• Facebook
  • Twitter
Case of the Month
Help From Angel Fund Puts Max on Road to Better Life
Surgery Returns Baby Kitty to His Idyllic Outdoor Life
Sweetheart Fights Cancer With Angel Fund’s Help
Angel Fund Helps Mango Overcome Chronic Disease
Young Shepard‘s Life Saved With Assist From Angel Fund
With Help From Angel Fund, Lillie Tries to Get Back on Her Feet
Angel Fund Helps Rescue Joy After Encounter with Foxtails
Angel Fund Aid Helps Give Rescued Dog a New Life
Angel Fund Helps Walter Regain His Health After GDV Surgery
Angel Fund Teams Up With Clinic to Save Pit Bull Named Mitch
Attacked by 3 Dogs, Lucy Is Rescued by Angel Fund
Angel Fund Helps Rescue Sabrina, a Bossy Feline
Tarzan Recovers From Encounter With Car, Thanks to Angel Fund
Angel Fund Helps Khloe Get New Lease on Life
Unable to Pay for Dog’s Surgery, Family Gets Help from Angel Fund
Angel Fund Helps Junior Defeat Rapidly Growing Bone Fungus
Angel Fund Helps Beautiful, Pregnant Boots
Martha and Angel Fund Save Tuminous, a Very Social Cat
With Help From Angel Fund, Nichole Saves Her Shih Tzu
Angel Fund Gives Big Lift to Jack and His Dog, Eula
Ollie’s Injured Knee Repaired With Help From Angel Fund
Nui Was "Little Big Man" and Loving Companion
Hit by Car, Husky Leia Lives, with Help from Angel Fund
Amazing Teddy - Helped by the AHF Angel Fund
Angel Fund Helps Sick Chihuahua Through Ordeal With Bladder Stone
Taryn Saves Hershey’s Life With Help From Angel Fund
Love for Daisy
Critter gets new lease on life with help from AHF's Angel Fund
Angel Fund Helps Abused Chihuahua Get 2nd Chance
Angel Fund Helped Porky Get An Extra Year of Life
Baby of the Family
Peanut of the Family
Mommaz Boy
Sandra's Beloved Family
Glorious Gabby
Nena's New Lease on Life
The Lights of Paris
Sweet Shane
Lucky Seven
Pretty Boy
Precious Tony
Sweet Wilma
A Star Was Born
A Family's Delight
Loveable Sassy.
Hope, Wood and the Angels
Saving Yoko
Hope for Daisy
Clarizcel, Koopa, and the Crenshaw Animal Hospital
Patching Up Patches
Heart Warming Support
Henrietta , Lola and Dr. Mark Nunez
Scottie, The Fernando Family and Dr. Liz Koskenmaki
Shelly, Shiloh and Dr. Barry Baum
A New Life for Jeannie
David and Kiki Running in the Cove
View all

Case of the Month

Clarizcel, Koopa, and the Crenshaw Animal Hospital

Clarizcel, Koopa, and the Crenshaw Animal Hospital

Clarizcel Perez and her beloved rescue dog, Koopa, met each other at an Orange County Animal Shelter.

She’d had a dog in her family’s home, but when she moved out, she wanted a pet of her own. Clarizcel decided to tour the local shelters, which is where she spotted an intriguing small dog that looked as if it might be part Pekingese. She asked to put a hold on him and came back a few days later to spend some time with him and see if they would be a good fit together.

“We went to a little cage area, where I could pet him and play with him.”

“He was very timid, and shy. It was obvious he’d been abused. I sat on the floor and began to pet him, but he was very afraid of me. While I tried to make him more comfortable, I was talking to the worker who was helping me with the process. After about five or ten minutes I got a little uncomfortable with how I was sitting and I sat back. That’s when he walked over to me so I could keep petting him, and then I thought, “This is it. It’s over. He’s coming home with me.”

Clarizcel’s friends helped her settle on the unusual name of Koopa. Clarizcel is an avid animal lover, especially turtles, and she really enjoyed playing Super Mario Bros. In the game, the turtles are called Koopa Troopas. So when a friend suggested that she call her new pet, Koopa’ Clarizcel thought, “I love turtles, I love Mario Bros, and I love this dog. That’s a perfect name!”

Clarizcel and Koopa just celebrated their four year anniversary together. It’s an anniversary they might not have gotten to share if not for the help of the Angel Fund.

In July, Clarizcel found a hematoma in Koopa’s ear. After doing a little research online, she decided to wait a couple of days to see if it would get bigger. Unfortunately, it did.

“I went to my local vet who told me it needed to be surgically  removed,” said Clarizcel. “That was hard because at the time I just graduated from college, and I didn’t have a real job. I was working part-time at a local frozen yogurt place, and I didn’t have the ability to pay that much money for him.”

Clarizcel decided to check around to see if she could find any kind of alternative care or treatment that might be affordable, which led her to the Crenshaw Animal Hospital.

“They told me they could give me a free first time visit, just so they could take a look,” said Clarizcel. “So I went in with Koopa, and they gave me the same results as my first vet, which were ‘Koopa needs surgery, it costs about this much, and payment plans aren’t usually done,’ so I was a bit disappointed.

But the next morning Clarizcel got a call from Dr. Henry Yoo who had reviewed her file. Much to her great relief, he wanted to help. Clarizcel went into the Crenshaw Animal Hospital the very next day and filled out the necessary paperwork to apply for assistance from the Angel Fund.

As a board member of the SCVMA, Dr. Yoo is happy to promote the usage of the Angel Fund by veterinarians, but he does wish more vets who are SCVMA members would learn about the program and utilize it. “I would love for our membership to be more aware of this resource,” he says. “I understand that the veterinarians may not necessarily think about the Angel Fund because they’re trapped in the daily care of their clients, but I would love if staff, like the office managers, technicians, or front desk workers knew that the Angel Fund is available.”

Dr. Yoo worked with Clarizcel to be able to afford Koopa’s surgery, and Clarizcel says she cannot express enough gratitude to Dr. Yoo and the Angel Fund for the help she received. “I know I’m not alone in the world because of people who do good work like this,” she says. “Sometimes life throws us these problems, and I thank those who helped me so much because I couldn’t imagine saying good-bye to my little baby.”

Return to case index