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Case of the Month

Hope, Wood and the Angels

Hope, Wood and the Angels

Hope Dukeshire believes with all her heart that Woodchuck was sent to her through divine intervention. Just under a year ago, Hope and her son, Robert, were at their veterinarian’s office to pick up a rabies certificate for their dog, Susie. While Robert was in the office, Hope saw two little kittens running around in the parking lot. She already had two cats, Spooky and Cuddles, and had absolutely no intentions of adopting another one, but when she got out of the car and walked towards the stray cats, one of them, the dirtiest, little kitten she’d ever seen, came running right into her arms and started purring.

She took him into the vet office to turn him in, but learned that she was the one who would be responsible for taking the little guy to the local humane society. Although money was very tight for Hope and her family, that was a lucky week because they happened to have a bit extra. Knowing she would never be able to bring herself to turn the kitten over to the shelter, Hope used the extra bit of money for a check up and a bath for the little kitty, and brought him home.

Hope later found out that she never needed that rabies certificate for Susie in the first place, so she feels like angels made sure she was there at the vet’s office that day to bring that kitty home to be a part of their family.

“My husband is confined to bed,” said Hope. “I remember I brought in this little kitten and said, ‘Look what God gave you.’ All of us, my husband, son, and other pets bonded very strongly. We named him ‘Woodchuck’ because years ago when my son was very young we had another cat named ‘Woodchuck.’ His nickname is ‘Woody.’

Hope just adored Woody’s affectionate and wonderful personality. One of the things she loves about him most is how he’ll try to get attention from her.

“He so gently puts his paw on my cheek and turns my face to him,” she laughed, “and he’s got the most angelic face when he does it. He was a constant joy to us and he enlivened our life.”

One day in January, Woody started to get sick. When his condition worsened, Hope knew she would have to take him in to see their veterinarian at the Santa Ana Veterinary Hospital. Hope was deeply worried because both she and her husband are on disability with very high medication costs that make it difficult to make ends meet. When Hope learned about the costs involved in helping Woody get better, she was absolutely distraught.

“I felt so guilty because I felt like angels brought Woodchuck to us,” said Hope. “I felt like I’d betrayed him because I couldn’t afford his care. I just knew there was no way I’d be able to afford this operation to take care of him. It broke my heart and I started crying right there at the hospital.”

Luckily, Hope was able to arrest her tears when Dr. Abdul Qadeer told her about the Angel Fund and the options they could explore to help Hope afford the operation.

“It was a wonderful thing you all did for me,” said Hope. “Every day I look at Woody and pet him and I feel blessed that he’s in my life. I thank God for the Angel Fund and our wonderful vet because you all have made it possible for him to be in our lives.”

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