Late last fall, the Humane Society for SW Washington learned that the newly-created Banfield Foundation was donating $30,000 to the shelter for radiology equipment — something it hasn’t had during its 119-year history. Heretofore relying on local veterinary clinics for radiology services, this meant animals in distress had to be transported, and limited the shelter clinic’s ability to diagnose and treat many animals.
The HSSW team determined that whole body and dental radiology equipment were required, plus specialized staff training and a server for image storage. A 3-month fundraising campaign was launched with 25 “investor donors” contributing an additional $100,000 to the BF donation. The equipment is now installed, staff has been trained, and x-rays have been taken of more than 30 animals since early June. Lives have been saved, and animals are now leaving the shelter healthier and happier than ever.