Last year, students from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine came across an emaciated white shepherd-mix canine abandoned under a porch in Grenada. The students cared for the pregnant dog, nursing it back to health and fondly naming her Snowbell. Unfortunately, upon giving birth to a litter of 10 puppies, Snowbell’s hind legs became inexplicably paralyzed. Although the students were able to find homes for each of the 10 puppies, Snowbell was still left unaccounted for and without a home.
The veterinary students were so determined to save the dog that they reached out to an organization 2000 miles away, Pets with Disabilities, in Prince Frederick, Maryland. The founder of the organization, Joyce Darrell, agreed to adopt Snowbell. However, the students would have to arrange for transportation. In order to generate enough funds to cover airfare for Snowbell and an escort, the veterinary students held various fundraisers. On Thanksgiving Day, the disabled dog finally made it to her new home in Prince Frederick where she was equipped with a canine wheelchair.
If you are interested in learning more about the organizations or making a donation for Snowbell and the other animals, please visit petswithdisabilities.org, or e-mail Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org