While there is no such thing as a "typical" week at the North Central Shelter, in any given week, the Intervention Program handles many cases, some more complicated and dramatic than others. But here are four great saves that are pretty typical for what we do. Typical, except for the owners and pets. For them, these saves are extraordinary because they keep the family together.
Dogs are often frightened by a move, and Ginger was no exception. She got out of the house and ran off when her family was in the process of moving. They found her at the shelter but because of all the money this single mom had spent moving, they were short of the redemption fee. We happily paid the difference. Ginger was ecstatic to see her people. She was spayed that day, and the very next day went to her new home with her family.
Sometimes a home is not a traditional home – it’s simply where the love is. 76 year old Martha has been living in a van with her three dogs for three years. She takes them with her everywhere and keeps them fed and healthy. She calls her dogs her “babies”. Last week her van broke down and she walked to a mechanic to get help. She left the dogs in the van, something she says she rarely does. The LAPD saw the dogs and brought them into the shelter. Martha was extremely distraught and after hearing her story, the officers actually brought her to the shelter and asked if she could get her dogs back. The shelter staff gave Martha our number and we came down to help her with the fee. All her dogs are now spayed and fully vaccinated. And back with the woman who loves them.
Judy came to the shelter when her cat Twix developed a strange skin infection. She arrived in tears, wanting to make sure her cat would be OK. But she had just taken over custody of her stepson and had no extra money for vet care. We were able to send her to North Figueroa Animal Hospital for an exam and medication. With minor treatment, Twix will be just fine!
Teresa is doing all the right things as a responsible pet owner. She is low income, so she came to the shelter for free spay/neuter vouchers so she can license her dogs Luna and Chonchi. But she is in a rough spot financially, and can not afford to get them vaccinated. We covered their vaccine costs and also sent her home with a bag of donated dog food.
For people who have experienced life changes vet care can be an insurmountable cost, but we're always happy to help anyone keep their four-legged family member at home with its family, where it's cherished and adored.