Emergency Medical Grant

Paws of Hope: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant was used to offset the $4,469.32 in medical costs for Foster. The medical costs included a very complicated surgery (to correct his broken pelvis and dislocated femur) by a specialist.

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

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant helped Paws of Hope SAVE FOSTER’S LIFE! Paws of Hope is a small, all-volunteer animal-rescue group, so $4,469.32 is a major expense for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant helped Paws of Hope SAVE FOSTER’S LIFE! Foster was abandoned and left in a box in a vacant lot, all alone, cold, thirsty, hungry, and in extreme pain from being INJURED! FOSTER WAS ALL ALONE! On Oct. 18, 2018, Foster was found and taken to the veterinarian for an exam. Foster had a broken pelvis and dislocated femur, most likely from a car hitting him. On Oct. 23, Foster had a complicated surgery to treat his injuries. The next day, Foster went into a foster home to recover from his injuries and surgery.

On Dec. 13, Foster had a good follow-up visit with the specialist. On Feb. 16, 2019, he was ADOPTED!

If Paws of Hope had not moved forward with the surgery in a timely manner to repair the damage that he’d sustained, Foster’s chances of survival would have been slim to none. Today, Foster is alive and thriving because Paws of Hope cared and gave him a second chance.

This video shows Foster’s journey prior to his adoption.

Parkers Rainbow Bridge Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For emergency medical surgery

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

It allowed our rescue to provide emergency surgery to remove an oral tumor on one of our elderly rescues.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Max is a 17-year-old French bulldog who found himself needing rescue in a local [open-intake] shelter when his elderly owner was admitted to the hospital and subsequent long-term rehab. Max was taken to our private veterinarian upon release from the local shelter and was found to have a very large oral tumor that was affecting his ability to eat food. The large tumor was removed during emergency surgery, which resulted in Max being able to eat comfortably again. He is now placed in a hospice foster home where he is being spoiled daily and even has a rescue fursister, Foxy, to go on daily walks with. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping our rescue with the grant to help Max.

Far Fetched Dog Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this grant were used for several tumor removals for our 7-year-old basset hound, Franklin.

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

This grant was able to pay for the surgery necessary to allow Franklin to live a normal, happy life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant was used to provide surgery for Franklin. There aren’t many words to describe what kind of a life Franklin has likely had, but we do know that he had spent many years as a victim of neglect. He was covered in masses, one of which was so heavy and infected, that we needed to have it removed immediately. Several masses were very large and made it difficult for Franklin to even walk. We were able to have these masses removed and tested for cancer. Although one did come back malignant, we were able to find a family who will love him for the rest of his days.

Franklin has found a home to spend forever, no matter how much time he has left. Franklin was in horrendous shape when he came to us, but we all believed he deserved a chance. Franklin is right at home with his new forever foster family, and it’s like he’s lived there his whole life! We couldn’t be happier for this little guy and we are so glad we took the chance for him!!

Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money granted by the Petfinder Foundation was used to pay for extensive surgery to repair injuries to the mouth of a geriatric hound who was stray and got his muzzle stuck in a can. By the time he was brought into the shelter, the wounds were severely infected and required a hefty surgery and some moderate aftercare.

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

This grant not only allowed this senior dog the opportunity to have a pain-free existence, but it allowed for additional funds to be utilized for other animals in need by helping with the urgent expenses associated with Trapper’s surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Trapper is elderly coonhound who was in foster care with us four years ago when he followed his nose to some far-off place and disappeared entirely. Then, out of the blue, he was picked up as a stray and found at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. He’d been seriously injured by what appeared to be the result of getting a can stuck around his top jaw. Trapper’s nose and lips were saved after an extensive surgery and recovery from infection. Soon afterwards, we also received an emergency medical grant from the Petfinder Foundation to assist with the costs of Trapper’s surgery and recovery.

As you can see in photos of him, he’ll have scars forever, but he’s very much on the mend. Trapper is a shy boy, but he comes alive around his trusted foster family, enjoys basking in the sun, and routinely takes all the toys from the toy basket and leaves them lying about the house.

Trapper is now available for adoption and is looking for a forever home! This boy is a true survivor. Wondering how he came by his name? When he was first found in Rawlins all those years ago, the big guy was caught in a leg hold trap laid by a hunter looking to catch a coyote or similar fur-bearing animal. Trapper has the scar on his foot to show for that misadventure. He’s had quite the life, but we’re sure he’s ready to settle down now. Meet Trapper here.

The Animal Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funding from the Petfinder Foundation was used to provide medical care for a dog in our shelter, Sadie, who had large masses on her abdomen, masses that we were unable to address in-house.

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

This grant gave us the ability to seek outside medical care to remove and diagnose cancerous abdominal tumors that were not only detrimental to Sadie’s health, but were also preventing Sadie from being spayed and therefore from being eligible for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

This grant helped us provide medical care for Sadie, a 3-year-old stray pit bull who arrived at The Animal Foundation in early October 2018. Although Sadie was an otherwise healthy (and happy!) dog, we discovered that she had large masses on her abdomen.

