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Vail Daily letter: Service dog needs operation

Donna Griffin
Vail, CO, Colorado

Hi! My name is Neela and I’m a 6-year-old blue heeler. It’s funny that I’m heeler because I’m also a “healer.” You see, I’m a service dog for my Mom. You may have met me at School House Ranch in Eagle, where I am the mascot and a loyal companion to the local children who come to visit.

I am now unable to assist her due to my blindness caused by diabetes. I need an operation to remove my cataracts to restore my sight. This procedure involves implanting prosthetic lenses into my eyes, similar to what you humans think of as contacts. This will prevent the cataracts from growing back.

I can only pay in wet kisses, but they don’t accept those for payment, so I need money. The operation is very expensive, and I’m hoping you will consider helping me to raise the funds. I really need to see again. I recently fell into a pool because I couldn’t see it and it was very frightening for me.



I have my own account at any local Wells Fargo under the name Lee Caretto or Donna Griffin. It is the Neela Surgical Fund, if you would like to donate. Should you have any questions, Donna’s number is 390-1447

Thank you for reading my letter and I hope to see you soon !

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Neela, the “healer”

Donna Griffin


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