Emergency Medical Grant

Pawnee County Humane Society, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $119.13 received from the Petfinder Foundation was used to pay for medical care for Blue, an older female blue pit-bull mix: the surgical removal of her left eye and the removal of a large, low-hanging mammary tumor. All funds went to those surgeries (done at once) and were not used for anything else, including routine maintenance.

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

This organization helped Blue become adoptable and healthy. Blue came in as a stray with a variety of health problems that clearly had gone untreated for years. Without the removal of her eye and tumor, she would have continued suffering. Without these surgeries, adoption would have been less likely and she would have been in great pain and misery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

This grant helped Blue become adoptable and the surgeries, as previously noted, helped eased her pain and suffering. Blue came in as a stray found within the City of Larned in November of 2018. This was the second time during 2018 that the dog had been found as a stray. The owner had obviously neglected to give Blue proper medical care. Her left eye was bulging out of its socket and was pink. Blue clearly had had a lot of puppies during her life and she also had several mammary tumors, one of which was hanging down pretty far on the left side of the front of her chest. The owner claimed that she was born with both of those conditions and that the vets in Pawnee County had confirmed that. Upon further investigation and discussions with the vets in Pawnee County, this was determined to be false. The dog had not been to the vet for most of her life, if at all.

Dr. Burdett at Larned Vet Clinic told us that Blue was between 8 and 10 years old based on her teeth (which were pretty bad and likely make her appear older than she really is), and said he could remove the big hanging tumor as well as her eye. She was in otherwise good health, happy, heartworm-negative, and friendly to other dogs, cats, and people. The owner did not claim the dog within three days, never called or made any arrangements to get her, and despite her health issues, we determined that she was a good dog worth keeping and adopting out. Although she is a senior dog, she walks and runs really well for a dog who is supposedly 8 years old, and has adjusted to having on one eye. She is now spayed and vaccinated.

Blue is currently in a foster home with four other dogs. Blue has done well in that home with all of the foster’s other dogs. It is difficult to determine, in a shelter environment, how an animal will act in a home. Given that Blue is an older pit-bull mix with one eye, her length of stay was going to be longer anyway. Having her in a foster home has helped us find out more information about her that may not have been known otherwise. We found out that she is housebroken and kennel-trained. She does well with cats, too. Had she not been fostered, we would not have known these traits. Although she has yet to be adopted, the foster works with a few people who are interested in her. She has gone on a few meet-and-greets with others and hopefully she will be adopted soon. Blue is a wonderful dog and, despite her estimated age of eight years old, she is still quite active and playful. She is a really great dog and PCHS is grateful for the medical grant, which helped us offset the costs of her lifesaving surgeries. Meet Blue here.

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the funds to support a puppy named Rosie, who had a heart defect.

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

Rosie was able to recieve ongoing care for her heart condition and has since been adopted by her foster family, who are committed to her lifetime care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Rosie was brought to the shelter as part of an unwanted litter. She and her siblings were quickly adopted, but at her routine spay appointment, the vet found a congenital heart defect and her adopters backed out. We originally thought she would need expensive surgery and we spent much of the grant money taking her to the specialists at the MSPCA in Boston. After many tests, we now know that surgery may still be a possibility, but for now, the vet is trying outpatient care at home, which we were also able to pay for through your grant funding. Her foster family fell in love with her despite her special needs and has adopted her!

4 Luv of Dog Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

It was used for the medical costs for Nala.

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

We get so many medical emergencies where healthy and adoptable dogs are injured or sick and their families cannot take care of them.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Nala was hit by car and was barely clinging to life. She could not breathe because her lungs had been damaged and she was bleeding internally. We knew the costs of her care would be in the thousands of dollars. We could not let her down. She made it through her first surgery and was recovering when we discovered we needed to amputate her leg. Nala has now been adopted by an amazing family. She was actually adopted by the family of one of our volunteers. Her foster family misses her already!

Mutts in a Rut Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for luxating patella (knee) surgery on Flounder.

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

The money helped get much-needed surgery for Flounder, a rescued dog, helping him to walk again.

How many pets did this grant help?

One very special dog

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

Flounder was picked up as a stray. He could barely walk. Before Flounder had the surgery, he was unable to put weight on his right rear leg. With the surgery, he is a new dog and able to lead a normal life. Flounder has been adopted into a loving home and is living a good and pain-free life thanks to the help of the Petfinder Foundation.

Angel's Rest Animal Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant was used for the bilateral enucleation of Stevie’s eyes, which had atrophied and were causing discomfort. Originally, an extension was requested due to the fact that his eyes were being treated medically to see if they would respond to medications. Unfortunately, they did not and, as such, the surgery ensued with great results.

