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Saving Sabrina


I recently received an update on Sabrina, a sickly stray found wandering the streets of my former home of New Orleans. Sabrina had been suffering from an advanced stage of mange, which left open wounds on her furless skin. What's worse, some idiot had misguidedly poured diesel fuel all over her body to "cure" the mange.

Thankfully, she was rescued by Kim Johnson, a volunteer with Animal Rescue New Orleans, and Feral Cat Consortium, which sponsored Sabrina's vet care until funds could be raised. Kim's networking efforts brought in donations big and small to cover Sabrina's entire $1,300 medical bill. If you look at the before and after photos posted here, it's hard to believe it's the same dog.

In her email update on Sabrina, Kim wrote:

We don't need any more donations for Sabrina, but if you're feeling a bit generous, our animal rescue work continues. I am still working on trapping one dog with an embedded collar and open neck wound, and another dog with what appears to be an older broken leg... Those will both need medical care when I get them. ... [for] a tax deductible option, I work closely with Feral Cat Consortium. They help dogs too. They fronted Sabrina's vet bills until donations came in and they are a 501(c)3 corp. Their mailing address is Feral Cat Consortium, 4 Summer Haven Ct., Madisonville, LA 70447.
Please support any of the local animal rescue groups, and there are many good ones to choose from. ... We can't do it without everyone's help, and we appreciate support of any kind. But most importantly, the animals we help are living proof that the support network works. So thank you, to everyone who does their part, no matter how big or how small, for the animals.

I think Kim's last sentence -- and the "after" photo of Sabrina -- says it all. When people pull together, animals get a second chance.

Julia Kamysz Lane

April 11, 2008 in Current Affairs, Donations , Health, Humane, Social/fundraiser, Volunteer | Permalink


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It never ceases to amaze me what a little care and love can do for a dog...or a person.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 23, 2008 5:12:11 PM

Sabrina looks great after treatment. Congratulations to all who pitched in.

I do similar kind of dog rescue work. Some months ago, I rescued Lucy from a local shopkeeper who did not have the time for her and as a result she lost the bottom part of her hind leg in a road accident. We at Xena Foundation took care of her treatment. She still is a cripple, but happy and full of beans.

Posted by: Brian Gardner | Apr 17, 2008 1:14:02 AM

its great to hear success stories like this one!

Posted by: k9 amiga | Apr 16, 2008 9:52:22 PM

Wonderful work you do rescuing animals and Sabrina looks fantastic - thank you for undoing the harm that people cause to pets and animals.
Great site and great people.

Posted by: Teri | Apr 11, 2008 8:19:15 PM

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