© Austin M. Davis
Freddie's neutering cost double the normal price because someone banded his testicles. More than a month later, Freddie is full of energy, very friendly and looking for a new home.
Freddie went through horrific pain, and with the help of the Moose Jaw Humane Society, he got through it.
“Whoever adopts him will get a wonderful dog that they will cherish forever,” said Dana Haukaas with the humane society.
The Australian Kelpie cross was a stray pup, found on a farm, when he was brought into the shelter in early July.
Staff at the humane society noticed his urine was dark and concentrated.
They discovered Freddie’s testicles had been banded in a homemade attempt to neuter him.
His testicles and some of the surrounding tissue were starting to rot.
Freddie was rushed to a veterinarian for emergency surgery. It was successful.
“It was about $300 to $400, and the average cost of a neuter is about $150. His was double,” Haukaas said.
The shelter would have had to pay for Freddie’s surgery, but the story caught people’s attention.
“The community really stepped up and when we put a call out for the added funds for his medical care, we were able to cover that and then some,” Haukaas said.
The financial support didn’t just come from Moose Jaw.
“We had people call from B.C. and Ontario to make donations towards his vet care,” Haukaas said. “And many people, even when they found out that we had already covered the expenses involved with Freddie’s vet care wanted still to continue making the donation to help us cover another animal that came in with an emergent need.”
The support of the Moose Jaw Humane Society and the financial donations from inside and outside the community helped Freddie make a remarkable recovery.
On Friday morning he was energetic and playful. Haukaas said Freddie is pretty social with other dogs.
He’s quite polite for only being one year old.
“He’s doing awesome. He is completely recovered,” Haukaas said. “Our canine fitness coordinators love to bike (with) him and the volunteers love to walk him as well. He’s becoming a volunteer favourite.”
Medical bills for the humane society shelter average $4,000 a month, 10 per cent of total operational costs per month.
Haukaas said it’s difficult to afford every month.
“Sometimes we don’t have that spare $4,000 in our vet care fund,” Haukaas said.
The humane society thrives on donations and fundraisers.
The fall lottery is set to kick off with daily draws for $100 and two special draws for $500 in October. Early bird prizes include gift cards to the Keg, Warehouse One, Chapters, iTunes, Cineplex and Canadian Tire.
Tickets are one for $20, three for $30, 10 for $50 or 25 for $100. Add-on 50/50 tickets run for the same prices. Tickets can be purchased at the shelter or over the phone at 306 692-1517.
Ultimately, all tickets sold go to help the Moose Jaw Humane Society save pets like Freddie and the over 1700 animals the shelter cares for every year.
“We’re more than happy to do it,” Haukaas said. “The health of the pet is really what matters to us.”
Austin M. Davis can be reacted at 306 691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theaustinx