"Kodiak has been with me through some of my darkest moments in life I've had him for 12 years so far and I REFUSE to put him to sleep because I am lacking the funds to help him," expressed Shana Lowell.
A loving dog parent is selling baked goods and even her plasma in order to pay her pet's vet bill. Per the Humane Society of Louisana (HSLA), Shana Lowell drives up to Baton Rouge from Denham Springs twice a week to donate her plasma to raise enough money for the treatment of her 13-year-old Pomeranian named Kodiak.
As of now, the vet suspects that Kodiak is suffering from an infection in the spine or bulging or a slipped disc. But they'll only be able to confirm the diagnosis post the MRI results. Unfortunately, Lowell was unable to afford the MRI procedure, which costs around $2,500 to $3,500.
That being said, the Maurepas resident was determined to somehow get the money needed to cover the vet bill. Thus she began selling baked goods in addition to donating her plasma and soon created a GoFundMe page to raise money for her precious Kodiak. "I've been with animal rescue for 17 years. Over the years I have spent thousands of dollars helping others financially with their pets as well as rescue homeless animals. I once had a good paying job that allowed me do help others but now I am disabled. Funds are extremely low even though I try to save money for emergencies when it comes to my personal pets," she wrote.
"This situation with my best friend who is my dog/child has become an overwhelming pain. It hurts to see him hurt...Kodiak has been with me through some of my darkest moments in life I've had him for 12 years so far and I REFUSE to put him to sleep because I am lacking the funds to help him," she continued.
"I don’t expect a whole lot because everyone has their own problems and money is tight for so many people, but even if it’s $5, my heart is totally warmed from any support I get," continued the post according to KALB. The fundraiser has since raised over $6,500.
Lowell's love and dedication towards her dog have touched many, including the director of HSLA, Jeff Dorson. "Shana is a true hero. I have never heard of anyone selling their plasma to help raise money for their pet’s veterinary care. We are happy to help Shana’s cause, and I hope and pray that others in her community and the surrounding areas help Shana reach her goal," said Dorson. Kodiak will reportedly remain on anti-inflammators and steroids Lowell raises enough money for the MRI and acupuncture.