Skip to comments.Dachshund Left at Shelter with Heartbreaking Note Will Reunite with Owners
Posted on 03/13/2014 5:45:27 PM PDT by Kartographer
The heartbreaking note reads, "Our dog is 13 1/2 years old he is sick starting yesterday with bloody stools, vomiting. Had a skin disease for a few years. We are both seniors, sick with no money. We cannot pay for vet bills, or to put him to sleep. He has never been away from us in all those years, he cannot function without us, please put him to sleep."
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Another tale of life in Obama's America.
Oh My :-(
I can just see the poor little thing in my minds eye...
I like the solution the shelter came up with. Everyone is happy all around, especially Otto.
Three weeks ago, I had to make that dreaded “final trip” to the vet with my sweet kitty of almost 20 years. I feel for these people. I’m glad they’re getting a second chance with their Otto.
my mom had that happen last month. very hard.
Put my Yellow Lab down two weeks ago. Kidney failure - genetic - nothing we could do. She was greatly loved and packed a LOT of living into six short years.
Glad to know that this dog was cared for, though! :)
Wait, I thought Obamacare will help those pet parents!
I know how much it hurts when you have a beloved critter and you can't do anything for them, can't even afford to euthanize them when it's time for that last ride.
About 1-1/2 years ago, I had a tiny DSH tortie cat I'd adopted, come down with a prolapsed anus. Took her to an animal ER... they quoted me a seemingly gold-plated price for possible surgery ($5,000).
I had no hope in the world of getting together that kind of money. So I took their advice and surrendered her to Animal Control to be put down.
It hurt like HELL to have a sweet little girl like that and to not be able to do anything for her. I spent most of that night crying and telling her what a good girl she was and how sorry I was.
Our rescue had a similar dilemma in 2011.
A German shepherd was turned in to the shelter for euthanasia by a family with financial constraints. The vet determined his life could be saved so we decided to save the dog, pay for the surgery, then return the dog to the family.
Here’s the reunion.
You find a way to pay to care for the animal or put it to sleep.
The rescue realized the little dog had been well-cared for and according to the note, very much loved, so they decided to try to reach out to the dog’s owners.
When the dog owners came forward, they explained they are indeed both sick and cannot even afford their medical treatments or tires for their vehicle. They had taken their dog, who is actually named Otto Wolfgang Maximus, to a veterinarian and were told that they would need to run costly tests. When they realized they couldn’t even afford to have their dog euthanized by the vet, they were “hysterical” and didn’t know what else to do aside from leaving him at the shelter.
They can’t even afford meds for THEMSELVES!
Euthanasia is not cheap, FRiend, and any other method of euthanasia is cruel. I had 5 ferrets at one point just a few years ago, and each one of them cost me $350 to put down when it was their time. My wife’s cat had thrown a clot and was paralyzed from mid-back to its haunches, and putting her down was over $500.
These elderly folks don’t sound like they’ve got a pot to piss in. I volunteer at an elder care organization, and I’ve seen people like this who live one SS check to the next and literally eat dog food instead of giving up their beloved pets. This is a very sad story and even more tragic that it was a doxie, because I love my doxie and would never want to see her in pain.
There are many here on FR that have grown this way their hearts are so harden that they no longer can tell the difference between the poor and the slothful.
The Lord himself said: The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. He did not condemn the poor, but told us what we do for the least we also do for him, but the Lord also has harsh words for the slothful saying: ‘if any man would not work, neither should he eat’.
Unfortunately as I said many now days can not or choose not to tell the difference.
Oh, great, my screen is blurry again! It’s clearly defective.
It might be 200 dollars.
The 500$ you are speaking of must have included various tests to see what her condition was in order to decide to put her down.
It wasn't the actual putting the animal to sleep that was the issue it was the various tests that the Vets wanted to run that would have jacked up the price.
In today’s world...vet’s testing is enormously high. $200 probably wouldn’t even touch it.
It’s sad that most of the modern day vets are pricing a lot of pet owners out of existence. Just a “visit” can be over $100.
I have an old country vet that operates in the old fashioned way. I don’t know what I’ll do when he retires. I feel for the elderly, cash strapped pet owners in the story.
We are in this same situation right now. Our little EM had the bloody vomiting and stools Friday. Took her to the vet - pancreatitis, and long story short, we had to surrender her so that she can get the care she needs to recover. She’s always been a sickly little thing off and on with lots of sensitivities and we’ve always managed somehow to pay for her care, but this time, we just flat out couldn’t afford it. We were going to put her down but the vet gave us the option to surrender her instead and they would get her well and in a good home. I’m absolutely devastated.
It shouldn’t cost what it does to put an ill animal down. Shelters and animal control should offer the service at cost.
And there’s an opportunity for, I don’t know, a chain or something, to come in with more competitive veterinary pricing than what prices are getting jacked up to in many parts of the country.
But there is reasonable pet health insurance that can be purchased when your pet is still reasonably young that can at least size those $5,000 bills down to, say, a more manageable $500.