Michelle Mullins CDBC, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, Owner & Director of Training at Honest To Dog
“As a dog behavior consultant, I have a passion for keeping dogs with their families through behavior and training services. I’m equally passionate about VET Fund as their mission aligns with mine. Years ago, my husband and I faced an emergency with our first dog and could barely afford the needed care. I’m so honored to support an organization that works to make sure other families won’t face care choices based on cost.”

When Kitrinka noticed a pale liquid on her dog’s bedding, she thought it might be vomit or even feces. The liquid was also on Nikki’s rear end. However, after Kitrinka gave her 11-year-old dog a bath, the pus-like substance was still there.

Kitrinka felt her anxiety rise. She said a prayer and took Nikki to the vet. The doctor diagnosed the Pomeranian/Pekingese mix with pyometra, an infection of the uterus, which required that Nikki be immediately spayed to eliminate the infection. Nikki’s surgery and veterinary care were estimated at over $1,000, which was beyond Kitrinka’s means.

The vet recommended that she contact VET Fund. This nonprofit, which helps fund life-saving veterinary care when pet owners can’t afford it, helped cover some of the expensive veterinary costs for Nikki. After the hour-long surgery, Kitrinka was able to take Nikki home and began giving her pain meds and antibiotics as well as feeding her a special diet. She also had to keep her recovering pup from jumping or licking her incision, which Kitrinka said wasn’t difficult because of her dog’s sweet disposition.

Nikki celebrated her 12th birthday in November. Forever grateful to Dr. Mason and the supporters of VET Fund, Kitrinka declares: “You will always hold a special place in our hearts.”

Help families afford life-saving veterinary care for their pets by volunteering or donating to VET Fund.