Emergency Medical Grant

Live Love Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Grant funds supported femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery and a dental for Louie, a 5- to 6-year-old Pomeranian/terrier mix. These surgeries were necessary to heal old injuries and prepare Louie for adoption.

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

Louie is one of 80 dogs whom we took into our care during the first week of July as part of our Foster the 4th program, which saves dogs at risk of being euthanized for space when the shelter fills up around the 4th of July. This program has been embraced by our community, and we had a surplus of volunteers to temporarily foster dogs over the holiday period. As a result, our main barrier to further lifesaving was funding for medical care. We are committed to providing the best care for all dogs in our custody, and medical costs for this program were more than $32,000, given the number of dogs like Louie who required surgeries and other non-routine medical care. Dedicated grant funding has a major impact for dogs like Louie, allowing us to schedule his surgery without delays for fundraising. For Louie, that means less time in pain, less time until he is fully healed, and less time until he is ready for adoption. We are very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for supporting Louie’s surgery and allowing us to give him timely care in preparation for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Louie came into our local shelter as a stray and was there for almost two months. He was overlooked by adopters because he was quite fearful in the shelter and had some untreated medical problems that tend to be a financial concern for families. In particular, an untreated and unhealed leg injury was causing Louie pain and problems with mobility, and it appeared likely that Louie would require surgery.

We took Louie into our rescue’s care during the first week of July as part of our Foster the 4th program, ensuring that he would be safe over the 4th of July holiday when the shelter is full.

After our trusted veterinarian performed x-rays, we determined that Louie would indeed require a femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery in order to properly heal. Removing the femoral head would allow it to regrow, giving his leg an opportunity to heal properly. Louie also needed a dental, which could happen on the same day.

Louie’s surgeries took place this week, and he is currently healing in his foster home while he awaits placement with a permanent adoptive family. He is now toothless, but he’s the same playful, happy pup, and we know he will feel much better in no time. He is in loving hands with an experienced foster family who are helping to promote him for adoption into a permanent home.

Louie is currently listed for adoption here. He is smart, happy, and eager to please. We are excited to find this pup the loving, secure home that he deserves!

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was spent on emergency surgery for one of our special-needs dogs, Biscotti, who had 16 stones blocking his urethra. An emergency cystoscopy and urethrotomy were performed. In addition, Biscotti had severe trauma to his right eye, which required enucleation. The emergency surgery cost $3,050.95 in total, and we used the entire $1,000 grant to contribute to this expense.

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

The Petfinder Emergency Medical Grant helped Poodle and Pooch Rescue by allowing us to focus on rehabilitating Biscotti emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills to cover his surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Biscotti has experienced more strife in his seven years than many do in a lifetime. He was thrown out of a car and left to fend for himself in the wild. He was attacked by another dog so viciously, his eye had to be removed. Sixteen stones blocked his urethra, causing excruciating pain. But none of these hardships, brought about by abuse and neglect, changed his core essence. After we gave him the medical care he needed to recover physically, we placed him in a foster home to help rehabilitate him emotionally. Biscotti was adopted by a wonderful couple who understand that senior and special-needs dogs are true gems. They adopted Biscotti in late July and now his life is filled with new adventures such as going to the beach and visiting family. Each day, he is treated kindly and adored.

Humane Society of Lincoln County: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to offset the cost of Bella’s, a senior dog’s, eye-removal surgery. The grant funds allowed us to provided medical treatment for both a dog and a kitten.

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

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant, which offset the cost of Bella’s surgery, we were able to assist two other animals with medical emergencies. The grant also facilitated a positive outcome for Mila, a pregnant pug, who, after giving birth to a litter of three pups, none of whom survived, developed a severe case of mastitis. It took repeated visits to the veterinarian to get the infection under control, only for us to discover that she was heartworm-positive. With the grant covering her mastitis treatments, we were able to provide the funds for her heartworm treatment. I’m happy to report that she has been adopted and is doing well.

Nubby, the kitten, was turned in to the shelter with a badly mangled tail. Funds from the grant covered the cost of having Nubby’s tail surgically removed. She is now a happy kitten and doesn’t even miss the tail.

How many pets did this grant help?

Three

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

Bella was turned in to the shelter as a stray (first photo). Upon initial examination, it was obvious that she had been neglected. Not only was her fur matted and her nails overgrown, her right eye was matted with discharge and her hair was so long, it was difficult to examine the eye. Amazingly, even in her poor condition, she was as friendly as they come and very spunky for a senior dog. In spite of being a senior dog with a costly medical problem that would need to be addressed before she could be considered for adoption, the decision was made that she was worth trying to save. After several attempts to try and save her eye, it was determined that in the best interest of Bella, the eye had to be removed (second photo).

