Bella Foundation Assists Animals in Need; Steps in to SPCA Role
You may have noticed a few months ago that we added “SPCA” (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to our name.
This does not mean we are part of any national organization (the ASPCA in New York City is an entirely separate entity), or that we receive any additional funding.
We added this to our name because it truly encompasses all that Bella has become in the central Oklahoma community. We provide more services to more people than any other pet-related organizations, from adoption events, to emergency financial assistance to pet owners in need, to low-cost vaccination clinics and more.
Recently we were part of two rescue efforts that you may have seen on the news. In March, we were called on to quickly assemble as many foster homes as possible to take dogs coming from a cruelty situation in El Reno, OK. 33 dogs were seized from deplorable conditions in a home there, and their owner faces 33 counts of animal cruelty.
The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division requested the help of The Bella Foundation as well as several other area rescue groups to take in the dogs, who needed extensive medical care and emotional rehabilitation. Read more about this story here.
We are happy to report that all the dogs (mostly pekinese and chihuahuas) are thriving in their foster homes, and will make wonderful pets when they are ready for adoption!
More recently, Deneoval Joel Derrick of Oklahoma City was arrested on charges of animal cruelty; an anonymous tip sent officers to his home, where they heard what sounded like a cage being thrown against the wall. They found a 10-week-old puppy with brain injuries and a sliced lip. (Read the full story here)
The puppy was taken to the Oklahoma City animal shelter, where they do not have the resources to give this puppy the long-term care he would need to survive.
So The Bella Foundation SPCA stepped in. The puppy is now safe in a foster home, where he is recovering well. He should be available for adoption in a few weeks! If you’re interested in adopting this dog or any of our other animals, please fill out an application and we’ll contact you!
Your donations make this type of rescue possible. Without the funds you provide, we would not be able to provide the expensive care these traumatized animals need. So THANK YOU from the animals, and from all of us here at The Bella Foundation SPCA!