The Issue: German Shepherd Puppy with Broken Leg
Last month Save-A-Mutt picked up Suzanna, a three-month-old German Shepherd puppy. She was abandoned at a local animal shelter with a broken back leg, and x-rays revealed she had a bad spiral fracture. Although vets were able to get the broken bones close, they were unable to get them to meet, meaning Suzanna will need surgery and 4–6 weeks of recovery time to heal. If she were to go back to a shelter, she would likely lose the leg due to the cost of the surgery and recovery time.
The Campaign: Funding Surgery for Suzanna
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Save-A-Mutt to care for homeless animals with medical needs. The first $2,500 raised will allow Save-A-Mutt to fund immediate leg surgery for Suzanna. Any funds raised over $2,500 will go toward surgeries for other animals, as part of Save-A-Mutt’s ongoing effort to rescue puppies from high-kill Los Angeles shelters. In the past five months, the organization has rescued nearly 200 dogs.
As an added incentive, donors can receive a tote bag if they email firstname.lastname@example.org and attend the 7th Annual Scrub-A-Mutt event at Strawberry Fields Athletic Park in Marysville, WA, on August 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the annual dog wash, volunteers bathe and trim the nails of more than 250 dogs while trainers, rescue groups with adoptable pets, and other pet vendors raise awareness about puppy mills.
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.