Pet of the Month

Looking for a few angels

By Jen Morgan - September 28, 2006

Meet Heidi, a precious four-month-old Pomeranian, so tiny that she could almost fit in your pocket. Heidi was recently surrendered by her owners, to the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center in Edgartown after an accident in her home caused her to break her leg. She came into the center with her leg splinted, but requiring immediate surgery to repair the break with metal plates, in order for it to heal properly.

The staff at the center made arrangements for Heidi to be transported to the MSPCA/Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, where she underwent the orthopedic surgery with Dr. Amato and Dr. Reese to repair her fracture. A week since her operation, Heidi is comfortably recuperating in a foster home, sore but in good spirits, with several weeks of rehab ahead of her. She is expected to make a full recovery, and will have the chance to live the happy, healthy life she deserves. While all of the Adoption Center animals receive routine health exams, evaluations, vaccines, parasite control and spay/neuter surgery before leaving the shelter, some of the animals coming into the facility, such as Heidi, have special medical needs, requiring more extensive medical help.

The Animal Angels Fund has been established to provide such treatment for those homeless animals coming into the Adoption Center on Martha's Vineyard. This fund makes it possible to provide extra medical care to those sick or injured animals coming into the shelter, giving them a second chance for a healthy life in a new home. Thanks to Animal Angels, Heidi was able to receive the surgery she needed, and will go on to live a full life.

There are many more animals out there like Heidi who need your help. Other shelter animals recently benefiting from Animal Angels include Sam, a Min Pin who required surgery for an infected bite wound, Mr. Otis, a Pug in desperate need of some dental work, as well as Eddie, a cat recently diagnosed with asthma, and Grace, another cat in need of special medical care to manage her diabetes. Please open your heart and become an "animal angel". Every donation received for the Fund allows for another animal in need at the Adoption Center to benefit from the extra medical attention it may require. Your generosity can truly make a difference, helping these animals live happy, healthy lives in loving, new homes.

Pet of the month, Heidi
Heidi's surgery was a success and she is now in rehab.
The MSPCA of Martha's Vineyard is looking for volunteers to help. Anyone 16 years old and up is eligible to help out. The staff needs help in the early morning hours from 8 to 10 am with feeding and cleaning. During regular business hours, volunteers are needed for walking, grooming, and socializing the pets. There are also many non-animal projects that could some extra hands. Any time you can give would be appreciated.

The MSPCA is a private, non-profit organization that receives no government funding of any kind. It relies on the generosity of its friends around the world, those people who care deeply about helping animals and making a difference in their lives. Gifts are tax-deductible, and make it possible for the MSPCA to continue its mission to help homeless animals in need.
The MSPCA of Martha's Vineyard is located on 276 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, near the Triangle, in Edgartown. Shelter hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Thursday, 12 noon to 4 pm. Call 508-627-8662.

Jen Morgan is the projects coordinator MSPCA of Martha's Vineyard.