Pet Tales

Ollie and family could use some help

I wanted to thank all of my readers this year for sharing funny, sad, and touching stories, for helping many shelter animals find new, loving homes and for generously helping other animals and animal owners in times of need.

As I share these stories each week, I am always amazed at what a small world this is with so many lives touching others. This is a wonderful place to live, and people in the community are so giving of their time and caring to help others. I wish you all a happy holiday season.

Dona Wruck of Edna Valley Vet Clinic sent me an e-mail recently hoping to call on the kindness of my readers to help a recent patient, Ollie, and his family.

‘It all started on Nov. 6, when 8-year-old black lab/border collie mix Ollie was hit by a car. He broke his right front humerus bone. Unfortunately, these days, money is short for most people, including Oliver’s owner, who gave it his best effort to raise the money himself to pay for Oliver’s care.

“Despite the lack of funds, Ollie’s veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Alwen, repaired the broken humerus in order to provide Oliver with a comfortable future with no pain and the ability to walk. However, during surgery, an unrepairable shoulder was found — leading to the amputation of Ollie’s leg.

“While Dr. Alwen routinely donates his surgical skills and equipment, Oliver’s case has been extreme as well as expensive, requiring the use of bone screws and bone plates.

“Oliver has captured the hearts of everyone here at the Edna Valley Clinic. Our hope is to raise the funds needed to help Oliver’s family with the continued care and rehab he will need to overcome his injuries and hopefully offset the expense of his surgeries.

“Anything will help. Please e-mail us at or call us at 541-8246 with any questions. If you would like to make a donation for Oliver, you may do so by dropping off or mailing your donation to either: Animal Aid Fund, Attn: Ollie, c/o Edna Valley Veterinary Clinic, 4860 Davenport Creek Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 or Animal Aid Fund, Attn: Ollie, Rabobank, 2276 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

The Kennels of Springdale is hosting a cat and dog toy drive for the Woods Humane Society. Drop-off new or gently used toys, unopened treats, bedding, canned food and other dog and cat supplies at 1731 Corbett Canyon Road in Arroyo Grande between 8 a.m. and noon or 3 and 6 p.m. seven days a week by Dec. 20. Call 549-9832 for more information.

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