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Dog Walk to Raise Funds for Ill,
Injured Dogs

After she discovered burglars had brutally beaten her dog Armani, owner Jessica Robertson rushed him to the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The 9-year-old cockapoo was diagnosed with multiple skull fractures, brain swelling, and bleeding in and around his brain.

Jessica Robertson hugs her beloved cockapoo, Armani, who was treated by veterinarians in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service in 2013 after a brutal attack by burglars. Robertson formed Armani’s Angels to raise money to help people with severely injured or ill dogs being treated by the SAECC Service at MU.

Battling to save his life, veterinarians in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service stayed by Armani’s side day and night for nearly a week. That constant care and attention, plus Armani’s willingness to fight, paid off. After only 10 days he was able to go home to his family.

To honor her beloved dog and those who cared for him, Robertson formed Armani’s Angels, an organization dedicated to raising money to help people with severely injured or ill dogs being treated by the SAECC Service at MU.

“Experiencing all the expenses that Armani incurred and without any insurance, it made me realize that many people are not in a position to pay for the vet care necessary for their animals,” Robertson said. “I never lost hope that as long as I gave Armani the means to survive, he would. I want others to be able to allow their animals that same chance.”

On May 17, Armani’s Angels will host the inaugural Wag ‘N’ Walk, a fundraiser to support the SAECC Service, at Cosmo-Bethel Park, 4500 Bethel St.

Human participants will receive lunch before the walk and a T-shirt, and their canine companions will receive a swag bag.

Registration and lunch will begin at noon at the park’s Ficklin Shelter, and the dog walk will start at 1 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash.

The entry fee is $25. Participants may register at the event, but Robertson encouraged people to RSVP in advance by emailing info@ArmanisAngels.org to ensure enough supplies are available.

Robertson hopes to make the walk an annual event and plans to continue raising funds to support the SAECC Service’s patients.

“Every pet saved means someone is able to spend more time with their best friend,” she said. “Pets are like family in most households, and losing them is devastating. If we can assist in allowing doctors to heal them, then we are doing our part.”

Donations to support the Armani’s Angels Gift Fund can be made online.

 

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