We All Need Somebody to Lean On

I saw this couple’s story on Headline News this weekend and was very touched:

Weeki Wachee, Florida – During this recession, many people across Tampa Bay have been forced to give up their pets.

But despite losing his job, Ted Koran of Weeki Wachee vows he’ll keep his cast of critters, which includes two horses, three ducks, five dogs, two pot-bellied pigs, two parakeets and more.

Koran has always been an animal lover, but his love for pets has taken on a whole new meaning.

Koran believes some of his pets can predict and stop his wife’s seizures. Karen Koran is a severe epileptic and has been diagnosed with four types of epilepsy.

[…]

Because she’s epileptic, Karen can’t work. And since she’s never been able to work, she does not qualify for disability.

Even though Koran recently lost his job as a heavy equipment operator, the couple refuses to let their animals go.

It costs about $100 a week to feed all of their pets. Koran is now down to eating just one meal a day, so that he can afford the animal feed and pet food.

“We’re worried that things are going to get tight [and that] we’ll lose our home,” Koran choked out through tears. “It’ll break our hearts if we lose our animals.”

I contacted Mr. Koran to inquire if there is any way we in the pet community could give them a “hand up” to hold them over until they get back on their feet. He sent me a kind response and I have included part of it here:

Nothing will be wasted and WILL be accounted for. Our address is 10396 Snowbird Ave., Weeki Wachee, Fl. 34614. Our phone is 352-584-8724. Our local feed store is Ranch Hand Feed Depot in Brooksville, Fl. and their phone is (352) 796-4186 for feed, hay and pet food. These donations can go directly to our animals. Let me know and I can pick the feed up. Because of scams I have asked the reporter, Janie Porter, who did the story to keep track of everything we do with the donations. We don’t want people to think we are gold diggers.

I don’t think that Mr. Koran and I know you’d rather be working. Many of us are struggling in this economy and indeed pets do bring us a quality of life that you can’t put a price tag on. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing people to help. Those of us who can, will.

Donations can be mailed to:
Ted and Karen Koran
10396 Snowbird Ave.
Weeki Wachee, Fl. 34614

Feed, hay, and pet food can be purchased at:
Ranch Hand Feed Depot in Brooksville, Fl.
Phone: (352) 796-4186

If you aren’t in a position to make a donation at this time, please keep a good thought for the Korans and for all the pet owners struggling and sacrificing to keep their pets in these challenging times. We’ll all get through this, together.

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