The Darla Fund

Our emergency medical fund for special needs cases at Columbia Animal Services will help ensure that no treatable injury or illness will keep pets like Darla from care, simply because of financial resources. Thank you for donating!

Lionel

A sweet foster pup from CAS named Lionel was rushed the hospital with a life-threatening obstruction requiring immediate surgery. His foster family recognized something wasn’t right, and managed to get him to treatment quickly, saving his life. The surgery was extensive, requiring the removal of a large section of his intestines that had become entangled in parts of a toy he had ingested. Doctors were concerned about his outcome, even after the surgery because so much damage had been done, and his vital signs were unfortunately not improving as hoped. But Lionel fought through it, and was finally released after 5 days of intensive care at the emergency clinic. And he promised never to eat his toys again.

 

Status ADOPTED!

Betty

Betty, a young female Rottweiler, was admitted to Columbia Animal Services with a suspected case of pneumonia that required immediate treatment. She was transported to CVETS where she had to undergo several days of intensive inpatient care to stabilize her breathing. Lucky for her, there was a possible adopter waiting eagerly to take her home, and she didn’t even have to check back into the shelter before making it official— she left for her new home straight from the hospital. We’ve received many photo and video updates of her in her new home, and she’s as happy and healthy as can be.

 

Status ADOPTED!

 

Anna

Anna entered the shelter in early August with an injury to her front right leg. Initial radiographs showed a fracture to the right front elbow, and she was not bearing any weight on it. At first, it seemed like amputation might be the only option. But thanks to our friends at Capital Animal Hospital, they were able to save her leg and get this this sweet girl on the road to recovery. After spending some time in a wonderful foster home to help regain strength and heal, she was ready for her next adventure -- a home!

 

Status ADOPTED!

 

Zorro

Zorro was just a kitten when she was surrendered to the shelter with a congenital eyelid defect called Feline Eyelid Agenesis. It’s a type of birth defect that can cause vision loss, in addition to pain and infection. Thanks to a dedicated foster who drover to her two surgical procedures and her follow up appointments with a specialty clinic in Mount Pleasant, Zorro underwent a successful correction and eventually decided to stay with her foster that cared for her throughout her procedures.

 

Status ADOPTED!

Frankie

Just a little guy when he found his way to the shelter, suffering from a badly broken femur. After surgery at a local orthopedic surgery clinic, he was lucky to be taken into a loving foster home to make a full recovery. 

 

Status ADOPTED!

 

 

Rylee

Brought into Columbia Animal Services by a kind person who found her wandering with a badly fractured front leg, Rylee may have been hit by a car, but we’ll never know for sure. All we know is that she was an immediate staff favorite for her sweet personality and happy smile, even in spite of her obvious pain. She quickly underwent surgery with one of our local veterinary partners, and then went straight into a wonderful foster home for her recovery.

 

Status ADOPTED!

 

Lucky

 

Sadly, Lucky first came into the care of Columbia Animal Services after being confiscated from his owner. His fur was severely and painfully matted, and he also had a fractured femur. The shelter’s veterinary team jump to his aid, along with another local clinic. Together, they managed to change Lucky’s luck forever, and once his owner’s court case was resolved, he was able to move into his new home.

Status ADOPTED!

Edith

Edith

Edith was a sweet and gentle pup who came to CAS with an extremely painful condition called Entropion, which causes eyelashes to grow inward toward the eye and can result in infections, cornea damage, blindness or even the loss of the eyes. Her case was severe and required surgery to correct. After a smooth recovery, she was more than ready to find her new family and see the world.

Status ADOPTED!

Poppy

Poppy

Just after the New Year, Poppy was found as a stray, limping around Fort Jackson with a defective kneecap that just wouldn’t stay in place. It kept popping in and out of place. Poor Poppy!

Thanks to the quick work of the shelter vet team, Capital Animal Hospital, and your contributions through the Darla Fund, she had a successful surgery to correct the issue and will be going through her daily rehab work with Dr. B at Columbia Animal Services for the next couple of weeks. And then off to her next big project……finding a home!

Poppy would like to thank Lisa, Kelly, Kyrstal, Ellen, Darla, Kimberly, Jo Ann, Alexandra, Laura, Katherine, Frances and James, Aysia, Art, Caroline, Sandra, and Pixie.

Status ADOPTED!

Darla

Darla

Darla arrived at Columbia Animal Services with a severe hip injury, likely from being hit by a car. After speaking with her previous owner, it was apparent she had been living with this painful condition for some time. She needed an advanced procedure called a Femoral Head Ostectomy to remove the damaged portion of her femur. FHO procedures are expensive and require up to 8 weeks of recovery to fully heal, but the result will be restored mobility and greatly reduced chronic pain. You may have also noticed her beautiful, crooked smile. It’s a palate birth defect, and not from the accident. We kinda like it, and it’s not painful to her at all….in fact, we think it’s just another reason she’s special.

We have been inspired by her story and her bravery, and have decided to name our emergency medical fund for shelter animals in her honor.

Thank you to Darla’s donors: Barbara, Lauren, Marissa, Catherine, Angela, Erin, Elle & Zak, Karyn, Katherine, Jon, Kay, Tracy, Petara, Jen, Lindsay, Derek & Danielle, Charley, Susan, Caroline, Aileen, Patricia, Tracy, Arthur, and Amy.

Status – ADOPTED!

Alice

Alice

When Alice was surrendered to Columbia Animal Services in April, she had a common condition called cherry eye, and in spite of her playful and affectionate personality, she was passed over for adoption again and again. After several months, she began to shut down in the shelter environment, which was too loud and stressful for her. She had quickly become a favorite of the shelter volunteers though, and they knew they needed to do something to intervene. Hoping that removing the cost of repairing her eye (as well as treating her heartworm positive status) might help her find a home more easily, we reached out to the public for assistance, and they came through for Alice. With her eye now repaired by an eye specialist and her heartworm treatment in progress, she’s now living in an amazing home, where she belonged all along.

Thank you to Alice’s donors: Tammie, Susan, Jerrie, Sandy, Navjot, Ashley, Candace, Jordyn, Janice, Jan, David & Julie, Aileen, Sonja, Emily, Felicia, Pearl, Tracy, and Robin

Status – ADOPTED!

Aubry

Aubrey

Aubrey was a 1 year old pup when she was found behind a mechanic’s shop with serious wounds that appeared to be from a number of dog bites. We don’t know the circumstances beyond that. She had severe laceration to the face, ears, and severely bitten and swollen left front leg. She was very underweight, dehydrated, and unable to stand or lift her head when she was found. The lady who found her brought Aubrey to Columbia Animal Services to be humanely euthanized, but we knew she had a heart of gold and a little fight left in her. Aubrey has now fully recovered after several rounds of wound treatment and rehabilitation.

All expenses covered by anonymous donor.

Status – ADOPTED!

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