The Buddy Fund
Every day animals needing extraordinary medical care arrive at Dakin Humane Society adoption centers. From orthopedic surgery to x-rays, from heartworm treatment to dental care, Dakin goes the extra mile to provide a second chance to hundreds of cats and dogs who will receive life-saving medical care through the Buddy Fund. You can change lives by making a gift (please make sure to note that this is for “The Buddy Fund”) that will help with surgeries and other medical procedures.
Some animals recently helped by your contributions
A Good Samaritan saw Lucky hit by a car, picked him up, and brought him to Shaker Road Animal Hospital. Shaker Road generously took x-rays and tested him. He had a broken pelvis which would require surgery. And with testing, it was discovered that Lucky was FIV+. The hospital called Dakin to see if we would be willing to help him out. Thanks to the Buddy Fund…and Dr. Katie Spaulding, Lucky had the surgery he needed. He went into foster care for a period of time. And now, Lucky enjoys naptime with his new best friends, Paul.
Tutu had two strikes against him: he arrived at Dakin suffering from feline immunodeficiency virus ((FIV) and an eye infection so severe we had to remove his eye to save his life. Once Tutu recovered from surgery, he awaited adoption in the bright new cat colony room reserved just for cats with FIV. Because colony rooms allow cats to climb and bask in the sun while showing off their purr-sonality, it was no time before Tutu's new family saw what a diamond in the rough he was and took him on to his new home.
Why would a dog eat a needle and thread? Ask Hunter. When Dakin's veterinary team assessed him upon arrival, they knew Hunter needed immediate surgery to save his life. Although extensive internal damage led to the removal of part of his intestine, this young beagle in now enjoying new adventures with his adoptive family, which include long walks, fun in the summer sun, and healthy snacks!
As the June 1st tornado ripped through his apartment, Chochy, a 10-month-old Chihuahua, was struck in the eye by flying glass. Desperately hoping that someone would help their beloved pet, Chochy's family brought him to Dakin. While Chochy lost his eye due to the severity of his injury, the little guy is on the mend and back with his adoring family.
The people that discovered the beautiful young tabby and her two newborn kittens in their garage noticed that she seemed to be laboring in great distress. They quickly brought her to a local emergency veterinary hospital where the vets determined that a third kitten remained inside the small stray cat. Fearing that the remaining kitten was dead and the poor mother cat might require surgery, the emergency clinic sent the people and the foundlings to Dakin for help. Our veterinary team performed surgery and delivered the third kitten, saving the kitten and the mother cat aw well. Good Samaritans, quick and responsive care, a kind foster family- and the Buddy Fund- turned a potential tragedy into a story with a very happy ending.
Mischief, a young brown and white ferret, came to Dakin in obvious distress from a painful persistent wound. Dr. Spaulding and team members Chrissy and Brittany treated Mischief's wound, relieved his pain, and cared for him for several months in the safe haven of Dakin. Today, Mischief is healthy and enjoying his new home in Connecticut.
On January 28, 2011, Good Samaritans discovered Milk hiding in the engine of their car and brought her to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. With the support of Buddy Fund donors, Milk is now adopted and living life as a kitten should.
Gary is a 3-year-old tan and white guinea pig. When he arrived at our adoption center, we noticed a large abscess on the right side of his face caused by a malocclusion of his incisors. We had the abscess drained and repaired, his teeth trimmed, and sent him off to his new home.
Dover is a young Basenji mix who arrived on a transport from an overcrowded animal shelter in Alabama. When we inserted his microchip, Dover began bleeding…and bleeding…and bleeding. After a series of diagnostic tests, we discovered Dover to have a type of hemophilia. Thanks to one of our veterinary technicians, Dover has a happy new home—and his own blood supply in storage at his veterinarian’s office!
Tesla is a 1-year-old lilac point Siamese cat who arrived at Dakin exhibiting apparent discomfort in both her eyes. As she squinted through crust and goop to see our veterinary staff, they discovered that she had a condition called entropion, which is a condition where the eyelids turn inward causing the lashes and fur on the eyelid to constantly abrade the surface of the eye. Thanks to the expertise of a veterinary ophthalmologist, Tesla’s entropion was surgically corrected. Thanks to a volunteer foster parent, she recovered in a comfortable home. And thanks to the adoption center staff, Tesla now has a new life.
Samson is about three months old, but he is only the size of a two-month-old kitten. This little guy used to suffer from a congenital disorder known as pectus excavatum, a chest deformity that results in the depression of the heart and lungs. So while Samson's breastbone disorder wasn't obvious from the outside (it was covered with fur), it was impacting his ability to develop and grow normally. Thanks to Buddy Fund donors and surgeon Dave Thompson of Riverbend Animal Hospital, Samson is now on the mend and living it up in his new home!
Buddy, the lively young German shepherd mix for whom the Buddy Fund is named, came to Dakin with cardiac problems needing special diagnostic treatment. Thanks to an outpouring of support, Buddy now lives happily in his new home. And his legacy lives on…
Recently, Loverboy, a magnificent tiger cat, needed eye surgery to correct a problem that had plagued him his entire life. His surgery would have stretched the resources of Dakin, but it was important that he leave here with the best chance for a more comfortable life. Again, someone stepped up to give Loverboy that chance.
Junebug, a 12 year-old cat, was found in the parking lot at the Greenfield Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility with a broken back leg and a heart murmur. He was dehydrated and in obvious pain. Dakin provided him veterinary care, a volunteer provided a foster home…and now Junebug is living happily on a nearby farm.
Imagine how our staff felt when they came to work and saw this little Yorkie abandoned at the adoption center! Sandy's skin was raw, red, and oozing. Lucky Sandy received the medical care he needed and was adopted by his loving foster family. Dakin can go the extra mile for Sandy and all the other animals who are helped by the Buddy Fund, which provides support for the extraordinary care these animals need.
Can you help? Make a gift to Dakin’s “Buddy Fund,” named not only for the dog that you rallied to help, but for all the animals that are our “buddies.” This medical fund helps pay for diagnostic testing, surgery, medication and other extraordinary needs that place a burden on our already tight medical budget.
Having a designated medical fund makes it possible for more dogs and cats to get off to a great start in their new home. We can’t do it without you.
Make your gift with our online donation page (please make sure to note that this is for “The Buddy Fund”), or send your check to Dakin, Attention “The Buddy Fund,” PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101. Thank you!