Urgent Animal Care Fund gives Tippy second chance

by | Urgent Animal Care Fund |

When Kim called the Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Centre in early November, she was desperate to find assistance for her cat Tippy, who was refusing to eat. 

After a few days of watching Tippy’s appetite decline, Kim knew something was very wrong with her cat. When Tippy refused to eat, she knew something had to be done right away. But she and her husband both rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), making unexpected costs a real challenge. 

“I didn’t know where to go. Where can I get the help? Can I get the help? The pandemic is making it extremely hard for many of us,” says Kim.  

The following morning Tippy still wasn’t eating, Kim called the Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Centre and was directed to the Ontario SPCA’s 310-SPCA support line. Within a few hours she had been in touch with Darren Grandel, who helped her connect with a local animal hospital for an appointment to assess Tippy’s condition. 

The veterinarian found Tippy had a back tooth that was loose and causing her pain; it needed to be removed. Through the support of the Urgent Animal Care Fund, Tippy had her tooth extracted and was put on antibiotics to help her recover. 

“Our family is very, very grateful that this fund is there, because otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to afford the care,” Kim says, “If anything happens to any of our animals, it’s detrimental to us. They’re family!” 

For more information on the Urgent Animal Care Fund, and to donate to support animals in need, visit urgentanimalcarefund.ca  

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