The masses were concerning for health reasons, of course, but also because they stood in the way of Sadie being spayed and therefore becoming eligible for adoption. It’s our policy that all animals adopted from The Animal Foundation are spayed or neutered before going home. We didn’t want Sadie’s health to be compromised or her wait to find her forever home to be prolonged.

The Animal Foundation doesn’t currently have the resources to provide the surgery that Sadie needed. With the generous funding from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to arrange for Sadie to be seen by veterinarians at a partnering hospital, who removed the masses and at the same time spayed Sadie. The masses were biopsied, and the results showed that one of the masses was a malignant skin tumor that is induced by the sun. Although the tumor might reappear later, her life expectancy and quality of life should not be significantly affected.

Sadie stayed at the hospital for three and a half weeks until she finished recovering from her surgery. She returned to The Animal Foundation on Dec. 5, 2018. It didn’t take long for this happy-go-lucky girl to be discovered by her new family: She was adopted nine days later on Dec. 14. Her new mom reports that Sadie is doing well — she’s physically healthy and enjoying life in her new home. Her favorite thing to do is play games with her dad in the back yard.

Thank you for helping us help Sadie!

FOWA Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Surgery for Kadyn

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

Kadyn was hit by a car and was lying in the road when someone stopped to help and brought her to the veterinary office we use. They called us and asked if we would take her.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

Kadyn was hit by a car and luckily someone stopped to try to help. She was in bad shape when she first came to us. Her eye had popped out of her eye socket; it hurt so much, it had to be removed and she spent days in the hospital with fluids, pain management, and surgeries. She also went to an orthopedic specialist for her broken bones. The grant helped us pay for her ICU care, update her vaccines and have her eye removed. She is now in foster care doing great, and we are starting to accept applications to find her the right home. One of the interested adopters is the women who stopped and saved her! Meet Kadyn here.

Cavalier Rescue of Florida: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help pay for eye surgery for Carter, who needed to have one eye removed due to glaucoma and cataract surgery in the other eye.

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

This grant helped us pay for a very expensive surgery so we could help Carter. Medical bills are our highest expense, so this grant really helped us meet the needs of Carter and our other rescues,

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant supported eye surgery for Carter, an approximately 10-year-old ruby Cavalier King Charles mix. He arrived in the care of Cavalier Rescue of Florida on Oct. 1, 2018. Carter was found as a stray by a good Samaritan, who could not keep him. It was evident that Carter had been living on his own for some time. He was fearful, had extremely long nails and needed advanced medical care. We were contacted to take Carter and we jumped into action! Upon coming into rescue, he went to a veterinarian for a complete checkup, was examined by a cardiologist and visited an ophthalmologist. He has a heart murmur, concerns with both eyes and was neutered and had a dental cleaning.

When looking at Carter, it was very clear that he had problems in both eyes. His left was completely blind and no longer functional. His right eye had a prominent cataract. He was likely completely blind. Following his visit to an ophthalmologist, we learned that he had glaucoma in his left eye and, due to a lack of treatment, his eye had essentially died and the inflammation had changed the structure of his eye socket. For his health and safety, the eye had to be removed. We were optimistic that his right eye could be treated for the cataract, allowing him to see again.

Carter underwent surgery to remove one eye and a cataract in the second eye. Sadly, the cataract surgery was not successful. Carter began experiencing uncontrolled pressure in the eye and eventually lost the second eye. Carter is still recovering from his surgeries and learning to navigate the world completely blind. We are looking for a very special family for him once he is well enough for adoption.

Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to cover the expense of surgery for a cat named Chiarra, who needed one eye removed due to infection and entropion eyelid repair on the remaining eye.

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

We use “Pat’s Fund” to help cover the costs of non-standard veterinary care, such as enucleations and amputations, for cats and kittens in our care. Chiarra was one of several sick or injured cats in need of significant vet care we had encountered recently and it had depleted our ability to afford to take in additional cats. The Petfinder Foundation’s generous support of Chiarra’s surgery means we were able to accept and help cats like her.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Chiarra was a sweet 5-month-old kitten who entered rescue at approximately two months old with significant eye issues. She was found alone in a parking lot in Danville, Pennsylvania, with one eye already ruptured due to infection. Her remaining eye was compromised due to entropion eyelid. After spending some time in rescue with good nutrition and care, she had surgery to remove the ruptured eye and repair the eyelid issue on Nov. 2, 2018. Removing Chiarra’s ruptured eye was necessary to reduce her pain level and vastly reduce the possibility of further complications, and the eyelid had to be repaired to reduce the risk of continued irritation and possible infection prior to making Chiarra available for adoption. Following her surgery and recovery time, Chiarra was brought to the adoption center at PetSmart in Selinsgrove, PA. She spent about a week there before being adopted by a local family.