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

Angel’s Rest is a hospice facility that specifically seeks out animals who are first in line for euthanasia due to advanced age, disabilities, end-stage diseases and severe bite histories. This grant helped one of the elderly cats with a disability who was in constant pain get a much-needed surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Stevie came to Angel’s Rest from an Ohio [open-intake] shelter. Due to his age and his eye condition, Stevie was slated for euthanasia. Upon arrival, Stevie was assessed and it was determined that his eyes needed to be removed as they had atrophied beyond repair. His doctor, however, tried to save one of the eyes, as he believed Stevie could see some shadows. Stevie was treated medically for about three months. At the end of that period, it was determined that Stevie’s eyes had not improved and, thus, removal was needed. Stevie has bonded with Tucky, an older dog who is paralyzed due to degenerative myelopathy, and the two have become inseparable. You can see them napping together in the third photo. Stevie has not yet been adopted. You can meet Stevie here.

Louisa Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Emergency Medical Grant of $1,000 was used toward the cost of amputating the right front leg of a great Pyrenees puppy, Olive. She had been struck by a car and permanent nerve damage occurred, requiring surgery.

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

The receipt of the grant assisted with the almost $1,700 vet bill to complete this successful surgery for Olive.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Olive, an 8-month-old great Pyrenees puppy, was the dog who received this grant for her surgery. She was an owner-surrender to our local animal shelter, and we quickly transferred her into our care. She was surrendered because the owner could not afford the vet costs to amputate her front leg. Olive had been hit by a car and suffered nerve damage to her right front leg (her diagnosis was brachial plexus avulsion — injury to nerves from traumatic injury). She was dragging her front leg, causing a sore on the top of her foot. Olive had the surgery to remove her leg and recovered well. She was adopted a few weeks after the surgery by a family in Louisa, VA.

Animal Rescue Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help with one of our dogs needing eye surgery.

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

It provided the needed treatment for the dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Truvy was born with her eyelashes growing into her eye (entropion). It was very painful for her. The surgery fixed the issue and now she is in a new home and very happy! From her Petfinder profile: “Truvy is a sweet, loving girl. Truvy was rescued from the shelter with a painful eye disorder. She has Shar Pei in her, so her eyelids were rolling in on themselves, causing irritation and swelling. She has had corrective surgery and can now see perfectly! She has really blossomed since surgery; before, her eyesight was extremely limited.”

Bishop's Small Dog Rescue, Inc. NFP: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was awarded for Webster. He came in emaciated, with an older injury to his right front leg. He had to undergo a very expensive plating surgery once he was done growing, as he was a pup when he arrived here and, due to the location and extent of his injury (which was along growth plates), we had to wait.

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

This grant made it possible for Webster to receive the surgery he needed to no longer hurt and be a “normal” bionic dog!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Webster came in emaciated after being forgotten. He had been living in an outdoor run on a farm with weeds taller than the 6-ft. fencing he was in. A friend and her boyfriend happened upon him and immediately called us to help him. He was so malnourished that he was walking on his knees and elbows, but he also had a very bad injury to his right front leg that needed some advanced surgery to replace a portion of it once he was full grown. Webster got his surgery and was adopted not long afterwards, and we still see him occasionally.

Jackson County SPCA: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Amputation of an injured leg

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

Without the grant, the amputation would not have been possible.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Ike came into the shelter one of several in a liter suffering from Parvo. He was the only one to survive, but he still had a struggle. He was missing the lower half of his left back leg. The leg was an open wound because it would drag on the floor every time he tried to walk. Having half a leg missing also threw off Ike’s balance when he tried to walk, so he would often fall and stumble. Our veterinarian recommend he have the leg completely amputated. We are a small, rural shelter and did not have the extra funds to pay for the surgery. If not for the Petfinder Foundation grant, Ike would have continued to suffer.

In early December, Ike had a successful surgery. He recovered very quickly and is now able to run and play without an open wound and without falling. In fact, you would never even know he was missing a limb.

Ike found his forever home in January. He his healthy and happy, and living his best life. He has a family who loves him and a fur sibling too!

Helotes Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant award was used to pay for the medical care of foster cat Maple, who required a surgical amputation.

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

By performing this important surgery, the veterinarians were able to relieve Maple’s pain and thus make her adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

One cat, Maple (renamed Gypsy)

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

Gypsy is a beautiful 6-month-old long-haired calico. She was brought to us because her owners could not afford the care she needed. You see, she was found as a small kitten with a terrible injury. One of her rear feet was missing and the other one was partially gone. The finders kept her as long as they could but realized she needed more care than they could give her. While she was in our care, the veterinarian said Gypsy needed part of her leg amputated to relieve her pain.

Thanks to a generous Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get her the surgery she desperately needed. She recovered in a foster home, where she received wonderful care. She uses the litter box fine and doesn’t let her disability hamper her life. She loves lying around and getting lots of love and affection.

Gypsy was adopted immediately after we posted her story on social media. Her new family saw the post about her surgery and commented on it. They filled out the application the next day and picked her up two days later!