ARLINGTON, Texas -- Connie Partin's companion is doing pretty well, considering what she just went through.
"Yeah, she's healing fast," Partin said.
Her dog, Poo Bear, had a massive tumor in her breast. At one point, it even ripped open.
Partin said she couldn't afford surgery for her 11-year-old dog, and had trouble finding a veterinarian willing to set up a payment plan.
As Poo Bear's condition grew worse, Partin said she didn't want to think what might happen to her.
"I don't know," she said before pausing. "I was afraid she was going to die."
Connie eventually ended up at the Arlington Animal Shelter looking for help. But it referred her to a new non-profit -- one some animal advocates called unique in North Texas.
It's called Sponsor Adoptions, Inc. and pays for medicine, surgeries, pet deposits at apartments, and other expenses for pet owners who have financial problems.
Since getting its 501(c)3 designation last August, Sponsor Adoptions has provided almost $10,000 in financial assistance to help dozens of owners from surrendering their pets to already crowded municipal shelters.
"It gives me satisfaction just knowing I'm keeping animals outta there," said Karen Monaco, President, Sponsor Adoptions.
But the non-profit's need is bigger than its budget.
It spent more than $1,100 on Poo Bear's surgery alone, Monaco said, sending dogs like her home with their owners rather than to an uncertain fate in the city shelter.
To donate to Sponsor Adoptions, visit this link.