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Kali Deserves a Second Chance
A Second Chance for Kali
Second chances…..some of us have been lucky enough to have them. Others have not been so fortunate. But whether or not the stars were aligned for us personally, I think (or hope) we can all agree that everyone deserves that second chance. And so Kali’s story begins with the hope of that second chance, and unlike most of fate’s fast curve balls that come out of nowhere, you actually have it within your power to give Kali another shot at this life that is filled with some mad, mad harmony (Clarice Lispector).
It was a Saturday afternoon. Blazing hot. Most of the STHS staff was in the vacillating throes of suffocating heat and torrential downpours at the rabies drive in Pearl River. Near the end of the afternoon, Kali is carried into the Humane Society. She’d been hit by a car. But what to do? There would be no vet at the shelter until Monday morning. Kali had seen better Saturday afternoons, but did not seem to be in a life threatening condition after the accident. This is a typical snapshot moment of when animal loving staff look at each other in question, and think the following:
· Yes, there are rules in place for intakes. Technically Kali is not scheduled to come into our adoption program.
· We cannot heartworm test her, and are not able to take in heartworm positive dogs…..even if we can take her in.
· She is hurt, and we do not have a vet. But these folks have nowhere to turn and are not able to bring a dog home.
A few of Kali's visible injuries:
But alas, these are logical thoughts, and those with higher sentiments than mere logic know that any life worth living is one peppered with many moments of irrational decisions based on the spirit and well-being of our fellow travelers. Our fellow traveler Kali needed our help. And Katie came to her rescue. Enter Katie.
Katie (17) and her mom Cynthia are truly the unsung heroes of the St. Tammany Humane Society. Unflagging fosters and volunteers (and now Katie made official as part of the STHS kennel staff), their efforts and enthusiasm are unsurpassed and I wish were more contagious! Cynthia and Katie (true to form) were volunteering at the rabies drive that fateful Saturday and returned to the shelter just in time to witness Kali’s dire circumstances.
For Katie, there was no real decision to be made. She took Kali home with her and nursed her through what remained of her weekend. Kali was examined by the vet on Monday. Many of her wounds, though painful and slow to heal, are superficial. The worst of the news: Kali is heartworm positive. We cannot intake Kali.
Now if any of you would find it easy to look Katie in the eye and tell her that her little Kali has to go to Animal Services because she is heartworm positive, you are a stronger person than I. The cost of Kali’s heartworm treatment and 2 – 4 weeks of wound therapy is $600. If we can raise this money through our Second Chance Fund…..yep you got….Kali gets a Second Chance. Please help us to renew both Kali and Katie’s faith in humanity by donating to help cover the cost of Kali’s treatment so that we can all revel in illogical triumphs and second chances.
If you are able to give at this time, please call the Humane Society at 985-892-7387 to donate to the Second Chance Fund or mail donation to:
St. Tammany Humane Society
or donate here using PAY PAL- (click here) make sure to specify the donation is for "Kali, Second Chance Fund"