PAWS of Coronado is reaching out to you, our friends and supporters, as are many nonprofits at this time of year.  Tuesday, December 3rd, is Giving Tuesday, a global day established in 2012 dedicated to giving back.  We are asking you to consider making a donation to PAWS of Coronado in honor of Giving Tuesday to help us continue to care for the cats and dogs that come through the doors of the Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF).

The animals taken in by the CACF are mainly strays, but some are relinquished pets whose needs have overwhelmed their owner.   Many have medical issues.   We will go the extra mile for these animals…. including doing blood work, dental work, x-rays, biopsies and surgeries as needed.  Also, these animals often need special diets to get them ready for their forever homes.  As you can imagine, our medical bills quite often exceed our income from adoptions and regular donations.

Milo, before FHO surgery

You may have heard about Milo, a seven-month-old Miniature American Shepherd puppy who was relinquished to the Coronado Animal Care Facility by his former owner due to an inability to care for him.  He was likely kept for extended periods of time in a dog crate that became too small for him as he grew.  Milo had not been house trained nor did he have any manners, and he yearned for human companionship.  But, most concerning, was the severe weakness in his left hip which was causing mobility issues.  In order to repair this damage, PAWS paid thousands of dollars for Milo to have Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) surgery.   He is now recovering nicely with a prognosis for eventually having normal function of the affected leg.  After living with a foster mom who dedicated over two months to Milo’s medical care and house training, Milo was recently adopted and is living in San Diego with a loving family that dotes on him.  Donations to PAWS enabled us to give this sweet puppy the medical help he needed to overcome his rough start, so he will be able to live a normal canine life full of running, playing and enjoyment with his forever family.

Abby, right after his surgery

Ten-week-old Abby, a male grey DMH kitten, was brought to the Coronado Animal Care Facility on 8/10/19 by a Good Samaritan.  His back leg was obviously fractured.  A quick trip to the vet confirmed the injury.   There was no choice but to amputate.  Since he was so young, the vet wanted to wait as long as possible fearing he would not survive the surgery.  Abby went home with a foster family.  After a few days the leg became very swollen.  A trip to VCA Animal Specialty Group Emergency left no doubt that the leg had to be amputated but they also worried that he may not survive the surgery.  In addition to the fractured leg, it was learned that Abby had a pelvic floor fracture and a stricture in his urethra causing him difficulty urinating.  The surgery was successful.  Now what to do with the stricture in the urethra.  Over a period of three weeks, catheters were inserted getting a little larger each time.  This seemed to help.  Poor Abby had to remain in the hospital closely monitored for a couple of weeks to be sure he would not pull out the catheters.  It was touch and go.  Anemia and infection set in.  One of the doctors took him home herself to help keep our costs down.   Abby came through this ordeal and has been in foster care for the last two months.  In December, if all looks good, he will be neutered, his urethra examined and he will become available for adoption.   The cost to save this little one was also thousands of dollars.   Somehow Abby was horribly injured and brought to us.  We owed it to him to help if we could.   Donations to our special needs medical fund helped pay for most of his care.

So, how can you help?  When you are planning your end of year tax-deductible donations, please consider PAWS of Coronado.  Also, if you are considering an end of the year distribution from your IRA, you may be able to avoid paying taxes on the amount of the distribution going directly to PAWS.  Your tax preparer can advise you how to do this.

To Donate:

  • Donate securely on our website:
  • Mail a check payable to PAWS of Coronado to: PAWS of Coronado, P.O. Box 180956, Coronado, CA 92178

To those of you who have already made donations this year, we are deeply grateful for your continued support.  PAWS would not be able to do what we do for the animals without your help.

We cannot thank you enough for supporting PAWS of Coronado.


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