Your Dog’s Been Hit by a Car. What Do You Do Now?

Foxy was Hit by a Car and Her Family Had Fallen on Hard Times

photo 1Every Tuesday leading up to GivingTuesday on December 3, we’ll be sharing with you a touching story of a family who got the special gift of love and time thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund and supporters like you. We’re starting with Foxy, a four-year-old Chihuahua who was hit by a car.

Candace was getting Foxy ready to go out for her morning walk. Foxy, hearing the jingle of the leash, was excitedly bouncing around Candace’s legs. Candace’s son, not knowing Foxy’s leash was unsecured, opened the front door to head to work. In Foxy’s excitement, she dashed out the door and into the busy street.

They called out to Foxy in a panic, but it was too late. Foxy was hit by an oncoming car while her family watched helplessly. At a mere 6 pounds, it’s a miracle that the impact of the collision did not kill her instantly.

Candace and her son sprinted to Foxy – she lay whimpering in pain, unable to use her hind legs and struggling to get up. Being as gentle as possible, they lifted her injured body into their car and rushed her to the nearby animal hospital.

They arrived; hopeful that Foxy’s pain would soon be eased, but instead were faced with an impossible decision. The emergency surgery that Foxy needed to survive was going to cost $4,000 and Candace did not have the money to pay the bill.

The only other option that was offered to her was to humanely euthanize her companion, which was unthinkable.

Unfortunately, Candace had fallen on hard times and was living on a very strict budget. Frantically trying to figure out what to do, a friend referred her to Boston Veterinary Care, the veterinary clinic at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

When Candace called the ARL, her prayers were answered. ARL staff informed her that she qualified for the Alice T. Whitney Fund.

After several lengthy surgeries and countless days of medical treatment and rehabilitation, Foxy was reunited with Candace. Although it was hard for her to be apart from her best friend for so long, Candice is forever grateful that Foxy was given a second chance.

Please mark you calendar and remember to give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for #GivingTuesday.

Your donation will help animals like Foxy and people like Candace – in times when they need it the most.

Learn more about #GivingTuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.