Emergency Medical Grant

Saving Hope Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help pay off the emergency surgery we had to do to save Mimi and her baby.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us save Mimis life. Without the C-section, she would have died while giving birth. We are so glad she made it out of the country and into our care so we could save her!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Mimi was rescued as part of a hoarding situation in the country. We were notified of an individual in a rural part of Texas with 40+ dogs, many of whom were pregnant, including Mimi. However, Mimi ran into complications when she went into labor. Her puppies were too big to birth naturally and we had to decide to do a lifesaving surgery for her and the puppies or euthanize them. We chose to save them. Sadly, only one puppy made it, but Mimi was an amazing momma.

Mimi is not yet adopted. She is learning some socialization with humans and how to live in a home and accept love. She has come so far and we know she will find her perfect family soon.

Canine Companions Rescue Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money went towards Tula’s vet bill for her emergency C-section.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant allowed us to cover an unexpected vet bill, which in turn allowed us to continue to take in adoptable dogs and dogs needing additional medical care beyond vaccines and sterilization surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

17 were directly impacted.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The grant was instrumental in helping us to care for Tula and her family. Tula was pregnant when we received her, and the x-ray showed about 13 pups. Taking in a pregnant mom does come with some expected expenses, but finding out that she needed an emergency C-section and that she would be giving birth to 16 puppies was very unexpected.

Tula gave birth naturally to 11 pups and then required an emergency C-section to deliver the remaining five pups. It was a tough surgery, but she pulled through. It became apparent that she was in no shape to care for 16 puppies. We immediately called on our incredible volunteers who bottle feed and sent half of the pups to several foster homes to be bottle-fed around the clock. Meanwhile, three pups were not doing well and our incredible vet team did everything they could, but unfortunately, we lost three sweet pups, Firestone, Dex and Harold. They are forever in our hearts.

Our organization had a nursing mom, Penny, who had just weaned her pups days before Tula gave birth, so we decided to see if she would take in the remaining half of the litter. Supermom Penny was willing and able to care for the remaining pups just like her own and took care of them until they were ready for adoption.

Our team did everything it could for this family. This grant was greatly appreciated, as we are still able to take on additional medical cases and continue taking in dogs needing homes with the assistance provided for Tula’s medical bill. The 13 surviving puppies have all been adopted into wonderful forever homes and momma Tula is available for adoption.

Meet Tula here.

The Cat Network: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for emergency eye surgery for a kitten who had a ruptured eye.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We had a kitten, Violet, who had what initially appeared to be an eye infection. After several trips to the vet and weeks of eye drops, it was discovered that her eye had ruptured and collapsed and needed to be removed.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Violet was rescued from beneath a rural porch in Spring 2020 with her four siblings. They all had respiratory infections, fleas, and were significantly underweight. Her four siblings were able to recover from the respiratory infection, but Violet just couldn’t overcome it despite numerous veterinary visits. It eventually spread into her eye, became an ulcer, and ultimately her eye’s structure collapsed and it had to be removed.

Throughout the long days and nights of antibiotic eye drops, pain medicine, steroids, and eventually eye surgery with sutures and weeks of e-collar use, Violet was one of the sweetest kittens we’ve ever fostered. She has a strong spirit and has proven her ability to overcome anything with a cheery disposition!

She now lives happily in her forever home with two other cats who love her very much. She enjoys running, playing with string, and chasing a laser light, although if the light passes to her blind side, she’ll cry until she can see it again. She has a giant personality in a tiny bundle.

Norcal German Shepherd Rescue dba ShepHeroes: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 2020 Emergency Medical grant was used for littermates Zeke’s abdominal hernia and Chloe’s inguinal hernia repairs, along with their respective neuter and spay. Both 8-week-old pups were rescued from the Tracy, CA, shelter as the state mandate shuttered animal-control facilities for Covid. Although we applied for funds solely for Zeke’s severe hernia repair based on the only clinic available for surgery at the time, we were able to work them into a different vet for a reduced fee, which allowed us to cover 100% of Zeke’s surgery and a majority of Chloe’s severe hernia repair surgery also.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Through the Petfinder Foundation’s 2020 Medical Emergency Grant, the funds enabled us to launch our two 8-week-old shepherd puppies to bright futures. Our vets had recommended immediate surgery to repair Zeke’s and Chloe’s hernias to avoid life-threatening complications, and the $1,000 grant allowed us to cover both littermates’ hernia repairs.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Zeke’s foster family, who cared for him from the time he left the shuttered shelter through the critical pre-surgery and post-surgery stages, found him to be irresistible and adopted him. He continues life as Zeke. His family had just lost their young shepherd to hemophilia, and Zeke filled their hearts with joy.

