My boyfriend and I adopted our 3 month old puppy Isabel, June 7, 2008. We were told the following Wednesday, that one of the puppies in her litter had Parvo and that she should be tested. She tested positive. Though she did recover, treatment cost over $1300. While that put a financial strain on us, that wasn't the end. After recovering from the Parvo, she came down with pneumonia and that treatment has cost us an additional $450+.
We've taken out some loans but the problem is that my boyfriend and I are both students and are only working part-time to pay for other bills (car, our medical bills, school, etc.). If we don't get help, we'll be behind on other bills. We've searched for organizations that can help but most are for future treatments. Does anyone know of any organizations or perhaps even individuals who can help us? We love our puppy and have tried to do what's best for her.
Diana from Dallas, TX
Please do what is best for the dog and find an owner that has money saved for these types of things. (08/19/2008)
You might want to try the Web site http://www.modestneeds.org/. (08/19/2008)
You are not at a stage in life for having pets, you should be free and not tied down, but then again puppies are irresistible. The vet will help you find a home for her, and the vet's staff is probably attached to her by now. Pay the bill however you can, but let your pet-owning days come when you are sitting on a pile of cash and life is stable. (08/19/2008)
This is part of being a responsible pet owner, being able to pay for unexpected expenses. Most puppies don't survive Parvo, so in that respect you are lucky. There is veterinary pet insurance available for future issues, your vet probably has fliers about it in the clinic. (08/19/2008)
Here is an idea you might want to try. Try volunteering your time at the vet's office to trade for hours for payment. I had a couple of local bills and suggested that I could volunteer as a trade to pay off my bills. Some disagreed, but several companies loved the idea. I set a plan based on the going hourly rate and signed a contract to work a certain amount of hours until the bill is paid off or at least lowered. (08/24/2008)
By Georgette Ruth
Geez ... what a combination of feedback. How many people expect the worse in various situations and are prepared for it? Not many, I'm sure. It seems that this is an old post so hopefully things have worked out by now. We take on things in our lives that sometimes make us struggle and have to hope for the best. Everyone experiences this. To imply that you are not responsible is unfair and a bit harsh. You may get to the point where you can't continue to keep the animal, but do the best you can and keep faith.
Things have a way of working out, usually for the best. No one can or should fault you for taking in a pet who later had major problems. Just hang in there and take it one day at a time. I see there were some very thoughtful people who offered to send your vet money. Count your blessings and consider those human beings at their finest. Hope it's all worked out. (06/10/2010)
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