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SAN FRANCISCO AID for ANIMALS


Dear Friend,

With the help of animal lovers like you, since 2012, San Francisco Aid for Animals (SFAfA) has been making grants in aid to families in need of urgent veterinary care for a beloved pet. We are proud to have helped save the lives of over 300 companion animals since we started making grants.

Take the extraordinary case of Bandit, the companion of Maria and Christopher. Bandit was a young and healthy Labrador who woke up one Saturday with a sore paw. The vet did not see a visible wound and over the next couple of days, Bandit started putting weight back on his foot and things seemed back to normal. Bandit was back at the vet over the next week with confusing symptoms: he wouldn’t eat and drank unusual amounts of water, he was having trouble blinking and the muscles in his head were tensed up. He was getting worse by the day, and they could not figure out why.

A week later, though, when Bandit woke with more muscle spasms, Maria rushed him to San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, where Dr. Elyse Hammer was able to diagnose tetanus, a potentially fatal condition that is very rare in city pets. Everyone was surprised because Bandit never ventured out of San Francisco! Tetanus is caused when toxin from a bacteria blocks nerve signals and produces severe muscle contractions, causing difficulty eating, drinking and breathing. Muscle spasms can be so intense they fracture bones. Almost all mammals are susceptible to tetanus but dogs typically come into contact with the bacteria in the soil through a cut or puncture wound.

Dr. Hammer knew that Bandit needed life-saving treatment, and fast. Tetanus is a very difficult but treatable disease. The total body muscle spasms must be controlled with total sedation until the spasms stop. During this period the patient must receive IV fluids and tube feeding, antibiotics to stop the infection, antitoxins to neutralize tetanus toxin in the blood stream and 24-hour nursing care.

Even though Bandit was a young, strong dog, he did not respond and one week in the hospital turned into two weeks and then into three weeks of hospitalization. The incredible round-the-clock care that Bandit was receiving from the SFVS team was keeping him alive, but the treatment costs were by now way over what Maria and Christopher could afford. And those costs were mounting daily. Even though things were looking grim, Maria and Christopher had committed to Bandit and each other that as long as he stayed in the fight with a good chance to make it they would find a way to stay in it too.

Fortunately for this family, Dr. Hammer had applied to SF Aid for Animals for financial help and was able to secure a $5,000 grant from The Ingrid Tauber Fund for Animals. After the hospital contributed its Tauber Fund matching services, Bandit’s bill was reduced by over $6,200.

A few days later Bandit began to show improvement and within a few more days was back on his feet, although a bit shaky. By the end of the third week Bandit went home and is now back to normal and up to his old tricks.

Maria told us: “It’s hard to find a way to thank everyone involved with Bandit’s recovery. In addition to Drs. Hammer, Maretzki and Ybarra almost everyone at SFVS either cared for Bandit during their shifts or by giving him cuddles and words of encouragement between their own patient cases.  We can never thank SFAfA and Ms. Tauber enough for being there for the animals of San Francisco and the people who love them. Thank you for choosing to help us in our time of need.”

Maria and Christopher’s story is just one of the dozens of cases we have helped with this year. Over the last year we made $30,000 in grants to help more than 50 beloved pets stay with their families. With your help, and our continuing partnership with more than 90 local veterinarians, SFAfA will be able to offer more grants in aid.

Every dollar we grant through our core Grant In Aid program turns into at least two dollars of pet care. This is accomplished by our requirement that the veterinary practices in our program contribute medical services of equal value to the grant we provide. We are proud that many of the hospitals contribute substantially more in services than we do in cash.

SFAfA is entirely volunteer-run. We have no paid staff and no office to support, so most of your donation goes directly to keeping companion animals and their families together.

Please take a moment to write a check and return it in the enclosed envelope, or visit our website at sfafa.org to make a donation. Any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated. With your support we can continue to grow. Your generous donation will allow the next dog, cat, bird or other companion animal facing an emergency, to stay with their family.

Thank you,

Kathy Hajopoulos
Program Chair
SFAfA Advisory Committee

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No matter what the amount, your tax-deductible gift will make a difference. Does your employer have a matching contribution program? Consider including Community Initiatives / SFAfA in that program. Your dollar could go even further!

With your help, and our continuing partnership with more than 80 local veterinarians, SFAfA will be able to offer even more grants, helping keep more pets healthy and their families together.

Every dollar you donate turns into at least two dollars of pet care. This is accomplished by our requirement that the veterinary practices in our program contribute medical services of equal value to our grants. We are proud that many of the hospitals contribute substantially more in services than we do in cash.

SFAfA is entirely volunteer-run. We have no paid staff and no office to support, so most of your donation goes to keeping companion animals and their families together.

Please take a moment to write a check and mail to: 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607 or visit our website at sfafa.org to make a donation. Any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated. With your support we can continue to grow. Your generous donation will allow the next dog, cat, bird or other companion animal facing an emergency, to stay with their family.
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