RELIEF: Andrew and Daniel Goetz with dog Cerberus are extremely grateful for the help of the Pet Medical Crisis Fund. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
It wasn’t long afterDaniel Goetz, 21, brought Cerberus home that he realised something was wrong with the eight-week-old Alaskan Malamute.
“After about a week of us having him, he started to deteriorate pretty quickly,” Mr Goetz said.
It took multiple visits to Greencross Vets Ballarat and then to a heart specialist at Werribee Veterinary Hospital before it was discoveredCerberus had a rightintrahepatic liver shunt. This meantblood wasn’t flowing through his liver properly making him sick and in need of surgery.
To cover costs of veterinary bills, medications, scans and surgery, which amounted to morethan $6000, Mr Goetz has been workingfull-time as well as a second job on weekends. He has also received help from his parents and set up a GoFundMe page, but it still wasn’t enough.
Fortunately non-for-profit charity Pet Medical Crisis Fund stepped in to help.
The charity helps pensioners and disadvantaged families save their pets from unnecessarily being put down due to not being able to afford emergency care.
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Founder Jennifer Huntoriginally began the charity forthe aged pensioner.
“Often pensioners’families have left home, they’re losing their independenceand their pet becomes their companion,” Ms Hunt said. “If they have a pet that is savable but they are unable to pay a veterinary bill…to kill their pet would be a great source of depression for them so the difference it makes is enormous.”
The charity asks the pensioner orfamily to put in what they can, then works with veterinary clinics to drop their prices and bridges the gap of up to $1000.
Ms Hunt saidMr Goetz and Cerberusfitted the criteria because the family based in Smythesdale was doing it toughdealing with other medical conditions such aschronic illness and Tourette syndrome.
“The $1000 is often the difference between the pet being able to live or not,” she said. “In this case with Cerberus, without the surgery he would have died.”
Mr Goetz said he had been very “nervous” and “upset” about the prospect of losing his “best friend” before the surgery.
“It is definitely a huge weight off my shoulders and I know at least I’ve done everything that I can and everything from here is really up to Cerberus’ body,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing that there is someone out there trying to help people in this situation.”
The Pet Medical Crisis Fund is reliant on public donations with 100per centof the funds going directly towards payingveterinary bills.To donate or find out more visit petmedicalcrisisfund南京夜网419论坛.
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