We at VBB central typically share the heartbreaking cases where a beloved pet suffers due to owner misbehavior, poor choices, etc. Here's one where everything worked out, courtesy of one of our readers and her personal pet:
One Saturday afternoon I got a call from an rDVM that he was sending a 10 week old Boxer with white gums and a hematoma on his head over to my e-clinic. When he got to us he was indeed white and had a couple of spots of bruising. I questioned the client and after she made a phone call we found out the puppy had been in a room with rat bait the day before. I worked up an estimate for hospitalization, blood work, supportive care and a transfusion of plasma as well as packed RBC's (my e-clinic does not stock whole blood). The total came out to around $1500. The client was devastated and told me she couldn't afford treatment.
I happened to have brought my 5 year old standard Aussie to work with me that day to have him shaved down for the summer by our groomer. So after pondering what I could do about the bill (I'm just an associate, I don't set prices and can't make much in the way of executive decisions), I offered her an alternative. I said if she could pay for hospitalization, a few medications, and the transfusion set I would bleed my own dog to donate blood for her. She spent the next hour calling friends and family to help with the bill (it came to around $600) while we sedated my dog and collected 400mls of blood from him.
Boomer the boxer did smashing. He went home the next day acting like a normal bouncy puppy with 6 weeks worth of vitamin K. I told the 8 year old little girl that hugged him at pick up that she better take good care of him because he now had a little piece of my aussie in him.