The Zia Fund was established in 2004 in remembrance of Zia, who came into my life in a very special way.
Here is Zia playing in the snow.
My vision is to create a sanctuary and home network for those pets and domestic animals who find themselves homeless due to the death of their owner, or perhaps in need of a hospice situation.
For now, with the generous contributions from my customers and friends, The Zia Fund has assisted several pets in need of veterinary care that was unaffordable for their caretakers. So far, The Zia Fund has helped out several pets. Here are some stories:
Mickey had swelling around his neck. An x-ray revealed air pockets under the skin. A bite wound had probably tore the trachea and air was escaping under the skin. Mickey was treated using a snug dressing to keep the tear in the trachea closed so it could heal. Interestingly, they had a dog in two weeks prior with a similar tear and were able to treat it successfully using a dressing. The Zia Fund was able to pay for Mickey's treatment, a young pup with a long life ahead of him.
A kitty with an infected eyeball was able to have her surgery done. The Zia Fund paid over half the $450 bill.
There have been others as well. Approximately $1300 has gone to help those in need due to financial difficulties.
You may contribute to The Zia fund by contacting me by email. I look forward to distributing collection boxes and educating the public about the "older pet", and help people plan for their pets in the case of their death. It's not easy to talk about: but, like we plan for our children and loved ones, we can also plan for the care of our furry family members in the case that they out live us.
I am looking for assistance in turning the Zia Fund into a recognized non profit agency. If you or some one you know can help with that endeavor, please contact Marilyn at 505-293-1600. Thank you!