Sick and injured animals get second chance at life

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- More than three dozen sick and injured cats and dogs rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control are getting a second chance at life.

It's all thanks to the Shelter Animal Surgical Service, a program launched by the Veterinary Specialty Center of Buffalo Grove to provide their veterinary interns with more surgical experience.

Veterinary Specialty Center works closely with organizations that rescue animals from CACC -- including Fetching Tails Foundation, Chicago Rescue Intervention & Support Program (CRISP) and One Tail at a Time. Some of the animals are surrendered to animal care after their family learns about an illness that would be expensive to treat, even though CACC does offer to pay for treatment in some cases.

In just the few months since the Shelter Animal Surgical Service program started they have worked on 42 cats and dogs. Participants in the program have had their eyes, tails and paws repaired. They've also performed surgery for animals with cancer. Within a year, they say hundreds of animals will receive life-saving surgery through the program.

For information on how to adopt animals saved through the Shelter Animal Surgical Service contact the Fetching Tails Foundation.