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The Wilbur Fund

A fund to help special animals having “special needs”

To help A.D.O.P.T. save other animals having extraordinary medical needs, please click here.



A good Samaritan came rushing through the door of the animal hospital with the lifeless body in her arms.  It was difficult to determine if the little cat was still alive or the impact of the car had left her lifeless. The medical team jumped into action to save her, minimize any permanent damage, and address her most immediate needs. The cat, barely 6 months old and VERY small for her age, was strong in spirit, and determined to live.  Mercedes, as she was named, allowed the team to do what needed to be done to get her headed down the road to recovery.  Her two hind legs had been broken and her eye severely damaged, requiring removal.   However, what would happen to this homeless kitten? The animal hospital is not an animal shelter!   Knowing that A.D.O.P.T. accepts many animals requiring extraordinary medical care, hospital personnel contacted our shelter on behalf of their little patient.

A.D.O.P.T. always goes the extra mile to provide extraordinary medical care and rehabilitation to animals like Mercedes, but this time, through the generosity of one of our veterinary partners, Mercedes’ comprehensive care was provided by Fox Lake Animal Hospital.  Mercedes was transferred from Fox Lake to our shelter, where she is temporarily making her home, while she awaits her forever family.  Thanks to A.D.O.P.T.’s Wilbur Fund, many animals requiring extraordinary medical care are able to obtain a new lease on life.

To help A.D.O.P.T. save other animals having extraordinary medical needs, please click here.


Wilbur came to A.D.O.P.T. from a local animal control facility in May 2008. A Basset Mix, he was a great dog and befriended all volunteers and dogs he came to know.

Sadly however week after week, while other dogs went home with their forever families, Wilbur remained with his A.D.O.P.T. family. He received the best care possible but in November he became very ill. With extensive testing we learned that Wilbur had developed a tumor within his sinus cavity which had developed tentacles extending toward his brain. Surgery was not possible. Sadly we had to let Wilbur cross over the Rainbow Bridge on December 18, 2008.

We could not help Wilbur but wanted to honor his memory with the creation of THE WILBUR FUND to help other animals who come to A.D.O.P.T. in need of extraordinary and costly medical care. Wilbur’s Fund has helped many animals receive the critical surgeries and other care needed to improve the quality of their lives. At A.D.O.P.T. we often accept animals having special needs. Can you help A.D.O.P.T. help these animals -- and honor Wilbur -- with a donation to his fund?

To help A.D.O.P.T. save other animals having extraordinary medical needs, please click here.

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