Katrina serves in the military and is currently on active duty, which is very difficult for the family since her father passed away and she still helps care for her mother, Edna. “She is still grieving the loss,” says Katrina. “Her one solace is our dog, Chalupa. When my dad passed away, they both became depressed. Chalupa was my father’s pride and joy, following him everywhere, and remaining by his side until the very end.”
Edna began taking Chalupa along when making trips to her husband’s grave, and even sewed together a special sweater for her to wear when they visited on his birthday. “In a way,” says Katrina, “they’ve comforted each other.” So when Chalupa stopped eating and began losing her teeth, Edna began to worry and took Chalupa to their nearest clinic, Mountain Mobile Vet. There, Chalupa was diagnosed with severe dental disease that, if left untreated, would destroy her jaw from infection that could eventually spread into her neck, head, and other areas.
When the staff at Mountain Mobile Vet saw Edna crying with worry and grief, they applied for a PetAid Care Grant, which helps cover the cost of a one-time surgical procedure to save the life of a beloved pet like Chalupa. The little terrier was able to receive the dental cleaning and extractions she needed to survive and is now back at home, safe and sound with Edna, much to Katrina’s relief.
“I honestly don’t know if my mother could have gone on without her baby Chalupa. Thank you, PetAid and Mountain Mobile, for keeping them together when I was too far away to help. It’s been a real comfort to know that they’ve been in such good hands.”
The joy of saving a pet’s life is indescribable, and summer is the busiest time of the year for PetAid! From June through August, more animals come to us needing medical care so that they can remain healthy and with their families. You can do more to transform their lives and relieve their suffering by giving now. Please know your generosity and compassion will have a powerful impact on these vulnerable animals who can’t speak for themselves.