Dr. David Crouch, from Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery, is a true animal hero and is one of the driving forces behind our ability to create and maintain No-Kill communities.
Like most people who grow up to make careers out of caring for animals, Dr. Crouch’s affinity for them started when he was very young. “I had two older brothers who weren’t always nice to me,” he remembers. “I found solace in spending time with animals.”
When he was only 6 years old, a veterinarian took him under his wing. “He taught me all about dogs, cats, turtles, salamanders, and birds,” he says. “I was helping him nurse them back to health. Even at that young age, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian.”
It wasn’t until his first semester of veterinary school that he decided exactly what path his career would take. “I was pulling an all-nighter studying for finals,” he says. “At one point, I went down to the teaching hospital where they were doing a midnight c-section on a bulldog. They let us come in, scrub in, and revive the little puppies. I was blown away. I had never seen anything like that. I was hooked on surgery.” From there, he began pursuing surgical internships, surgical residencies, internships, and board certification to do small animal orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery.
In 2000, Dr. Crouch moved to Asheville and opened Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery. In 2013, he began collaborating with us to serve our community’s most in-need animals. “Since then, I have been able to work much more closely with Brother Wolf to provide some surgical in-kind services for animals in desperate need of help.”
Most of the animals Dr. Crouch helps us care for are orthopedic trauma cases. “I help a lot of dogs and cats in our community who have been hit by cars,” he says, “or homeless animals who have made their way to Brother Wolf after becoming injured.”
Dr. Crouch says his most memorable case while working with Brother Wolf has been Chocolate, a dog who had been hit by a car then left to suffer under a mobile home for ten days until someone finally reached out for help. A patch of skin on his head and cartilage on his nose were torn off during the accident, and had become severely infected when left untreated. Dr. Crouch began a process that included excising diseased skin, seemingly endless antibiotics, wound care, skin grafting to replace his forehead, surgeries to repair his nose and cover an open nasal passage, and long hours of confinement and inactivity.
Because of Dr. Crouch’s skill and dedication, Chocolate not only lived, but went on to find a forever family who absolutely adores him!
A portion of the in-kind services Dr. Crouch generously performs are in partnership with our NeighborCorps program. Through this program, we work with people in our community to troubleshoot problems that may otherwise force them to surrender their beloved pets. We know that the only way we can achieve true No-Kill communities is by helping animals stay in their loving homes when possible — and we are so thankful to have Dr. Crouch’s help!
“I believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards to the animals in our community,” he says. “I have an opportunity to help, so I try to do as much as I can. My partnership with Brother Wolf is strong because we work together with high levels of excellence and attention to detail. Doing our jobs with passion and compassion is what it’s all about.”
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