Please Donate to help Jasper, a Pit Bull struck by a Car, then hit with Gangrene and Tetanus

March 7, 2009


If, in these dismal economic times, you can spare any funds at all, please consider this canine appeal. The complete story is on the left.
<Click image for larger view. Connecticut Post, 3/05/09

Donations should be sent to the Friends of the Shelton Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2036, Shelton, CT 06484. Checks can be made out to FSAS with “Jasper” written in the memo line.

Most vets are nice enough people, competent and caring. But Sheldon Yessenow is a cut above the rest. I can say this because I got to know him during the 5 years I spent volunteering with a Labrador breed rescue group, Labs4Rescue “Save a Lab, have a friend for life.” What he and his staff have done for Jasper, the pit bull is what they’ve always done — go above and beyond.

Dr. Sheldon Yessenow, DVM runs the Oronoque Animal Hospital in Stratford, CT. In practice for over 30 years, he’s a recipient of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association’s Best Vet of the Year Award. When Hurricane Katrina ht the Louisiana coast in August of 2005, he left his practice for 6 weeks to help treat the thousands of lost and abandoned dogs and cats the storm left in its wake. Here’s a little more about him in his own words from a New York Times profile:

“I was always interested in animals. I remember coming home on the school bus one day and noticing an injured squirrel on the side of the road. I hooked a wagon to the back of my bike and rode over to where I had seen the squirrel. Although I found a mother squirrel dead, one of the babies was still alive so I picked it up, brought it home, put it in an incubator, nursed it back to health until it bit me, and I let it go.

“We deal with a lot of emotional, psychological and personal issues outside of the pets’ physical problems. There are people who come to us with hopelessly ill pets who want to do everything they can to help, regardless of the cost. On the other hand, you might be involved with people whose pets have very treatable conditions and who don’t want to spend any time or money whatsoever. It’s hard to know.”

“I wanted to work on animals, not people. In human medicine, you need to specialize, but in veterinary medicine you could be a generalist and do obstetrics, dermatology, dentistry, neurology, internal medicine. I do everything from orthopedic surgery to trimming toenails. One time, this dog went into the woods to tangle with a porcupine. With the pet under anesthesia, it took me an hour and half to take out all the quills.” — from “My Job; I See Your Pets as Your Children,” The New York Times. Feb. 7, 2001


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