Smiling Dog Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant

What was the money or product used for?

We have had the honor of helping numerous shelter dogs with the grant monies donated to Smiling Dog Rescue from the Petfinder Foundation, but the first call we received was so memorable (see below).

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

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How many pets did this grant help?


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

The manager of the Benson Animal Shelter in Arizona, Laurie Fivecoat, called SDR literally in tears! She had just received a sweet-as-sugar young female pit mix from a Cochise County sheriff who believed the dog had been intentionally dragged behind a car. Benson Animal Shelter did not have the resources to treat such a severe medical case and the dog’s only option was immediate euthanasia. The pain had to have been unbearable, with the dog’s toes virtually gone. Her left leg, underbelly, and anus were completely skinned. Still, Laurie couldn’t believe how gentle and kind this precious soul remained despite this atrocity, and she was determined to find her help. Smiling Dog Rescue rushed the girl to our orthopedic surgeon, where she spent weeks undergoing numerous skin grafts and rehabilitation.

Today Journey, named because of her long journey to recovery, is living the life she so deserves in her loving forever home as a pampered princess. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making all of this possible!