2016 Medical Needs!
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Many of the shelters across our nation are kill-shelters and for that reason alone, TEARS has chosen to work very closely with our county facility and the dogs and cats that come into there.
TEARS Inc. is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded to support abused, abandoned and relinquished animals within Seminole County Animal Services (SCAS). Our mission is to work in unison with SCAS to improve both shelter living conditions and quality of life for these homeless animals. Unlike private shelters, SCAS must take in every animal brought to them and provide it with food and basic medicine, regardless of whether or not they have the space or adequate staffing to care for them. There are no extra funds to give additional medical attention to any one animal. If a dog or cat comes into the shelter needing extra medical attention, either it's put up for adoption in hopes that someone adopts it and gets it the medical help it needs, or its euthanized. The shelter is also not permitted to raise additional funds in order to support its efforts which means the support TEARS offers is critical to the animals that come in needing extra medical care.
Tyke (shown on our main picture) was brought into SCAS on Sept. 24 with severe wounds down to the bone in areas. After receiving weeks of daily bandage changes for his wounds and heavy antibiotics we are finally at the point we can begin skin grafting to help close the areas that lost intense skin. His front nail beds were all filed down to the bone from his ordeal and he may need surgery on his front paws depending on if there is any nail that begins to grown once the skin has healed over. X-rays revealed that at least one of his toes will need to be amputated once there is enough skin to close the surgery site. Tyke is also receiving alternative treatments to help aid in the cell and skin growth. Right now he's getting everything he needs…lots of care, love and time but his recovery is a long one.
Tyke is just one example of those that have received our help. Forest was brought in completely malnourished and covered in fleas and ticks. It was discovered he had a pancreatic deficiency and needed an enzyme added to his diet to allow his body to absorb nutrients. Seminole was hit by a car and came in with a severly damaged eye and broken femur. Magnum was found wandering the streets with deep wounds to his back end that had been there long enough for maggots to settle in. Rena was hit by a car also and needed a femoral head ostectomy surgery. And Kneehi, who is still looking for her forever home, was brought in suffering from an infection in her mouth so bad that she could not eat because of the pain. After eight rotten teeth were removed and her infection cleared up, she now enjoys life in her foster home while she waits for a permanent home to choose her.
Every animal TEARS "touches" is saved and guaranteed a new beginning. You can read the stories of many of the dogs and cats we have helped by visiting our website. Thank you for your donation and we appreciate your support in helping with 2016's medical needs.
About the organization
P.O. Box 471353
Lake Monroe, Florida 32747