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November 9, 2009 (El Cajon) The El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services(ACES) Foundaton seeks help to replenish its "Chloe Fund", which pays for surgery on injured animals. In addition, ACES hopes to find a permanent or foster home for Hank, a husky struck by a car.  The dog has undergone $4,500 in surgery for injuries including two fractures in his front leg.

Hank was adopted recently to a home, but escaped and was hit by a car. The owner decided to relinquish him back to the El Cajon Animal Shelter rather than pay for the costly repairs. The dog was among four huskies picked up in La Mesa running free a few weeks ago. He is around six months old, neutered, and very friendly, according to ACES.

The Chloe Fund is named for a cocker spaniel who was turned over to the El Cajon Animal Shelter in 2006 by her owners because she was severely injured and they could not afford to care for her. Dr. Jennifer Sipes, the shelter vet, examined Chloe and determined that she probably had a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This condition requires expensive surgery. Her injury was so severe she was determined not to be adoptable in her current condition.

The Animal Medical Center of East County confirmed that she had injured her ACL and that surgery was needed. Although the Animal Medical Center gave us the lowest cost estimate they could for the surgery, the Shelter still couldn't provide the funds. El Cajon Animal Shelter medical funds only pay for routine medical procedures. If more is needed, it has to come from donations, so ACES paid for her surgery.

Chloe was the first Shelter animal to benefit from ACES fundraising efforts. Chloe recovered from the surgery and was soon adopted by Delora Knudson.

ACES established the CHLOE MEDICAL EMERGENCY FUND to help other animals in need of extraordinary medical care.

Checks, credit cards or cash may be mailed to:
El Cajon ACES
P.O. Box 1036
El Cajon, CA 92022

If you have any questions at all you may reach me:
Lynn Endicott
Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery & Custom Framing
120 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
619 447-3535


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