I just found this old thread for the first time, and while I sort of agree that the sentiments and love for pets expressed by the contributors is inspiring, I found the basic story to be disgusting.
Here is a frequent forum poster, who works for a very questionable local vet with an absolutely horrible reputation, putting out a call for contributions for a doggie with a broken leg which has been left on their doorstep.
But vet doesn't just go ahead and fix the doggie, but needs $1800... no, make that $3000 (plus), for what sounds like a fairly uncomplicated surgery. Sounds like it cost sort of "all they could get."
To me, this sounds unquestionably like a greedy con game for cash, yet I see no one on the forum questioning this... is this the game: That if we love doggies, we are automatically set up for scams and con games, and to question it makes us feel or seem cold-hearted?