It took her a little time to adjust, but overall she did well. Being a senior dog, now with one eye, we knew it would take a special person to provide Bella with a loving home, and Sonia was that special person (third photo). She had seen Bella on Petfinder and she knew she had to make her part of the family. Sonia already had one senior dog at home and felt that she needed a friend. It all worked out wonderfully and their family is now complete (fourth photo).

All About Rescue and Fixin, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money went directly to pay for surgical services needed for Abu, the dog with multiple broken legs that we wrote about in our grant request.

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

This grant helped bridge the gap between what we needed to pay and what we had fundraised. This is by far the most expensive surgery we have ever agreed to cover. This grant made helping Abu possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

One very special dog: Abu

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

We received a call one June morning from one of the rural municipal shelters that we support in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. They had picked up a dog on Friday who had been hit by a car and could not use his front legs. They brought the dog to their emergency vet to keep him comfortable while they tried to track down his owner. They could not locate one. They contacted AARF and asked if we could assist the dog. We arranged for the pickup of Abu, as he was so lovingly named by the ER vet, and transported him to one of our orthopedic veterinarians.

X-rays revealed that his right front leg was a mess. He had a dislocated elbow, a fracture of the radius, a fracture of the ulna and an infected wound. His left front leg had a severe fracture of the elbow. Three surgeries later, all of these issues were corrected and we were given a $4,500 bill. Our supporters on Facebook really stepped up, and we raised more than $3,000 towards his care.

The Petfinder Foundation bridged the gap between our fundraising efforts and the amount we needed to cover his initial bills. Knowing his bills would be covered, we could then fully focus on his recovery versus worrying about how we would raise the funds needed to pay for his surgeries.

Abu is a goofy boy — he loves his life and it’s as if he knows he was given a second chance at it. He is always happy and always ready to offer love to anyone who will accept it. While Abu is not yet ready for adoption, we expect that, after his Aug. 1 appointment, we will continue to get good news on how he is healing and get an estimated date on when he will be able to start looking for his forever home.

Tennessee summers are hot and sticky. Abu and his foster mom are both pleased that part of his recovery is water therapy! The last two photos show him enjoying that part of his recovery!

Planned PEThood of GA: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for an emergency medical procedure for a kitten named Rogue. She had a diaphragmatic hernia that needed urgent repair, or she would have died. Luckily, she made a full recovery after her procedure.

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

Our organization rescues more than 800 cats/kittens a year. We are begged by shelters and the public to help, often. We typically say yes to healthy, young kittens, as they are easier to place in homes. However, when situations like this happen, our intake often has to come to a halt due to finances. The support of the Petfinder Foundation to care for baby Rogue greatly helped our rescue program stay a float.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rogue’s foster mom quickly realized something wasn’t right. The kitten was having trouble breathing and had to be rushed to emergency care and placed on oxygen. There we found that Rogue needed a lifesaving surgery to repair a diaphragmatic hernia. Not only did she need an expensive procedure, but she needed emergency care until the surgery could be performed. With the Petfinder Foundation’s support, Rogue was able to receive the care she needed, recover in her foster home, and get adopted!

Rogue and her friend Saber were adopted together. Their new owner has never had cats before, but his cousin came along to the adoption for support.

Orange Street Cats, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Sweet Matilda faced many challenges when she came to us. She had a huge, gaping wound from an attack and pyometra [an infection of the uterus], requiring emergency surgery. The generous Petfinder Foundation grant of $1,000 assisted in paying for her emergency spay and wound-repair surgeries, her two-week hospitalization, laser treatments, and wound care, totaling $2,714.

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

This grant literally allowed OSC to save Matilda’s life. Without this generous grant, some of her treatment may have had to have been delayed — a luxury our girl didn’t have.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Because Matilda was attacked by an unknown animal on or about Feb. 18, 2019 (she was apparently bitten by something on the shoulder blades, but managed to get away), New York State law requires that she complete a six-month rabies hold before being placed for adoption. Her surgeries were completely successful and, as you can see from her photos, she is beautiful! But her beauty pales in comparison to her sweet, playful, silly personality! We are counting down the days to Aug. 18, when we will be able to post her on Petfinder so she can find her forever family! She will make someone a wonderful, lifelong companion. We hope that we will be allowed to provide another grant report once she is adopted, because we know that her story will end well!

Rockstar Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

After applying for this grant, we learned that Fender has a transmissible venereal tumor. Funds from this grant were used to continue veterinary care for him.

