Shelter Needs Help for Two Deserving Dogs

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The SPCA’s medical fund has been diminished after two recent veterinary emergencies. The shelter is reaching out to the community to help with the cost it has incurred to treat two sweet dogs.

The SPCA of Brevard is in need of the community’s assistance after incurring emergency surgery expenses for two special cases, in which two dogs in its care had to be sent to outside surgical centers in order to get the dogs the treatment they needed. The cost to the SPCA, even at a discount, was $4135 between both dogs.

Arnold is a 3-month-old miniature dachshund mix who needed emergency surgery at a special veterinary hospital after he accidentally jumped on top of another sleeping dog. Not surprisingly, the other dog was startled when awakened in such a way and bit Arnold out of reflex. Unfortunately, Arnold was injured and required reconstructive surgery on the side of his face. He still has an issue with a piece of bone projecting into his mouth that will require a follow up surgery. He is eating soft food on his own but his healing time will be longer than anticipated.

Stuart is a 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix who came to the SPCA from Miami. This adorable guy tore his ACL, the ligament, which also is called the cranial cruciate ligament in animals, connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the front of the tibia (the bone below the knee). The ACL is responsible for keeping the tibia in place beneath the femur and stabilizing the knee joint and this kind of injury is one of the most common orthopedic injuries in dogs. It can cause lameness and did, in Stuart’s case. He was sent for outside veterinary surgery, from which he is now recovering nicely.

The SPCA is asking for help reimbursing the cost of these surgeries to its medical fund so that money will be available in the future to other dogs or cats that may need care beyond what the shelter is able to do in-house.

There are several ways to contribute. Donations may be tax deductible.    

  • Visit Arnold and Stewart’s fundraiser page on to give online.
  • Send a donation to the SPCA of Brevard 455 Cheney Highway, Titusville, FL 32780

    Attention: Help Arnold & Stewart

  • There will also be car wash to raise funds on Saturday, July 6th at Cocoa Village Self Storage (105 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922) from 9am-1pm. The cost will be a donation of your choosing. Hot Dogs and refreshments will also be sold. For more information about the car wash only, contact Tia at 321-267-8221 option 4.

All animals in the care of the SPCA of Brevard receive the best possible care, even when it requires the additional expense of sending an animal in need of medical treatment beyond what the shelter can provide in-house to an outside veterinary hospital. Please help the SPCA continue this policy by contributing to the medical fund. For more information, contact Susan Naylor at 321-267-8221 extension 256.

About SPCA of Brevard
The SPCA of Brevard is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of “protecting and providing a voice to the homeless animals of Brevard County.” Founded in 1979 in Titusville, Florida, the SPCA is the largest private no-kill animal rescue group in Brevard, finding homes for more than 1,300 animals a year. It is the first adoption facility with free-roaming cat rooms in the County, allowing adopters to interact with cats in a more home-like setting. The SPCA of Brevard Clinic also provides reduced-price vaccines to the public and has performed more than 50,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries since 1999.

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