BluePearl and Frankie’s Friends Help Dog and Family

by Shannon Royster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Melanie Fauchet wants every child to have a fighting chance, so she’s opened up her home.

“I have 15 children. Ten of them are adopted majority handicapped from a variety of countries,” said Fauchet.

She and her husband are drowning in medical bills. “I mean we have doctor’s appointments at least every week,” said Fauchet.

But that didn’t stop the Fauchet family from spreading their love even further.

“When we heard about Nova needing a home we decided that would be a nice thing,” said Fauchet. “He’s a very friendly and nice dog.”

What they didn’t know is Nova too would soon need medical care.

“He chased a squirrel over a ledge and the squirrel went over and landed fine, but Nova jumped over and didn’t land fine,” said Fauchet.

The 2-year-old German sheppard mix broke his leg, and it would cost more than I could afford to fix it. Fortunately, financial help she didn’t know existed was on the way.

“Once your financial need is documented, we can move into the application process with Frankie’s Friends.” said Carla Ciuffo of Frankie’s Friends.

It’s a national non-profit foundation new to Tennessee that provides grants to qualifying pet owners.

“We can only help people if people help us,” said Ciuffo. The foundation relies on public donations to the group’s Hope Fund.

Once approved for the grant, the hospital and attending veterinarian also make a contribution.

Frankie’s Friends does not fund primary care for conditions such as ear infections, teeth cleaning, vaccinations and preventive care.

Nova is expected to make a full recovery after surgery next week.

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