Suzu is a new rescue but we have known her for over a year now.
We were introduced to her and her family by a social welfare office that were concerned about her Suzu and her owners ability to care for her. 13 years old, extremely over-weight and a skin condition due to allergies. We visited the home numerous times over the past year to check on Suzu's well-being, trim her nails and to provide the owners preventive medications and dog food to help control Suzu's allergies.
With one of Suzu's human family members recently hospitalized and the other refusing to be admitted for a terminal illness with worry about what would happen to Suzu, we were contacted by the government social welfare devision for advice. After a couple of weeks visiting the home to care for Suzu and reassuring her senior owner she would be taken care of at HEART, her owner agreed to relinquish Suzu into our care. On the day of her admission to hospital, Suzu came to HEART. We wanted them to spend as long as they could together before saying good-bye.
Sometimes dog and cat owners don't have the resources or knowledge to do what's best for their pet, as in the case of Suzu. Her family loved her but needed support and we were happy to help keep Suzu with the people she loved for as long as we could and when that wasn't possible anymore, to provide support for both for her owner to get the medical care she needed.
In cases like this, we don't receive nor ask for donations or financial support from anyone involved. We do it for the animals and the people that care about them.
We seldom have time to post on this blog or anywhere else on the net as we are far too busy. The recognition from those we help is all we need. But we do need to get stories like Suzu's out there so we can continue our important work.