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Help NAWS Give a Severely Injured Dog a Second Chance

NAWS in Mokena is trying to raise money to cover surgery costs for Mackenzie, whose leg was broken and was about to be euthanized before they stepped in.

Mackenzie. Credit: NAWS
Mackenzie. Credit: NAWS

NAWS in Mokena is looking to give a dog a second chance at life.

When they came across Mackenzie, she was at an animal control facility with a broken leg and was about to be euthanized.

Realizing that she would need surgery beyond what is capable at the Mokena non-profit animal rescue and medical care center, they decided to try a crowd sourcing fundraiser through GoFundMe.

“She is the quietest, sweetest loveheart that just looks sweetly into your eyes and is full of love,” wrote Jeannine Huck, NAWS board president, about Mackenzie on the GoFundMe page. “We cry just thinking about how anyone could do something like this to such a sweet baby.”

Response has been slow so far for Mackenzie’s fundraiser, with five donations for $165 out of the $2,000 goal over three months.

“Sometimes these things take time,” Huck said. “Obviously we’ll get her the treatment she needs as we can afford it, and the donations will offset the overall costs.”

While a range of care is offered at NAWS, including spaying and neutering, they are not able to take x-rays or perform ultrasounds. They do offer shots and exams for less serious conditions, such as ear infections, as well as boarding and day care. Visits generally cost about $25.

“Our hope is as we grow be able to extend more services to the community, such as breaks on food prices for families in need,” Huck said. “At the end of the day, we don’t want a pet to suffer. And we don’t want families to have to choose between putting food on their table and getting their pet the medical care they need.”

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