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Antoine’s Fund Supports Disabled Dogs

Posted by SusanStokes on October 24, 2017

Today I want to share with you a story passed along to me by a friend at PawsPR. The story is about a beautiful purebred husky named Antoine. Due to a complication of the infection Neospora during puppyhood, rigid paralysis set in his hind legs. Through no fault of his own, Antoine found himself in a shelter with no hope for a better future. In fact, most dogs who suffer from the debilitating effects of Neospora without treatment end up being euthanized. But the story does not end there.

Lucky for Antoine, a longtime animal advocate in Kansas named Janet Curran rescued Antoine. She took him to Colorado State University for treatment. Even though the veterinarians felt Antoine’s chances of survival were slim, with Janet’s support they pressed on for treatment and made recommendations for rehabilitation.

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Antoine in rehabilitation - photo credit Elaina G. Photography 

“His subsequent ongoing rehabilitation led him to Connie Fredman’s Canine Health Resort in Fort Collins where his life is now filled with friends and adventure, and the opportunity to give back as a therapy dog,” said the PawsPR representive.

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Antoine with his horse friend - photo credit Elaina G. Photography

“Connie has been caring for dogs receiving treatment at CSU for nearly 15 years at her Canine Health Resort. She works around the clock with no support staff to care for her own dogs, foster dogs and permanent fosters like Antoine.”

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Connie with Antoine - photo credit Elaina G. Photography

Antoine became such an inspiration that Janet Curran has since formed Antoine’s Fund, a nonprofit organization created to give other disabled dogs the same opportunity to live fulfilling lives.

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Beautiful Antoine - photo credit Elaina G. Photography

“Janet is also writing a children’s book and developing a plush toy of Antoine’s likeness to tell his story with the hope his determined attitude will inspire children in hospitals,” added PawsPR. “Antoine has worked with special needs children at a local elementary school and a number of Dog Nights at CSU comforting Freshmen who may be missing their own pets.” 

All the proceeds of Janet's book sales as well as donations to Antoine’s Fund will directly support Connie Fredman’s Canine Health Resort. To learn more and to support the cause, please take a moment to watch a truly inspiring video of Antoine’s journey along with his canine friends in action at the Canine Health Resort on the Antoine's Fund website.

Thank you PawsPR for sharing such a beautiful story with us!

Susan, Taurus and Gemini