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The Kindness of Pet Lovers
Web site raises money for a shelter dog’s vet bills.
Marley will be up for adoption after his recovery.

The faltering economy has forced many people to make sacrifices. But what about their furry family members? I’ve heard stories of people eating Ramen noodles in order to buy pet food and forgoing gym memberships in favor of doggy daycare. However, unexpected vet bills can be the tipping point. Injuries often lead to thousands of dollars in surgery, leaving many pet owners with little choice but to choose what has been called “economic euthanasia.”

Marley, a terrier mix puppy in Florida, found himself in a similar situation when he was attacked by another dog. His owner couldn’t afford to fix his wounds, fractures and dislocated jaw, opting to end his suffering by putting him to sleep.

Luckily Marley was rescued by Heidi’s Legacy, but even a grant and discounted vet rates couldn’t cover his expensive surgeries. The rescue group then turned to fundraising web site, Fundable, to collect donations for the balance. So far, thanks to many generous pet lovers, they’ve already reached 38 percent of their $550 goal.

While there are plenty of rescue dogs, like Marley, who have fundraising web pages, Fundable is filled with regular pet owners who have lost their job or put their vet bill on a credit card hoping to pay it off during better times. Fundable currently has 67 ongoing collections that come up under a search for “dog,” each with its own heartbreaking story.

Personally, I’ve found the canine community to be incredibly supportive. From giving job advice to an unemployed obedience club member to supporting a fellow agility competitor’s cancer fund, I’ve seen dog people step up to the plate for one another time and time again. So it doesn’t surprise me that Fundable has been successful in reaching out to pet lovers all over the internet to help those in need.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Jan Rodak | April 21 2009 |

After reading about fundable.com on your Web site, I suggested to my friend - who has taken back a pup from a litter she helped to whelp last year, and now needs ACL surgery or will have to be put down - that she give it a shot.

I wrote the text and uploaded a photo of little Melody, and in two days she raised *$700* ..

We're both stunned, to put it mildly. What a fabulous idea.

I'm considering starting a collection for myself so I can do an in-depth investigative piece on pet stores and puppy mills.

Yet another example of how useful your Web content is and how maintaining a frequently-updated Web site can accomplish great stuff J

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