3rd Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Surgery to repair Louis’ fractured ulna and radius (plate and screws placed in his front right leg)

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

We often take in the “underdog,” which means extensive veterinary care outside of the normal spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm testing and microchipping. Without grants like the Petfinder Foundation’s, we wouldn’t be able to continuously take in these underdogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Louis was found in Detroit in an abandoned building with three other dogs. It is suspected that he jumped out of a window, injuring two of his legs — one severely. Detroit Animal Control picked Louis up and released him to 3rd Coast Labrador Rescue. We took him for immediate veterinary care. He had surgery to place a plate and screws in his leg and is currently in foster care recovering. Louis has not yet been adopted. He was just placed in a cast, which will be replaced in a couple of weeks. We expect that he will have x-rays in about six to eight weeks to confirm that the bone has healed as expected, at which point he will be placed up for adoption.

Live Love Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this Emergency Medical Grant went toward the second of two jaw-repair surgeries required for Babycakes, a sweet 6-month-old stray dog whom we rescued from our local shelter. Sadly, her broken jaw was likely the result of an intentional kick under the chin. At the time of her rescue, Babycakes had been suffering from her injury for 2-3 months, and her jaw was rapidly deteriorating. Your support allowed us to seek emergency jaw-repair surgery. Her first surgery repaired the break, and about six weeks later she had a second surgery to remove the wires in her mouth. Her jaw is now repaired, stable, and no longer painful. With your help, Babycakes made a full recovery. She has healed emotionally and physically, and she has now been adopted!

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

We strive to be a reliable partner for our local shelter, rescuing dogs who have urgent medical needs that the shelter can’t address. However, funds for emergency medical care limit the number of dogs we can assist. The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant allowed us give Babycakes the urgent help she needed. Through her entire recovery, Babycakes maintained a happy, playful, and trusting spirit. Her story really touched our local community, which rallied around our organization to cheer her on. Babycakes has been a great ambassador for animal rescue, and a number of people who met her became supporters of animal rescue for the first time. Your support made it possible for us to focus on caring for her, telling her story, and educating people about how fostering, adopting, and volunteering can save more at-risk animals. We are so grateful for your support, which makes it possible for dogs like Babycakes to heal and find their happily ever afters!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Babycakes was brought to our local shelter as a stray on Sept. 23, 2018. She had rubber bands around her neck that had once banded her muzzle, and her jaw was broken. At the shelter’s request, we took Babycakes into our rescue on Sept. 28 to fulfill her medical needs. X-rays revealed that her jaw was broken in several places on both sides of her mouth. Due to the nature of her injuries, our veterinarian believed that her injuries were intentional, likely from a kick below the chin. Sadly, it appeared that her injuries had occurred 2-3 months before she was found, so she had been in pain for some time.

We immediately placed Babycakes with a fantastic foster family experienced with medical cases. Less than 48 hours later, Babycakes lost a molar and her foster mom noticed that her jaw injury was rapidly worsening. Most dental specialists were booked for the next four weeks. Fortunately, Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery was able to schedule her in for an emergency jaw-repair surgery the next afternoon. Her initial surgery repaired the jaw, and six weeks later she went for follow-up surgery to remove the wires in her mouth. The surgeries were successful, and Babycakes made a full physical recovery. Last week, Babycakes was spayed, which was the last step in her medical care. She is now cleared for adoption — and she’s got a loving family ready to make it official!

During Babycakes’ recovery from the first surgery, we were contacted by a couple interested in adopting her. They had another rescue dog and were experienced medical fosters. Linda and Jose fell in love with Babycakes, who is trusting, happy, and playful despite the abuse she experienced at such a young age. She began living with their family on a foster-to-adopt basis while her medical care was still in progress. Babycakes settled in nicely and loves playing with her parents and fur sister. Jose and Linda take Babycakes on family outings and love including her in everything. It’s a great fit, and Babycakes is so deserving of this happy forever home.

I had a chance to catch up with Linda, Babycakes’ mom, and she asked me to pass long her thanks. She wanted to share the following about their girl: “Babycakes never let you know that she was in pain during her recovery. She only looked forward. Over the last couple of months, she has really attached herself to us, and when we are out, she is always alert and scanning the scene. She is so smart, learning very well. We have enrolled her in obedience training and there is no doubt in our minds that she will be a star. We can’t wait to see how far we can take her. She is so playful and great off-leash. She jumps, runs, and loves to fetch the ball and the Frisbee. There is nothing stopping this girl.

“Even though she is missing a few teeth, you wouldn’t know. Her cute personality and demeanor with her tongue sticking out is adorable and she attracts everyone on the streets. She loves to chew her toys. We’ve recently had to upgrade her to the Super Chewer BarkBox, coming later this month. Her big sister Dolce (12 years) and Babycakes are good friends. We love that Babycakes makes Dolce act young again. We just adore her and look forward to getting past this last hurdle of her spay surgery recovery!”

We are so happy that Babycakes found such a great home, and we appreciate all that you have done to support Babycakes and dogs like her!