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Contra Costa Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

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

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?


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.

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