Pounds for Paws

Fran Korfanta walks Axel, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, at American Legion Park. He is healing after being dragged by a vehicle.

5K run or walk and pet photo shoot raise funds for Axel’s vet bills!

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.

Hopeful of finding a permanent home, the dog became

distracted by another dog and off he went. Rather than finding

a home, 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. But what does a homeless pup do when

he’s racked up more than $4,000 in medical bills?

Susan Kramer, founder of Happy Ending 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, is

scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, to generate needed funds

to bail Axel out of doggy debt.

Hosted by the Garage Gym, 230 S. Cole Ave., in Pinedale,

the event will be a fundraiser for Happy Endings

Animal Rescue.

Proceeds will go to help pay Axel’s veterinarian bills.

Early registration for the 5K is $15 and registration on

the day of race is $20. A pet-friendly gift bag will be given

to participants. Dogs are welcome to participate, but must

be on a leash.

Participants can have a photo session with Ela Photography

By Kaylynne. The photo session is free and an additional

donation opportunity.

Anyone unable to make the event can donate at http://


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.

Kramer said he will not be available for adoption until

he is completely recovered.

Happy Endings is a nonprofit organization that helps

care for animals taken to the Town of Pinedale’s animal

shelter. Volunteers also foster animals until permanent

homes can be found.

Currently there are two dogs and Axel in the organization’s

care and four to five cats in need of adoption.


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