Emergency Medical Grant

Peak Lab Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Veterinary care and surgical expenses for Tuffy.

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

As the largest foster-based dog rescue in North Carolina, Peak Lab Rescue feels a responsibility to save dogs with illnesses and injuries that other smaller rescues cannot. We depend on financial support from generous funders like the Petfinder Foundation to help us continue this important work. We could not afford to treat costly emergency cases like Tuffy without your help!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tuffy was tearfully surrendered by his family at a small, rural North Carolina shelter for euthanasia after he was struck by a car. The family did not have the financial resources to cover the expensive treatment that Tuffy required.

Unfortunately, X-rays revealed that Tuffy had two fractures of his right rear leg and a crushed pelvis that would never be able to support his femur, even if his leg was repaired. The best course of treatment was amputation.

Tuffy’s surgery and recovery were both successful. Best of all, Tuffy was adopted by a family who had recently lost their young tripod Lab to a sudden, unexpected illness. His new mom, Jessy, reports, “I’m so happy and sad at the same time. I adopted Tuffy after losing my special dog, Pickles. Tuffy is much different, maybe even the exact opposite, but he brings so much joy to my life and has helped me heal.”

In addition to Tuffy’s orthopedic expense, he required neutering and heartworm treatment. Tuffy has rebounded from all his medical procedures and is now living his best life. Now that’s a happy tail!

Grey Face Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant of $920 awarded to Grey Face Rescue was used to support payment for double tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy surgery on one of our senior rescues, Cara, a 9-year-old yellow Lab.

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

This grant allowed us to say “YES” to a senior dog in need. Cara’s double TPLO surgery came at a time when Grey Face Rescue was experiencing a high number of emergency medical cases. Because Cara’s need was not deemed an emergency, she had to wait longer than initially anticipated to receive her surgery. Because of this grant, we were able to move forward in helping Cara while still supporting other senior pets in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cara is a sweet, goofy, 9-year-old Lab who is young at heart. She came in to rescue with a limp and it was later determined that she had torn ligaments in both of her hind legs. Not only was this condition painful for Cara to live with, but it held her back from living her best Lab life with her foster siblings. When the option for a double TPLO surgery to address Cara’s condition came to the table, our board of directors immediately wanted to move forward. Cara’s foster parents, Ashlei and Blake, were on board to help her through her recovery. They went so far as to rearrange their home and relocate their main living area to their basement so Cara would not have to deal with stairs post-surgery. Cara had surgery in early November and has recovered like a champ! She can now properly “sit” and “lie down” with ease and no pain. She is able to be her true, goofy self and live the life she deserves. The best part of the story? Cara’s foster parents are now her FOREVER parents! Ashlei and Blake have officially adopted Cara into their pack of Labs. The whole family is looking forward to when Cara is at the off-leash stage of her recovery so she can truly enjoy a Minnesota winter and play in the snow!

Crazy Cats Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $882.76 emergency medical grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used for the veterinary evaluation of Bravo, a tiny kitten found alone and with terrible eye infections. Bravo was examined by the veterinarian used most often by our rescue and by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist. It was determined that Bravo’s eyes needed to be removed and the Petfinder Foundation grant covered the expenses associated with this surgery.

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

This Petfinder Foundation grant enabled Crazy Cats to save a helpless kitten who desperately needed veterinary attention to survive. As a no-kill rescue, being able to provide the best care for our animals is at the heart of our mission. Bravo recovered beautifully and is now available for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bravo was found as a tiny kitten in a mall parking lot by a good Samaritan. He was alone and had horrible infections in both eyes. Crazy Cats Animal Rescue was called to his rescue. We immediately took Bravo to our veterinarian for an exam. Our vet referred Bravo to board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists. We were advised that Bravo’s eyes had ruptured and would need to be removed. The specialists believe that Bravo has never been able to see and darkness is all he has ever known. His survival is miraculous. He was fostered by the director of Crazy Cats, where he ate well, grew fast, and became very social. Happily, Bravo is otherwise healthy and has an excellent chance for a great life in the right adoptive family. When he was big enough, Bravo was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and became available for adoption on Petfinder (you can meet him here). An Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation made it possible for Bravo to get the best possible care for his eyes. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for your trust in Crazy Cats and for your support of Brave, a brave, spunky survivor who has stolen our hearts.

Paws for Life Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds were used for our kitten Phossy, who underwent lifesaving surgery to amputate her shattered leg and to correct the bite trauma to her face.

