Bruno is recovering after treatment suffered in a hit-and-run accident that left his pet dog Charlie dead at the scene
It could have been any of us, enjoying the pleasures of walking our dogs on a beautiful fall evening. But for one Fairfax County woman, that simple act ended in tragedy. Fairfax County Animal Shelter Director Reasa Currier said, “These are the calls you never want to receive…a woman was walking through her neighborhood with her two beloved dogs and was hit by a car . The driver drove on and left a dog dead and the woman and her other dog seriously injured.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition the evening of the October 24 crash. His injuries foreshadowed a long recovery. Her daughter quickly started a Go Fund Me to help heal her broken ribs and sternum, multiple skull fractures and lacerations on the back of her head. The extent of his brain damage was not immediately known.
Her injured dog, Bruno, was taken to the Pender Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax. The Fairfax County Shelter and its supportive group of friends immediately appealed to the public for help with Bruno’s veterinary bills to treat a broken leg, swelling and abrasions.
The community responded. As of this writing, donations of nearly $30,000 have been made to help with the woman’s treatment and recovery. The public also stepped up to help Bruno, contributing an amount over and above the costs of his treatment. Group of Friends President Evelyn Grieve said: “Our community of animal lovers has helped us raise over $8,000 which will not only help Bruno, but also help other pets around the world. the need.”
Go Fund Me is a for-profit fundraising platform. It provides a safe and secure way to advertise and receive donations for a variety of needs, causes, and projects. The company charges 2.9% plus a small service fee for each donation.
The FCAS Friends group supports the non-profit “Finnegan’s Fund” and other efforts, which ensure that Bruno and other pets in critical condition can receive life-saving care. Currier adds, “Thanks to Friends of Fairfax County Animal Shelter for stepping in to pay Bruno’s medical bills. We are doing everything we can to save this little dog, so that his mom has something to look forward to during her recovery.