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Donated doggie dental care prompts Esquimalt woman to pay it forward

Sarah Bell enjoys an afternoon along Dallas Road with her dog, Allie Mae, who received free dental surgery from a generous vet hospital, thanks to UsedVictoria.com
Sarah Bell enjoys an afternoon along Dallas Road with her dog, Allie Mae, who received free dental surgery from a generous vet hospital, thanks to UsedVictoria.com's #UsedHelps program. Bell now wants to pay it forward by offering free painting services to someone in need.
— image credit: Daniel Palmer/News staff

An Esquimalt painter wants to pay it forward after a local vet hospital saved her beloved dog in response to an online plea.

Sarah Bell posted an ad to UsedVictoria.com in February requesting emergency dental help for 10-year-old Allie Mae in exchange for painting work.

“I was laid off four days before Christmas, and then Allie’s tooth broke,” Bell said. “I didn’t want charity, but I didn’t get any responses.”

A month went by before Bell got a call from Carly Russell-Huntley, community co-ordinator with the #UsedHelps program.

“We try to find ways of helping people in our community who post on our site, and this one really stuck out to me,” Russell-Huntley said.

With some free advertising incentives, UsedVictoria.com convinced Dean Park Vet Hospital in North Saanich to donate about $3,000 in dental work for Allie Mae.

“Allie Mae is her best friend, she’d do anything for this dog, and now she really wants to pay it forward,” Russell-Huntley said.

Bell recently posted a second ad offering her painting skills to a worthwhile person, non-profit or cause. UsedVictoria.com will cover paint costs up to $150 and potential recipients are asked to respond before Monday, June 16.

“I’d like to do something to give something back and I only have one skill,” Bell said.

Today, Allie Mae is healthy and full of energy, while Saskatoon transplant Bell is feeling the love from the Greater Victoria community.

“I’m so thankful to the hospital staff who donated their time, the incredible vet and especially to Carly who did not give up and went the distance for us.”

View Bell’s painting services ad here.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

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