BC SPCA seeks help to cover medical costs to remove basketball-size tumour from surrendered dog
The BC SPCA Kamloops Branch is seeking the public’s help to cover the medical costs to remove a basketball-size tumour from the shoulder of a Labrador retriever mix.
Casey was surrendered to the SPCA shortly before the long-weekend because his guardian could no longer care for the eight-year-old dog. The massive tumour was assessed by a veterinarian who recommended removal of the mass of fatty-tissue that has displaced his front left leg.
“We were shocked to see Casey with such a large, untreated mass when we accepted him to the shelter,” says Charleen Holloway, manager of the BC SPCA Kamloops Branch. “This could have been easily remedied years ago but now there could be major complications.”
The SPCA says that the surgery will cost upwards of $2,000 and needs help from the public to offset its medical budget.
“We cared for nearly 30,000 animals last year, including 1,293 animals at the Kamloops shelter,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Many of them are surrendered to us needing urgent medical care – requiring the generosity of our donors to cover veterinary costs.”
Chortyk noted that the BC SPCA relies on community donations to fund its medical budget, services and programs. The SPCA is also reminding pet guardians that regular veterinary care is important for the health and longevity of animals.
“Casey’s surgery would have been less costly and required less recovery time had this been treated when discovered two or three years ago,” says Holloway.
Despite the mass, Casey remains very active and still acts like a puppy. He is expected to make a full recovery from the surgery scheduled on May 24. Currently in foster care, he will be available for adoption once fully recovered and will make a healthy, happy family pet.
If anyone is able to help with the ongoing medical costs for Casey and other animals in need, donations will be gratefully received online, by calling the Kamloops shelter at 250-376-7722 or by dropping off or mailing your donation to the BC SPCA’s Kamloops Branch at 1211 8th St., Kamloops, B.C., V2B 2Y3.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.