EDITOR'S NOTE: Freelance writer Nancy McConnell's charcoal gray nebelung mix cat Chanel recently was diagnosed with liver failure and bronchitis, and she reached out to the Bella Foundation for help. Chanel's diagnosis was devastating because McConnell, as a full-time college student with only a part-time job, could not afford expensive veterinary care.
Christy Delano, the low-income assistance director for the Bella Foundation, directed McConnell and Chanel to Neel's Veterinary Clinic at 2700 N MacArthur Blvd. to have the cat assessed. The program helped pay for surgery to install a feeding tube, intensive care, and the many prescriptions that she needed to live.
Chanel has now increased her weight and is starting to eat on her own. Without the Bella Foundation, she would have perished. The Bella Foundation's assistance in saving Chanel led to this story.
Delano devotes her time to providing lifesaving veterinary treatments to animals whose pet's parents are undergoing financial difficulties.
“In just seven short years, we have seen countless families kept together through our low-income assistance program,” Delano said.
Residents in the Oklahoma City area know that the Bella Foundation, through a network of volunteers, fosters pets, makes adoptions available to qualified applicants, provides foster pets for therapy in nursing homes and hosts vaccination clinics. However, most seem unaware of the Low Income Assistance program.
Delano is passionate that pets are an integral part of a family.
When they are diagnosed with a life-challenging illness, it can be both emotionally and financially devastating.
The Bella Foundation believes that no one should be forced to euthanize a pet because of their economic situation.
12 Dog Houses of Christmas
• What: Auction of art and other items
• When: 7 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Dr.
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