Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Today's Rescue - Monkey

If you were a fan of Scooby Doo cartoons in the 70s (I was), you might remember various evildoers referring to Scooby as a "mangey dog" - a kind of catchall derogatory comment that, while I didn't know its actual meaning at the time, seemed to suggest something dirty and bad.

And as you can see from poor little Monkey here, it doesn't look so good either. But mange (demodectic mange in this case, and not contagious), actually doesn't reflect something dirty at all. In fact, all dogs possess the bug that causes mange, but for whatever reason (usually a depressed immune system), some puppies don't fight it off very well, and can end up looking like this.

Poor Monkey! Luckily, demodectic mange can be easily treated. But "treated" is the key word here, and often, shelter dogs don't receive the treatment that will take care of their symptoms, and usually they just get put down. Monkey has a chance at survival thanks to Karma Rescue, but only if enough money can be raised to pay for his treatment. The South L.A. shelter has given them a small window of opportunity (as of yesterday) to gather funds, but if they can't do so and don't pull him, he will be euthanized.

If you can contribute to Monkey's life-saving anti-mange rescue fund, contact Sharka or Clair at the Pasternak Veterinary Center in Los Angeles (at the Highlands Veterinary Hospital), and donate to "Monkey" under Karma Rescue.

This pup has a chance!

Pasternak Veterinary Center
2038 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

If you donate, please contact Rita at and let her know how much you contributed. She is keeping a running tally and making sure the money is properly credited.

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