Help us pay Trixie's vet bills
In light of recent events we thought it was important to tell this story. My roommates and I started fostering dogs through and organization in Chico called Wags & Whiskers. We’re on our third foster and absolutely in love. She’s a nine month old pitty named Trixie. From the beginning we had our hesitations about Wags & Whiskers because their facility consists of a unit in a business park packed with quite literally over 100 dogs of varying sizes stacked on top of each other in crates often times not even big enough to turn around in. That was it for us, we had to help these dogs. The day we went to go meet Trixie the workers brought her out and said “sorry she’s so full of energy she hasn’t been out of her crate in four days.” They also told us point black that she was fixed. About two weeks after we brought her home she went into heat. That in itself showed the absolute lack of knowledge and communication regarding these dogs.
Less than a week later we took her in to get spayed, a routine surgery. We dropped her off and the surgeries were being done in a bus in a parking lot outside the building. We were told we would receive a call to pick her up after the procedure. We never did, we decided to just go. When we got there we found that she had been put in a tiny crate, with no cone, sitting in her own feces for the adoption event, an incredibly high stress environment. When we spoke to workers, three people were fully unaware she had even just undergone surgery. We had to ask for a cone for her and were instructed to only put it on her when we weren’t with her. We brought her home and in the days after things just didn’t seem right. She was incredibly lethargic and seemed to be overly drugged. As things progressed she ended up tearing off her cone and ripping a couple of her stitches. We reached out to Wags & Whiskers and told her she needed immediate veterinary care. It wasn’t until we called multiple times and pushed incredibly hard that they decided it was an issue. Their vet tech came to our house with pain killers and antibiotics because Trixie had had an allergic reaction to the sutures which caused her to want to tear at them. She told us to come to Wags & Whiskers at 9 am to have one of the puncture wounds sewn up, and again the day after to completely reopen her up and redo the sutures. We went to Wags & Whiskers as instructed and were met with nothing but confusion. No one was aware she was coming in and the vet wasn’t even there to look at her. They had a worker clean her wound and then sent us home. Not 7 hours later did we take her out of the crate to find her intestines hanging out of her incision. We called Wags & Whiskers and told her she needed to see a vet immediately but we needed their approval as their contract states. We got to the vet and they told us she needed surgery so we called again and asked them to approve it so she could get help immediately. They denied us. They told us to bring her back to their vet in the morning, to the same vet that botched a routine spaying, to the same people that told us she was fine less than 7 hours before. They also tried to put blame on us for not keeping her cone on 100% of the time even though we did, against what they had previously told us. With absolutely nothing we could do we took her home, during my last phone call with Wags & Whiskers I told them we were planning on adopting her and taking things into our own hands after she was taken care of medically and they told us they were not going to approve us to adopt. This company does not care about these animals, they’re a mean to make money and beyond that they do not matter. I wanted to bring awareness to this for no other reason than I feel these dogs deserves recognition and in hopes that someone can help them.
Trixie has a hernia currently and they are instructing us to come back to their vet who we do not trust nor do we believe is equipped to do this type of surgery on her. We want to have her surgery at Valley Oaks in Chico which is a very known and reptuable vet center.
ANYTHING helps us! We are trying to get this sweetheart the care she needs and deserves. Thank you <3