Virginia-Maryland Steps in to Fund Lifesaving Surgery

When 8-week-old mixed breed puppy named Marylou needed care, the costs of her surgery and were underwritten by the Compassionate Care Fund.

Mary Lou would have been euthanized had it not been for the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, which not only accepted the 8-week-old mixed-breed puppy as a patient but underwrote the full cost of her surgery and care through the Compassionate Care Fund. 

The situation was bleak when Mary Lou was referred to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg, Va. Her jaw had been fractured on one side and pulverized on the other when a cow stepped on her.

Mary Lou was referred by a humane society in Summers County, W.Va., which likely would have had to euthanize her had Virginia-Maryland not intervened, said volunteer Beth Vuolo.

Mary Lou made it through surgery and was adopted after she recuperated.

The Compassionate Care Fund is used hundreds of times a year to help injured animals like Mary Lou. Donations help pay for surgery and other expensive treatments for animals whose owners are unknown or unable to pay.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides $70,000 to $80,000 in aid every year.

Animal lover Garnett Smith is one of the fund’s biggest donors.

“I just wanted to make sure if someone had love for an animal and was caring for it, yet didn’t have resources to pay for some needed medical care, that I would have something in place to help those people pay for it,” Smith said.

Originally published in the April 2016 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Did you enjoy this article? Then subscribe today! 

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