After Dog Injured, Family Finds Help From SPCA | News
The Kellogg family has had a very difficult start to the year.
Devan Kellogg reports what happened: “At the start of the new year, our family, like many others, had the misfortune to be affected by COVID-19. I was out of work for the duration of our quarantine… we managed to stay afloat with the little money we had put aside, and everything was finally back to normal.
“January 7th started out like any other day. My husband went to work and all three kids were in school…but that night things got worse. Our dog Corona broke his leg at 8:30 p.m.”.
After calling various vet offices, they were sent down slippery roads to the vet in Orchard Park, Corona suffering and the family distraught. After many consultations and many anguished discussions, the decisions for Corona boiled down to whether to let her now splint leg possibly heal on its own, leaving it in pain for an extended period of time, amputation – or euthanasia .
At this point, their credit card had maxed out and the additional costs would be up to $2,500.
“I had to break the news to my husband and my family, and we were devastated by our choices,” Devan said. “None of us wanted to lose her. Out of the blue, my husband remembered a high school classmate working as a vet tech at the SPCA…and I emailed him to ask if there was any had other options available.Then the miracle we were praying for happened.
Someone had donated funds to the Cattaraugus County SPCA for a medical emergency, “and with incredible generosity, the SPCA was able to help us with the cost of Corona’s amputation, with the help of friends and family. From there, everything went pretty well… it only took Corona a few days to really adjust, but once she got the hang of it, she was bouncing around like nothing had happened!
“We took her to the SPCA the following week to meet everyone and say how incredibly grateful we were. A big thank you to the amazing staff at the SPCA not only for helping with calls, advice and the costs, but for following her recovery. You gave her a second chance and we will be forever grateful! Many thanks also to whoever donated the medical funds. Thanks to you, we have our sweet daughter like her , happy and brave today. Thanks to the kindness of others, we have a happy ending.
SPCA Director Jason Berube said they were happy to help.
“We can’t always help everyone, but we strive to continue helping animals and community members in need. We want to strengthen our bond with the community, the townships and other organizations, with the common goal of helping all our four-legged friends. This family and this story in particular touched my heart and we were so grateful to have been able to help save their beloved pet.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the medical fund as it is the highest cost for the SPCA. There are so many dogs and cats that could make wonderful pets once their medical issues are resolved, so every penny counts.
CRY TO LOCAL BUSINESSES: It’s amazing how many donations come in small numbers and how it adds up. Eight local businesses kindly allowed SPCA volunteers to drop off donation boxes: Allen’s Wellness Store, Ried’s Food Barn, Third Base, On the Side Liquor Store, West End Beverage, East State Wine and Liquor, Park & Shop in Portville and Red’s and Trudy’s. . They hope to find 8 other companies willing to let them out of the canisters, a great way to raise funds to help sick and injured animals. If anyone would like to help, email Lila Ervay: [email protected]
BETTY BLANC’S CHALLENGE: So many of her fans donated that the SPCA raised around $5,000, which would have made Betty proud. And many have made their way to the little gift shop in the SPCA lobby with homemade treats and accessories for your pets. And, don’t forget if you’re an Amazon customer to place your orders through Amazon Smile, which donates a percentage of your purchases to your designated charity, just mention the SPCA in Cattaraugus County when you sign up.