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

This grant enabled Paws for Life to afford special lifesaving veterinary care for Phossy in order for her to become adoptable. Financial support like this grant allows us to save more lives and provide needed medical care for homeless pets awaiting adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In July, Phossy came to Paws for Life after she managed to find her way into a trap and was taken to Animal Control. After some x-rays to determine the cause of her limping, we found that she had a shattered leg that needed to be amputated, as well as nose and lip trauma. Phossy’s leg amputation surgery went really well and she’s doing just fine. She has been happier and more mobile without her shattered leg. Her nose cartilage was destroyed due to a previous bad injury and her nasal passage had healed poorly, closing off the airway on one side. For a period of time, she had a stent placed in, and then surgery was done to repair the area (it may need more correction). She struggled with a very bad URI for a while but recovered. Although her foster mom had fostered dozens of cats and kittens before with Paws for Life, Phossy had a special place in her heart from the moment she came to her. After seeing Phossy through several rounds of antibiotics, an amputation, two nasal surgeries to reconstruct her nose, and lots of socialization, her foster mom realized she would never be leaving, and today Phossy enjoys her life at home socializing other kittens. She has been renamed Shrimp.

Outcast Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to pay for part of Gesa’s hospital stay.

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

The medical expenses for Gesa were in excess of $6,000. This grant helped us to pay some of the expense fairly quickly.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In September we saw a video floating around Facebook of a senior gal at a shelter who was clearly suffering. We immediately put out a request for a foster. Gesa, meaning strength and power, was brought to our emergency vet, where she was placed in isolation to be examined. As we suspected, she had pneumonia, but we didn’t expect it was going to be as bad as it was. She had bilateral pneumonia in both lungs and all fields. Her little body was filled with scars and it appeared she’d recently had a litter of pups.

The severe case of pneumonia had developed after she acquired an upper-respiratory infection at the shelter. She spent days in the hospital, dependent on oxygen. After several weeks of antibiotics, nebulizer treatments and rest, we are happy to say that she has fully recovered. She is now in search of her forever home. If you are looking for a middle-aged (7- to 8-year-old) love who enjoys the company of people and other dogs and would do anything for treats, check out our chocolate diva. She will melt your heart like a sweet Hershey’s kiss. Meet Gesa here.

Tri-County Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Money for this grant was used for Kariann’s amputation surgery and rehabilitation.

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

She has made a full recovery and is living her best life! She was adopted one month later to a loving home!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kariann is a 3-year-old poodle who has seen the worst and survived. She came to us from China through the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, saved from a meat truck where she was so packed in with other dogs that she broke her leg. When we received her, she was completely bald, covered with scabs and very malnourished. Her leg was shattered in two places and, after several consultations, we were told it had to be removed. We removed her leg thanks to your grant and now she is a happy, loving normal dog! One of our volunteers fell in love with her and she has been adopted.

I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant award was applied towards Ruthie’s surgeries on her legs. Her medical-care costs were estimated to be $2,500, which included multiple surgeries and follow-up care.

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

Through generous donations and the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to afford the medical care necessary to get Ruthie healthy again.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ruthie came to us as a pull from a nearby municipal shelter in Detroit, where a good Samaritan turned her in after finding her alone, emaciated, and with two broken rear legs. Once Ruthie was released from her initial surgery, she went into a short-term foster with a volunteer of ours who frequently fosters for us. Not long after, a more permanent foster family inquired about her. Ruthie’s sweet and playful puppy antics seemed to immediately win over the family and their dog. After a few more follow-up appointments and positive recovery progress with the vet, Ruthie’s foster family “failed” and wanted to adopt her, making her a permanent family member. Despite all the pain Ruthie endured, she has shown to be a resilient, loving, happy puppy who got the happily ever after she deserves.

Boxer Luv Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Intensive-care medical expenses

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

We needed to provide intensive care for our rescue Cotton. She required about 10 days in the ICU before transfer to foster care. The $1,000 grant was applied directly to those expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

We pulled Cotton from Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ, which would have had to euthanize her due to her multiple medical problems. We are the only boxer rescue in Arizona, and without our help, she was going to be put down. She was found with BB pellets in on her left chest/thorax area; bark/shock collar burning and scarring under her neck; and terribly thin at only 38 lbs. Her face was red and hot to the touch. Cotton was brought in to the rescue and given a chance because there was a light in her eyes and she has a fighting spirit that wants to live. Her eyes were absolutely pleading with us to give her a chance.

She was immediately brought to a vet and developed labored breathing, was very uncomfortable, and showed signs that something serious was going on. She required immediate transfer to an emergency veterinary facility, where she received oxygen therapy related to aspiration pneumonia. She has a problem in her esophagus which will be scoped when she is stable. At the current time, she is unable to eat and has aspirated more than once. It is anticipated that she will need surgery on her esophagus to allow her to be able to eat. Her other burns and skin issues will also be addressed when she is stable.