Chloe’s foster mom loved and cared for her through her critical time in rescue and during her recovery stages, and said goodbye when Chloe was matched with another shepherd-experienced family who had recently lost a beloved shepherd to cancer. Chloe is now Luna, living with a couple of teens and parents who adore her, posting regularly on an Instagram page dedicated to Luna: @gsd_.luna

Alljoy 4 Paws: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cataract removal surgery

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped to allow the dog to regain his sight.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Journey was a frightened dog in the shelter when he was rescued. His fear had to have been amplified by the fact that he could not see well and staff did not notice his sight being poor. The vet gave Journey an 80% chance of good vision post-surgery, which would allow this sweet 6-year-old dog a much clearer and brighter future when he is adopted by his fur-ever home! Meet Journey here.

Animal Rescue of Tracy: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical expenses: leg amputation due to severe injury

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Cherry Darling’s injury was unexpected and expensive, so this grant allowed us to provide the medically necessary care (amputation) to give this amazing and sweet kitten a future.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cherry Darling was found in the yard of a good Samaritan with a very badly injured back left leg and trouble breathing. She was taken to Jules Veterinary Center, where she was surrendered when it was apparent the good Samaritan couldn’t afford the level of care Cherry Darling needed.

Animal Rescue of Tracy stepped in and took ownership of Cherry Darling. At first it was thought that her leg was broken, but after radiographs it was determined the bone was not broken, but that there was significant soft-tissue damage. Though Dr. Valdez, the lead veterinarian, tried to save the leg, she determined there was too little soft tissue left to repair and the infection was too deep into what was left. Therefore, the best option was to amputate the leg. Cherry Darling was hospitalized for four days and then put on crate rest and medication for pain and inflammation as she recovers.

Cherry Darling is named after a character in the movie Planet Terror: the leader of a ragtag group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse who lost her leg during a battle, but continues to fight to survive. This kitten has fought against the odds to survive already and we just know that it is the best name for her.

Cherry Darling’s injured leg was not able to be saved, so it was amputated. With the love and care of her foster family and veterinary personnel, she made a full recovery and learned to function successfully as a tripod. She has since been adopted.

Dezzy's Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were given an Emergency Medical Grant, which we used for emergency medical, neurologic, ophthalmologic, and acupuncture veterinary care for Noodles, a 5-year-old Maltese mix who came to us from Miami-Dade Animal Services. Following total ear-canal ablation in both ears, Noodles had neurological complications and lost the ability to blink and produce tears, which put both eyes at substantial risk of loss. She has required round-the-clock eye lubrication and multiple visits to a neurologist and ophthalmologic veterinarian, as well as multiple acupuncture visits to preserve her eyes and potentially improve her lack of head mobility.

Right now, Noodles still needs a follow-up in January with the ophthalmologic veterinarian, who may need to tack her eyes shut to see if tear production can return and her eyes can be saved. She also needs follow-up by a neurosurgeon to determine the severity of her neurologic issues that remain and which have resulted in a substantial head tilt.

These important grant funds were used to support multiple visits to the ophthalmologist and neurologist and for veterinary acupuncture, all of which have given Noodles diagnostic support and some modest relief of discomfort and continued mobility.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our rescue organization frequently takes in dogs who have been severely neglected or abused and often require substantial medical, surgical and/or dental intervention. This was the case with Noodles, and we used the Petfinder Foundation grant to obtain critical veterinary specialty and acupuncture care for Noodles during her most difficult post-operative period and to support her long recovery, which still continues.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Noodles came to us six months ago from Miami-Dade Animal Services. After her surgeries, she still needs substantial medical and ophthalmologic follow-up and evaluation and hence she is not ready for adoption at this time. Once we know what her ultimate prognosis may be, we can hopefully work towards permanent adoption, which will require a special owner to accept and work with her medical challenges.

Noodles is well-acclimated to the Rescue Ranch and gets along with the other dogs. Sadly, she must still wear an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) 24/7 to prevent her from rubbing and scratching her eyes and ears. We hope that once additional evaluation and treatment are provided, we will know better when the collar can be removed and how much recovery there may be to her eyes and head mobility.

The Meriden Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds received through this grant were put toward the medical bill of $3,342.27 to perform Manny’s ear ablation, removal of eight teeth, and removal of a mass near his testicle.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped support our mission and allowed us to accept Manny into our shelter, providing him with the necessary emergency medical care he needed, even with an already-strained veterinary budget in an exceptionally difficult time. Having this help had a positive ripple effect, allowing us to then say “yes” to additional pets in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sometime while our facility was closed during the evening of Oct. 9 or in the early morning on Oct. 10, Manny was left unattended in a small cat-sized crate outside the door of our facility and was not found until volunteers arrived to open in the morning.

We are extremely grateful that no harm came to Manny while he was left out in the elements, especially given that our facility borders both woods and the highway. We do consider ourselves “lucky” that the person who left him also left a note telling us Manny’s name; however, there was no vetting information or way to contact them to get more details.

