The KB Fund was started after a dog, KB, was tragically discovered having been set on fire in Baltimore County. The Maryland SPCA reached out to Baltimore County Animal Control, who had taken the dog in. We asked the community for funds to help pay for his care at Pet ER. He had a long recovery period, but his injuries did heal, and happily, he was adopted. The funds raised paid for his care and we shared with donors that anything in addition would go to helping other unowned animals with emergency medical care needs. We have used it to help any strays who come in needing emergency medical including surgeries to repair broken bones and any x-rays that need to be taken of pets in our care. While our facility is growing to accommodate these animals' needs, we currently send the pets out to veterinarians who can. The KB Fund is used to pay for those medical bills.
Found scared and injured while wandering the streets of Baltimore, Poncho, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel/Beagle mix, came through the Maryland SPCA doors in bad shape. With a visibly open wound, Poncho was walking on his left wrist and could barely stand up. His leg was battered and something was seriously wrong. He was rushed immediately to our exam room, where Dr. Mollenkopf and her medical care team discovered the severity of the abuse he had suffered through his short life.
Undergoing biopsies and x-rays, our medical team, along with local veterinarian specialists, determined the best way to get Poncho walking again without pain would be to perform a carpal arthrodesis (fusion of the joint) surgery. The cost to provide this necessary and life-changing surgery is estimated to be between $3,000 and $4,000.
Please support Poncho and his medical care needs. The MD SPCA receives no funding from the government or the ASPCA. We are able to help pets like Poncho because of community support and donations to our KB Fund, a 100% donor-funded program for emergency medical care.
We hope to do his surgery this week if we can raise the necessary funds. He's resting comfortably in a home-setting right now with his foster mom and Maryland SPCA Veterinarian Technician Erica Mininsky, who changes his bandages each day. Despite the amount of discomfort he is experiencing, Poncho is resilient and determined to enjoy every opportunity in life and loves playing with dogs and meeting people.
"I carry him to the park near our house so that he doesn't feel any pain or rip his bandages. Once we get to the park, I put him down and he's a happy little dog, but I know he'd be even happier if he could walk and run like the other dogs," says Erica.
***UPDATE: Great news! Two-year-old Cocker Spaniel/Beagle mix, Poncho is resting comfortably and in good spirits after successful carpal arthrodesis (fusion of the joint) surgery!
YOUR support made it possible to cover Poncho's medical expenses through the KB Fund, a 100% donor-funded program for emergency medical care. THANK YOU for giving him a second chance.
This tremendous outpouring of support brought Poncho's story to the attention of Dr. Canapp and the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, who offered to donate a large portion of their services for Poncho's surgery. Thanks to VOSM, and to all of you who donated for his surgery, Poncho is well on his way to living a happy, pain-free life.
Poncho has returned to his foster home with Maryland SPCA Veterinary Technician Erica Mininsky, where he is receiving lots of love and care while he recovers over the next few months.***
[To make a donation over the phone, please call Lisa Kenney @ 410-235-8826 ex. 135]
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