ST. GEORGE – Scratch caught the hearts of many readers of St. George News, as well as those of friends and neighbors to the “doorstep” on which he landed. The rescuer of Scratch expresses gratitude that “while we can’t meet the overwhelming needs of the many, sometimes (especially with help) we can save that which lands on our doorstep!”
Scratch underwent a three-in-one surgery on Thursday, January 20, and is recovering beautifully. The most severe issue addressed was sharp glass-like shards of stones in his bladder. Test results have come in indicating these are struvite stones, which can likely be mitigated if not prevented entirely from reoccurrence through proper diet and nutrition, according to Dr. Brad Esplin of Red Hills Animal Hospital.
Scratch also required teeth treatment and extractions, solving his difficulty in eating. And, as is advisable as a general principle, Scratch has been neutered.
Not surprisingly, Scratch’s rescuer has found him impossibly engaging and embraces him into her home, complete with the companionship of a like miniature schnauzer, Toby The Wonder Dog.
The beauty of the saga of Scratch is the generous attention he has received; so much so that donations have exceeded his needs and are contributing to the charity funds of Red Hills Animal Hospital and P.A.W.S. for the benefit of other creatures in need. In addition to personal donations from $1 to $200 each, Best Friends (Kanab) and B.A.M. of Hurricane, Chris Neill’s Animal Rescue, and other creature oriented charities contributed.
“I am looking forward to taking Scratch on one of Eric Dodges’ All 4 Adventure recommendations soon,” Scratch’s owner said. “Please do consider helping our local shelters and rescue facilities, monetary donations, volunteer time given, and relieving our local rescues and shelters by helping the creature that lands on your doorstep … or your neighbor’s … or your friend’s; you can do it!”