Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all!

As the year comes to a close and we all gather with our families to celebrate Christmas together, I wanted to send a HUGE Thank-You to the Veterinarians, Technicians,  Receptionists, Kennel Assistants,  Groomers, and Administrative staff at Jarrettsville Veterinary Center for making 2012 a year full of inspiration, hope, compassion, and  love. I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many incredibly talented and devoted people.

There isn't one day at JVC where we don't see miracles happen. I know it is a true reflection of the selfless dedication to a job where people feel that they make a difference in the lives that we touch.

Here are some of the pets and families that we were able to help over the last year. Behind every picture is a pet who came to us in need, and behind every one of those pets is a story. Those stories are the reason we do what we do everyday.

Phoebe and Lady.
Lady is another dog, who has a big broad face, a constantly wagging tail,
and a fate that was uncertain until she found us.
Pheobe has been adopted by Brea's family.
She was brought to us to be put down because her mom of 8 years was going to need long term health care. Her mom thought that no one would love her.
She has blossomed into an energetic puppy.
She keeps Beau company and has relieved his anxieties.
She is loved and in great company.
Many Thanks to the family who love her exactly as she is.

Hugo, the happy rescue.
The MD breed profiling, has left a flurry of unwanted sweet dogs in need of a home.

This is Harley.
She came to us a very overweight dog, with severe hair loss,
and  the worst case of constipation I have ever seen.
She needed 3 weeks of hospitalization, about 2-4 enemas a day, multiple blood work checks,
and an intense amount of  time, and care to return her to the healthy happy girl she is now.
She is lucky to have a family that refuses to give up on her, and she received more than 80% of her care from the generosity of our donors.

These are just a few of the many cats and kittens that we in conjunction with No Kill Harford, have helped to spay, neuter, treat, care, and find homes for.
Many BIG THANKS to all of the people who adopted a cat or kitten from us.

We received a call  a few months ago from an overwhelmed client asking us to put his 6 6-week old puppies to sleep.
The staff was horrified and beside themselves.
They called me telling me that none of them would be a part of it, and every other vet in the building had refused to help also.
I replied "Well, I can't do it either."
Turns out they had all been exposed to a raccoon with rabies and faced a 6 month quarantine period.
The owner didn't want to raise them for 6 months, and couldn't afford their care for that long.
The puppies were transferred to No Kill Harfords' care, and have received all of their shots, and veterinary care from us for free.
 They are about 4 months into their quarantine and will be ready for adoption after the new year.
They are all doing great! And we expect them to continue to grow into normal loving pets.

This is Pirate.
He came to us with a terribly diseased infected eye.
A few weeks of antibiotics and TLC and he is a bouncy, bright kitten.
He will likely need to have his non-functional eye removed but it doesn't hurt him and he is going to make a wonderful addition to someones home.

This is Yammers. He is the loudest, most demanding little soul. He has been adopted.
But while with us he was vaccinated, neutered, FeLV/FIV tested and micro-chipped for a $50 adoption fee.
I will miss his demanding voice and effervescent personality.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

My one wish for us all is to never give up on a life, no matter how difficult the challenge appears. Almost every single one of these pets needed an immense amount of time, care, and resources. But I firmly believe that where there is a will there is a way. The challenge is to not lose your faith along the way.

A very special Thanks to No Kill Harford, Adam and Kelly, for helping us to help these pets in dire need.
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