Posts Tagged ‘help’
Although this blog was created originally for basset-related posts, I have deviated many times from posting just about bassets. I’ve posted about cruelty to animals, sweet cat stories, the plight of wild animals, and sweet penguins. Today, I’m deviating even further. I want to ask that my readers would open up their hearts to the plight of a human being.
CeliaSue and Cici
Pet blogger and professional writer CeliaSue and her dog Cici, have written about dogs, pet travel and pit bulls for more than seven years now. CeliaSue put herself through college and worked hard all of her life starting at age 13 when she was the neighborhood babysitter. She grew up middle class and over the years, supported herself with several jobs and projects simultaneously. She achieved her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter and editor and even traveled around the world and interviewed celebrities and best-selling authors. Her life was beyond her expectations until her 50’s when she became very ill with fibromyalgia. And still with the help of a good friend, she relieved most of her painful symptoms (98% over a few years).
She has written numerous times about the former Michael Vick dogs, Patrick (the starved pit-bull dog), Susie (the pit-bull mix that was beaten and set on fire) and many others. She has contributed much and spent many hours doing this labor of love (her blog) for the pit bull and dog loving community with little pay. She has given free publicity to many who have received tangible rewards (sales and media coverage).
Now, she and her dog Cici really need a helping paw UP. They’ve been living in a terrible situation with a hoarder landlord for the past four years. He routinely threatens, harasses, calls her names and lies. He torments CeliaSue by telling her the dog is hurt or run over. She has had to call the police on him several times. And she has had lawyers write letters asking him to cease and desist from his lewd and bullying behaviors.
He has now retaliated upon CeliaSue for the last police phone call by sending her a 30-day notice (even though by law, she deserves a 60 day notice and it is also illegal for him to retaliate. She was sticking up for her rights). He has even declared that he cannot wait for her to be without her dog and to be sleeping on the street. He laughs and laughs at her plight.
No one deserves to be living under these stressful conditions but she is without a car and living on Social Security retirement and food stamps now. She planned to work into her 70’s and 80s like her parents. It took her two years of being hungry ALL the time to finally apply for food stamps. (She never ever thought she would have to depend upon the government for anything). Now, she lives below the poverty line. She cannot afford to pay $650 a month or more for rent plus utilities and come up with first, last and deposit. Her family has gone to the Great Beyond.
Celia is worried about her health and her dog’s well being. She is approaching 65 years old and has osteoarthritis. One night, she was coughing and could not breathe and the landlord would not even extend the courtesy of giving her some water. He called her names and told her that he wanted her to die.
Why is this man so cruel? He drinks. He is dr jekyll and mr hyde and you never know which one is going to surface. And he thought that by having her as a roommate, he’d get a roommate with benefits. CeliaSue established from the beginning that benefits would not be part of the deal. He has become more and more abusive over time.
CeliaSue’s dog is in danger as well. This creep has opened the gate and left the dog to roam the streets. How can one live under such intolerable conditions? Well when you go from making $35,000+ a year to less than $7,000, I guess you endure a lot. But there’s hope for CeliaSue. She still dreams of helping other women her age (and women over 50 years old who are homeless). She has found out that some cities have created tiny house villages for people to live in. However, these homes cost between $7,000 and $13,000 (with wheels). There’s another less expensive choice for now: A used RV. It only costs $1,500.00. There is a place she could park it (off ground). She and her dog would be safe.
Have I mentioned that Cici is a pit-bull mix? If CeliaSue ends up in the streets, Cici would be facing going to a shelter, and we all know what happens to pit bulls in shelters—they are the first one killed. Despite the fact that Cici is a very affectionate dog, she more than likely would not survive, not an 8-year-old pit-bull mix.
How to Help
So, can you look into your heart and help a fellow human being and prevent a dog from going into a shelter. A small donation, any amount will help a destitute woman, soon to be 65 years old, with health issues (osteoarthritis) and suffering with chronic pain. Let us make her golden years without stress. Please click here and help out.
Cici Thanks You
Raven needs help, lots of help. In her short life she has met with, and has overcome, lots of crisis:
- She was dumped at a kill shelter in Kentucky.
- The shelter was going to close. Every animal was to be euthanized. She was one of the lucky ones and was saved.
- Her foster mom abandoned her when Hurricane Irene struck the area she was living in. Poor Raven (and other fosters in the foster mom’s care) was abandoned for 4 days.
The rescue organization had to fight in court to get Raven away from her bad foster condition and put her in a better situation. Once Raven was under a better foster care, as well as getting healthy again, and just as her adoption papers were being signed, Raven lost control of her hind legs. Unfortunately, her illness progressed to decreased bowel and bladder control.
Raven was rushed to the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, where an MRI was done. Before receiving the MRI results, everyone thought that all Raven was going to need was an emergency surgery to fix a ruptured or herniated disc.
The MRI proved that every disc was intact and in place. All the MRI shows is a small white area, dead center in her spinal cord, midway down her back. There are very few possibilities for what is going on in this 1-year-old, who, technically speaking is a perfectly healthy, happy, active, incredible dog, and showing no obvious signs of injury, and yet partially unable to use her lower limbs.
Raven needs further tests to find what is ailing her. She may have suffered a small stroke in spinal cord. Hopefully, she is suffering a temporary loss. Unfortunately, the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital is charging $2,000.00 for further testing. And there’s a ChipIn to help the rescue taking care of her to enable this poor dog to undergo the testing.
If all else fails, a cart will be given to her.
After her health problems are solved, Raven will need to be adopted by a special family who will be able to take care of her and give her the love and care she needs. Won’t you open your heart and help her. Even a $1.00 is a blessed help. Thank you.
Here’s a quote from the head of the rescue taking care of Raven:
Please help me give Raven the same chance!! I will be happy to send anyone who needs it – the estimate once they give it to me today and any receipts from the care she has already received (just under $4,000.00 of which I have covered $3,000.00 myself, but have no more left!!).
U Penn (once she is a patient there) will take larger payments on her bill over the phone. I will provide that information also I’m given the number to use. Till then, my information is
31 Putting Green Avenue
Northfield, NJ 08225
Rescue: Angels on Paws Animal Rescue (501c3 in the works)
I am a member in good standing with Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society (501c3). We are all independent rescuers with this group. So we are responsible for all of our own expenses, such as vetting, boarding, transport, etc, just as we are responsible for finding fosters and adoptive homes (which is why I am also asking for the posts not only for donation, in the hopes that we may find that special home for Raven).
Raven’s Chip In
I will give you, or anyone who asks, whatever info needed that is within my power to give. I need to be able to try to help this love!!! Just ask
Thank you for considering helping in whatever way(s) you can, we are all truly appreciative!!