Emergency Medical Grant

Best Chance Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help treat two dogs for heartworm infection.

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

It helped treat two dogs for heartworm disease, one of whom, if we can get his other health issues under control, will leave for his forever home in April.

How many pets did this grant help?

2

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

This grant helped sweet Aloe the Chihuahua become heartworm-negative. He is tiny and had a really rough start in life; his family neglected many of his critical needs, so we took him in, neutered him and got him his shots. It was then that we realized he was heartworm-positive. After giving him his antibiotics and everything, we noticed something else. One of his eyes was getting larger, and it was his good eye. You see, his other eye was already blind due to an old injury, and now this eye was getting large. We took him to the vet and found out, yes, it would have to come out and was more than likely glaucoma.

So now this sweet 5-lb. boy who finds it hard to put weight on is not only heartworm-positive but is also blind — but that never stopped his spirit one bit. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s grant, we were then able to afford treatment for his heartworm disease. He still has some health issues going on, but now he is well on his way to being able to travel from the south of Tennessee to Paris, France, where his adopter is waiting for spring, when Aloe will finally be able to leave for his forever family should he finally be healthy enough. Thank you for everything, Petfinder Foundation.

Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant received was used to offset the costs for an emergency dental visit for one of our adult cats.

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

Our organization is completely volunteer-driven and funded only through grants and community fundraising. Dental visits are not cheap. This grant helped offset the costs associated with an emergency visit.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Tessa came back to us because her owner was no longer able to provide for her. Once she was back in our care, we noticed she needed some serious dental work. Despite the costs, we got her in as quickly as possible and they ended up extracting three teeth! Through resilience (and a lot of wet food ^_^) Tessa was able to quickly bounce back and found her forever home on Nov. 29, 2015; she is now happy and healthy!

Dog Town Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Emergency veterinary care for injured dog Rucker.

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

This grant allowed us to obtain critical veterinary care for a seriously injured dog. Once his mangled leg had been removed, he was no longer in pain and was able to be adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

One dog, badly in need of help.

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

Rucker came to Dog Town after being confiscated by local tribal law enforcement. His owner had run him over with her car and left him chained up in her yard. She never bothered to take him to a veterinarian, and he was left for two weeks with no shelter or medical care. He was seriously injured, with a completely broken femur, and dislocated hip. These funds helped pay for a complete amputation of his mangled leg. Despite the neglect he had suffered, Rucker remained a happy, trusting dog who loved people and other dogs.

Shortly after his surgery, Rucker was adopted by a family who was touched by his story. He is now part of a great family, and is very much loved.

Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the money for Felicia, a rescued cat with a large open sore on her stomach.

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

The money helps us keep rescuing. Felicia’s medical bill was just under $1,000 and, for a small rescue, that was a lot.

How many pets did this grant help?

The money replaced the money we paid for Felicia, which in turned helped us rescue 10 more animals in need.

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

Our dog coordinator received a call from a family that had previously adopted from FFAS. The neighbor’s kids had found a cat and brought her home. Their mom wouldn’t let them have her, so she was put back outside. The family that called us was concerned because the cat was obviously in poor health. FFAS immediately agreed to take her and our coordinators met with the mom to pick Felicia up. When we got there, she had Felicia in an open plastic tote. Even though we’re sure Felicia was probably scared, she never tried to escape.

We could tell from looking at her that she had an upper respiratory infection, and she was terribly thin. When we picked her up, we also discovered she had an open wound on her stomach. It was the size of a golf ball and, though we couldn’t tell what it was, we knew it had to be painful. We took her to the vet the next day. It was determined that she is 8 years old and she was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, ear mites and what our vet thought was an old abscess that had ruptured. On the bright side, Felicia tested negative on her FELV/FIV/heartworm tests and she was already spayed.

The vet started her on several medications and some ointments that were put on her wound three times a day. Before long, Felicia started feeling better and was putting on weight. The wound started healing, but then stopped after a few weeks. We discussed different options with our vet, but the safest was to go ahead and remove it for testing. The vet wanted to make sure it wasn’t cancer. Luckily the test came back cancer-free, but there were still bacteria in the wound. Felicia was put on a stronger antibiotic. She is now completely healed and ready for her forever home.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Petfinder Foundation. Felicia’s medical care cost FFAS just under $900, and the Petfinder Foundation awarded us a grant to cover her medical care so we can continue rescuing! We are so fortunate to receive this grant, along with everything Petfinder does to help FFAS find loving homes for our animals.

Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc. (CARE): Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Emergency medical needs – surgery

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

This money was used to help with surgical costs for one puppy, Carley.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Carley came to CARE at the age of four weeks from [an open-admission] shelter in South Carolina where she was to be put down. She was diagnosed with a rectal fistula. That shelter gives medical-needs dogs only 24 hours to find rescue, and a local supporter pulled the dog for us and helped to transport her 10 hours to CARE in Richmond. Carley arrived on Friday, July 31, and was immediately taken to our vet, Dr. Susan Ware, for evaluation. Dr. Ware stated that Carley had a condition known as atresia ani, a congenital birth defect that is fatal in most cases. She suggested euthanasia, but said she was amazed that Carley was otherwise healthy.

CARE decided to take Carley home and care for her over the weekend and visit Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates on Monday morning, as one of the specialists there had some history of treating the condition during his time at Cornell. On Monday, we took the dog in and were told that she needed emergency surgery. Her rectum did not open to the outside of her little body and had, instead, created a passageway for stool to travel through her vagina out. Not only was the condition extremely painful for her, it caused a severe urinary tract infection that was becoming septic.

