BC: UF College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Advancement PO Box 100125 | Gainesville, FL 32610 www.vetmed.ufl.edu/giving (352) 294-4256
FC: 2016 Pet Samaritan Fund Recipients UF College of Veterinary Medicine
1: A dog is a bundle of love wrapped in fur."
2: A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." - Josh Billings
5: Our Furry Friends..
7: A Dog's Life
18: Lucky Dog
21: Home Is Where The Dog Is
24: "My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet." ~ Edith Wharton
27: Thank you isn’t enough for generously supporting this amazing Pet Samaritan Fund. To help give you some back story, this fund helped my amazing dog Daisy. My husband and I adopted her in the spring of 2011 at only four months old and she has obviously been a huge part of our family since then. She is the most amazing dog a person could ask for - so loving, playful, energetic - ALWAYS wants to cuddle. She has never caused us any trouble. On October 30th, Daisy was attacked through our backyard’s fence by our neighbor's dog. The damage was so extensive that she had to be taken to UF’s Small Animal Hospital and have her leg amputated the next morning. The care she received was great, and she returned home on following Monday. Unfortunately Daisy did bust her stitches two days after coming home and contracted a nasty infection, so back to UF she went. She then spent a week there recovering and undergoing a whole other surgical procedure. That being said, all of this was not cheap. My husband and I do have an infant son and are attempting to save for not only his, but our family’s future. We had to open the Care Credit card (at 26.99% interest of course) and the bills ended up totaling over $6500. Lucky for us, Dr.Keeshen, Daisy’s surgeon, mentioned the Pet Samaritan Fund to us. The staff ended up falling in love with her and wanted to do anything they could to help us and her out. Dr.Keeshan, the student assigned to Daisy’s case (Virginia) and all of the vet techs took such great care of her. If this had to happen, I’m thankful we had UF to go to for the amazing care and consideration for not only the animals, but the parents as well. While the bills are still very much there, the amount we received back from the fund really helped immensely, and provided the best care for our girl.
28: Molly | I wish I had the words to share with you the joy I feel and the gratitude every time I look at my Molly. You saved her life. I have MS and heart disease, so the medical bills are heavy. When Molly needed emergency surgery, you provided what I couldn't and the words "thank you" do not seem adequate. Molly is a healthy, happy, bossy six year old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix with a ton of energy. She is funny, intelligent and my constant companion. Molly (all 7.5lbs of her) would guard me with her life. She is doing great. I thank you form the bottom of my heart. Bless you for your kindness, compassion and generosity.
29: Hoss | I cannot thank you enough for your generosity and compassion. Clearly you are an animal lover as we are. Your donation helped us out in a time where we did not know what we were going to do. Our dog, Hoss, broke his left front leg above the elbow. The UF Veterinary Hospital made us feel at ease from the time we entered their doors. We are so pleased with the doctors and students who took care of our baby. The kindness you have shown for someone you don't know is commendable. My wife and I thank you form the bottom of our hearts.
31: I want to thank the Pet Samaritan Fund for their financial assistance. My best friend, Buddy, was run over by a truck in front of our house and I saw the whole incident. It is a recurring nightmare for me. Because of the Pet Samaritan Fund and the efforts of the incredible faculty and staff of the UF Vet. school, my best friend has survived being run over by an F-150 and is up to full speed. After the accident and meeting with Dr. Keeshen at UF, we were given Three options. 1) Repair the three small fractures to Buddy's shoulder, 2) fuse Buddy's shoulder or 3) remove his front left leg. Our financial resources were very limited but the everybody in the family kicked in but we were still coming up short with the $5000 needed to do the repair on Buddy's very tiny shoulder. The Pet Samaritan Fund came through and made the difference. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Let me tell you about my best friend Buddy. I was on my way to meet a client and made a wrong turn. I pulled into a cul de sac just as a Ford Explorer was pulling out leaving Buddy all alone. That sucked and my heart was smitten. It took me about 30 minutes to get buddy to come to me but he finally did and we have been best buds ever since. Buddy is God's gift to me and my family. I am 62 years old and Buddy is my friend and my source for stress relief. He goes everywhere with me. My wife and my family were not too receptive at first but Buddy won their hearts as he did mine. Thanks to Dr. Kim and Dr. Keeshen and the others at UF Vet. School, Buddy has been made whole again and with all four legs. He chases squirrels and cats and all the stuff that a good dog does. I can never thank you enough for all that the UF Vet School and the Pet Samaritan Fund did to make my closest friend, Buddy, whole and back to a normal life. Buddy is the delight of my life and a true gift from God. He has given more to me than I could ever give to him and I cannot thank UF Vet School for restoring Buddy to "full speed".