The Give Me A Bone Foundation was founded in 2014 to give dogs and cats facing euthanasia or amputation for orthopedic traumas and injuries a chance at a normal, healthy life.

Egive-me-a-bone-foundation-logo-cmykvery year in our area, a large number of orthopedic traumas occur, mostly in the form of dogs hit-by-car. Obviously due to our orthopedic service, these cases are of special concern to Espanola Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, a large number of these animals are either euthanized or amputated due to their injuries. We frequently receive calls from other Veterinarians for quote for fracture repair and shortly after receive a follow-up message that the animal was euthanized instead. In approximately 85% of these cases, the dog or cat is under one year of age. In response to this problem, we launched a foundation to accept the surrender of these animals so their injuries can be treated.

 

The program works by giving Veterinarians in the area the option to offer surrender to the owner via one of the numerous area shelters and rescue groups. We then treat the animal at cost and permanently re-home them. Obviously as the surrender is permanent, the animal is not available for adoption to the previous owner or their friends and family. Participating shelters include the OSPCA Sudbury branch, Sudbury and District Humane Society, Pet Save Sudbury, Pet Save Manitoulin, SAINTS, and Pets Need Love 2.

In order to avoid imposing large financial burdens on our shelters with these cases, the foundation covers a large portion of the treatment costs. Due to the very large financial expense and the intense nature of providing care for these cases, we are always extremely grateful to accept donations of time and money to help keep the foundation operating. We are always happy to accept foster care providers into the program and provide the necessary training to enable them to care properly for these special pets.