Ac­ci­dent leads to hefty vet bill for Labrador fam­ily

Com­mu­nity of­fer­ing sup­port with fundrais­ing

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY [email protected]

Mar­lyce Shangreaux and Ross Humby of North West River are fundrais­ing to help pay off a hefty vet bill af­ter their dog was in­jured in an ac­ci­dent.

Peo­ple in North West River and She­shat­shiu have also come on­board to help.

The cou­ple own Red Wine Bed and Break­fast. Their dog Gala was in­jured on Aug. 24 when she was struck by a ve­hi­cle back­ing out of the park­ing lot.

Humby was the only one at home at the time.

Shangreaux and her mother were out of the prov­ince on va­ca­tion.

A vet­eri­nar­ian in Happy Val­ley Goose Bay de­ter­mined Gala needed to be sent to St. John’s via air cargo for emer­gency surgery and spe­cial­ity care.

The dog had suf­fered a femoral frac­ture; re­quir­ing plates and screws in her right leg. The first surgery was done on Aug. 29; two days later, vets in St. John’s used ny­lon im­plants to re­pair lig­a­ments in her left leg.

By Sept. 10 the dog was back home in North West River.

While she can’t walk yet, Gala is happy and do­ing well, Shangreaux said.

“She loves her help-me up har­ness. She’s only al­lowed in it a cou­ple of min­utes a day but it’s re­ally help­ing her. We just lift her up. She uses her front legs and we lift her back half.”

Although she’s ad­just­ing, Gala will need ex­ten­sive post-op care in­clud­ing physio, med­i­ca­tions and fol­low-up ra­dio­graphs.

Her care thus far comes with a vet bill of over $20,000. Shangreaux hopes to pay off the bill, which is on a credit card, as soon as pos­si­ble so as not to in­cur too much in­ter­est.

Al­ready, she said, they’ve raised sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars through var­i­ous fundrais­ers.

Shangreaux and Humby sold their Labrador tent for $300.

Shangreaux held a sweet loaf sale (she baked nearly 150 loaves of var­i­ous breads) which brought in over $450.

A friend did a pri­vate fundraiser (with­out Shangreaux’s knowl­edge) which net­ted over $500.

An on-line auc­tion be­ing planned. is also

He­lena Bur­den Riche helped or­ga­nize a cold plate sale on Sept. 30.

When con­tacted by phone about the fundraiser, she said Shangreaux is al­ways quick to help oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“Mar­lyce is the type of per­son that goes above and be­yond for every­body even if you are a stranger. She’s gone out of her way many times do­nat­ing her ser­vices or her time... We are just a small com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether at the end of the day,” she said.

On a Go Fund Me Page she has set up to help raise money, Shangreaux said she un­der­stands not ev­ery­one will un­der­stand the ex­tent she and her hus­band have gone to for their pet.

“For me, my dogs are like my chil­dren. They are fam­ily mem­bers. They spend ev­ery night un­der the same roof. The come on ev­ery trip to the cabin. They know the rou­tines, be­tween week­days and week­ends. They love spe­cial oc­ca­sions, and nice weather. They get lone­some when we are at work, but the hap­pi­ness makes up for it when we get home... And, given the op­por­tu­nity, they would do any­thing they could to save us,” she said.

In­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous fundrais­ers, in­clud­ing the Go Fund Me page, can be found on Shangreaux’s Face­book page (Mar­lyce Shangreaux).


Mar­lyce Shangreaux and her hus­band Ross Humby with their dog, Gala.


A pic­ture of Gala the night she got home, from a vet­eri­nar­ian clinic in St. John’s to North West River.

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