Susan Higgins, Corporate and Foundation Relations Director of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
“I support the SPCA because I love animals. It’s that simple.”

Chris and Larry noticed their dog, Buddy, typically a big goofball, was suddenly lethargic. He also had a fever of 105.2°F. His dads were concerned and knew their 12-year-old pup needed immediate care.

They took Buddy to Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.  This veterinary facility, which is affiliated with the Richmond SPCA, has provided Buddy with full-service veterinary care for years at a cost his dads could afford. The facility also serves pets in local government shelters, feral cats, and those adopted from the Richmond SPCA.

There, the doctors performed diagnostic radiographs and bloodwork. The results showed that Buddy had a high white blood cell count, which more than likely indicated an infection. The vets gave the sweet, scruffy dog IV fluids and antibiotics, and sent him home with additional medications.

When Buddy returned to the hospital for his follow up a week later, his temperature had dropped, his bloodwork had improved, and he was back to his normal, goofy self!

“We are so grateful. There’s no way we could provide Buddy with the same quality of care without the hospital,” says Chris. “We are his caregivers, but the team there are Buddy’s extended family.”

Help pets receive the veterinary care they need at a cost their families can afford by volunteering or donating today at the Richmond SPCA!