DASF Success Story: Richie

Richie resting after his surgery

Richie was in incredible pain the day he came to the City of Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center. He only weighed 43 lbs, his tail was broken in multiple places, and both his left and right ACL’s were torn. His right ACL healed on its own, but it would take surgery to fix his left ACL. Richie spend 63 days at the shelter with a painful torn ACL and no hope of finding a forever home. Fortunately for Richie, the Ochoas, a DASF foster family, stepped up to help. Monica and Joy Ochoa took Richie to their home and gave him the special care he needed. DASF posted Richie’s predicament on Facebook to ask for help. In only six days, enough donors had made donations to fully cover Richie’s procedure. After a successful surgery, the Ochoas took Richie to their home and gave him a comfortable and safe place to begin his recovery. Richie made a full recovery, and he was finally able to find his forever home.


Richie and his family

Richie loves his new family. He is already up to a healthy weight of 60 lbs and is still gaining more. His new owners say Richie loves to eat Billy Sticks and play with his sister Hazel and foster brother Cletus. He is also very responsive to his obedience and leash training through Pack on Track. His new family has learned that Richie is very affectionate and will cuddle with anyone for as long as they will let him. His owner commented, “Richie means the world to us, he is our baby!” They would like to thank the Ochoa family, the donors who funded his surgery, and Denton Animal Support Foundation for saving Richie’s life and helping him come home.


Richie wears a birthday hat, sitting at a table filled with birthday treats

DASF’s Emergency Medical Funding helps pets in the community and at the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center get the care they need in order to heal. If you would like to support the Emergency Medical Fund or one of our other critical programs, be sure and save the date for North Texas Giving Day on September 22, 2016. Your gift of $25+ goes even further on that one day with bonus funds from the Communities Foundation of Texas. Add North Texas Giving Day to your Google or Outlook calendar so you can get up and give on September 22nd!