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  • Senior Lynn got a second chance

    Dec 27, 2015 | Read More News
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    LynnWe all hope for someone to care for us when we get older, and our pets are no different in needing a helping hand as their minds and bodies age. Thanks to support from friends like you, in 2015 we were able to serve as that critical safety net for hundreds of senior pets like Lynn.

    A good Samaritan called us last August about this extremely sweet Poodle, who had shown up on her front doorstep with what seemed like an injured back end. Lynn could barely walk, and so Daniel Robledo, one of our animal care officers, picked her up and brought her back to Dr. Sarah Rios.

    Dr. Rios determined that Lynn had mammary tumors that had long been neglected, as well as a mouth full of very rotten teeth. But she also saw that Lynn had life left in her, and that she was worth saving, too.

    Because of donations from our community, Dr. Rios was able to remove Lynn's cancerous tumors, as well as her decayed teeth. Lynn recovered in comfort and safety with pain medications and antibiotics, all of which were also made possible by people like you.

    After she healed, Lynn went up for adoption, and that's when Sally Miller came to our 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. shelter and left with her.

    Lynn has bonded strongly to Sally's young grandchildren, who renamed her "C.D" for "Cancer Dog." Sally says that while C.D. beat her breast cancer at PACC, her current doctor thinks she may have developed bone cancer -- but they don't want to put the senior dog through invasive tests. They just want to give her as much love- and comfort-filled time as they possibly can.

    Saving a senior pet is a special experience for people in the senior phase of their lives, Sally says.

    "Would I recommend it?" Sally asks. "Heck yes. It's more than just having another dog to love. It's a learning experience. For me as an old person, who is getting older, I see her as me."

    As our community's only open-admission shelter, we are the one place that never turns away an injured or at-risk pet. That means we take in many senior pets like Lynn, who are often turned away by other shelters because of the medical care they need.

    Donations from our community are what can help us keep saving pets like Lynn in 2016. Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to our nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC.

    This independent group helps meet critical needs for the more than 20,000 pets we take in each year. Through the end of the year, the John M. Simpson Foundation, the Bruce Family Foundation and UA's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity will match your gift, up to $15,000.

    Thank you for helping our county shelter be a place where senior pets like Lynn have a chance.