Carley’s surgery was immediately started and she was given a 50/50 prognosis. During surgery, it was discovered that only one passageway existed between the two areas (the best news possible). It was surgically closed, and a new area (anus) was opened for fecal elimination. Carley healed well and her infection immediately cleared. She is now seven weeks post-surgery and her prognosis is a normal life. Upon completion of her puppy shots, spay and microchipping, Carley will be placed for adoption and is expected to have a wonderful life. The funds contributed by the Petfinder Foundation allowed our rescue to pay about 1/3 of the surgical costs for this dog.

Sweet Dream House 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?

We were able to try to save Hopeful’s leg. She is now a tripod and very happy in her new adoptive home.

How many pets did this grant help?

one

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

The Emergency Medical Grant was used to pay for a surgical procedure for Hopeful. She was found dragging herself by her two front legs, as her two back legs had been crushed. They were able to save one of her legs but the other was too badly injured. She saw a specialist here in Cincinnati and they tried, but were unable to save the second leg. She is now a tripod and very happy in her new home.

Azalea City Cat Coalition: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This wonderful grant had a myriad of benefits: Since we were able to cover the costs of Crush’s broken-leg surgery, our organization could also assist another injured cat whom our volunteers found during their normal trap-neuter-return work! Peeper, a skinny orange-and-white cat, was hiding under a tool shed with his eye hanging out.

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

With this grant we could also continue our assistance with spaying and neutering 10 other cats for low-income families in our community

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

This Emergency Medical Grant was earmarked for Crush, a timid orange-and-white cat who was found in a commercial dumpster in the back of a PetSmart. Her little tiny body was seen scurrying away from underneath a garbage bag which had been thrown in the receptacle. With a tight lid on the dumpster, this little kitty was sure to be taken away once the truck came to retrieve the waste! So we put on a pair of gloves and jumped into the container to rescue this scared kitty. Crush has always been skittish since she was rescued and is often picked on by the other foster cats. One day this spring she fell and broke her leg; it was a very severe break which required pins and surgery with several weeks of rehab, including laser therapy. After months of recovery and several trips to the vet, Crush’s leg is just like new! We can’t thank the Petfinder Foundation enough for its generous support in helping this worthy rescue get the medical care she deserved.

Also pictured below (fourth photo) is Peeper, the other cat we were able to help, who needed surgery to remove an eye shot out with a BB gun.

Luv of Dogz Fund: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical care for Jessica the boxer, who had to have two surgeries

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

Helped to pay for medical care for dogs in need

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped cover Jessica the boxer’s two surgeries

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

Jessica was found wandering in the desert, emaciated and with her uterus prolapsed due to abuse and neglect. With the help of the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get her the surgeries she needed and she found a wonderful home.

Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for surgery for a small beagle with untreated glaucoma. One eye shrank down to the size of a raisin. The other swelled up and pressed on the optic nerve, causing severe pain for the dog. Both eyes, sightless anyway, were removed.

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

We were able to ease the suffering of this dog and found her a forever home. She had a friend, another beagle, who was very shy. They were extremely bonded. He provided her with sight and she provided him with confidence. They are together in their forever home, with a few other blind beagles.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two, the beagle with the glaucoma, and the bonded beagle who needed her companionship.

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

Dixie Rutherford came to us with untreated glaucoma. In severe, constant pain, she would cry out when even petted on the head. We were able to get the medical surgical treatment Dixie needed so quickly with the help of the Petfinder Foundation in the form of a $1,000 grant. It was a true blessing.

Dixie had been dumped with and was very bonded to Ben. Well, we couldn’t leave him, so Ben and Dixie Pixie are still together. Here (second photo) Dixie and Ben catch a quiet nap together, which they love to do.

Here are some notes from Dixie and Ben’s foster mom. The evening before surgery: “We love Ben and Dixie. The night before Dixie’s surgery, my husband and I put the kids to bed and then sat on the couch. Ben curled up on Jimmy’s lap and started to snore, and Dixie curled up next to me. We looked at each other and knew we were both thinking the same thing. It was love.”

A few days after surgery: “Here’s a pic of Dixie this morning. She has a little dried discharge on the right that’s like cement and I don’t want to pick at her face, but the swelling has gone down considerably and a big thing was that she slept on her side last night! I’ve never seen that before; it was always too painful for her to sleep on her side because of her eye. She woke me up this morning with her tiny nose on mine and then rolled over on her back for me to pet her belly! My heart is full.”

A couple of weeks after surgery: “She is a happy-go-lucky little sprite of a beagle! She is so happy now, all healed from surgery. She has our house and yard mapped out and is confident in her steps now. She greets me when I get home from work every day, wiggling her tiny rear! She loves her new brothers and sisters (2 others are blind) and they accepted her right from the start. We love her (and Gentle Ben) soooo much! Thank you, Petfinder.com and Beagle Rescue Of Southern Maryland!
–Dixie and Ben’s Foster Mom”

Dixie is happy and no longer in pain because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation and its grant program, along with the never-ending support of donations from kind caring people who have hearts of gold!

Three Sisters Pet Rescue/Ohio Hound Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

A senior dog named Henry. He came to us with very badly infected teeth. He required a surgery to repair an oral-nasal fistula.

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

The $$ went directly to the surgical fees.

How many pets did this grant help?

One.

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

Henry, a senior dog, came to us with very badly infected teeth. He was seen by our vets and attempts were made to fix his oral problems. But he developed an oral-nasal fistula and required the attention of a veterinary dental specialist. Sponsor a Pet donations went directly to his surgical fees. He has since been adopted!