BC SPCA staff and volunteers are hopeful that a puppy who travelled by ferry, plane and car to get the medical care he needs will have the chance for a second, and better, start to his short life. Niko, a nine-month-old Rottweiler cross, was recently hit by a truck in Klemtu, B.C. After a nine-hour ferry ride, he came into the care of the Prince Rupert SPCA, where he received a veterinary diagnosis, pain medication and antibiotics before travelling by plane to Vancouver.
“Niko required specialized surgery for several fractures, mostly in the pelvic and hip areas,” says Vancouver BC SPCA Branch manager Jodi Dunlop. “He’s had the surgery and is recovering now at the Vancouver Animal Hospital, and despite all the travel and the pain, he’s doing amazingly well – he’s in good spirits.”
Dunlop is looking for a foster guardian for the lovable pup, who will need a lot of care, love and attention – as well as someone who can lift and carry him, as he won’t be able to walk for a few weeks – as he recuperates from his ordeal.
Because of the nature of Niko’s specialized care, and the length of time he’s expected to take recovering, the cost of his medical care is estimated at $15,000.
“He’s come so far, literally and figuratively, and we just want him to have the chance to experience a long and pain-free life,” Dunlop says. “He’s so sweet-natured and still so young, so we’re optimistic he’ll have a fantastic recovery and will be able to live a full and active life.”
A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Niko and other animals like him in need at the Vancouver SPCA, please visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop by to donate in person, 1205 East 7th Ave., Vancouver.
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.