Workers at the Fond du Lac Humane Society placed a sign outside a cage that contains two kittens found in a dumpster at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. Two other kittens were deceased in the dumpster. A mother cat named Cookie is nursing them back to health. / Submitted photo
HOW TO HELP
To donate to the Sweetie Medical Fund, visit www.fdlhumane.org/.
Animals are not trash to throw away.
That is the message of Renee Webb after a rash of recent animal abuse and abandonment cases in the area left the Fond du Lac Humane Society shelter manager shaking her head in disbelief and asking the community for help.
• Four one-week old kittens — two alive and two dead — were found in a dumpster at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds.
“A resident found them tied inside a bag and brought them to the shelter, but they were barely alive,” Webb said. “We were fortunate to have a nursing mom here who had just finished nursing kittens of her own.”
• Then there is Buttercup, an 8-week old puppy found abandoned in the city with a severely broken leg. Webb said the dog was very thin and the cost to repair her leg could run in thousands of dollars.
• Two black and tan coonhounds, Polly and Penney, were found abandoned and emaciated along Highway 41.
• A poodle, Jasper, was found in the same condition sitting along the side of a highway.
“Unfortunately this is becoming a trend,” Webb said.
Medical costs mount
With limited funds, hardly a week goes by that the shelter does not face a major medical expense caring for an animal, Webb said. The Sweetie Medical Fund was established to help give injured, homeless animals a second chance.
“We want to make sure that animals who come in with major medical issues do not have to be euthanized,” Webb said.
Sweetie was a stray kitten whose life and fate inspired establishment of the fund. She was abandoned with serious wounds in a box outside the shelter in 2003.
“She was a mess when she came in and required a lot of medical attention,” Webb said. “We recognized that she had a will to live and found a local veterinarian who would help.”
Sweetie underwent surgery to remove an eye and back leg at Country Hills Pet Hospital near Eden.
“She made a complete recovery and soon found a loving home in which she is thriving today,” Webb said.
Buttercup has gained a following at some area schools. Students at Theisen and Woodworth middle schools held a penny war and paid $1 to wear a hat to school and raised $600 to help with the puppy’s medical care.
So far, the stories of the abandoned animals have had happy endings. The two kittens nursed by Cookie, their adoptive mother, are about three weeks old now and doing well. The coonhounds and the poodle have found homes.
To remind people that animals have value, workers at the shelter put a sign outside Cookie’s cage that read: “I’m Not Rubbish.”
“These animals deserve to have a life where they can be cherished pets,” Webb said.
To donate to the Sweetie Medical Fund, visit http://www.fdlhumane.org/.
Sharon Roznik can be reached at 907-7936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.