One of the biggest expenses for shelters and rescue groups is feeding pets in their care.
Meet Lulu, our spokes-dog for GivingTuesday. She was saved because of your generous donations and daily clicks that provide shelters with donated food. Shelters are able to use the money saved on food for medical expenses and long-term care.
Lulu, a 3-year-old hound/pit bull mix was rescued from a neglected home in which she was found outside without any food or water. To make matters worse, she was suffering from an untreated back injury that made her back end paralyzed.
The sweet pup was taken in by Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona, after animal control seized her. After evaluating Lulu, the shelter reached out to Tucson Cold Wet Noses, a local animal rescue, to see if they would help the injured dog.
Thanks to donated food, Tucson Cold Wet Noses had money in their budget to help Lulu get the care she needed. Lulu received surgery to repair a ruptured disc mid-spine and physical therapy.
A woman named Chris stepped up to foster Lulu and help care for her as she recovered. She told GreaterGood.org in an interview that Lulu was really coming along thanks to physical therapy. “We got her to where she could walk pretty well. But then she reinjured herself…”
Lulu is what the rescue calls a long-term foster and not up for adoption. She will live the rest of her life in a loving foster home and Chris loves every minute she spends with her. Although Lulu needs to use her cart or scoot to get around, it has not affected her cheerful personality.
Chris and all the others at Tucson Cold Wet Nose thank you for your donations and for helping save dogs like Lulu.
“If we didn’t have donations, we wouldn’t be able to take a dog like Lulu, and it’s quite likely she would not have made it out of the shelter.”
Learn more about Lulu’s journey in the video below.
This year for GivingTuesday we are hosting a food drive for animals! Just $5 provides 100 meals for shelter pets. Forgo that cup of coffee today and instead donate to help feed animals. A generous animal lover from southwest Missouri has offered to match donations today up to $5,000. Help us fill the bellies of thousands of shelter pets by donating.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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