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‘Angels’ help the most vulnerable pets in the community – The Daily Gazette

By Joe Lisella

Chili is a gorgeous cat with beautiful tiger markings. Despite his young age—he’s not even 2 years old—Chili is on his second visit to the Animal Protective Foundation (APF).

He was discharged with medical notes and it was obvious he was in pain. Our veterinary staff examined him and it was clear that he had very serious problems with his hind legs; X-rays confirmed that he needed a femoral head osteotomy for pain relief.

Another of our current pets is Lulu, a 6-year-old Chihuahua with the most remarkable ears. She was handed over to the APF because her owner had health problems that prevented him from providing care. Again our vet noted an unusual gait and discovered that Lulu had medial dislocation petellae on both of her hind legs and would also require surgery.

They are both relatively young animals with many years ahead of them, but without these surgeries they are unlikely to be adopted.

Our shelter veterinary team is well known as one of the largest providers of neutering surgeries in the Capital Region, but they also provide life-saving care to shelter animals. They are able to handle the vast majority of treatments and minor surgeries in-house, but often shelter animals need higher level care that requires a specialist.

“Unfortunately, more animals arriving at APF are injured or in need of advanced medical attention,” said Veterinary Medical Director Jackie Kucskar, DVM. “Our shelter is equipped for basic care and simple surgeries, but for X-rays, diagnostic tests performed by specialists, or more complex surgeries that require a board-certified surgeon, we rely on community vets. Our goal is to give each of the animals in our care the best opportunity to live a healthy, pain-free life in their forever home.

Our staff work hard to minimize these external costs and are often able to negotiate fees, but veterinary fees have increased significantly. Surgeries for each of these animals will cost several thousand dollars, which means we will spend 50% more in the first six months of 2022 than we did in 2021 on out-of-home veterinary care.

To ensure that we are able to help Chili, Lulu and all other animals with extraordinary medical needs, we are creating the APF Angel Fund. This fund will allow us to ensure that we always have the money available to help each of the animals that need special care that is beyond the means of the limited resources of our shelter.

To support the APF Angel Fund, visit; send your donation to the Angel Fund at 53 Maple Ave. in Glenville; or call 518-374-3944, ext. 105 if you have any questions.

Chili and Lulu will both be undergoing their surgery within the next week or two, and after a few weeks of recovery, they will be pain-free and ready to find a forever home, thanks to our community of angels who share our commitment to helping every animal in need. .

Joe Lisella is Executive Director of the Animal Protective Foundation, which contributes Animal Chronicles stories and welcomes animal-related questions and stories about people and animals in our community. Visit, follow them on social media @AnimalProtectiveFoundation or by email [email protected]

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