Emergency Medical Grant

Home Sweet Home Pet Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant was used to pay for Rocco’s surgery to remove the cancerous mass on his hind end. He’s now not only had surgery but also follow-up radiation.

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

Without this grant, Rocco’s life would have been very short due to the location and rate of growth of the cancer. This grant enabled us to get him the surgery that he needed to remove the majority of the cancer. He can now look forward to years of living his best life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rocco came into our care with two perianal adenomas that had developed cancer. This was likely due to the fact that he had not been neutered. Now, he is both neutered and has had surgery to remove the majority of the cancer, with radiation to address what remained.

Rocco is friendly, playful, goofy, loving, and loyal. He gets along with other dogs and especially loves smaller females who are bossy and will play with him (though he does get along with others). He loves to go for walks and thinks that everyone is outside just to say hi to him. One of his favorite low-calorie treats is ice cubes. He is house trained and easy on a leash. His loves to snuggle and get kisses on his head — he is such a loving boy. He is now available for adoption! You can meet Rocco here.

Adopt Rescue Foster: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kristof had an FHO performed, then went through rehab.

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

It helped by paying a portion of his surgical bill.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Kristof came to us in April with a body score of 0. He was severely emaciated and had numerous medical problems. He wasn’t healthy enough to undergo surgery for his hips right away, but after a couple of months in foster care, he put on weight, and his heart was healthy enough to have his first femoral head ostectomy (FHO). He went through months of rehab on that hip. He is currently waiting to have his second FHO.

His foster will be adopting him once he has had his second surgery and has healed.

St. Clair TNR & Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This Emergency Medical Grant was used to help cover the cost of Zeus’s femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery.

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

This grant helped Zeus get the FHO surgery he needed to save his leg!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Zeus was hit by a car in the middle of the night. Thankfully, police officers found him and called us immediately. We rushed out to pick him up and took him to the nearest emergency vet clinic (naming him Zeus on the way). The vets made sure he was not bleeding internally and gave him some medication for pain management.

A few hours later, we took Zeus to our regular vet. That is when we found out that his back leg was fractured. We thought amputation was the only option until our vet told us of a surgery that was new to us. He said that if Zeus had the FHO surgery, he should heal and be able to live a normal life, run and play, and not have any long-term effects.

Although it was much more expensive, we opted for the FHO surgery for Zeus. He did not choose this fate. He deserved to be given the best chance at a great life! We did fundraisers and begged, pleaded, and even borrowed from our own pockets since this was an unplanned expense.

We had a consultation with the vet and surgery day was upon us! Zeus had the surgery, spent one night at the vet clinic, and then was right back up to his old tricks at the shelter!

Of course we were extremely careful when we took him for short walks, and then longer walks, and then even longer walks. We were terrified that we were going to “break” him. But as time went on, Zeus healed and started to become more and more active. He now runs around the play yard, chases toys, jumps up to visit people, and is living the life he deserves!

He had a potential adopter, but unfortunately, that fell through. So now we are searching for Zeus’s very special furever home. He has remained a loyal, loving companion to all shelter volunteers throughout this process. He deserves a special person to call his own, and that is exactly what we will find for this sweet boy! You can meet Zeus here.

Wildthunder Wildlife and Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used towards the expenses we incurred with Dale’s surgery (which was $2,600).

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

We are a small shelter, so a surgery like Dale’s has a large financial impact and affects the number of animals that we can help. With this grant to offset Dale’s expenses, we’ll be able to help the next animal in need of surgery in order to become adoptable (we currently have two more such pets in our care).

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Dale was found in a field by a young girl. He was unable to walk and was dragging his back end. X-rays showed that this poor guy had two fractured femurs. We don’t know what caused his injuries, but it does not appear that he was hit by a car. Even with the injuries, Dale is a sweet and loving cat and will be highly adoptable after his recovery.

Dale’s options were surgery or euthanasia, and this beautiful soul deserved a second chance at life.

Dale was recently neutered and was listed on Petfinder for adoption. You can meet Dale here.

UPDATE: We have some happy news to share about Dale. Yesterday, he was adopted by the young lady who found him in the field. We could not be happier that this boy got his second chance at life!

RSQ Dogs+: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used towards Pixie’s surgery bill to remove two masses and provide dental care.

