Axel is overall winner

McKenzie Staley photos A recovering Axel smiles with his foster dad Paul Swensen.

Marathon raises funds for surgery after dog was hit by vehicle

As of Saturday, $1,477 dollars was raised for medical bills for Axel, a dog

cared for by Happy Endings that was injured when hit by a truck. Donations were still coming

in throughout the week.

The funds will go to pay for the dog’s two surgeries needed to repair his injuries. Relinquished

to Happy Endings when his owner could no longer take care of him, 1-year-old Axel,

a shepherd-mix, was getting a nice walk by a temporary foster owner on June 26.

Rather than finding a home, Axel was more interested in other dogs. The temporary distraction

caused an encounter with a vehicle and he was dragged, leaving large tears to his stomach.

Technically, he was owned by Happy Endings Animal Rescue when the accident occurred.

Two surgeries later and several weeks of healing have left Axel recovering in a temporary home

and Happy Endings faced with $4,000 in medical bills.

Susan Kramer, founder of Happy Endings Animal Rescue, said the organization receives

some funds from the Town of Pinedale for helping care for pets and some assistance for spay

and neuter programs as well as shots. However, the organization does not have the money to

cover the pup’s medical costs.

A 5K Run and Walk fundraiser, Pounds for Paws, was conducted Saturday, Aug. 24, to

generate needed funds to bail Axel out of doggy debt. Proceeds will go to help pay Axel’s

veterinarian bills.

Anyone who was unable to make the event can donate at

As for Axel, he remains in a temporary home during his recovery. While minus his tail that

was lost in the accident, the open wounds on his stomach are healing.

Along with Axel, other winners for the day include Rebecca Swenson, the winner of the

50/50 raffle, who won $80.

Winning runners were first male Alex Bitters and second male Tim Zebulske, first female

Jeanne Davis and second female Nicole Bitters.

What is Happy Endings?

Happy Endings Animal Rescue is a no-kill animal rescue,

taking in and re-homing more than 100 homeless

pets a year. H.E.A.R’s goal is to rescue as many dogs,

puppies, cats and kittens as can safely be managed

and to find loving, forever homes for pets of all ages.

H.E.A.R. ensures all animals receive appropriate veterinarian

care when they come into rescue and that they

are spayed or neutered before adoption.


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