Frenchy is a shy and sweet one-year-old maltese mix. Frenchy was picked up by RAS Animal Control Officers in October 2011. She came into the shelter like any other dog, hoping for a little food and care and looking for her forever home. Soon, a family adopted Frenchy. As she was being prepped for her spay surgery, which is required before a dog leaves the shelter, RAS’s resident vet Alissa M. Kulow, DVM, noticed that little Frenchy had a heart issue and called off the spay until me knew more about Frenchy’s heart. Frenchy’s adoptive family was unable to care for her with the heart condition and surrendered her back to the shelter.
With the assistance of Dr. Paul Black, Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, Dr. Justin Greco, Frenchy’s heart defect was investigated and diagnosed. It was determined that Frenchy need life-saving heart surgery within the week or she would not make it. But, the surgery would permit her to live a long, healthy, and happy life without lasting effects or long term care.
Through generous gifts of time, services, and funds from Dr. Black, Dr. Greco, Animal Hospital of Pittsford, MVA Hope Foundation, and donors, Frenchy was able to have her surgery on October 19, 2011. Frenchy spent a few days recovering quietly and peacefully at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford.
Frenchy is now a happy, healthy, and spunky girl. She suffers no lasting effects from her heart condition. She now lives with her sister Sophie (also a maltese) in a wonderful home. She lives the life every dog deserves – lots of playing, sleeping, eating, and cuddling. We wish Frenchy the best and hope to save many more animals in Frenchy’s honor.
VSAS created Frenchy’s Fund in late 2011 after Frenchy brought to our attention the need for a fund to provide care for special needs animals. To qualify for the fund, the animals are evaluated based upon the following factors: (1) the animal is from RAS; (2) the age and future outlook for the animal; (3) the probability that the animal can be rehabilitated and adopted; and (4) whether the animal will need long term care. RAS animals with one time issues that can be treated, rehabilitated, and adopted are great candidates for Frenchy’s Fund grants. We look forward to helping as many animals as possible through Frenchy’s Fund.
Scott Miner, DVM, and Kim Shimomura are overseeing VSAS’s Frenchy Fund and currently reviewing applications for Frenchy’s Fund grants. Please consider donating to Frenchy’s Fund and helping VSAS save lives of special needs animals.
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