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Pinky

Overcoming Depression
by Margie Lidster

Cha Cha the Magnificent
by Elizabeth Wepsic

Buffy
by Deb Martin

Every little bit helps!
Written by Staff


 

Pinky
Pinky, a 2 month old adorable chihuahua arrived at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility on March 14, 2013. She was a stray dog found by a good samaritan who brought her to the shelter.

Pinky was suffering from a congenital birth defect of the right elbow. CVACF medical staff immediately X-rayed Pinky's right arm and discovered the bone abnormality. Without surgical intervention, she would never have been able to walk correctly.
HEART paid for the $1,000 bone surgery performed by a local specialist, and Pinky is now on the mend! She will be available for adoption as soon as she fully recovers from surgery.

YOUR donations to HEART make it possible for us to help Pinky and other seriously ill or injured shelter animals. Thank you for your support.
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Overcoming Depression
Three years ago we adopted a beautiful three-month-old kitten from your facility. A week or so later we discovered that he had a kennel cough. Not wanting to get more attached to him, I brought him back to the facility. The staff veterinarian came out to speak to me about him. She told me I could return him and get my money back, but she also explained that he would get over it, and he did. It was a difficult decision for me, but I am so blessed that we kept him.

First, I must explain why we got a pet in the first place. I was going through a depression at the time after surgery. I had gone to the doctor and was discussing the depression with him. He looked at my husband and me and asked, "Do you have a pet?" We told him no,that we had pets when our children were young and hadn't wanted the responsibility of a pet. He told us it might help.

My husband and I came home and discussed getting a cat. My husband did not want a pet. I decided to just go and look around. That afternoon I took him back and asked him to look at the kittens. I had seen two that I liked, but did not tell him which ones. As we walked through the kitten area a little gray cat put out its paw and touched his arm. That is the kitten we chose. I cannot express the joy and happiness that kitten has made in our lives. I cannot imagine our lives without him.
- Margie Lidster
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Cha Cha the Magnificent
Cha ChaI sincerely want to thank you for bringing this little bundle of love and joy into my life. A few weeks ago, I visited your animal shelter and adopted an adorable female Chihuahua. I remember you especially giving her the care she needed before she was passed on to me. I've named her "Cha Cha", which she responds well to. She runs and hops whenever I call her and even looks like she is doing a little cha cha cha dance herself.

I live alone in a house with a piano and a big yard. She loves to listen to me play music. As you may recall, this is a challenging time for me. I am battling breast cancer and have more medical appointments than I would care to share. Now that I have this beautiful dog, I couldn't imagine going through this without her. She is helping me get through so much and, I again want to extend my thanks to you and to the Chula Vista Animal Care facility for bringing her into my life.
- Elizabeth Wepsic (and Cha Cha the magnificent Chihuahua)
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Buffy
BuffyOne day while at the shelter to pick up another puppy to foster, I saw her in the medical room and felt so bad for her I said, "This one's coming with me, too!" Two puppies really are easier than one. So off we went and she has been with me ever since.

Buffy suffered from one of the worst cases of demadex along with a secondary skin infection. Demadex is a type of mange mite that lives in the hair follicles of animals, commonly referred to as the “red mange”. Left untreated, as in Buffy’s case, it can cause severe hair loss and the infection can be fatal. The first picture of Buffy is after a month of treatment, that’s what she looked like the day I took her home with me. So you can image how sick she was when she was first brought into the shelter.

After several months of treatment Buffy looks like a different dog. She is a whopping 9 pounds and most of her fur has grown back. She will always have the scar across her head as a reminder of her traumatic start in life, but it’s hardly noticeable with all the personality bursting out of her. She is just adorable and the perfect bed warmer! Buffy is a regular attendee at the annual Pet Fests.
- Deb Martin
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Every little bit helps!
Staff at a Chula Vista business decided to forgo an employee gift exchange and instead collected supplies and funds to donate to the CVACF. A donation of blankets, beds, cat trees, and $225 was gratefully accepted!

And one local middle schooler worked all year to save up for her gift to the Shelter. She created her own animal donation jar, decorated it with photos of animals to remind her of the creatures her savings would help. She even applied duct tape to the jar so she would not be tempted to raid the funds. For 12 months she kept that jar in her room and any money she received from the Tooth Fairy, spare change, and donations from her friends went into the jar. The student also received donations of fleece blankets and pet food from friends and family. Her year-long collection fund reached more than $80.

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