Let me just explain the donate button on the right hand side of the page. Being involved with dog rescue for a year has given me a chance to see the insider economics. Some dogs are cheap to save. They cost only the price of the license...not including food, collars, leashes and time, of course. Some dogs need everything and might break even after buying shots, wormer, microchips, license and spay/neuter. Some dogs are expensive as you never know what hidden ailment lurks beneath the fur. The adoption fee of $125 usually covers most expenses except food and and all of the time invested. Oh ya, and gas. Whew, gas adds up so fast. Any extra money from one dog gets applied to the more costly dogs.
A few dogs attempt to break the bank. Nicky, my foster husky, is one of those dogs. He was at the pound waiting to be put down. It was his last day and none of the rescues had a foster home and money for his unknown vet bills. He had kennel cough, like most do, but he also had a mystery growth on his cheek. Everyone was afraid it was cancer. I was naive enough to ask the rescue that I usually work with if we could save him. They agreed and I got him out just in time. I took him directly to the vet and she said it was probably not cancer but she will remove it and test it when he gets neutered next week. So far the vet estimate is around $350 and this is the cheap vet who gives big discounts to the rescues.
I feel a bit responsible for the bill because it was my idea to save him so I will be donating. If anyone else feels inclined we would be very grateful. Of course, my readers are all ultra-frugal but who knows, I have a spot in my budget for donations, maybe you do too.