Hello Basenji Community,
I was a clinical social worker. In 2008, after spending a year in the war zone of Uganda, I traveled to the tropical island of Zanzibar for a holiday. Imagine my surprise when I followed the distinctive sound of a yodel and found a one pound, four week old Bisenji puppy in the garbage.
Three years later and Zanzi (named after Zanzibar) are companions in the best of ways.
However, upon my return I began to experience some symptoms of dementia (though I am in my thirties) due to sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from sexual assualt. The injury triggered a seizure disorder that has "addled" my brain. I have recently ceased being able to practice as a psychotherapist. I am living in a special housing program through an an agency for people with severe disabilities. My income is now $1000/month.
A few months ago Zanzi was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the result of the many bacteria and parasites she had when I rescued her. Her prescription dog food is over $200/month, all the money I have left for my own groceries after rent and bills. I am currently living off food from the food bank to pay for her dog food.
Does anyone know of a non-profit that might help cover the cost of her food for six months? I am hoping by then, with the help of medications and occupational therapy, that the fall-out from the seizures and TBI will be improved and I will be back on my feet.
Any guidance or assistance would be deeply appreciated.
Elle and Zanzi!