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

The grant helped to pay part of Pixie’s surgery bill. That money covered by the grant can now be spent on helping other animals in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

RSQ Dogs+ is often contacted to assist other agencies with medical cases. Adoptable Pixie had a rough life. She didn’t even have to tell us. She came to us from the Iron County shelter because she needed medical attention. She had scars on her body, her canine teeth were filed down/broken off, and her tongue was split down the middle. These past injuries could have been due to a number of things but are consistent with what we see with dogs who were used as bait dogs.

Regardless of her past and what she might have been through, we believed she deserved the best care and a loving home that would spoil her rotten for the rest of her days. She had two masses removed, dental extractions, and was spayed.

Pixie fully recovered from her surgeries and became a failed foster. Her foster family fell in love with her right away and immediately adopted her.

From her adopter: “Pixie has brought a lot of joy to my life in a short amount of time. She has inspired me to be more resilient. She has gone through countless trials and still proceeds with life as if none of them had ever happened. She is the sweetest dog and I cannot imagine my life without her happy spirit!”

RSQ Dogs+ is thankful to have the support of the Petfinder Foundation and loving families.

Silicon Valley Pet Project: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for veterinary care for an adult cat we rescued from our local shelter who had an injured and degloved leg.

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

This grant covered the majority of the veterinary expense in treating Silver.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Silver, an adult grey and white tabby, was rescued by Silicon Valley Pet Project from our local animal shelter. His left rear leg had been injured and degloved. After receiving the medical care he needed from our clinic, Silver was put up for adoption and recently was adopted into a loving home!

Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

This grant allowed us to get Shatto the hip surgery that she badly needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six total: Shatto and her five sweet babies that she was pregnant with!

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

Who remembers Shatto? On Dec. 27, 2020, We received an urgent message from a vet tech at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital. Shatto had been brought to the vet by a good Samaritan who found her in a ditch on the highway. She was severely injured and unable to walk. She had a pelvis fracture and fractures to her hips on both sides.

She had surgery to repair the worst injury to her hip last month and has been healing nicely. She is in foster care and her foster plans to adopt her.

On Feb. 6, 2021, we got a call that she was in pain, panting a lot, and seemed to be very uncomfortable. So we called our amazing friends at Crest Animal Hospital, who did her surgery, and asked for more pain medication for her. Another experienced foster picked up the medicine to take to Shatto’s foster. When Madison arrived, she could not believe what she was seeing.

Shatto wasn’t in pain. Shatto was in labor! She was leaking milk and having contractions! This was definitely not the Saturday morning that we had planned.

We immediately called the amazing Dr. Lyle at Crest Animal Hospital and let him know what was happening. He looked at the x-rays from her surgery and said that due to her injuries, there would be no possibility that she would deliver these puppies safely. Despite his already overbooked Saturday, he told us to bring her in right away for a C-section. We were so incredibly thankful to have Dr. Lyle as one of our vet partners; he saved six lives!

Thanks to Shatto’s attentive foster, Madison’s quick action, and Dr. Lyle and his staff, we had five new puppies and momma was doing well! If all of these pieces had not come together, mama and babies very well could’ve died. We could not believe that these babies survived getting hit by a car, a serious surgery, and then a C-section. They were already little fighters!

All five beautiful puppies have been adopted.

Shatto hasn’t been adopted yet but her foster does plan to adopt her when she’s adoptable! She’s needing a second hip surgery and then will be adopted.

Second Chance Pets: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Emergency Medical Grant funds were used by Second Chance Pets to help offset the cost of orthopedic surgery that was required to save Skipper, a stray puppy who was rescued by SCP volunteers on January 4, 2021, after he was hit by a car. Skipper sustained bilateral breaks in his rear legs (one tibia was broken; the other had a hairline fracture) along with a broken pelvis. He had major orthopedic surgery on January 8, 2021, to repair the damage. The surgery was successful and Skipper made a full recovery thanks to the skills of his surgeon and medical foster mom.

