Emergency Medical Grant

Jacksonville Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation helped provide Hercules with the surgery needed to repair his knees. Hercules was suffering from congenital joint disease. The surgery reduces the patella luxation issue with his knees.

Hercules is currently undergoing daily physical therapy to help him regain strength and also alleviate pain in his hips from the same disease. He is on medicine and supplements to help slow his arthritis.

Hercules is only 4 years old and has a positive prognosis thanks to this surgery. His behavior has drastically improved; he no longer snaps or lunges from pain in response to affection from humans.

Hercules is currently in a foster home with a JHS veterinary technician, where he is receiving individualized attention and continuing his daily therapy. He does come to JHS once a week to participate in dog playgroup sessions.

When Hercules has fully healed from his surgery, we will begin looking for an adopter.

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

This grant allowed JHS to get the surgery needed to save Hercules’ life. Hercules came to JHS from another shelter where he was at risk of euthanasia for his behavior. However, our team was able to determine that his behavior was related to pain and created a medical plan to save his life. Thanks to your support, Hercules is happier, healthier and will soon find his new home!

Receiving this generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed JHS to allocate our resources to other pets in need who were not facing the significant challenges of a pet like Hercules, but still required medical care to heal and find new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant saved Hercules’ life. Hercules was a very misunderstood dog. At 4 years old and 72 lbs., this big boy was seen as a threat. Despite his love of belly rubs and penchant for giving sloppy kisses, he would bark, snap and lunge at humans who tried to handle him. It left many people wondering: Was there any hope for Hercules?

The veterinary team at the Jacksonville Humane Society did a thorough examination and determined that Hercules’ actions were a cry for help. He was in serious pain due to issues with his eyelids, knees, and hips. He wasn’t communicating anger with his barks; he was trying to explain how badly his body was hurting.

JHS knew that surgery to repair his knees would be paramount to saving his life. The Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation did just that! With your support, JHS was able to get Hercules surgery from a specialist and he is now on the road to recovery. When he is fully healed, he will be available for adoption.

Fetch WI Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Reimbursing the cost of an emergency vet visit after one of our foster puppies, Almond, had to have a limb amputated.

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

Like most organizations and nonprofits, we were hit hard by COVID-19 and the impact it had on our ability to hold in-person events and fundraisers. This summer and fall were very difficult financial times for our rescue due to this, but it was also a time when we saw the largest demand that we’ve ever had to adopt and even to foster. We knew that we had to keep saving as many dogs as we could, and there were several months in 2020 where we adopted out more than twice as many dogs compared to the same month in 2019.

This grant allowed us to cover the cost of an emergency vet bill so that those very needed funds could be used to care for even more dogs in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Almond came from one of our partner rescues in Louisiana with his littermates and many other dogs whom we pulled from the rescue shortly after Hurricane Laura. We did an unexpected transport to bring the dogs up because many of the Louisiana rescue’s volunteers were affected by the hurricane and could no longer care for the dogs there.

Almond was found, along with his littermates, abandoned in a crate. One of his limbs was severely damaged and had to be amputated. The evening after the amputation, he tore open the incision site, which necessitated a visit to the emergency vet to get him fixed up and feeling better.

Thankfully, Almond healed up well after the emergency vet visit and has adapted to life as a three-legged pup. He was adopted in late fall and is doing very well in his forever home!

Contra Costa Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to help pay for Meeser’s extensive veterinary/surgical costs.

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

This grant helped our organization greatly, as all of the surgeries and medical costs combined cost more than $8,000. The grant helped us to relieve our budget of a bit of those incurred costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Meeser came to us on Oct. 1, 2020, because his previous owner passed away. The husband didn’t care for Meeser and put him outside where they lived in a rural area. He was being fed by a nearby neighbor. He wandered to different properties in the area and it was first believed that he had been shot by a rancher nearby for being on his property because he had a necrotic wound on his left hip and an abdominal hernia.

Meeser was sent into surgery on Oct. 9 to repair the hernia and remove the necrotic tissue. Due to the severity of the wound, it was too big to close up, so they put a wet-to-dry bandage in its place to begin the process of his wound management series. Meeser had to go back to the vet every day to have the bandages changed and removed.

The wound was not healing and closing as we had hoped. It became infected and required another surgery to remove the infected tissue. Upon further examination, it was discovered that there was cancerous tissue surrounding the wound. The wound was cleaned out and closed up and the cancerous tissue will be monitored throughout Meeser’s life.

Meeser has since been adopted by a wonderful family where he will live out his days as one happy cat.

Transylvania Animal Alliance Group (TAAG): Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money helped to fully fund Lyric’s vetting up to and including her double enucleation surgery. This included pain management, clearing her of infection, examinations and her surgery to have both of her eyes removed.

