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Nelson County SPCA Looking for Support for Medical Expenses

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Jasper (the black dog) is recovering from a necessary surgery after an anonymous donor gave the SPCA the money he needed. Jasper (the black dog) is recovering from a necessary surgery after an anonymous donor gave the SPCA the money he needed.

A no-kill shelter in Nelson County is struggling to keep up with the medical expenses to care for its animals. Now the staff is looking for help to support the dogs and cats most in need.

The Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County takes in about 1,000 animals a year. Each year several of the animals are sick or hurt and in need of surgery, but that type of care is not in the budget. The entire facility is maintained on funds from donations, with no county, state, or federal help. Now the staff is setting up a medical fund for the animals, called Help to Heal.

Jasper is the most recent Nelson SPCA animal to need medical attention. He was hit by a car, but his owners didn't have the money to get him necessary surgery to amputate his injured leg. Jasper was turned over to the SPCA and they got an anonymous donation for his surgery, which will likely cost $1,000.

The Nelson SPCA staff is now setting up the "Help to Heal" fund for others like Jasper who needs medical attention.

"When you're no-kill, you take in an animal. If it has something that's treatable then we feel like that's what we want to do is treat the animal, but it becomes kind of a strain on your budget because it's something you don't budget for," said Bette Grahame, the president of the Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County.

Right now the facility has about 75 cats, 40 dogs, and even more in foster care -- about 300 animals in all. Other animals have recently come in with a dislocated hip, a larynx problem and several cases of heartworm.

As for Jasper, he's expected to be out of surgery by Wednesday morning.  He'll have a few weeks of recovery, then he'll be placed in foster care until the SPCA can find him a permanent home.

To find out more about Jasper, and all of the other animals in need at the SPCA, as well as how to donate to the "Help to Heal" fund, click here.

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