Merry Christmas from the Electric City Pittie Committee! I know we all want to say thank you for a great 2015 as we grow and reach out and find ourselves more involved in the community. We SO appreciate each and every one of you.
We appreciate seeing your dogs on our facebook page, seeing your comments, meeting each of you individually and seeing new faces at our monthly meetings and annual events! Each of you has truly made our Christmas “merry and bright”!
While we are finding ourselves in the glow of family, friends, merriment and holiday cheer, we know in the back of our minds that there are always those out there who find themselves in tough situations no matter the time of year.
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with a member of our Armed Forces who will be PCS-ing overseas. While doing everything necessary to ensure that the 4 legged members of the family could join them, there are some concerns that they may be looking for a long term foster for their pittie princess. I immediately referred them to Dogs on Deployment for potential long term foster options. Why do I bring this up? Because in our community we have such a need for fosters, long-term and short-term, and we are always finding our community fosters overwhelmed. Maybe fostering is something that you have considered, maybe it is something that has tugged at your heart strings over the years. Maybe you want to offer a senior dog a place to land when they find themselves homeless after a lifetime with a family. Maybe you want to be the person who can nurse injured or neglected animals back to health so that they can find their forever homes. Maybe you want to be that person who makes sure that our military personnel are able to serve while knowing their furry family is taken care of, and in instances of deployment, TDY or PCS when the animals can’t come with, that those family members will find themselves together again as soon as possible. If Fostering has ever run through your mind or tugged at your heart, I urge you to network with those in the area who need fosters. Rescues, shelters, etc. Register with organizations like Dogs on Deployment to become a long term foster. Contact your local shelter, talk with your vet or even reach out to us!
Next, I want to give you a little bit of a background on a situation we will be updating you on more down the road. I received a call a week and a half ago from a woman desperate for a little help. She has found herself running out of resources while attempting to make sure her dog is receiving adequate veterinary care. Her dog presented in the late Spring with normal upset GI symptoms. Some standard medications for Colitis treatment and she was on her way, feeling better. when she would stop the medications the colitis symptoms would return. After a number of different treatments she was diagnosed with C-Diff. (Fairly uncommon in dogs) [for those that aren’t sure what C-Diff is, here is a pretty informative link; https://www.vetinfo.com/clostridium-difficile-in-dogs.html ] She has been working closely with her local vet and the standard treatments aren’t working for her. The medication that she is currently on is roughly $300 for a 10 day dose. The Vet would like to put her on a different medication in an attempt to finally get a handle on the clostridium overgrowth that remains firmly entrenched in her GI system and refuses to succumb to every other treatment. The medication she is looking at is approximately $1200. Obviously this medication is cost-prohibitive for most of us. She has asked the Pittie Committee if we can help in any way. We will be reaching out to our ECPC community and to the local community on her behalf. watch for our upcoming Facebook updates and Blog introducing you to Nancy and Katana. We will get you the specifics of the medications, the treatments and where and how you can donate. We have spoken to the pharmacy and they are willing to set up an account where we can bring in donations. (They have asked that all donations go through the ECPC and that the ECPC brings in one lump sum donation.) The vet bills have mounted as well. Donations can be made to the ECPC to be placed on her outstanding vet bills or can be made directly to her vet’s office. Email us, call us or Facebook us and we can get you the specifics! To make the finances a little more difficult, Katana has some pretty serious food allergies that are managed by being on a prescription diet food. Her food is fairly costly and Mom is struggling to keep up with all of the costs.
Donations can be received at:
Electric City Pittie Committee
PO Box 7144
Great Falls, MT 59406
Put “Katana’s Medication” or “Katana’s Vet Bill” or “Katana’s Food” in the instruction box so we know how to allocate your donation.
Merry Christmas to all of you, from all of us!