MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Pet lovers, can you imagine if something happened and you couldn't afford to get your pet the care it needed? That's not a good place to be in. One woman in Lawrence County and a host of supporters are trying to keep as many people as possible from being in that situation. We received a nomination email about Debra Amos, the founder of Lil' Susie Small Animals in Need Fund. The group helps pet owners in dire straits.
In the back of Pond Pure Catfish in downtown Moulton is the operation for the Lil' Susie Small Animals in Need Fund. Susie, a beloved pet that passed away in 2012, is the inspiration for it all.
"It just broke our hearts and it was a costly decision that we made," says Amos, explaining that they had Susie put to sleep after weeks of expensive medical treatment. "After she was gone, I had many sleepless nights. I thought what do people do when their animals become seriously ill and they don't have the funding? So many people live day to day."
Since the effort started, the group of more than 60 members and the veterinarians they've partnered with have helped 18 animals.
"The rewarding thing about that is when they first talk to me on the phone, they're so upset, crying and distressed their pet is in dire need of help and they don't know what to do," says Amos. "Then, when we get it all worked out, the next time I talk to them, they're just happy and the pet is doing well."
A wall full of pictures is proof that the group is making a difference. Amos is proud of what they've accomplished and is looking forward to expanding to help more pet owners in north Alabama.
"This will fund a complete surgery and treatment on one animal," says Amos, after receiving $319. "It's great! Thank you so much!"