The note said that Manny had medical issues that they could not afford to fix and that his quality of life without the medical care was not good, but that he was loved and deserved more than they could provide for him. The person stated that they had left Manny with us because we are a no-kill shelter.

We do have a safe process for surrendering an animal, and unfortunately that process was not followed with Manny, whether because of shame or a lack of understanding that there were other, safer ways. However, it was not our place to judge, only to help this poor pup in need.

Upon bringing him inside, it was clear that Manny was in need of immediate medical care. His teeth were rotting, his left ear was filled with tumors, his right ear with filthy, and his skin was in very poor shape. It was impossible to tell where the strong smell of infection was coming from, but his dire condition was evident.

Despite the pain he was clearly in and, I’m sure, his confusion over being left, he was sweet and loving to our staff and volunteers. We rushed him to our vet partner, who immediately provided him with essential vaccinations, as well as a Benadryl injection to combat any reaction, and a microchip. Blood was drawn and a full physical exam revealed what we suspected: extreme dental tarter and rot, bad skin with small wounds apparently due to itching, a mass near his testicle, and a tumor in his left ear needing immediate further attention.

The tumor was connected in multiple places and extended into the ear canal. When the vet examined and attempted to clean Manny’s ear, Manny dropped down on the table, screaming in pain, trying frantically to itch at it. He left the vet on pain meds and other medication and had to wear a cone so as to not further damage his ears.

Manny was taken to a specialist shortly thereafter, who confirmed he needed an ear ablation. This was performed on Oct. 23, 2020. He also had eight teeth removed, and the mass near his testicle was taken out. While Manny was under anesthesia, the vet also performed a neuter. Manny was also found to have a heart murmur, which will need further monitoring.

Despite this extensive surgery, Manny pulled through with flying colors and went to recover with one of our dedicated foster parents. Manny’s foster mom soon realized that they could not live without him and he has been officially adopted into their family!

Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used for a bilateral enucleation and mammary mass removal for Leah Lemon Lollipop, a little mixed-breed girl we rescued from San Antonio, TX.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Having received the grant, we did not have to choose between providing the care Leah needed and helping other dogs due to limited funds.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Little Leah Lemon Lollipop came to us from San Antonio, Texas. She was rescued as part of a cruelty investigation by City of San Antonio Animal Care Services. While she’s not our typical German shepherd dog rescue, one look at her picture and we knew she needed us, regardless of breed. One of our volunteers flew down and brought her back as carry-on!

Due to her horrible past neglect, she needed a bilateral eye enucleation and had to have several mammary masses removed along with being spayed. Through it all, she has been lovely. The cost of the extensive veterinary care was a financial challenge, but we’d do it over and over again, as she had so much life to live.

Leah was adopted and was able to live for almost one more year until the cancer reoccurred and she had to be put down. She got to know life as a loved and cherished companion versus life as a puppy-mill/breeder dog.

NJSH Pet Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money towards surgery for a pit puppy named Tesha, who was seized by animal control with both sides of her jaw broken. She had been denied veterinary care for more than a month after she was attacked by another dog.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Tesha had two surgeries, resulting in $11,000 in veterinary bills. We used the $1,000 grant to help us pay for her surgeries.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

On September 2, 2020, we received a call for assistance from one of our rescue partners in Granville, N.C. Animal Control had seized a 12-week-old puppy who had sustained significant injury from a dog fight on Aug. 9. The emaciated puppy was living under the owner’s front porch and had not received any care for her injuries.

The initial veterinary evaluation determined that the puppy had bilateral jaw fractures and an eye injury, possibly from a puncture wound. Euthanasia was recommended due to the complexity, cost and long-term prognosis. The puppy was sweet and friendly. We committed to help her.

The puppy, ultimately named Tesha, was placed in foster care in North Carolina. Her eye was treated with antibiotics and showed improvement. On Sept. 5, one of our volunteers drove to North Carolina to bring Tesha back to New Jersey. She was immediately taken to our veterinarian’s office for treatment and observation. It was determined that Tesha was not in pain and she was released to foster on Sept. 7, pending a sedated x-ray scheduled for Sept. 9.

While in foster, Tesha needed to be fed pureed food, she frequently bled from her mouth, and she still had green discharge coming from her eye. Her breathing capacity was also limited due to a large obstruction of broken bone and teeth that blocked her airway. Nonetheless, she was happy and playful and loved to be with other dogs.

In the interim, we interviewed several oral surgical specialists. Tesha was examined and a treatment plan was put into place for surgical correction. Tesha was schedule for a sedated CT scan on Sept. 22, 2020. It was expected that Tesha would require two, or maybe three, surgical interventions. At some time during her recovery she would also need to see an eye specialist for treatment; however, that injury was secondary to her mandible fractures.

Tesha’s former owner is being charged with animal cruelty.

Tesha remained in a medical foster home through her surgery and recuperation. She recently began her search for a new family. It looks like we found a match and they will be taking Tesha home to be a part of their family in the new year.