Lancaster, CA, October 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Little Miss Rosamond’s best friend is a paralyzed pup who needs your help.
This Sunday, October 20th, Diamond Jim’s Casino presents a “No Limit Holdem” Tournament hosted by “Little Miss Rosamond”, Makayla Vaquilar, to benefit Ruff Patches, a local animal rescue nonprofit, and the Lancaster County Animal Shelter. The tournament begins at 1:00 pm and the casino, located at 118 20th Street West, will provide $2000 in extra chips to any tournament player who brings in a donation of two cans of dog or cat food.
Eight year old Makayla Vaquilar, the current “Little Miss Rosamond,” fell in love recently – not with a boy, but with a little Pit Bull mix puppy named Dodi. When Dodi was two months old, another family dog was running around playing and accidentally ran into Dodi, paralyzing the puppy. Part of the reason Makayla connected so deeply with Dodi was because she has also faced physical challenges in her short life.
Makayla has Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) which is very rare and consists of a facial port wine stain, glaucoma, seizures and abnormal blood vessels on the brain surface. Caring for Makayla has left her family with medical bills totaling over $30,000. When Dodi was injured, the family wasn’t sure what to do, as they couldn’t afford her treatment. That’s when Ruff Patches stepped in.
“When we heard about Makayla’s situation and her love for Dodi, we knew we had to do something, not only to help the puppy, but to keep this amazing pair together,” stated Christina Kilby, Ruff Patches’ President. “We immediately arranged to have Dodi seen by our regular veterinarian, Dr. Larry Bosma at North Valley Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster, and are moving forward with her treatment in a collaborative effort with Dr. Debra Olson-Warford of Quantum Health Chiropractic who is a Certified Animal Chiropractor. We are hopeful that she will regain mobility, but the current quote for her care and recovery is over $1000.” A portion of the proceeds Ruff Patches receives from the tournament will go towards Dodi’s veterinary bills.
Makayla commented, “I really hope the doctors can help, because I don’t want other doggies to make fun of her because she looks different!” Larry Bosma, DVM, who has begun treating the puppy, said “This is one of those opportunities where we truly get to live up to our slogan ‘A Passion for Pets, Compassion for People.’ Our whole staff lives by that motto.”
If you are unable to attend the event this weekend and would like to contribute to Dodi’s veterinary fund, please make a donation online at www.ruffpatches.org.
Ruff Patches empowers Los Angeles area pet owners to keep their pets and help stem the flow of animals entering the City and County shelter systems and nonprofit rescue organizations.
If you would like more information or would like to interview any of the involved parties, please contact Christina Kilby at 818-926-6429 or email@example.com.
Contact: Christina Kilby