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The Issue: Foster Dog in Need of Knee Surgery
Sadie, a three-year-old black lab and mastiff mix, was relinquished by her owners when they were evicted from their home. Although they had taken her to the veterinarian and discovered she had bilateral cruciate damage on both back knees, they couldn't afford the surgery or anti-inflammatory medications that would reduce her pain.
Currently, Sadie lives in foster care and has limited mobility due to stiffness and pain. Without the surgery, her mobility will decline, and she will likely have to be put to sleep in a couple years; but with the surgery, she could easily enjoy a full, happy life and will be put up for adoption after she recovers.
The Campaign: Providing Knee Surgery for Sadie
If this Grassroots campaign raises $640, then Scrub-A-Mutt can cover the costs of one knee surgery for Sadie, who needs surgery on both back knees due to bilateral cruciate damage. The surgery, which will be provided at a discounted rate from Lake Stevens Animal Hospital, will help stabilize the knee, easing her pain and allowing her to walk and run, as well as reducing arthritis in the future. Sadie will also receive a special joint diet and medication regime to help increase her mobility. Each additional $10 donation will go toward providing Sadie with the second knee surgery.
Scrub-A-Mutt initially started as an annual dog-wash event held each August. Now, it's expanded to include SAM's Fund, which raises money for homeless dogs in need of medical care that rescue groups and shelters can't afford. The first SAM's Fund project is helping Sadie, a three-year-old black-lab and mastiff mix, receive knee surgery and find a permanent, loving home.
At the annual dog wash volunteers bathe and trim the nails of more than 250 dogs. Meanwhile, rescue groups with adoptable pets, dog trainers, and other pet vendors set up tents at the park. Scrub-A-Mutt donates all funds raised at the dog wash to pet-rescue groups as part of its larger mission to raise community awareness about homeless pets.
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The Fine Print
Save-A-Mutt began as Scrub-A-Mutt, an annual dog-wash event held each August to raise money for pet rescue. In the years since its first bubbly bash, however, the organization has expanded into finding homes for Craig's List pets, saving puppies from high-kill shelters, and providing medical care for dogs. Yet, Save-A-Mutt's methods are different from those of many other organizations dedicated to ending puppy mills. Seeing the high rate of euthanasia in LA County—nearly 35,000 pets were euthanized in the 2013–2014 fiscal year alone—Co-Directors Jennifer and Elizabeth rescue many of their pets from these high-kill shelters and transport them up to King County for spay/neuter surgery and adoption.
In addition to the annual dog wash, which still happens every year, Save-A-Mutt runs Dogtober Fest in the fall and PoochFest in the spring. Proceeds from the events go to benefit local rescues such as Old Dog Haven, the Everett Animal Shelter, and The NOAH Center.