By JOHN GREEN, Contributing Writer
---- — MALONE — The North Country Animal Shelter will hold a bottle drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to raise funds for two dogs in need of lifesaving surgeries.
The event at Bailey Ford Motor Co. at 3350 Route 11 in Malone marks the third time in two years that the shelter has mounted similar campaigns.
Last year, it was able to raise $820 to pay for surgery for an 18-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Bailey, who needed his front left leg amputated due to an infection.
The dog has since healed and been adopted.
“That’s all it took for that dog’s appetite (to go up) and his body to start feeling healthy,” Shelter Director Shirley Morton said.
“It was so rewarding to think that all those bottles and cans, and Bailey Ford being willing to help us by having a major place where we could have it set up, actually saved that dog’s life.”
Donors also contributed $2,000 to pay for surgery for Barkley, a German shepherd who came to the shelter as a 9-week-old puppy after being abused by his owner.
PUPS IN NEED
Now, Foxy, a 9-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, needs surgery to remove mammary gland tumors, and Baby, a 9-year-old Pomeranian, has an umbilical hernia in need of repair.
Morton and her staff are determined to do everything they can to raise the money for the dogs.
They turned again to Bailey Ford to host a bottle drive.
“They fill their trucks (and) they deliver the cans and bottles,” Morton said. “All we have to do is stand there and thank people for caring enough to help us.”
Foxy and Baby both came to the shelter about eight weeks ago, when their owner went into the hospital. The plan was to return the dogs to the elderly man when he returned home. But, instead, he moved into a nursing home.
The dogs need a clean bill of health to help them find a new home.
“Nobody adopts pets with medical needs,” Morton said. “They (the dogs) look at you with their big black eyes, knowing that their life is in your hands.”
The goal is to raise enough money to cover the expenses of both surgeries, which cost around $800 each.
RELY ON PUBLIC
Morton said any amount that people can give is greatly appreciated.
“Shelters just cannot survive without their help. There are just too many animals that need our help, especially here in this northern end of Franklin County,” she said.
“We want to stay open. We want to help all of these animals. We want to keep doing this because we love it. It’s what makes us happy, but we need to be able to fix their medical needs.”
TO LEARN MORE
For more information on how you can help, call the North Country Animal Shelter at 483-8079.