TUCSON (KVOA) – Arizona Gives Day 2022 is underway to raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.
One such nonprofit is the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
“It’s Nemo,” said Lindsey Dittmer, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
Nemo is one of many animals brought to HSSA every day and entered the shelter in poor condition with Valley Fever.
“He had to be euthanized due to his serious medical condition, when we came out to the animal control truck this little guy was wagging his tail,” Dittmer said.
However, the staff were not ready to put the pup down.
“We went to speak with our vets, they said ‘we’d be happy to treat him’, I said I’d bring him to life and we were able to save him and get to a point where hopefully he’ll be adoptable. in the fairly near future,” Dittmer said.
Nemo is on medication and might need an amputation. He will also need physical therapy and a specialized diet before he is ready for adoption, but all at a fairly high cost.
Humane Society CEO Steve Farley said every animal has a healthy track record and it doesn’t come cheap.
“Arizona Gives Day represents one of the greatest opportunities for us to get the resources we need,” Farley said.
HSSA’s goal is to raise $60,000 through Arizona Gives Day this year. So far they have raised over $38,000. The money will be used to help the animals as well as expansion to the east side of Tucson and more rural areas like the future Bisbee Sanctuary.