It started with a phone call . Two young people living on the streets, Whisper and Happy, came to the Pongo Fund for dog food. They said their older dog, Salchi, needed wet food as she was nine years old and had bad teeth. Larry at Pongo called me and asked if there was something we could do. Salchi's teeth were causing her pain and she had difficulties eating. They had just gotten a new puppy from another homeless person who couldn't take. Neither of the dogs were spayed. Whisper and Happy were going to leave town in a few days. We got Whisper's cell number and told her about our Outreach Clinic at Pot Luck in the Park the following week.
Dr. Mary examined Salchi and confirmed the dog had very advanced dental disease and would need surgery. We convinced Whisper and Happy to spay both dogs if we could get the surgery donated, and they agreed. Now we set out to do ' the impossible' - get the dental surgery donated. Virtually every older dog and cat will eventually develop dental problems and dental extractions are one of the most requested surgeries.
We reached out to Vista Pet Hospital, well-known for their expertise in dental issues. Dr. Davis is committed to keeping older pets healthy and offers dental surgeries at very affordable prices. We told them the situation and the quickly agreed to donate all three surgeries. Amanda, our Spay/Neuter coordinator volunteered to transport the dogs to and from Vista Vet. The surgeries took place in just a few days and Vista even kept the dogs overnight to help ensure a smooth recovery. Everything went perfectly.
This is a fantastic example of synergy at its best. What started as a simple request for food grew into a life-changing happy ending.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Davis and his wonderful staff at Vista Pet Hospital for providing the surgeries and overnight stay, and most of all for their long-standing commitment to helping the pets in our community.