The county of San Diego’s Department of Animal Services Tuesday announced a gift of more than $101,000 in stock from an anonymous donor.
The donation, which was formally accepted by the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting, will support the department’s Spirit Fund, which pays for advanced veterinary care for sick and injured animals.
The donation brings the value of the fund up to $228,597.
“Thanks to the compassion and generosity of not only this donor but everyone else that has donated to the Spirit Fund, we’ll be able to continue to provide veterinary care above and beyond the capabilities of our shelters, giving more animals the chance at a forever home,” said Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa.
The Spirit Fund began in July 2008, after a 10-week-old puppy was found savagely beaten near the Mexican border. Department officials said the dog remained loving and despite her injuries, hadn’t lost her spirit, prompting her caregivers to name her Spirit.
Her plight gained national attention and donations poured in to help with her medical care. So much money came in that the department started the Spirit Medical Trust Fund to help other animals in need of expensive treatment.
Since that time, hundreds of animals have received medical attention.
County Animal Services spent $176,000 in Spirit Fund money in the last fiscal year.
Information about donating to the Spirit Fund is online at sddac.com/content/sdc/das/donate-volunteer/donate-money.html.
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