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ANIMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Angel Fund Grant Helps Jack
Resolve Dental Problem
hen Darlene Alfuso took her newly
adopted cat Jack to Tustin Santa Ana Veterinary
Hospital for the first time a few years
ago, Dr. Laura Weatherford told her that the animal
had " really bad gingivitis. "
That scenario was repeated in subsequent visits but the cat's
condition worsened over time to stomatitis. Darlene resisted
suggestions that Jack's teeth should be removed, thinking that
would be cruel. " I said, 'Absolutely not.' I didn't think Jack
would be able to eat. But when we had a checkup recently,
Dr. Laura said that the condition had worsened and that she
was in real pain and needed to have her teeth removed.
" That explained why Jack was barely eating. Dr. Laura
showed me a fat, fluffy cat in the hospital whose teeth had
been removed. It was eating crunchy food and not suffering at
all. So I realized my thought that it was cruel to remove a cat's
teeth turned into it's cruel not to. "
But there was another obstacle in the way of the surgery
Jack needed: money.
" When Dr. Laura told me about the cost, I said: 'I just can't
do this. I've been out of work for the last year due to Covid.'
We had a few tears together and she told me what was possible,
what she could offer me and gave me an application for
Angel Fund. I was just blown away. I couldn't believe that
something like that was possible. "
Both Darlene and her husband Joe are musicians. Darlene
is a violinist, who plays in different orchestras and recording
studios, as well as at church concerts and weddings. She also
teaches violin privately and in schools. Joe composes and produces
music in the entertainment industry.
" Everything stopped, " Darlene said. " Covid's really had an
impact on music. All the halls and recording studios have been
closed. I'm just now (about the first of June) starting to get some
calls. I think things are going to be looking up for all of us. "
Darlene's application was approved and she received a $1,000
grant - a sum matched by the hospital. She and Joe are grateful
to Angel Find and the staff at Tustin Santa Ana Hospital.
" Clearly the people there do what they do because of their
love for animals. They were absolutely wonderful. I'm forever
grateful to them. This was like having one of my own children
in there. "
Jack was purring when Darlene and Joe went to pick her
up the day after the surgery. She has quickly recovered. " Jack
is full of life and we hadn't seen that in a long time. I had discarded
all her toys because she wasn't playing with them. I am
planning to get her new ones. "
You have probably noticed the use of the pronouns " her " and
" she " in reference to Jack. Yes Jack is female. Darlene explained:
" When we adopted Jack four years ago, we were looking
for a little boy cat and we had already decided on the name.
We found a young male but he wasn't very affectionate and
didn't like to be held. That was a deal breaker for me. (No
" Then we found a little girl and just fell in love with her.
She came to us right away and has been that way ever since.
" And 'Jack' is kind of a joke name in our family. My three
sons (all adults now) would do things and I would say: 'Watch
it, Jack!' It's also a nickname for my husband. My sons have all
joked about me calling everybody 'Jack.' So it just made sense
to name this cat Jack. My sons laughed and rolled their eyes,
like 'She's done it again.'
" We'd always had male cats before and I assumed we
would again this time. When we found the right animal
and she was female, I said: 'Well, she's still going to have that
name. We refer to her as my sons' sister. They think it's funny
that they have a sister who's a cat. "
When Jack arrived in the Alfuso household, she fled down
the hall when she first heard Darlene play her violin. Now
she comes into the room and curls up in the violin case
when it's practice time.
Jack, bless her heart, is now four years old. P
Darlene + Jack
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Chapter Meetings & Calendar
The RVT and the Human- Animal Bond: Exploring the Interspecies Connection
UC Davis Update
Tools For Success
Digital Photography For Veterinarians
From The SCVMA Office
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