Give this dog a bone

Not even the loss of a leg can keep this doggie down!

30 June 2019 | Social Issues

The SPCA Windhoek launched an exciting new initiative earlier this week, called Dixie's Fund.

According to the SPCA's general manager Hanna Rhodin, Dixie's story is one of cruelty and injustice which will leave anyone with a heavy heart.

“However, it develops into one of perseverance, healing, determination and achievement and in the end, it is a story of inspiration.”

Hanna says Dixie came to the SPCA in November last year with a broken front leg and extensive muscle damage. “This in itself was of grave concern, but what was even worse was that she had been carrying this injury for several weeks, without seeing a veterinarian,” Hanna says.

Dixie was brought to the SPCA from where she rushed to a vet where it was determined that due to the fracture being left untreated, there was nothing that could be done to save the limb. An amputation was recommended with the cost of the surgery being N$1 500.

“We knew that further hospitalization, medication and rehabilitation would be necessary. We really wanted to help Dixie, who despite her situation and the trauma she had endured, was incredibly good natured and desperate to snuggle up to people,” Hanna says.

Any veterinary expenses beyond the SPCA's normal capacity puts the society in a bind. “Therefore, we took to social media, asking members of the public for help. And help they did! Thanks to their generosity and kindness, over N$7 000 was raised. In actual fact, when another puppy with a broken hind leg arrived a week later, we were able to help him too!”

Quick recovery

According to Hanna, Dixie recovered quickly. “Whilst an amputation for an animal may seem very drastic, they tend to be resilient and Dixie was no exception. The very next day she was racing around the yard at the vet clinic. She was so happy and carefree - just like a puppy should be.”

Hanna says that once brought back to the SPCA, Dixie was kept for monitoring and socialization, and soon she found her perfect home. “Today she lives on a farm with a very loving family who adore her to bits.”

The SPCA was inspired by people's willingness to help and so the idea of Dixie's Fund was born.

“Dixie's Fund is a restricted account dedicated to the medical treatments and surgeries the animals at the SPCA receive. It has a separate bank account and any funds donated to Dixie's Fund will only be used for veterinary expenses,” Hanna says.

To raise awareness, the SPCA is running the Dixie's Fund-Raising Campaign from June 25 through July 25 with the hopes of raising N$30 000.

To donate to Dixie's Fund, members of the public can do so as a once-off donation or on a monthly basis through their bank, or stop by at the SPCA.

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