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

This grant helped to ease the financial burden of a costly surgery, without which a very special kitten would have had lifelong pain and continuous infection. This grant helped us to get her to the point where she was a happy and healthy kitten, with no further barriers between her and a forever home, which we are happy to report she has found!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped Lyric.

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

Lyric came to us with her sisters from a local shelter, which called us because of Lyric’s terrible eyes. When we received these 8-day-old kittens, one of Lyric’s eyes was already ruptured. Her other eye had a terrible infection, which resulted in massive swelling, causing her unbelievable pain. We immediately took her to the vet and got her on medicine to bring down the swelling and stop the infection, as well as pain medication to help her be more comfortable.

In her young life, Lyric had to endure round after round of eye drops and antibiotics — all while being bottle-fed! While we always knew the ruptured eye would have to come out, her vet team determined that, unfortunately, it would be best for her comfort and health to take the other eye too.

This seemed not to matter to Lyric. Once she was feeling better, she was an entirely different kitten. She was boisterous and playful, and began to show her foster her wonderfully sweet personality. We figured that she was too little to even remember having eyesight, if she’d ever had it. She adapted beautifully to not having the use of her eyes, and for all appearances, was a normal, regular kitten.

Lyric came through her surgery beautifully and went to her foster home to recuperate. We gave her the time she needed to heal. Once she was given a clean bill of health, she became available for adoption.

A wonderful couple had learned of Lyric through social media, followed her through surgery and recovery, and applied to take her home! Lyric was able to go home on a trial basis just before Thanksgiving to see how she got along with the other resident kitties, and we’re happy to report that things are going well! She loves her kitty siblings and her favorite thing, according to her new mom, is to snuggle. All the time.

Lyric’s family will be officially signing the adoption paperwork this weekend. We are so incredibly happy that this brave little fighter is getting the happiest of endings in her forever home.

Alljoy4paws: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Cataract surgery

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

It reduced the burden of seeking pledges from the public, allowing us to continue to save other dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

When we rescued Journey, we didn’t know he needed $6,000+ cataract surgery. He was basically blind. He had his surgery and is doing really well. The doctors believe he can now see about 90%. We think that’s great news! Meet Journey here.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation funds were used for an emergency cystotomy. A local shelter called PPR with an urgent medical case: a small female dog, Kay Kay, who was brought in and was in excruciating pain, with blood in her mouth and blood and urine stains on her coat; she was unable to urinate. She was suffering from five large bladder stones. We knew serious complications were possible if the five large stones weren’t removed right away, so a cystotomy was performed.

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

This grant allowed us to say “yes” to a special-needs dog at the local shelter who was in desperate need of urgent medical care and would have otherwise been euthanized. We were able to save one more life and get this dog the treatment she needed, then rehab her to the point of being adoptable and living a happy life with a new family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

After Kay Kay’s emergency surgery, she was placed on antibiotics, pain medication and a dietary supplement containing iron, copper and five vitamins. She also needed to be switched to a prescription diet for life to prevent the formation of more stones. Kay Kay stayed at the vet hospital for a couple of days for observation before heading to her new foster home.

In foster care, Kay Kay made great progress in healing and, when she was ready, she was put up for adoption. It didn’t take long for her new family to find her. They were looking for a “small dog to bond with and spoil.” Kay-Kay checked all the boxes: sweet, petite, and very fond of her human. When they met this little fluffball, Kay Kay was her usual delightful self, charming everyone around her.

Kay-Kay now has just what she wanted and needed: loving humans who are around most of the time and a fenced-in yard to zip around in. It is the perfect arrangement for a wonderful life and we were happy to be a small part of her journey! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for giving this girl a second chance in life!

Town of Farmville: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was used to assist in paying for the medical care for Thora, a female pit mix. Thora was seized in a felony animal-cruelty case back in July of 2020 with severe burns on her back and an infection that would have caused her to go septic within a few days. Thora was immediately taken to Points East vet in Wilson, NC, for treatment.

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

As an animal control officer for Farmville PD, my daily goal is to ensure the health and well-being of any animal in my jurisdiction. Upon hearing about Thora, I knew that immediate action was necessary. Having this grant enabled us to pay for the necessary medical treatment without our general fund for our shelter animals being affected.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Thora is a now 1-year-old pit mix who was seized in a felony animal-cruelty case in July of 2020. Thora had a significant burn on her back, likely as a result of a chemical or thermal burn. The burn was not treated in a timely manner by her owner, resulting in an infection that likely would have resulted in sepsis and death in a matter of days. The infected area could be smelled from several feet away, and had maggots in it. Thora spent a night at the emergency vet receiving treatment and was later placed with one of our officers in foster care. That officer has fallen in love with her and plans to permanently adopt her at the conclusion of this case.

