Who We Helped!!
GRIFFY AND PLAZA!!
Griffy Cruz is an indomitable eight-year old male brindled Chihuahua.
He is a dog of strong likes and dislikes. If you approach his owner without his permission
you might regret it. He particularly enjoys veterinarian’s fingers! Griffy has lived
with a life-threatening disease for several years called autoimmune thrombocytopenia
and it prevents his blood from clotting properly. Even a tiny wound can lead to profuse
bleeding. There are a number of therapies used to treat this disease, unfortunately
Griffy does not respond to any of them. His survival has mainly been due to his spirit
and the amazing and wonderful care administered by the Cruz Family.
Chihuahuas, due to their delicate mouths, have a tendency to develop severe dental
disease and Griffy did not escape this problem. Due to his condition both his veterinarian
and his owner were hesitant to undertake dental surgery. However, his dental problems
eventually progressed to the point that his gums frequently bled. Eventually the
bleeding became so profuse that his blood count dropped to such life-threatening
levels that he required a life-saving blood transfusion. At this point Ms. Cruz decided
to take the big step and give Griffy the transfusion and immediately proceed to the
dental surgery. The costs for these procedures were considerable, however, a grant
from SFAfA helped defray the cost of the blood transfusion. This reduced the bill
to an affordable level for the owner.
We are happy to report that Griffy came through with flying colors, shiny teeth and
healthy non-bleeding gums. He should have many more years of protecting and loving
his owner with whom he has an amazing bond. This is the bond that San Francisco Aid
for Animals is proud to have helped protect and continue.
years ago Rosie was walking down Sixth Street with nothing particular on his mind
when he was set upon by a local transient with a puppy for sale. One look at the
tiny black pup with pointy ears and pointy nose and Rosie was hooked. Money changed
hands and Rosie had a four-week-old puppy in his shirt pocket. A phone call to the
SPCA provided feeding information for the pup as well as her interesting name of
“Plaza”. Plaza thrived under Rosie’s loving care and grew into a twenty-pound cutie.
Rosie’s best guess is that she’s a Terrier/Chihuahua cross. Chasing balls, playing
with two cats and two to three walks a day pretty much takes up most of Plaza’s waking
hours. At night she sleeps with Rosie. A tough life! This all changed this past
summer when Plaza decided that a 6-foot-high wall was the place to try flying lessons.
While the takeoff was spectacular the landing was rough and Plaza’s left rear leg
was up in the air. A quick trip to Arguello Pet Hospital revealed a torn ACL in the
left knee (an injury more commonly associated with NFL players). The cost of repairing
a torn ACL was considerably more than Rosie could afford but with a grant from San
Francisco Aid for Animals and the generosity of Drs. Kelly Smith and Rebecca Price,
Plaza had her knee repaired and was home to Rosie within a day. As with NFL players
Plaza took some time to completely recover from her trauma but she is now back to
her old self and hopefully staying off high walls. In Rosie’s own words: “ It would
not have been possible to get the surgery she needed without the help of SFAfA, Thank
you so much.
Aid for Animals had the previous story of Riot was also featured in SF Chronicle
and SFGate.com! Read more!