From Hardship to Hope: Oregon Veteran's Beloved Dog Receives Lifesaving Care After Vicious Attack

For one military veteran in Oregon, recent times have been fraught with hardship. After losing his belongings in a house fire, he faced another heart-wrenching ordeal when his beloved dog, Bandit, was viciously attacked by another dog. The attack left Bandit with a fractured tooth and a prolapsed and severely injured eye, hanging nearly out of its socket.

Bandit’s owner rushed him to Oregon Humane Society’s Community Veterinary Hospital. The situation was dire – the eye, irreparably damaged, had to be removed. Additionally, Bandit’s fractured tooth needed extraction.

Understanding David’s financial constraints, the clinic sprang into action. Despite being an appointment-based facility, they immediately arranged emergency surgery with a shelter veterinarian. Recognizing the owner’s veteran status, they offered a 25% discount, waived unnecessary fees, and further eased his burden with a payment plan.

Bandit’s recovery may require further visits and close monitoring for potential complications. The clinic remains committed to supporting the duo through this challenging time. An additional source of hope emerged when another doctor involved in Bandit’s care, an AVMA member, stepped forward to submit a grant application to help cover the treatment expenses.

“We will continue to support Bandit and his owner through this process, and another doctor who assisted with today’s care of Bandit, an AVMA member, is submitting a grant to help cover the expenses associated with Bandit’s treatment,” shared Dr. Natalie Seckel.

This story is a testament to the incredible bond between humans and animals, and the unwavering dedication of veterinary professionals who go above and beyond for those in need. The community’s compassion and willingness to help, exemplified by the clinic’s swift action and the grant application, offer a beacon of hope for David and Bandit in the face of adversity.

As Bandit embarks on his journey towards recovery, the outpouring of support serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, kindness and generosity can shine through, making a world of difference for those who need it most.

Thanks to the Harold Wetterberg Foundation and generous donors like you, financial support is available to help with the cost of veterinary medical treatment when a pet owner is a military veteran. Your gifts matter! Help us honor military veterans and reach even more service animals with a financial gift. Be sure to select “REACH Animal Care Program” when you complete the giving form.

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