She left the hospital, but was then hospitalized in the ICU again after her blood pressure and body temp dropped. A PICC line had to be placed in her femoral artery so that we could provide IV medicinal and fluid support. A normal catheter in a vein could not because of the BP loss and consistency of her blood. Additionally, she continued to lose significant weight (which she didn’t have to lose), had very little strength left (struggles to get up and would stumble and fall at times). She had no – zero – muscle mass. While her spirit is still loving it is not nearly as strong, she is clearly very tired.

We met with her medical team which includes the hospitals Medical Director and several specialists. We know she has a systemic Neuro Muscular Disorder. We know she has an immune-system issue. We know that she won’t be able to use her tongue or throat again due to the nerve damage and that she will have to continue to live on nutrition and hydration through the use of her surgically implanted gastrotomy feeding tube. We know that she’ll always be at risk of aspiration pneumonia (she just survived a bad battle with that a month ago). We also now know there’s nothing more that we can do for her. We’ve spent a fortune trying to figure her out and find long term, reasonable answers. She’s deserved every bit of it but, in the end, we’ve exhausted it all. We will lose her.

We moved her back to her amazing foster mom’s home. She loves being home and, with the help of some added steroids, got a bit of a physical and emotional boost over the weekend. This is where she needs to be until she lets us know its time. BLR, and Cotton especially, are blessed with a foster mom that is not only deeply committed to her but is also a certified veterinary technician. She’s got the medical expertise at her side, at all times.

On September 27, 2019 we made the decision to let her go. It was been worth every penny to give her a shot. We’ll never ask, “what if…..” Thank you for that amazing gift – to us, her doctors and especially her!

Cats Are Us: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Alice was found underneath a dumpster and rescued through the work of volunteers. Alice was taken to a local veterinarian in Clarksville, Tennessee, where it was determined that both eyes were infected and she was blind in one eye. Alice was given eye medications in hope of clearing the infection and saving her vision in the other eye. She was referred to an ophthalmology specialist in Nashville, where she was seen on May 23. The specialist concluded that Alice cannot see out of either eye and the diagnosis is ocular lesions with infection in both eyes. The specialist recommended surgery to remove both eyes immediately. The overriding concerns were pain and the possibility of infection spreading to the brain. The cost of the surgery was $1,861. This Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant was used toward the cost of Alice’s medical care, including her enucleation surgery to remove both eyes.

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

This grant helped Cats Are Us save the life of this remarkable kitten. Our organization was helped tremendously by the amount of this grant given the amount of medical expense incurred to save Alice’s life. Your grant allowed Alice to receive the care she needed and allowed Cats Are Us to continue to rescue and adopt other cats using our normal operating funds. We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding this grant to our rescue and to this special kitten.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped one cat with a signficant emergency medical issue.

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

Alice is now about 5 months old and in good health. She continues to live with amazing foster parents who are also dedicated Cats Are Us volunteers. Not only does Alice have two human beings to watch over her, she also has several foster-cat siblings. Despite losing both eyes to infection, Alice lives a life much like a sighted cat. She eats, sleeps, plays, jumps and interacts with her human and feline friends. Since she doesn’t have vision, Alice uses her other senses to understand her world and communicate with people and other cats. She listens carefully, she tests unfamiliar territory with her paws, and she uses her sense of smell to find food and her cat companions. It is a fascinating and beautiful thing to watch this young cat navigate life without vision. We plan for Alice to remain with her foster family for the foreseeable future. This family loves her and is thrilled to have her in their home.

St. Clair TNR & Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The emergency medical grant was used for a lifesaving surgery to remove a mass from Tessa’s abdomen.

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

This grant allowed Tessa to have the second surgery she needed while in our care at less than four months of age. She had what was described as a mass in her abdomen, and we were told she had little time.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tessa came into our care after being hit by a car. She had a surgery to repair damages, and we thought she was on the road to recovery. A short while into her stay at her foster home, her foster mom noticed what we believed to be swelling in her abdomen. The foster mom was told by the vet who had performed Tessa’s first surgery that it was just swelling, and that she should hold a cool compress on Tessa’s abdomen.

A couple of days later, the foster mom took Tessa to get a second opinion. This vet put her on an antibiotic for the “swelling.” When she was not getting better, we decided it was time for a third opinion. This vet did an ultrasound and knew there was something in Tessa’s abdomen that needed immediate attention. She was rushed to the emergency vet clinic and had the large mass in her abdomen removed.

This poor girl endured so much in her first few months of life! Her foster mom nursed her back to health. During this time, Tessa bonded with foster sister, Harper. Harper was recovering from paralysis (we still do not know what caused the paralysis). The girls have since been adopted together and are living their best lives with their new mom and dad along with their new feline siblings! Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us give Tessa a second chance at life!