Why the funds are low

Published 8:00 am Thursday, March 23, 2023

I would like to begin by thanking you all for the response I received to my article, “Peace of mind.”  I have often purposely spoken in the past about why the funds for Lennie’s Kids are low. Money is raised to build the account and to use as needed to help sick and injured pets.


Gracie, the sweet bulldog, had a cleft palate which I helped repair. Thus far, the fee is nearly $900, but she is healing well and her prognosis looks very good.

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Bailey, a 13-year-old Lhasa Apso, needed extensive dental work. Bailey has a heart murmur and I feared putting her under for the four-hour procedure that was needed. When I was reassured Bailey could handle it, I okayed the operation. Bailey’s owner is legally blind and on disability, and Bailey has been her companion since puppyhood. Approximately $1,600 later, the little trooper came out of it with flying colors. She is home now with momma and I consider that money very well spent.


Katie, a sweet pitty, also needed extensive dental care. She’s a handsome girl and allowed lots of hugs from Uncle Lennie. Katie’s owner shared the bill with me and my end was $950. The procedure was a success and Katie is home doing well and out of pain – also money that is well spent.


I’ve had a few minor cases as well. The latest was Ellie, a little Chihuahua that was off her food, had diarrhea and was vomiting. We did some x-rays and exams for parasites, fluids and meds: the bill was $175. I received word that Ellie has turned around and is back to her old self.


Then there was the old man who saw his orthodontist because his arthritis was flaring. Oh, never mind, that was me!


Seriously, I haven’t any doubt that the angels who support me agree with my philosophy, to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.


I, my kids and all the families that got their beloved pets back, wish to thank you all for your support. May the Good Lord bless and keep you. I remain your humble servant.


Thanks for listening.


Ellie has turned around and is back to her old self.


Leonard Rizzo is the founder of Lennie’s Kids, a non-profit organization that helps sick and injured animals in the foothills, promotes animal welfare and works to find homes for pets.