The Tripawds Foundation ASAP grant #15 goes to Tripawds member annsadler to help pay for Lacey’s amputation surgery. Read on for her story, and learn more about the Tripawds Amputation Surgery Assistance Program to see if you qualify.
My baby, Lacey, is a Chihuahua mix breed. Lacey’s leg was fractured in 2013 and after 2 operations, she was not better. Unfortunately, I could not afford any additional operations. My choices were homelessness or have a roof over our heads while making her as comfortable as possible. My heart was broken every day. When I walked her, I would wrap her leg in adhesive bandages with small splints. When I turned 62 years old in 2016, I was able to begin the search for help for her.
I tried many on-line companies who were no help. I took her to a VCA hospital in August 2017. They told me that if I signed up for their pet care club ($75.00 monthly) – her amputation would be included, which turned out to be false. She had an appointment for her spay, microchip and amputation, they asked for $1,000. I did not have the money. The vet that was to operate on her admitted to me that they did not explain their rules completely. I looked over all the documentation and saw so many discrepancies. On the advice of a friend, I gave the file to Virginia’s Regulatory Commission with proof that they changed her birth date – so they could charge me the highest amount along with other inconsistencies.
On additional advice, I applied online at the SPCA in Richmond in October. They tried to get her records from VCA – who refused to release them. I applied to SPCA again in May and again VCA would not release her records – BUT they decided to take her case anyway and finally made an appointment for Lacey. Long story short – she had her amputation and spay done on May 29th, 2018. Although their prices are much lower, I still cannot afford it and am praying that you can help me. According to the ASAP grant application requirements, I have attached photos and proof of income and the vet bill.
Lacey means the world to me – I do not know what I would do if I didn’t wake up to her every morning. I do know that now she is so much happier and not in pain, and I can walk her without feeling her pain.
~ Ann (aka: annsadler)