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

In addition to the baseline veterinary care that Second Chance Pets provides for each pet in our foster program (including alteration, vaccines and microchip), we also rescue multiple animals each year who, like Skipper, have more extensive medical needs such as surgery or other specialized treatment due to injuries, past neglect, and/or major underlying health issues. Vet bills are always the highest expense category in our annual operating budget, so we truly appreciate this Emergency Medical Grant, which helped offset the cost of Skipper’s expensive orthopedic surgery and allowed him to become adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In early January 2021, Skipper was dumped in the middle of two very busy streets along with his mother and brother. The puppies were hit by a car or cars, with Skipper sustaining major injuries to his rear legs and pelvis. SCP dog volunteers were contacted on January 4, 2021, and immediately picked up the little family and placed them with one of our skilled medical fosters.

Skipper’s successful orthopedic surgery was performed on January 8, 2021, and, thanks to the care of his dedicated foster mom, he made a full recovery and made his adoption debut in early February.

Skipper quickly caught the eye of a wonderful family who had adopted another SCP dog during the pandemic and they decided to open their home and hearts to Skipper, too – his adoption was finalized on May 8, 2021, after his neuter surgery and he is very happy to be safe and loved in his forever home.

Lewis County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Denali, a 5-week-old kitten, had emergency surgery. He was suffering from intussusception and eye and upper-respiratory infections.

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

This year so far has hit us extremely hard with the overwhelming number of dogs and cats surrendered or brought in by Animal Control and the rescues of homeless, abandoned, hoarded, sick and abused animals. We have a hard time saying NO to any animal and we help as many as we possibly can every day. Our veterinarians have had to complete several surgeries for us and this has impacted our budget. As a small, rural animal shelter, we rely on the help and donations from our community and grants we are awarded. By receiving this $500 to pay for Denali’s surgery, it gives us the opportunity to use other funds to help other animals in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Denali was one of seven kittens rescued from a hoarding case and living in a bad environment. He was suffering from eye and upper-respiratory infections as well as intussusception [a life-threatening intestinal condition]. Denali had emergency surgery in March 2021 in order to save his life. He made a full recovery and was adopted to his furever home in April 2021. His new family loves him to death and he is being very spoiled. Here is what his momma said: “Denali is very lovable and likes to follow me while I do chores. He is big on just watching while I do stuff. I would say he loves me the most!”

Humane Society of Valdosta: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant was used to help cover the surgical costs for Birdie, a loving calico who required emergent specialty surgical repair for a diaphragmatic hernia.

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

Birdie was diagnosed with a large diaphragmatic hernia. She was having extreme difficulty breathing, as her intestines were taking up space in her chest cavity where her lungs should be. Birdie was referred to a specialty surgeon an hour and a half away who was willing to provide the procedure necessary to save her life.

We were afraid because of the expense involved that we would not be able to save her and had considered humane euthanasia, but we wanted to give sweet Birdie every chance. We made the decision to move forward with surgery, and posted her story on Facebook and Instagram in hopes of fundraising enough to cover the cost of the procedure. We were only able to fundraise $800 of her total medical bill of $1800 (including the rescue discount).

The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant generously covered the remaining cost of Birdie’s surgery, helping our organization tremendously by allowing us to pay for the services provided by the specialty surgeon.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Birdie is a young adult female calico kitty whom we rescued from the local municipal shelter. She loves giving head bumps, rolls for chin scratches, and loves to cuddle in your lap. When she was calm, she seemed to be a normal, healthy cat; but when we did her medical evaluation and gave her vaccines and dewormer, she started panting and her gums seemed dusky instead of pink, so we rushed her to our local vet to find out what was going on.

After some x-rays and a barium swallow test, we got the official diagnosis of a large diaphragmatic hernia. She had multiple loops of small intestines in her chest cavity taking up space and preventing her lungs from expanding, making it very difficult for her to breathe.

As mentioned previously, we were dismayed at the cost of surgery, but decided we needed to give her every possible chance — and we are so glad we did! Sweet Birdie had a phenomenal recovery, and rebounded faster than any of her doctors ever expected. She went to a foster home to finish healing, and her foster gave her all the attention and chin scratches she could ever want.

After she was healed up and living her new life, we had a family reach out to us about adopting her; we arranged a meet-and-greet and it was love at first sight! Her adopter tells us, “Birdie owns us for sure, not the other way around!” She is now living life to the fullest with her loving family. We are thrilled for Birdie and so thankful for the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation for making this “happily ever after” possible!