In late November, the Bradford County Humane Society received word that it was to be the recipient of a 2020 Michele and Agnese Cestone Grant for Veterinary Costs and Supplies in the amount of $10,000.
Based in Pittsburgh, the Cestone Foundation has supported the veterinary costs of the BCHS animals for several years. This grant for veterinary care has given many struggling pets a second chance at life.
Earlier this month, it was Thorn’s turn. Thorn, an older Hound of the Baskervilles (bloodhound / mastiff mix) came to the shelter as a stray in October 2020, with a large tumor hanging from his chest and a milky cast to his eyes.
With the support of the wonderful folks at the Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation, and Amy and Todd Carr who made a donation for Thorn’s surgery, Thorn has been transformed. He still looks like a big mournful hound, but he is handsome again. His eyes glow, his tumor has been removed, his most troublesome teeth have been expertly pulled. His other teeth have been polished to a sheen.
His brindle coat is amazing in stripes of gold and sable. This gentle but rambunctious giant plans to smell the flowers and other less pretty things for several more years, if the shelter can find someone who wants a big hound to roam their property.
Pets available for adoption may be viewed at pa19.petfinder.com. BCHS is a no-kill shelter, and a United Way of Bradford County Agency.