Basic Needs Foundation: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To pay Dr. Pedro Cisneros/VIP Pet Clinic in Santa Clarita, CA, to do an orthopedic surgery of the right rear knee (medial patella luxation) for a dog named Shiloh. She needed six weeks of physical and water therapy after surgery.

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

To help a dog named Shiloh walk without pain by having her right rear knee surgery. She can find a good home after all the physical and emotional trauma that she has gone through as a bait dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

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

Shiloh is approximately 3 years old. She needed to have surgeries for her knees so she could walk without pain. Her scars are the only thing she has to tell her story. Her teeth were filed down. Shiloh also had infections, cataracts, old broken ribs, and a broken tail when she was rescued.

In the weeks after her rescue, the vet treated her infected wounds, and she began a diet that would help her put on weight. At her foster home, Shiloh lived quietly and loved her foster. She was on pain medication for both knees.

Her surgery date was Nov. 3, 2020, with Dr. Pedro Cisneros in Santa Clarita, CA. Shiloh was adopted on Jan. 15, 2021. She can now walk without pain. However, she is not allowed to use stairs for at least six months.

UPDATE April 10, 2021: “Thought you would like to see how former bait dog Shiloh (black pit bull) is living now from her adopters. Picture of Bebe wandering in the yard from the adopters (seventh photo).

“ ‘It’s like we’ve always had her. And it’s only been three months.
She doesn’t leave our side. She loves her backyard. I think she’ll like a doggie pool. Back from a walk last week, she hopped in the fountain to cool off. Quite the personality. Oh and she figured out how to open the back screen door and let herself in. 😀’

“It’s so awesome just looking at her before and current pictures. This former bait pit bull is now living her life and she can walk normally without pain! Look at her beautiful shiny black coat (she looks like a black panther but smaller) compared with her old pictures when she was rescued back on Aug. 23, 2020 (sixth photo).”

American Lurcher Rescue Project: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Orthopedic surgery for leg injury

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

While overall, our intake of new retiring or stray lurcher-type dogs from the field-trial racing industry was slightly lower than average in 2020, the number needing special medical care was high. At a time when COVID-19’s impacts to the economy were significant, winning a medical emergency grant helped us afford and access care needed for quality of life issues.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Griffin, whose race name was Bob, suffered a devastating, career-ending injury during a field-trial racing event in July of 2020. Recognizing the severity of his injury, the owner arranged to surrender him to us in the hope that we could get him evaluated and provide the necessary medical care for him to enjoy a retirement in a loving pet home.

American Lurcher Rescue Project immediately had him seen by our vet, who was concerned with the swelling and potential bleeding — or even rupture and loss of the limb. At his recommendation, Griffin was quickly transported to the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Columbus for specialty orthopedic care. His serious injury was evaluated through their Emergency Department as a complete tear of the left CCL, coupled with a meniscal tear.

Griffin, as he was re-named, had first a meniscectomy followed by a TPLO surgery at Ohio State. He was able to recover with a devoted medical foster family while they were working from home due to COVID-19 during his four months of rehabilitation. During his recovery, this sweet boy really charmed his caretakers — so much so that when he was fully fit and neutered, they were approved to adopt him and became his forever dads in November.

Griffin’s leg has healed well and he is enjoying life with his greyhound siblings; he even helped his dads with another emergency medical-foster lurcher girl for the American Lurcher Rescue Project, showing young Rosie the ropes as she recovered from her orthopedic surgery.

The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant helped us give Griffin his best possible outcome to live his retirement life without pain, and with all four of his legs!

Operation Pets Alive: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to treat injuries on Bruno, who required wound care and a femoral head osteotomy.

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

The money helped OPA provide medical care to an injured dog who was pulled from a local animal shelter. Bruno would not have received care if OPA had not assisted, and a grant from the Petfinder Foundation was a huge help! Treatment helped Bruno walk and be pain-free.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

When Bruno came to the Conroe Animal Shelter, it was suspected that he had been hit by a car and/or had a possible gunshot wound. Even injured and in pain, he was described by staff as a sweetie.

OPA was grateful to receive an Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help cover some of Bruno’s medical care, which included cleaning wounds on his stomach and testicles, neutering him, and fixing his broken femur.

Bruno didn’t know how to play (he had no idea what to do with a tennis ball), but he loved to be with his caretaker! His estimated birthday is August 2018. Bruno successfully recovered from injuries and rebuilt the strength in his leg. He received treatment for heartworms, but unfortunately Bruno had to be euthanized due to congestive heart failure a few months later.

Although we are distressed over this outcome for Bruno, we know that Bruno made the most of his life after entering OPA’s care. He experienced love in a foster home along with good food, treats, and play.