A Jack Russell terrier puppy, hit by a car and left to die along Route 724 in Cumru Twp, Berks County in December 2004 was an event that tugged at the hearts and wallets of area businesses and residents to help cover this poor dogs medical costs. With a broken pelvis, two broken femurs and several lacerations, this puppy underwent several surgeries and made a full recovery. She was adopted by the ARL’s executive director, Harry Brown. Still without a name, Harry named her Noel since it was Christmas time.
Out of Noel’s experience arose The Noel Emergency Medical Fund established for future medical emergencies that may come through the ARL’s door.Nearly eight years later, the ARL’s Noel Fund has helped treat many injured and abused animals. Though it may not be tapped into for months, there are times when it is used non-stop. In 2012 the fund was depleted, not once, but twice.
The ARL does not turn away any animal. From injured dogs and cats to a goat in kidney failure, malnourished horses, neglected pot-bellied pigs and even a resident turkey that fell ill, all have found medical care because of the Noel Fund. A malnourished horse, Guinness and her companion were finally adopted together into their forever home after spending a lengthy time at the ARL regaining their health. A pregnant Chihuahua, in dire need of an emergency C-Section, gave birth successfully to two pups, all of which were successfully adopted.
As for Noel, the fox terrier puppy that inspired the fund’s establishment, she continues to thrive and is a constant companion to Harry Brown. She serves as a reminder to everyone at the ARL why they fight so hard for the safety and survival of all of the animals.
Article courtesy of Gailynne M. Fergusin, For Journal Register News Service