Emergency Medical Grant

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!

Outcast Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For baby Marshall’s medical expenses

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

This grant enabled us to pay the balance from his emergency care, which required amputation surgery and hospitalization afterwards.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Marshall was just a 6-week-old pup when his owner surrendered him to the SPCA with a severely swollen leg that had been left untreated. Marshall’s leg was shattered, requiring emergency surgery to remove it. Because he had been an “only child” and was taken away from his mom too soon, we knew he needed a special home with another dog to show him the ropes. Marshall recovered and went to foster where there were other dogs in the home. Marshall was just adopted after 10 weeks in our care.

Lucky You! Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Physical therapy for one of the cats in our rescue

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

This grant was used to fund the twice-weekly therapy sessions for Bobbi Lee, one of our foster cats. She currently goes to WAG and receives physical therapy and acupuncture. The therapy has been helping to strengthen her hindlimbs and promote her overall mobility. She also walks on an underwater treadmill to help strengthen her legs and try to get her standing up straight!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Bobbi Lee came to us as a tiny kitten unable to use her back legs. She also had issues with her bladder control. Bobbi Lee immediately began seeing our vets to come up with a plan. We knew that, while she was a baby, it was the most critical time to set her direction and take action.

Bobbi began biweekly therapy five months ago to strengthen her “good” leg, as the one she completely drags may need to be amputated. This is to give her the best shot at mobility. She does acupuncture and physical therapy weekly. Her foster mom works on her exercises to help keep her strong. Bobbi Lee is a happy, healthy teen now who thinks life is grand and nothing stands in her way. Attitude is her strength.

We are so close to completing her therapy and getting our vets’ final evaluation of how to proceed, and whether amputation of one of the back legs would be beneficial. Bobbi Lee has not been adopted yet because she is still undergoing treatment. However, once she is given the all-clear from our vet, we hope someone scoops her up quickly!

Animal Village NM: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to supplement medical costs for the emergency surgery for our dog, Reed. It was discovered by the vet that Reed had ingested pieces of his blanket. To make matters worse, the small pieces remained attached in his stomach and colon by long pieces of string that could cause severe complications. We had no time to organize fundraisers. Instead, we appealed to our social-media friends and our adoption partners at Petfinder.

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

The grant money assisted Animal Village in funding the life-saving surgery for our beautiful dog, Reed.

How many pets did this grant help?

One very lucky dog’s life was saved thanks to the support given by the Petfinder Foundation.

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

Reed was rescued as a starving, feral, sick puppy and had to be trapped on the Mescalero reservation. He was brought to vibrant health, socialized, and trained — then he ate a blanket! Thanks to the quick action of staff, Ruidoso Animal Clinic, and monetary assistance from the Petfinder Foundation, he is back to his former self and can be adopted to a responsible, loving guardian.

Saved By A Vet Tech Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant allowed us to pay off the credit card that had been used for the amputation of Opal’s leg. Her leg had been crushed due to being stuck in the engine of a vehicle while it drove.

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

Opal was in a tremendous amount of pain when she was found. This grant allowed her to live a happy, pain-free life.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Opal, whom we call the cutest tripod (we may be a little biased), was found in a Meijer parking lot in mid-November. She was severely injured, with a crushed shoulder after being stuck in the engine of a car (fourth photo). Her shoulder was completely dislocated (fifth photo) and she had a huge wound on her other leg. She was also showing neurologic deficits in her hind limbs. She was just a kitten, in a huge amount of pain.

Our veterinarian recommended amputation of her front limb that was dislocated. After her amputation, her quality of life increased dramatically. The rest of her limbs regained normal function and she became a happy, active kitten.

She has since been adopted and lives a perfectly normal, happy life on three legs. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us provide her that opportunity.

Phoenix Landing Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Phoenix Landing used the money in this grant to cover an exam that included a CT scan for an African Grey named Zoe in our adoption program. The exam with CT scan came to over $1,000 ($944 for the associated costs of the CT scan, with the nonprofit discount given by the clinic, and another $60 for the medical exam, for a total of $1004 just for the CT scan).

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

The CT scan enabled Dr. Aubrey Traina at Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services to determine that heart disease was the underlying cause of Zoe mutilating her skin. With diagnostics, follow-up exams, a collar, and medication, Zoe’s veterinary bills extended beyond $2,000. The grant from Petfinder Foundation truly enabled Phoenix Landing to get Zoe all the care she required in order to be a healthier bird.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

When Zoe, an African Grey parrot, entered Phoenix Landing’s adoption program, it was quickly determined that she not only had feather-destructive behavior, but she also mutilated (chewed at her skin). After a few veterinary exams, Dr. Aubrey Traina recommended a CT scan to determine whether an underlying health condition was causing Zoe to chew wounds into her skin.

The CT scan showed signs of heart disease. Poor circulation due to heart disease is sometimes the underlying cause for birds with feather-damaging behavior that extends to skin mutilation, so this was believed to be the source. With this diagnosis, Zoe was prescribed heart medication and fitted with collars. Her foster home ensured she wore her collars to help her skin heal. They also gave her daily oral medication.

After Zoe was on medication for a bit, it began to help. Zoe no longer needs to wear the collars, and with the help of the heart medication, is no longer mutilating her skin. Her skin and feathers are looking better, and Zoe is now doing well.

After providing her with care, giving her medication daily, and seeing Zoe improve each day, her foster family grew to love her and has since adopted her. Phoenix Landing is very happy to see Zoe adopted into this loving home. The Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant helped Zoe get the diagnosed correctly so that she could get the medication she needed to lead a healthier, happier life. A video of her story is here.