Good Samaritan Fund
"Dancer" with Misti Nuxoll (DVM '12)
"Dancer," a 7-year-old Powder-puff Chinese Crested, wasn’t always as
healthy and happy as she is today. She spent the first 6 years of her life
in a puppy mill in Oregon. When she came to live with a family in Idaho, all
her toes were dislocated from being confined to a wire cage. Her teeth had
rotted, she had a cyst, and an injured back. After numerous expensive
medical treatments, Dancer began to thrive and settle into her new home.
Then came the cancer diagnosis. But with nearly $9000 in veterinary medical
expenses over the year, the needed radiation treatment seemed financially
out of reach for Dancer’s family. So they applied for help from the Good
Samaritan Fund, created to help animals in need of special care, but who are
ownerless or whose owners could not afford treatment. After 6 weeks in the
hospital receiving radiation treatments during the spring of 2011, Dancer's
prognosis is good.
WSU veterinary students started the Good Samaritan Fund in the mid-1990s to
help animals in need of special care, but whose owners could not afford
treatment. The college is grateful for their initiative, and for the
generous donations of many caring individuals who support this fund.
Good Samaritan funds are only awarded to treat animals at the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital at WSU. To learn more about
eligibility to receive funds visit our
For questions about giving, contact Kay Glaser,
Assistant Director of Development, at (509) 335-4835 or