Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 20, 2012

Animal medical fund started at shelter

ASHLAND — Emergency personnel responded to a call about a dog fight which resulted in the injury of a puppy. Animal control was called and the puppy was delivered to the Boyd County Animal Shelter, only to sit untreated and in pain.

“That really stuck with me,” Terri Tomondi, Ashland Animal Clinic hospital administrator, said of the incident that occurred several months ago. “How can we help these sick or injured animals?” She said the puppy did not receive medical treatment because the shelter had no funds for such treatment.

That incident and the death of a friend who was an animal lover inspired her to approach the county about setting aside funds to treat animals brought to the shelter with minor medical problems or pain.

Tomondi learned the shelter receives donations from the public, but many donors don’t specify their use.

On Wednesday, Tomondi established the Mary Nall Shelter Medical Fund. Those donating to the shelter who wish their donations to be used toward medical expenses of the animals can make their donation to the Mary Nall Shelter Medical Fund.

Nall’s daughter, Patti Sanford, was delighted with the idea.

“When Terri told me about it, I said, “Oh, my gosh, that is a fabulous idea,” Sanford said.

“We always had dogs growing up, everything from yorkies to shepherd mixes. The smaller ones were (Nall’s) favorites. She liked dogs that could sit in her lap.”

Nall instilled in all her daughters the love of animals, too. “Between my sisters, my daughter and my niece, we have 15 dogs and two cats,” she said.

“We’ve always loved animals and I just thought this idea was fantastic. My mother would be honored.”

The shelter is a government entity, not a nonprofit organization, but Tonomdi said she learned donations to the shelter are tax-deductible.

Tomondi said she eventually would like to see some of the medical fund money go toward preventive care for animals entering the shelter, as well as treating existing problems.

“Lots of people think animals at the shelter are going to be put to sleep,” Tomondi said. “That’s not true. They do a good job of getting them adopted and with working with rescues.

“I know (Mary) would be proud to think her name is on a fund that’s going to help animals.”

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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