Emergency Medical Grant

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!

The Washington County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Medical bills for Grace, a pit bull mix who was hit by what we believe to have been a snow plow.

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

Grace’s bills topped out at almost $4,000. The $1,000 that we received paid for a portion of her surgery to have her eye removed.

How many pets did this grant help?

Just one – this was specifically for Grace

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

It was a cold winter Wisconsin day when a woman came into the shelter telling us of a dog in her car who had been hit by a truck or car. We assume it was a snow plow because of the hole that had penetrated her head. The dog was covered in blood, but her tail never stopped wagging! We couldn’t see much physical damage to her but knew her injuries were severe. She had major road rash on her legs, hypothermia had set in (she had been nearly frozen to the ground) and she had a perfectly round hole near her eye. Her poor head and eyes were swollen, but all she wanted to do was give kisses and be next to you. We struggled to get her to relax as we tied her to a dog bed and drove her to the emergency vet. Grace received lifesaving treatments there, but it was going to be touch-and-go for the first 36 hours. She pulled through and proved just how strong her will to survive was.

After she’d had some time to heal, we could tell something further was wrong with her eye: It was cloudy and not moving as it should. Grace was losing sight in her eye due to the muscular damage and it would be in her best interest to remove the eye. Grace was adopted the day after she was on her adoption floor and even has her own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gracee-Pryor/1414679835505527). Every time we look at her photos, we realize this is why we do what we do: We are truly the voice of the animals!

One Love Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was used to care for our dog Grace. She arrived to our rescue on transport with a clear case of carpal hyperextension.

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

With this grant, we were able to get Grace pet physical therapy for her legs. We would have struggled financially with her medical expenses without the help of the Petfinder Foundation.

How many pets did this grant help?

One, Grace.

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

Grace came to One Love in early February 2015. When she arrived off the transport caravan, we could tell immediately that she had a big problem with her legs. Her wrists were collapsed from the normal upright position, making her paws look long and flat. This type of deformity is called carpal hyperextension, and it’s caused by poor nutrition during some critical growth periods.

Grace was taken to the vet immediately. They discussed splinting her legs at a future appointment. Grace went back to her foster home to rest and recuperate. She was put on the same five-star food that all of our foster pets receive. Amazingly, after just over a week of good nutrition, Grace’s leg deformity began to correct itself! The power of good food should never be underestimated! It was later decided that splints were not needed, but Grace should see a specialist.

Besides the issues with the front legs, the hind legs were also challenged and Grace continued to have mobility issues. On the advice of our vet, we took Grace to Pet Physical Therapy (Pet PT) to work on both her front and hind legs. Building strength now was preferred to splinting since she had already come so far with the food and activity.

Dr. Russell Howe-Smith of Pet PT saw our Princess Grace and determined that her overall joint laxity was secondary to poor nutrition and confinement/inactivity prior to rescue. He prescribed the use of the underwater treadmill to build strength and tighten tendons. Grace received this therapy twice a week for six weeks.

We are happy to report that Grace was released from Dr. Howe-Smith’s physical therapy after the six weeks were completed. Her prognosis: very good! Her muscle strength has improved dramatically. Her orders? Keep fit with straight-line walking and playing in the back yard. She doesn’t need any pain meds, either!

Grace is now healthy and active and about to be adopted shortly! We have included pictures of her with her forever family, and we couldn’t be more pleased with her terrific transformation.

Once again, we owe a big debt of gratitude to the Petfinder Foundation for providing us with a $1,000 emergency medical grant to help Grace recover. This kind of help is critical to the work of rescue and allowed us to give this sweetheart the best care possible.

Happy Dog Adoption: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To pay for an operation on a puppy hit by a car whose leg was broken at the hip, and causing great pain and making him unable to walk.

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

It gave this 5-month-old puppy a chance to heal and to walk, and got him adopted!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Beaux, a 3-4-month-old shepherd pup, was hit by a car and came to our rescue in a lot of pain, unable to walk and starving. We took him straight to our vet and x-rays showed damage to his pelvis, a broken ball joint on his leg at the hip and bone scraping on broken bone. His prognosis, if left untreated, was a life of pain and a bad leg, compounded by hip problems — and he will grow to be big dog. The grant enabled us to get him into surgery right away and get the bone fixed. He is recuperating wonderfully, and is a happy boy now that the pain is gone. He is a very loving puppy and is getting adopted now that his prognosis is good for his age.

ABRA, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money went directly towards the surgical bill for a puppy we pulled from [an open-admission] shelter who was left abandoned at animal control with a broken leg that needed immediate surgery to repair.

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

This money prevented us from having to deny any other animals rescue due to a very high vet balance. As a donation-run, foster-based rescue, keeping our vet balance controllable and paid is the only way we can continue to save the lives of those most in need every day.

How many pets did this grant help?

Immediately it helped one, but in actuality it saved all the other animals that were able to be pulled because we were able to contribute to their vetting.

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

Fergus was a 4-month-old puppy left abandoned at a local animal control with a broken leg. A woman claimed to have found him in that condition and held onto him for a few days before turning him over. The poor pup was very underweight, filthy, and in pain, but trusting. Fergus was pulled by ABRA, Inc., and taken into surgery to have his little leg repaired by a surgeon. Fergus now has two medal rods permanently implanted. He then spent the next 10 weeks recovering in a loving foster home where he left a permanent footprint. Fergus had a terrible start, and no one will know how he was injured so badly, but even in pain he was the sweetest, most loving pup I’ve ever encountered. He now has two human sisters and a doggy brother that he gets to love on every day for the rest of his life.

The Pepper Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used to help a little 1-year-old Spaniel mix named Harley who came out of the shelter with pneumonia.

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

The grant was used for Harley’s emergency medicals and has helped him completely heal from his pneumonia. He is now in a foster home and they are very much in love with him and are seriously considering adopting him.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped one doggie.

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

We were at the Lancaster shelter looking at another doggie when we noticed this little guy jumping up and down trying to get out of the run. He had so much life in him, but at the time we could not take another doggie. Days went by and we thought for sure since he was so cute and young he would have gotten adopted. But he did not and they were going to euthanize him, so of course we rescued him and gave him the name Harley. We noticed that after they neutered him, he began to cough non-stop and had a hard time breathing. We rushed him to our vet, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. It was touch-and-go for five days, but he pulled through and is now the happiest, most fun-loving, adorable, tail-wagging doggie! We are so grateful for your emergency grant to help Harley and could not have done this without your help. Thank you so much, Petfinder Foundation! Harley says thank you also! xoxox