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

This grant helped our organization by covering several of Fender’s veterinary appointments, not taking further funds away from our general operating expenses.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Fender was found running against traffic on a very busy highway just north of Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Thought to have a broken ankle, he was captured and taken to a local Mexican vet, where x-rays revealed he had actually been shot and the bones in his right front leg were shattered. The local vet performed surgery to salvage the leg, but after eight weeks, infection set in and the leg ultimately had to be amputated.

After Fender’s amputation, he developed MRSA and was found to have a transmissible venereal tumor (TVT). The MRSA was immediately treated and he is still currently undergoing chemo treatments for the TVT.

Despite the horrendous experience he had gone through, Fender is always wagging his tail. He is the gentlest and happiest boy and we are excited to finish his treatments and get him listed on our Petfinder page as soon as possible.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Angels of Assisi: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds granted to Angels of Assisi were used to provide medical treatment to Freddy. Upon arrival, Freddy needed fluids, antibiotics, and pain medications. His leg was severely matted and was amputated the next day.

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

This grant helped alleviate the financial burden that Freddy’s leg amputation was going to put upon the organization.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Animal Control brought a little pup in on March 18. He was able to walk and was all tail wags, but something was just not right. An awful smell wafted from him and filled our entire clinic, and his little legs were dense with matted fur.

After his sedation set in, the clippers came out and we discovered the cause of the smell: He had such horrific and extensive mats on his legs that they had literally almost severed his foot off. We attended to the mass infection immediately and shaved his other legs down along with the rest of him. Underneath the filth, we found a lovely little fellow whom we called Freddy Biscuit.

IV fluids, antibiotics, and pain medications were started immediately, and his leg had to be amputated the following day. Freddy stayed in our clinic for the following week to be kept under watch as he healed. During this time, Freddy found his forever home. His new dad fell head-over-heels in love with him.

Friends For Life: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Through this grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide Haley with the emergent-eye enucleation surgery that she needed following a dog attack over a french fry.

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

This grant saved Haley’s life. Her owner was not able to pay for the surgery and considered euthanasia. In a heart-wrenching decision, the owners surrendered Haley to Friends For Life for a second chance at life. Today, Haley (renamed Tuna) lives in a new home with a yellow Lab whom she adores.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This is a from Haley’s recent adopter: “It’s been about three weeks since I took Tuna (f.k.a. Haley) home. I want to say thank you to you and the FFL staff, volunteers, and donors. FFL chose to give a partially blind, fully deaf, senior dog a second chance at life through surgery. Not everyone would make that decision. I am so grateful you did. And I am doubly grateful to your behavioral-therapy team for teaching me how to communicate with Tuna. Tuna is such a gift. She is loving, hilarious, and a pro at finding squishy spots in the house for naps with her older brother (who is smitten and happily adjusting to his new shadow). Thank you for all that you for dogs like Tuna and for the people who are lucky enough to love them.”

Pittsylvania Pet Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Back in March, our Animal Control received a call about an injured dog. When they arrived, they found Janett. She had a 6-inch prolapsed vagina and part of her bladder was out. Our veterinarian performed emergency surgery to help her. We are happy to say that she is fully recovered and this emergency medical grant covered her treatment.

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

We are the open-intake shelter for the largest county in the state, and most of our animals are in need of varying levels of medical care upon arrival. The funds from the Petfinder Foundation emergency medical grant enabled us to save this sweet dog’s life and stretch our medical funds to help other animals in need. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for the difference you are making supporting shelters like ours and being a true partner in saving the lives of animals in need!

How many pets did this grant help?

One in particular directly, but indirectly at least six other animals were helped by the funds saved.

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

Meet Janett! This sweet girl was picked up by Animal Control after she was spotted running around with a large mass under her tail. She was immediately taken to the veterinarian, where it was determined that she was suffering from a vaginal prolapse. Vaginal prolapse is a condition seen in intact female dogs in which the tissue of the internal vaginal walls swells and protrudes through the vaginal opening. Upon further inspection, it was found that Janett’s bladder had also prolapsed and she required immediate medical intervention.

The fastest way to treat this condition (and the only way to keep it from reoccurring) was to perform a spay surgery and allow her hormones to decrease. So within a few hours of intake, Janett was taken to surgery. Janett may need another surgery later this week to help keep her bladder in place, so please keep her in your thoughts.

Janett is such a loving, energetic girl! All of the workers at Chatham Animal Clinic love her personality and gentle, playful nature. The Pittsylvania Pet Center strives to give animals like Janett a fair shot at a happy life and a loving, forever home.