In Memory of Juniper

Allison was overjoyed to adopt 3 year old Juniper from ACCT Philly on July 14. When Juniper was adopted, she had a diagnosis of kennel cough but was otherwise healthy, and Allison was led to believe that this was a minor matter that could be easily treated. Allison loved her deeply right away. 

After their first night together, Allison brought Juniper into the ACCT clinic because she was not eating and her breathing was labored. She brought her in the following day as well. With her condition worsening, Allison took Juniper to the Society Hill Vet and then straight to VSEC (Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center) in South Philly. Juniper was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and placed in a oxygen tank in an attempt to help her breathe and allow her lungs to heal.

During the intervening week, Allison visited Juniper at VSEC every day, bringing blankets and all kinds of food to entice her to eat. Each day Juniper required an additional test or medication for comfort level, including x-rays and eventually a feeding tube. The doctors believed her to also have a serious condition called Canine Flu (waiting on results) as well as an acute lung injury. Despite the best efforts of Allison and the doctors at VSEC, Juniper continued to deteriorate until she could no longer breathe on her own. On early Saturday morning, July 22, Allison was called in by VSEC to discuss Juniper's severe decline overnight. She was told that there was nothing they could do, and Juniper was struggling to breathe, despite the oxygen tank. The only thing that could be done was to free her from her suffering. Allison had only had her for 8 days.

Allison was left with a sizeable vet bill to contend with in the wake of Juniper's death. Those of you who know Allison - whether it be through music, craft shows or as an herbalist - know that she is constantly in tune with and looking out for the well being of those she loves. Let's return some of that love to her.

All money donated will go directly to paying the vet bills Allison incurred while Juniper was being treated at VSEC.


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