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
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
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
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.