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Since 1952, Pet Haven has been a pioneer in creating a refuge for Special Needs animals in need of loving homes. In the last 5 years, we have been grateful to raise more than $465,000 for rescue-related veterinary expenses. Realizing that nearly half is spent on life-saving services for Special Needs Pets, and inspired by a heroic and sweet German Shepherd, we created The Phoenix Fund, dedicated to supporting the recovery and health of animals most in need of medical care.
On a 17-degree winter day, a Minnesota shelter received a call about a white German Shepherd who lay dying on the side of the road. The shelter, ill-equipped to care for the animal, contacted Pet Haven for help. We didn’t hesitate.
The nameless abandoned dog came to us with a broken leg, severe mange, double ear infection, road rash, multiple lacerations, and weighed in at a heartbreaking 40 pounds. We named this gaunt, yet gallant gent Phoenix, in honor of the mythological bird who was given new life and rose from the ashes. We’re proud to report, not only did Phoenix heal physically, he came to accept the kindness of his caregivers and learned to trust people.
8 months later, he was welcomed into his new family as a happy and healthy angel of a dog.
Our Phoenix Fund program allows us to take in special needs animals who need extra medical care. Meet Bow. He is an inquisitive and gentle 70-pound sweetie pie. This poor boy broke his front leg when he was a puppy and since it never got fixed it healed improperly. Fortunately, he gets around just fine on his “wonky leg” and he LOVES to run and play with other dogs and kiddos!
Unfortunately, he recently broke his back leg; the specialist said he either needed surgery ASAP or he needed to be humanely euthanized; that having two “bad” legs on the same side of his body would give him too many mobility issues. In essence, then, the decision was to end his life at only 2 years old or get him surgery. We opted for #2.
A happy, healthy dog shouldn’t die because they have a broken leg. Not on our watch, and not with the help from our community! Because of donations to our Phoenix Fund program, we are able to take in special needs animals who need extra medical care.
Bow will be on bed rest for several weeks and his totally amazing fosters have adjusted their entire household & schedule to accommodate his needs. Bo is a lighthearted tail waggin’ pup and we know once Bow recovers he will find his forever family through our active adoption program!
Bow’s medical care was $1,695.40, and his adoption fee will be $430.
This is a HUGE gap between the cost of needed medical care and in what we recover in adoption fees. This is why the Phoenix fund is so important to Pet Haven and the animals we care for.
The Phoenix Fund Saves Lives. Any gift of support is a chance at a new life. Thank you for considering a contribution to the Pet Haven Phoenix Fund!