or payment person was mentioned here because we are not clear yet which vet will actually be doing the surgery. Pics of Smiley were sent to an outside vet's office in San Antonio that from my understanding sometimes helps ACS with lower cost surgeries. The name of the vet has the word Mission in it but at this moment I cannot recall if it was Mission Hills or Mission...something else. The staff at ACS also discussed Smiley with a vet who had offered them in the past to come onsite at their facility and do surgeries provided enough donations were there. We will be going with whomever can do the surgery best without charging us an outrageous amount.
Once I know which vet will be doing the surgery I will post ALL information here so people will know exactly where their money is going and I will keep you updated on exact costs.
We have definitely raised what I believe will be over the amount it will take to get Smiley's mouth fixed and his HW treatment done. When I know exactly how much over, I will go back through the donations, figure out exactly when we hit the "amount" mark and then everyone who donated after that will be given a refund or I can put the money towards the next animal in need if the people who gave prefer that or it can be donated to Todd to get on his feet....although he has specifically said he does not want that and he wants all the funds to go to Smiley.
Refunds are easy to give on Go Fund Me so none of this will be a problem! Go Fund Me does charge fees to withdraw so that part will have to come out but again. I will keep everyone advised of exactly what that amount is as well.
If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask and please know how grateful I am to everyone who gave to Smiley. ACS has Smiley and is involved in making the decision on which vet will be doing the surgery. Anyone who might have even the slightest doubt can check with them as well. This story is well documented and facts are easy to check.
For anyone who does not know who I am, I am the Pass Manager for Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) I take between 450-750 calls and emails per month for animals in need so Smiley is definitely not the only one and anyone on my facebook page sees me posting to help other dogs that come into my hotline almost daily. My PASS program is for the public. We do not operate it under out APA! accounts.... we have those accounts for APA! animals only so any funds raised for Pass are raised outside of APA! by me. The only thing we do raise funds for under our APA! accounts is pet deposits for people who might have to lose their animals and who live inside of the Austin city limits.
Watch for Smiley on the news tonight!! Just in from the reporters:
"This story will run on both KABB and our sister station, WOAI. Will probably be on a total of three times today (5, 9, and 10)"
We have set our goal at $3500 now because Go Fund Me charges around 15% in fees and this way we will have the full $2800 quoted to us to get his surgery and HW treatment.
We will provide up to data on the bills, who was paid, etc. so everyone will know exactly where their money went down to the last penny.
I am so humbled by everyone's incredible generosity for Smiley. You all ROCK!! Seriously, there is an awful lot of love on this page and I wish I could just hug each one of you in person. Thank you so much!!
Update on Smiley: Pics were taken of Smiley's mouth today and sent to an offsite low cost vet that works with ACS. After looking at them they are telling us it will take several surgeries to repair the damage to Smiley's mouth and instead of the estimated $600 it will be around $2500.
Fox News has contacted me to do a story on Smiley and I have put them in touch with Todd. I am going to increase the amount of the Go Fund Me and my hope is that once the news story breaks more people will donate and we can still save Smiley so he doesn't have to be euthanized.
I will keep everyone updated each step of the way!
FUNDS RAISED!!!!!!!! We are OVER our amount and we THANK YOU so much!!!!!!
NO NEED TO DONATE NOW!!
Smiley has quite a story to tell!! He is a junk yard dog (aka Beautiful Boxer mix!!) that until yesterday, lived around an industrial workshop in San Antonio. Smiley has survived several vicious attacks from the other street dogs in the area (bleeding, battered and bruised each time), a snake bite that made him swell up and almost die, and two weeks ago someone decided to SHOOT him in the mouth, tearing up his tongue and leaving his teeth hanging. A man named Todd who worked at the industrial site could not bear it and contacted me to try and find help. I got in contact with people I know at ACS to bring Smiley there with Todd as his foster.
Todd said he tried to load Smiley up in the company truck to get him to ACS but then he said his boss told him he would be fired if he put Smiley in his car seat. Not so nice words were exchanged and true to his word, Todd said he was fired.
Long story short Todd got Smiley to ACS in his own vehicle and offered to foster if they could patch him up, but it turns out Smiley's injuries are beyond what the ACS on staff vet can do. Smiley has a very substantial hole in his hard pallet going up into his nasal cavity. ACS is kindly working with us to get a low cost outside vet to come in and repair Smiley's mouth but no outside vet is doing this for free so we have to come up with some funds first. OH and did I mention Smiley is HW+, too???
Surgery is estimated to be somewhere around $600 or more and then he needs HW treatment, too!! Todd could not afford this before and surely can't now that he has been fired. This was not even his dog...he lost his job trying to do the right thing!
PLEASE help us help Smiley and Todd!! It would be extremely unfair for this poor dog to be euthanized after all the challenges he has overcome and for Todd to lose Smiley after losing his own job to save him!!
ACS has Smiley on antibiotics and pain meds right now but we cannot fix his mouth or get him treated for HW until funds are raised. Thank you for any amount you can give!!
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our frinds, the animals, especially for those who are suffering; for any that are lost or deserted or frightened or hungry.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
AMEN.....Todd you are a beautiful person, God Bless You!
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