Help with pet food and vet assistance
I wanted to tell this story because it was the whole reason I started this organization. I recieved a call on a Sunday evening and on the other end of the phone was a very distraught 61 yr old man named Bob and his dog needed medical attention according to him as soon as possible. With a shaky voice and sobs in between each sentence he began to tell me his story. For the last 15 years he had taken care of his elderly father in which he was paid 500 dollars a month by his fathers insurance. He proceeded to tell me that his Father had pasted away a month ago and although he was to inherit his fathers estate, there was no will and all of his assets were held up in probate. He had no job, no money, his father was gone and all he had was his dog Ruzzie Rue. I managed to calm him down and decided that although his dog did need to be seen by a vet that it could wait untill tomorrow. His Veterinarian would not see Ruzzie Rue unless Bob had the 35 dollars for an exam and then money for medication. I assured him that we would find a way to get his do seen. Our organization is board goverened and I had not taken the application to be voted on. I was giving Bob hope that seemed to calm him down and I heard a sense of peace in his voice . I told him I would call his vet tomorrow morning and talk to her about seeing Bob's dog Ruzzi Rue. The rest is history, Ruzzie Rue was seen, put on medication and Bob called me the next day to thank me and tell me he would not forget that H.O.P.E. had helped him and that no matter if it was a year down the road he was going to make a donation. I told him we were glad we could help and this is why I started H.O.P.E. for People like Bob and his dog Ruzzie Rue.
My name is Susan Reabe. I am the founder of H.O.P.E. I am very passionate about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet owners from having to surrender their pets due to financial difficulty. Please feel free to comment on any of my articles. In fact, I encourage your response and opinions.