Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Program

WSU veterinary students started the Good Samaritan Fund in the mid-1990s to help animals in need of special care, but whose owners could not afford treatment. The college is grateful for their initiative, and for the generous donations of many caring individuals who support this fund. Good Samaritan funds are only awarded to treat animals at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at WSU. To learn more about eligibility to receive funds visit our application page.

A Corgi Puppy Gets a Second Chance

Murray and Kristy Fiorini
Image: Kristy Fiorini and Murray

When Kristy Fiorini first held the small, brown-eyed corgi puppy with a white patch on his right ear, she was smitten.  A long-time dog lover, she had been wanting a corgi ever since she could remember.  “My husband isn’t so much of a dog person,” she says. “But he gave me the puppy as a surprise because he knew how much I wanted him.”

After a neurological exam, WSU neurology intern, Dr. Sandy Chen, told Kristy that Murray had some blindness in one eye and did not appear to feel touch sensations on half of his face. He was also dizzy, which would not have been related to a disc problem in the spine. Something else was going on in his brain to cause his symptoms and the MRI would help them know more. WSU neurologist Dr. Hillary Greatting performed surgery on Murray’s brain to remove the infection from the abscesses, which was causing the blindness and lack of feeling in his face.  

After the expenses of the surgery and the medicine Murray needs every month, Fiorini says they were financially tapped.  So, they applied for funding through the WSU Good Samaritan Program.  They received $900, just a fraction of the costs, but it made all the difference. “Knowing we were able to go back for the follow up and have it financially taken care of helped me sleep,” says Fiorini. “It was literally life-saving.”

Today, Murray, who is just a little over a year old, is feeling better, but because of the fluid pocket at the base of his brain, which he’s likely had since birth, his head still sometimes tilts and loses his balance.  “It has been touch-and-go,” says Fiorini.  “A lot of improvement, but a lot of uncertainty.  But I know we are on the right track.” 

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Pets and their families helped thanks to the Good Samaritan Fund

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Your gift will make a big difference in the lives families and their beloved pets who cannot afford treatment, or for homeless pets that struggle each day.

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To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Kay Glaser
Washington State University
P.O. Box 647010
Pullman, WA  99164-7010

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