UPDATE – Sunday, November 24 – As should be expected, it is taking a little longer than expected to secure housing for Rick, therefore, we need to keep Klaus in boarding, and therefore, I am re-opening the donation page for them. It’s also my birthday (tomorrow) so you can make my 46th one extra special by giving something, whatever it is, whether it be $4.60, $46, $460 or $4,600 (I can dream!) Here’s the link – Help Klaus!
UPDATE – Thursday, November 14 - Thanks to you guys, we have received donations more or less equaling payments to the vet that Stewie to the Rescue has made. It would be dishonest for me to continue to ask for more. I will obviously keep everyone appraised of Klaus and Rick’s progress (and if more donations are needed ) Thank you all!
There’s a saying, “You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one person (dog).” This is basically what my rescue, Stewie to the Rescue, tries to do.
Here’s what I’m working on now (and we can use your help) -
A couple of days ago, a freelance rescuer friend of mine, Claudia Duque, sent me this email (It was info from her and Paula Rossi, who also took the pics at the bottom)
“Rick and his Rottweiler Klaus have been on the streets of NYC for about 3 months as of today. Rick who is in his 60’s told me his lease was not renewed and before he knew it they were both on the street. Rick felt he would be able to find something even if it was a basement situation where he and the dog could wait out the winter before he found something better. Never having been on the street before he had no idea how expensive housing is and that his Rottweiler, Klaus, would limit any options he found. He vowed never to be separated from his dog so the days turned into weeks and then months waiting for a opportunity for shelter.
As a large dog lover, seeing Klaus in the streets in my neighborhood brought my attention to this very sad chapter in their lives. I have been trying to support these two for about a month now and in that time I have seen Klaus losing weight and on some days he has swollen eyes (from sleeping in the dust?) and dark urine. Rick would like to get vet care for his dog but being homeless has made this impossible on so many levels. The goal would be to get Klaus healthy and find shelter these two. A very first step is to support Klaus in getting him much needed health care. Then some sort of in-kind goods to keep them warm and safe on the street. Last but not least a shelter were Rick and his dog can ride out the winter and the tools to make shelter for the both of them permanent. ”
After I agreed to pay for the vet, Lori Carpino, who runs Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, took Klaus to Liberty Animal Clinic. As they were about to close and Klaus wasn’t too keen on being examined, it was decided that he will stay the vet (with Rick’s blessing) for a few days as not only is the cold taking its toll on Klaus, but he will need to be sedated for examination. Klaus has what looks like a tumor which we’re hoping is benign, as well as something ear related and who knows what else…The testing (so far) has been estimated as costing $636, which Stewie to the Rescue is paying.
Stewie is committed to helping this pup (and the owner) but would love to have some help.
As mentioned, we’ve already paid over $600 towards Klaus’s vet bill. We are committed to paying it no matter what it runs. Naturally, we’d love some help as we depend on donations to help others, so, in order to help with Klaus’s vet bill, you can make a donation HERE.
Since you are donating through Stewie, any donation you make is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
In addition, we have to help Rick find a place to live in the general NYC. If anyone has a lead in that regard (and he WILL NOT be separated from his pup, so the building needs to accept large dogs), please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to help Rick pay for an apartment (while he has some income from disability, he obviously doesn’t have a lot), Claudia has set up a fund. You can donate HERE (Note – This is NOT a Stewie to the Rescue related donation so it isn’t tax deductible)
And as you can guess, time is of the essence here as New Yorkers as well aware, Winter is here.