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8009 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33626

Tel. 813 920-0566
Fax. 813 920-0549

Angel Fund

Ehrlich Animal Hospital created the Animal Angels Assistance Fund in an effort to provide discounted medical services to pet owners who are unable to cover the full cost of some services for their pet. Some examples of medical services covered by the Animal Angels Fund include pain management, minor surgical procedures, and emergency care. As part of our contribution to this fund, we discount Animal Angels’ recipients total cost by 20 percent; the Animal Angels Fund covers the remainder of the client’s cost. Care for Animal Angels recipients is offered on a one-time basis per pet/one time per owner. Recipients are identified/selected by Drs. Langbehn and Saleh. The success of this program depends upon donations from clients; donations and expenditures are recorded in a special account and are not tax-deductible.
“We’re so appreciative for our clients’ generosity to the Animal Angels Assistance Fund. Our clients’ contribution to Animal Angels is their way of showing their support for Ehrlich Animal Hospitals’ mission: to enable all of our patients to live long and healthy lives. Your contribution to Animal Angels is more than a generous and supportive action; it is an example of the type of kindness that makes our world a better place to live.”
-Drs. Langbehn & Saleh

Testimonials

Meet Niko Green!

He is a 7 year old Chihuahua mix who was presented with swelling on his eyes and the side of his face. His owner believed this was due to an allergic reaction, but then the swelling got worse after a week had passed and Niko became very lethargic. He also developed a fever, and the facial swelling had grown to the size of a golf ball. Niko had not seen a veterinarian recently, so he was not current on his heartworm prevention, but luckily he tested negative for heartworm and intestinal parasites which could compromise his immune system. Dr. Saleh examined Niko and determined that the area of inflammation needed to be lanced and opened up. He discovered there was a lot of dead tissue and drains needed to be placed so the wound could be opened and cleaned. Niko was able to go home later that day!

Four days later, Niko was happy, alert, and eating well. Dr. Saleh gave a dose of convenia, an injectable antibiotic, heartworm prevention, and some pain relievers to go home. Niko’s wound has decreased in size, but still requires more time before going back to being his old 100-percent tail wagging happy pooch self. With the help of generous donations from our clients to our angel fund, we were able to provide care for Niko at a discounted rate.

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Clyde M. is a 7 month old American Bulldog who came to us lethargic, having bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and not eating for a couple of days. He was very weak and had no previous history of vaccines. He was also riddled with fleas and had very dirty ears. Dr. Saleh ran some tests and we learned that Clyde had a number of issues, he was sporting a pretty bad ear infection, had hookworms, and a very dangerous illness called Parvovirus. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

Clyde stayed with us at Ehrlich Animal Hospital for 5 days in our isolation suite receiving fluids and medications intravenously. He remained very weak throughout his duration with us, but was able to make a full recovery! Clyde came back to us a couple weeks later and received all of his vaccines.

The Angel Fund was able to assist Clyde’s family in covering the medical expenses needed for him to bounce back. Had Clyde been a small puppy, it is very likely he would not have pulled through. Parvovirus is a serious and dangerous viral disease that is preventable with an annual vaccination

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 UPDATE: Timmy has received all of his treatments and was adopted by a lovely family.

Hi, my name is Timmy. I was lost on the street until a very nice lady found me and brought me to Ehrlich Animal Hospital. The staff here cleaned me up, gave me a cozy bed, and some good food. I had a pretty rough start though…my front leg has nerve damage so I can’t use it, and after being on my own for a while without heartworm prevention, I got bit by a mosquito and now I have heartworms. I also have a lot of intestinal parasites that make my tummy upset. In a few weeks, I’ll need to get special injections to get rid of my heartworms, and surgery to remove my bad leg and get neutered. Then I’ll be comfortable and not want to hit the streets again looking for love. Even though I love being with the nice people here, once I’m all better I would love a family of my own.

The staff here at Ehrlich are doing their best to make Timmy get better, but all these treatments get expensive. If you would like to help Timmy by making donations to our Animal Angels Assistance Fund, he would greatly appreciate it!

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To Every Staff Member at Ehrlich Animal Hospital,

Grateful, thank you, appreciative… none of theses words will ever express the depth of emotion my family and I feel towards each and every one of you. When a car hit Isabel in December of 2012, I expected Dr. Saleh to tell me one of two things after assessing her injuries; that she was going to be just fine or that she wasn’t going to survive the hit. I was both right and wrong. Isabel’s injuries were not life threatening and she had her young age and good health in her favor. She did; however, have a broken leg that soon posed many complications because Isabel is a resilient, active and energetic puppy who is determined to succeed in all situations.

As you know, putting a steel rod and pins in her leg physically restricted her to bed rest. Our home environment was not conducive to this and as a result, Isabel returned to your hospital weekly for checkups, most of which resulted in 3-5 day admissions. I explained to Dr. Saleh that with the costs of all her treatments to help heal her leg, it seemed impossible for us to meet. This resulted in a very honest conversation with Dr. Saleh about Isabel’s future: put her down or surrender custody. Both were heart-wrenching decisions.

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Dr. Saleh was compassionate, sensitive, empathic, and reasonable with our situation as well as to Isabel’s. He was the perfect advocate for both sides. He extended the offer to use a portion of the Animal Angels Assistance Fund’s donations to cover the remainder of Isabel’s treatment. I was speechless, and then I cried. Because of the funds in the Animal Angels Assistance Fund, Isabel was able to receive the treatments she needed and we were able to keep our puppy.

Due to every staff member’s professionalism, excellence, integrity, empathy, skill, compassion, commitment, patience, and because of the donations made to the Angel Fund, our family has remained together. Isabel has been given a chance at the medical intervention she needed to make a full recovery and live a long, healthy life.

Although this could never express what you’ve done for us, thank you to each and every one of you at Ehrlich Animal Hospital and to the generous people who have donated to the Animal Angels Assistance Fund. You are all Angels.

May God bless you,
Kristen Reed