Mend a Friend Fund

SPCA Westchester has set up an emergency fund to help animals that come to our rescue center requiring specialized veterinary care. The Mend a Friend Fund allows the SPCA to help homeless and abused animals in serious need, making it possible for them to receive life saving surgery and/or extensive medical treatment beyond the scope of our on site veterinary clinic. Champ, whose story is below, is just one of many animals who have been saved thanks to supporters who have given generously to support our Mend a Friend Fund.

Our Fighter, Champ

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, a pit bull puppy and two adult pit bulls were seized by police and brought to SPCA Westchester. It was suspected that the dogs had been abandoned in an apartment, living in filth and squalor.

The 5-month-old puppy suffered serious blunt force trauma to his head and face, crushing a part of his skull. Extensive facial wounds were infected and covered in dead tissue, impairing his vision in the sunken remaining eye.

In the days ahead, “Champ”, as our staff called him, required pain management, antibiotics, daily anesthesia, wound management and bandage changes. There were many surgeries, the removal of his right eye, facial reconstruction and skin grafts. The severe abuse and neglect this puppy endured caused him to suffer terribly; we can’t imagine who would be so cruel.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Champ was always sweet, responding favorably to the loving attention he received from our SPCA staff. And the best news is, our special friend is now living with a loving family who cherishes him and gives him all the affection he could ever hope for! Thank you to all our Mend a Friend donors who made this happy ending possible.