Our friend Matthew Longwell, who has been homeless in Durango many years, now lives in his car with his sweet Shepherd-mix Ifrit.
On Wednesday, July 30, 2019, we learned that a tire of a car ran over the two-year old Ifrit's right hind leg. Manna had referred them to a vet the day before when X-rays were taken. A little-known nonprofit in Bayfield, Aid for Pets, raises funds that is reserved for certain veterinarians; they withdraw from the fund to cover EMERGENCY costs for pets.
The prognosis was that without a $2,250 surgery, Ifrit could lose his leg. Since Matt hasn't worked in a long while, he was considering having the leg amputated. This is where we stepped in.
A personal Facebook fundraiser began with one of CCO's officers, and funds are being transferred to CCO's Bank of San Juan's account. At the same time, a colleague called on another veterinarian who decided by views of X-rays to splint the leg on a weekly basis. She is doing this Pro Bono. Home Sweet Home Veterinarian Clinic in Durango is evaluating the leg by X-rays to see how much surgery it will take to correct the damage. When the new cost comes in, we'll update it here and on Facebook. A link will be added on this blog in the next few days.
CCO's mission is to assist individuals and families to survive and exit homelessness. When we planned a personal fundraiser on Donna Mae Baukat's Facebook page.
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