Surrey’s South Point Pet Hospital has treated thousands of animals over the years, but some who have impacted the staff most, and elicited the most conversations among their other clients, have been HugABull’s foster dogs.
HugABull connected with South Point in the summer of 2010, after an SPCA cruelty seizure of over two dozen dogs, mainly pit bulls. HugABull worked with the Surrey SPCA and other rescues to assess, triage, and find foster care for all of these dogs within mere hours.
South Point volunteered to care for several of these dogs, and we had such a great experience working with them that we brought in more foster dogs…then still more…and soon they were our go-to vet! The veterinarians at South Point provide excellent care, and are flexible and accommodating to the needs of rescue, where all kinds of health problems arise and not always on a schedule that is convenient for everyone.
This group of professionals comes through for us every time, because they share our commitment to rescue work and to this breed. “We value the work that HugABull does and their dedication to helping and creating breed ambassadors,” says Manager Cathy. “In the last five years, we’ve seen over 100 HugABull dogs, and they’ve all been complete sweethearts!”
Cathy and her team have become breed ambassadors in turn. “We sometimes receive questions or comments from our other clients, telling us they are nervous of pit bulls or feel we are ‘brave’ for going up to greet them. “For our part, we do our best to explain that the dogs aren’t born mean or aggressive, and that it’s bad owners, not bad dogs! Any breed can be aggressive; any breed can be sweet. These traits are not ingrained in any one breed.”
And as we all know, education works. Some clients who have interacted with HugABull dogs or witness the staff with them start to understand that, all these dogs really want is attention. “We have even had some of our clients adopt them. How life affirming is that?” says Cathy.
Although over 100 fantastic HugABull dogs come through South Point’s doors, a few of them have made a particularly strong impression. Pancake was scheduled for a routine spay but the South Point vet quickly discovered that she had a prolapsed rectum and suffered from giardia. Pancake responded well to treatment, and was successfully spayed and adopted. She is doing great in her new home and seems to have made a full recovery physically.
A very sad and uncomfortable Sasha came in with dry and inflamed skin, suffering from mange and a severe flea allergy. She’d been found all alone as a stray, at just seven weeks when she should have been with her momma and littermates. With a high-quality diet and meds she made a slow but sure recovery and now has a wonderful forever home and a shiny, glossy coat!
Gracie not only had complications from a spay that required a blood transfusion, but she also had an undiagnosed nerve problem in a back leg that caused her to drag it. This not only affected her movement but caused painful sores on her foot. After treating her wounds and providing acupuncture and other treatments, her mobility and quality of life was greatly improved. She now has a fantastic family that adores her and is happy to order braces and footwear that provide her with a great quality of life.
South Point has provided us with so much subsidized and donated vet care over the years – if we added it up it would be an impressive five-figure sum. And what’s more, they even help us with additional fundraising! They sell our fundraising calendars, while also collecting food and supply donations for us and making us the recipient of fundraising events.
This helps us immensely, as vet bills are by far our biggest expense. By helping us maximize our resources, we can spread donations further and ultimately help more dogs. They have saved lives in so many ways.
Thank you to Cathy, Dr. Grubac and everyone else who have provided veterinary care and TLC over the last five years. We are so proud and fortunate to partner with you!