Archie is a terrier mix puppy that was surrendered to Lafayette Animal Aid two weeks ago. He suffered two broken femurs and a shattered patella. His previous owner said he fell down a steep flight of stairs and the medical expenses were too high for him to continue to care for Archie.
"Immediately, Archie had to go into surgery as soon as we took him in," says Development Director Heidi Paterson.
The cost of the first surgery was three thousand dollars and today Archie had to go back to have pins removed from his legs. The cost of the bills is staggering and now the shelter is reaching out to the public for monetary donations.
"On any given day we house 300 cats and dogs and we do try to give priority to animals that are injured or sick, which is something unique," says Paterson.
Archie was one of three dogs rescued in December with severe medical needs. Snoopy was hit by a car and Tater Tot was shot in the face. All three are recovering in the care of Lafayette Animal Aid, the only no-kill shelter in Acadiana. The good news for Archie is that he is on the way to a full recovery and should be available for adoption by March.
If you are interested in learning more about Archie or the shelter you can visit their website www.lafayetteanimalaid.org or mail a donation to Lafayette Animal Aid P.O. Box 298 Carencro, LA 70520.