January 11th, 2016
Lauren got attached to Kizzy the pit bull long before Kizzy became a part of Lauren’s family. Kizzy originally belonged to Lauren’s neighbor, who didn’t take very good care of her. Five months earlier, Kizzy had escaped from her neighbor’s yard and was hit by a car, but Kizzy never received treatment. After months of pleading, Lauren finally convinced her neighbor to allow her to adopt Kizzy, and the first thing she did was take her to the vet. Although she had only had her for a short time, Lauren told us, ”I immediately fell in love with her. We are inseparable.”
At the vet, X-rays revealed Kizzy had Legg Calve Perthes Disease, a condition that restricts the blood flow to an injured area, and the bone subsequently shrinks. According to Kizzy’s vet, the neck of her right femoral bone was pinky thin, causing her pain every time she put pressure on it and threatening to break at any moment.
Lauren had no doubt about what she needed to do, but she had already spent all her savings getting Kizzy up to date on her vaccines, preventative care and initial exams, and as a seasonal after-school cooking teacher with an income of less than $10,000 a year, Lauren was on a very tight budget. With nowhere left to turn, Lauren found RedRover and applied for a RedRover Relief grant for financial assistance. The very next day, RedRover notified Lauren that she was being awarded a grant, and thanks to the generous donation from a RedRover On-Call Angel — special donors who sponsor individual animals in need of emergency veterinary care — Kizzy was able to get the urgent surgery she needed.
RedRover recently received an update from Lauren on Kizzy’s recovery: “Thank you so much to all the folks at RedRover, Kizzy is home and recovering. Thank you!”
Hundreds more animals like Kizzy will be looking for their On-Call Angels in the coming year… Will you be an On-Call Angel for an animal in need? Contact Erin Bialecki at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can be the lifesaving difference for an animal in need.