It was a Saturday afternoon. Blazing hot. Most of the STHS staff was in the vacillating throes of suffocating heat and torrential downpours at the rabies drive in Pearl River. Near the end of the afternoon, Kali is carried into the Humane Society. She’d been hit by a car. But what to do? There would be no vet at the shelter until Monday morning. Kali had seen better Saturday afternoons, but did not seem to be in a life threatening condition after the accident. This is a typical snapshot moment of when animal loving staff look at each other in question, and think the following:
1. Yes, there are rules in place for intakes. Technically Kali is not scheduled to come into our adoption program.2. We cannot heartworm test her, and are not able to take in heartworm positive dogs…..even if we can take her in.
3. She is hurt, and we do not have a vet. But these folks have nowhere to turn and are not able to bring a dog home.
A few of Kali's visible injuries:
For Katie, there was no real decision to be made. She took Kali home with her and nursed her through what remained of her weekend. Kali was examined by the vet on Monday. Many of her wounds, though painful and slow to heal, are superficial. The worst of the news: Kali is heartworm positive. We cannot intake Kali.
Now if any of you would find it easy to look Katie in the eye and tell her that her little Kali has to go to Animal Services because she is heartworm positive, you are a stronger person than I. The cost of Kali’s heartworm treatment and 2 – 4 weeks of wound therapy is $600. If we can raise this money through our Second Chance Fund…..yep you got….Kali gets a Second Chance. Please help us to renew both Kali and Katie’s faith in humanity by donating to help cover the cost of Kali’s treatment so that we can all revel in illogical triumphs and second chances.
Mail donation to:
St. Tammany Humane Society
Second Chance Fund
20384 Harrison Ave
Covington, LA 70433
Or click here and donate via our website: Kali's Second Chance Fund