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I dropped by the Irish Hound pub (575 St. Paul St.) last night, just not for the usual reasons. Normally, it’s a regular stop on my friendly neighborhood happy hour circuit, but last night I went by specifically to see Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. Along with being a great vet at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and holding court as one of the stars of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets, “Fitz” is also a stand-up comedian and a pretty good hand behind the bar.

His bartending stint raised over $1500 last night for the Colorado Helping Hands Foundation. If you’re an animal lover like myself, you should know about this group; the non-profit foundation helps provide life-saving care for strays and companion animals who would otherwise face euthanasia because of the cost of treatment. Donation help pets like Shadow, a young Malamute who requires a pricey shoulder surgery that his owners could not afford, and Nikita, a sweet chocolate Labrador who has lived with a broken pelvis for months now, awaiting an expensive hip replacement surgery. Of course, many of the stories will have happy endings. The group fixed a broken leg for Rufus, a gray tabby cat who is now happily healing, and saved the life of Faylene, an elderly little pug who required surgery to remove an ill-advised snack that blocked her intestines.

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Want to help? Check out their website here, or send donations directly, care of the Alameda East Veterinary Hospital at 9870 East Alameda, Denver, Co 80247.

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