SAN DIEGO–County Animal Services’ Spirit Fund received a donation of more than $101,000 dollars from an anonymous donor.
The money will help sick and injured animals get the specialized medical care they need to lead healthy lives in new adoptive homes, according to Tracey DeFore of the County of San Diego Communications Office.
The County Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of the donation during a board meeting Tuesday. That brings the Spirit Medical Trust Fund’s current total from $127,315 up to $228,597.
“Thanks to the compassion and generosity of not only this donor but everyone else that has donated to the Spirit Fund, we’ll be able to continue to provide veterinary care above and beyond the capabilities of our shelters, giving more animals the chance at a forever home,” said County Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa.
The Spirit Fund began in July 2008, after a 10-week-old puppy was found savagely beaten near the Mexican border. Despite her many injuries, she was still loving and hadn’t lost her spirit. As a result, the dog was named Spirit.
Her plight gained national attention and donations poured in to help with her medical care. The County launched the Spirit Medical Trust Fund to help other animals in need of expensive treatment.