TRENDS Diary: Dog’s Life Saved, Family Kept Together, By Community-Funded Program

Milo was so happy to reunite with his guardian!

TRENDS Diary, a project of the Community Foundation of Boulder County, is a place for Boulder County residents of all ages to share personal experiences that relate to a pressing community need. The focus, for now, is on our shared need to connect and solve problems, despite the increased isolation we’re all experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dear TRENDS Diary,

A sweet dog named Milo arrived on a recent morning at Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV). I saw his family pull up to our Veterinary Clinic and get out of the car with him, as he was hunched over, looking very uncomfortable.

Our Veterinary team helped make him comfortable as they gathered details over the phone from his family. Overnight, Milo had become lethargic, refused to eat, and didn’t want to go on his daily walk – they didn’t know what was wrong.

They admitted to our team that they weren’t sure how they were going to pay for any emergency care needed to save his life. They had both lost their jobs as their service and hospitality work employers had closed, but they wanted to do everything they could to get Milo the care he needed.

That’s when the HSBV team changed their lives – it was incredible. Our receptionist told them about the community-funded Safety Net program, and that they could get the help they needed for Milo and keep him in their family, thanks to HSBV supporters.

You could see the relief on their faces as they heard the news on their phone as they stood outside our building.

Milo ended up needing surgery for a blockage caused by something he had eaten. The culprit: a Popsicle stick!

Milo went home with his loving family the next morning, after doing well in our clinic overnight. The day ended up great – after a very heart-wrenching day before. I am so grateful that HSBV has its Safety Net program to help keep people and pets together, through hardship and crisis. I can’t think of a time where the love and companionship of a pet is needed more.

– Amanda Boerman, Marketing & Community Relations Manager, HSBV