Medical ‘tails’ come with price tags

Editor’s note: Shelter Scoop is a column by the Huntingdon County Humane Society, which serves Mifflin as well as Huntingdon counties. It appears monthly on The Sentinel’s Friday Lifestyles page.

By Lisa Roth

Minion and Beetle are adorable, fluffy kittens at the shelter. They carry on, running around, playing tag, wrestling, pouncing on their mates, as all kittens do, and they never miss a beat. They are, however, missing an eye. They each had a non-functioning eye that required surgery to close to prevent infection and discomfort. Last week, Centre Animal Hospital provided great care to our one-eyed wonders. Expenses totaled $950.

Dutch is another cutie patootie who sits on the sidelines due to a bum knee. Surgery will allow him to run around without pain. Dutch is on his way to Centre County PAWS, who will help him get the procedure he needs to get off the bench and into the game. Expenses are estimated at $1,500.

Mint, a teeny tiny kitten, is finally feeling better. This little one arrived with a nasty case of upper respiratory infection, then came down with a severe corneal ulcer. (Think of an ugly oozy sore, then double it.) He spent two weeks at Centre Animal Hospital. Expenses totaled $800.

Jonah, our resident office cat, was our official greeter to shelter visitors. This poor diabetic boy wasn’t feeling well and had been losing weight over the past several months. He was rushed to CPVETS in State College for low blood sugar, then when he stabilized, went to Centre Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, Jonah crossed over the rainbow bridge not long afterwards. Expenses totaled $2,000.

Echo, a puppy at the shelter, had a serious heart condition. Without surgery, she wouldn’t live to celebrate her first birthday. With it, she would live a normal life span. Echo had the lifesaving procedure at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center. Medical expenses cost nearly $5,000.

Did you know that prior to adoption, all of the pets are fully vetted? They are seen by a veterinarian, tested for diseases such as FIV/FeLV, Heartworm, and Lyme, de-wormed, brought up to date on vaccines, microchipped, spayed or neutered and receive any additional medical care needed.

Amputations, bladder stones, infections, cuts, tumors, you name it and the shelter has dealt with it. Without the financial support from people like you, and excellent care from our veterinarian partners, we wouldn’t be able to give the residents the best care possible and the best chance at a long, healthy life.

In the first six months of 2018, HCHS spent nearly $15,000 for veterinary medical care for its residents. If you would like to donate to our Medical Fund, you may send a check payable to HCHS with “medical fund” in the memo line or you can give online through the website. We are so grateful for your support, and so are the pets.


Lisa Roth is an HCHS volunteer.


Setting it straight: The August Shelter Scoop column was written by Ellen F. Houser. The byline was incorrect due to an editor’s error.