We need your help with medical care costs for Bree!
This sweet female chihuahua, estimated to be about 7, came into the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter as a stray. Bree’s toenails are painted, so it looks like she had a guardian at one time, but has clearly not been cared for in some time. She has a sizable mass on her face that will need to be removed and she also needs a full dental, plus normal vet checkup, bloodwork and grooming.
Two of CAPE’s beloved long-time fosters, Jan and Carlos, went to evaluate this chihuahua and another dog, Ruthie, who Santa Cruz County Shelter asked CAPE to consider. When Jan and Carlos met Ruthie and Bree, both older dogs with pretty substantial medical needs, they agreed to foster both of them. Bree and Ruthie’s medical bills, food and care costs will all be paid for by CAPE for the remainder of their life, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors.
Now that Bree has settled into her new cozy home in Santa Cruz, she’s meshing well with the other dogs. Shes a bit timid still, but is sweet and interested in playing. Bree had her initial vet appointment this week for bloodwork and to create a care plan- which will include removal and testing of the mass, and a full dental cleaning.
Please help us cover the cost of Bree’s surgery and dentistry. We are anticipating that her initial care will will cost more than $3000. Please consider donating today to help support Bree’s care!
Thank you so much for helping us save the lives of animals who have special needs. Together, we have saved thousands for the past 30 years!
To donate on our website, please go to www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1
CAPE needs help with a vehicle!
After 17 years of serving CAPE’s needs- picking up feed and medications, transporting animals, and running errands- one of the trucks we need to run the sanctuary has sadly passed on. The 21 year old truck, who we called “Lucy”, was well-loved and played a very active role in our day to day needs around the sanctuary.
If you or someone you know has a working vehicle that they may consider donating to a 501c3 charity, please contact us! The donation would be tax deductible and would be used daily to help us care for the animals. Contact Jackie, CAPE’s Animal Care Director, at (530) 460-9168.
CAPE’s Wildfire Animal Assistance Fund (WAAF) has been providing financial aid for animals who have been affected by the devastating wildfires in California.
We recently helped a wonderful local organization, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue (GCWR), by providing support for multiple wild animals who have suffered injuries from various fires in Northern California.
Three orphan bear cubs arrived at the (GCWR) Wildlife Intake Center suffering from burns and injuries sustained in the Antelope and Dixie Fires. GCWR is also caring for two kit foxes who sustained serious burns and injuries in the Dixie and Caldor fires. All five animals will require ongoing care and rehabilitation before it is safe to release them back into the wild. The cubs will remain in the care of GCWR until they are approximately 18 months of age which will be in the late spring or summer of 2022. The kit foxes will require 4-6 months of medical care before it is safe to release them back into the wild.
The first picture is of one of the black bear cubs injured in the Antelope fire. The second picture is of a kit fox who was injured and burnt in the Dixie fire.
We are thankful to Gold Country Wildlife for all the amazing work to help animals in need.
To apply for the Wildfire Animal Assistance Fund go to:
Angel, who CAPE rescued several months ago, has been making giant steps forward (literally!). When we met Angel, she had suffered with chronic hoof pain for years. Our vet asked if we could help Angel - and we are so glad we did!
We started with a full blood panel which indicated that Angel had untreated Cushing’s Disease. Her coat was matted and overgrown. She could barely put weight on one of her front hooves. We started her on medications to treat the Cushing’s, inflammation, and pain. We soaked her hooves twice a day to help release fluid from a reoccurring abscess. Our vet worked to get her hooves in good condition and then we ran x-rays.
Angel’s two front hooves were problematic, but we were mostly concerned for the hoof she wasn’t putting weight on. The x-rays didn’t give us any clear answers. With surgery, our vet was able to remove a benign tumor, which seemed to provide instant relief. Angel’s hoof has been wrapped up for 6 weeks, and with each weekly wrap change, we are impressed with the healing.
We believe that introducing Angel to the rescued herd at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary has helped her improve in so many ways. She has bonded with Papa Antonio, a wild burro rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and held in a Nevada Prison. Papa and Angel are often seen grazing the pastures side by side.
It has been an honor to help with Angel’s recovery. She is sweet and gentle, and her eyes tell quite the story. Angel has been patient and trusting of our help, often resting her soft head in our arms as we give her meds or check her hooves. She still has a road of recovery ahead of her, but today she barely limps when she walks and now puts full weight on her injured foot. She’s gotten to a good weight and her coat looks fantastic. She is a very different donkey than the one we met months ago.
Thank you to everyone who has helped support Angel’s medical costs. Our vet still comes weekly to care for her hoof and Angel’s medications are expensive. We are very grateful for the support from our CAPE community and we look forward to witnessing Angel's steady improvement. If you would like to sponsor Angel, please go to www.capeanimals.org/donkeys
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