Wolfie's Sponsorship Fund
When I met Anne at the nursing home where my partner went for stroke rehab, she told me about her little dog Wolfie, and how badly she missed him. Anne is a ward of the state, with a court-appointed guardian. Before she went into a facility, she was living in her car with her maltese, Wolfie. When she became a ward of the state, Wolfie was taken away from her and put into the care of an appointee. She hadn't seen him in more than two years.
I suggested to my partner that we try to find out who was taking care of Wolfie, and see if we could foster him at our house so he could visit with Anne a couple of days a week on a regular basis. The facility put us in touch with Anne's guardian, and we worked it out.
In October, Wolfie came to live with us and our four dogs. The first thing we did was have him vetted, and we found out that he has a pretty serious health issue: liver disease. We're still running tests to figure out exactly what's causing it, so we'll know if there is a better way to treat it than what we are doing now.
Because the bulk of Anne's Social Security is used to pay for the eldercare facility where she lives, she really doesn't have any extra money for all the things Wolfie needs. He's turned out to be a pretty expensive house guest. He is fed a special food, he is on two medications, and he has to have his liver enzymes tested every 6 months. His upkeep is going to cost about $1,300.00 per year; not counting his grooming or any vet visits in addition to the 6 month tests.
Here are Wolfie's expenses:
FOOD: $30 mo / $360 yr
EYE MEDS: $70 - 3 mo. supply / $280 yr
LIVER MEDS: $26 mo / $312 yr
6 MONTH LIVER CHECK: $139 ea ( 2 per yr.)
As I mentioned earlier, we have four dogs of our own, and we sure could use some help with this foster pup, which is why I started this gofundme. Your donation will be put into a special fund for Wolfie's care. And I will be completely transparent about how it is spent.
You can read more about Wolfie and Anne, Up on the Woof , where you will also find other ways to donate, if you are someone who doesn't like to use a service like this one.Anne seeing Wolfie the first time after more than 2 years.
The photo shows Wolfie's current state. He is curled to the left with his front legs stiffly sticking out to the right. He can't seem to straighten out. He has quit walking around. I have to put his food in front of him and hold him in front of the water dish so he can drink. He doesn't get up to potty, but does it lying down, so he is often covered in yuck. He's getting a lot of baths, which worries me, because it's getting real cold out, and it's not an ideal situation for him to be wet in the cold cabin. At his last vet appt. we narrowed his condition down to 1 of 2 things: he tweaked a former injury in his neck or spine, or he's thrown a clot (ie: had a stroke) . We treated him with a steroid shot, figuring the benefits would be worth the risk to his liver, but he has shown no improvement. That would mean that he's probably had a stroke. He is having a tough time getting comfortable. He barks and whines a lot, and nothing seems to comfort him. I have thought long and hard on this and I can't make him go on in this condition. It is no way for him to hang. In all likelihood, I'll be putting him down this week. What to do with him was too difficult for Anne to discuss when I broached the subject with her, so I'll be having him cremated. It'll cost around $100, and I could really use some help with that. Thank you all for following Wolfie's progress and for helping support him in our quest to give Anne some happiness. At least she was able to spend a lot of time with him over the past year.
With a positive balance of 14 cents in his sponsorship fund, Wolfie's Nulo 2.91 and Trazadone 9.00 was purchased., Leaving him with a negative balance. A bag of Nulo was donated to us as well as 2 months of Denamarin and Panalog. We are running on empty for his November liver check. Our vet received a $25.00 donation, but that still leaves an expected cost of $144.00 we need to cover. Any sponsors out there?
Began this month with a positive balance of $151.64
Wolfie had an accident while visiting his mom at the nursing home that resulted in two broken teeth and a head injury. It requires 2 visits to the vet. The first was $55.00, the second was $96.50. That left his fund with a positive balance of 14 cents. He needs his 6 month liver check in November, which I expect will be in the neighborhood of $169.00
We began this month with a running balance of $231.40
We have received no new donations, yet costs continue.
This month's expenses so far have been:
Tri-Heart Plus $24.90.
Cans of Nulo plus 2 bags of desirable treats (they were but one get one at 50%) $27.10
His fund after these expenses is: $151.64