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THE NICHOLAS FUND
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN NICHOLAS DIDN’T KNOW IF HE WOULD EVER EAT AGAIN OR FEEL THE LOVING TOUCH OF A HUMAN COMPANION
Nicholas was a stray Golden Retriever that came to HEART in the cold of winter. He suffered a lot before he came to HEART. He was emaciated, lonely, sad, scared and freezing. It's the worst feeling when your belly's all hollow and no matter how far you walk, you can't find anybody to help.
Nicholas was placed in a loving HEART foster home. Imagine what it must have felt like for Nicholas to feel cared for and safe. Unfortunately, things took a tragic turn when we discovered Nicholas had untreatable kidney cancer. We made the heartbreaking decision to put him to rest on December 27, 2010.
Nicholas’ short time with us was filled with love. He passed on knowing he had lots of friends in HEART who cared about him very much. Even if that’s all we could do, we still made a difference in the life of this precious dog.
As rescuers we have to come to terms with the fact that we can't save them all. We do the best we can. However, there are those that we thought we had saved, but then events took a tragic turn and we were unable to give them the life we wanted for them. We had hoped so much to give Nicholas the loving permanent home and family he deserved.
In memory of Nicholas HEART established the "NICHOLAS FUND" to help other dogs that come to HEART suffering from abuse or neglect. We'll post dogs benefiting from The Nicholas Fund on our website.
MAKE YOUR SECURE DONATION TO THE NICHOLAS FUND USING YOUR CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL ACCOUNT
Scroll Down to Read More About Nicholas and See More Pictures of Him
THE STORY OF NICHOLAS
Nicholas with his foster mom and Dr. Adorno soon after arriving at HEART
Nicholas is a 4-5 year emaciated stray Golden Retriever. He probably would not have survived much longer outside in the cold and on his own. It may not seem so, but he got very lucky. He was rescued by a caring dog control officer who turned him over to HEART (she knew we would do everything we could to give him a chance to get well and live out his life).
Nicholas arrived at HEART mid-December 2010. He is now warm and safe in his foster home and is starting to get that "maybe it's all gonna be OK" look on his sweet face. His medical needs are being treated by Dr. Adorno and his caring team at Adoring Pet Veterinary Hospital and his foster mom (a vet tech). For right now they are just trying to get some nutrition into Nicholas. There is a possibility he has kidney and skin problems but these won't be addressed until he can rest and Eat..Eat..Eat!
Nicholas has physical and emotional healing left to do before he's ready for adoption. When he is ready for adoption we will work extremely hard to find the most perfect, loving, new home for him.
HEART is used to taking in animals like Nicholas but as an all-volunteer organization we must fundraise constantly to make ends meet. Nicholas' medical bills will be expensive but we know he is well worth the cost. It's quite a "high" when we are able to make a difference in the life of a deserving animal.
Nick with Quincy - the resident dog in his foster home.
Nicholas now has his very own, brand new collar with yellow bones and red hearts. He looks VERY handsome in it!
Nick in his foster home. Oliver the cat was Nick's best friend.
Every guy needs his own blanket!
Nick’s foster mom gave him a personalized ornament that says "Nicholas 2010".
Nicholas with his Christmas bone.
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