It was like a coin toss as to whether or not poor Penny would end up being one lucky Penny! This 10-year-old Chihuahua mix was surrendered by her family to the Montgomery County Animal Control shelter in North Carolina on July 17th. The family told animal control that Penny had been urinating blood for 10 months! They had recently decided to take her to the vet, where it was quickly determined that she had bladder stones and needed a costly cystotomy to have them removed. With one family member in the hospital and no funds for Penny’s surgery, animal control was called to pick her up. Even though Penny was in terrible pain, the shelter also had no funding for her surgery.

On July 24th, RADAR received an urgent plea to help Penny from the folks with Best Friend Pet Adoption (BFPA) in North Carolina. BFPA was interested in pulling Penny if they could get some assistance for her vetting costs. We agreed, and with some other donations BFPA raised, they got Penny safely out of the shelter first thing on July 25th. She was rushed to the vet to have her long-overdue bladder stone surgery.

We had this report from her foster mom: “Penny’s doing great. She has completely settled in with my pack. In fact, she’s still laying on my bed as I write this! She has been eating well, and she lets me know when she has to go out. Penny’s so obedient; I just have to call her and she comes to me. She has yet to meet a dog or person she doesn’t like! Penny is such a sweet girl.” Click here to view more photos of Penny (including her x-ray and a photo of her bladder stones).

RADAR paid $300 towards Penny’s cystotomy and related treatment costs.

UPDATE! All funds for Penny have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Penny has been adopted!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Penny:

Chloe’s SOS FundBlack Dog Fund; Kathy O’Connor; Linda Hoffecker; Mary Brown Haak; Tamara Talbot; Elizabeth Lavoie

Added on August 10, 2014.

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