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Whiskers, Tails and Ferals: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

The medical needs for two injured dogs: Both required enucleations and one required surgical repair on his front leg. It was broken in several places and his eye was punctured when he was hit by a car.

We were able to have the Chihuahua's leg repaired and not amputated; his eye was removed and he has healed. The Lhasa apso was pulled with an eye infection. One he was groomed, we could see his eye was damaged. His eye was removed and we were able to have pathology done on that eye to determine if his other eye may need surgery in the future. The pain both dogs must have been in would floor a human. Both are now happy and awaiting forever homes!

How many pets did this grant help?

We were able to have all surgery done on both dogs and have a little left for the next dog.

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

Patches (first three photos) is a 3-year-old Lhasa apso. When he was rescued from the shelter, he was so matted you couldn’t see half his face. We were told he had an eye infection and had limited vision. After a good bath and a grooming it was clear there was something much more than an infection. A canine opthamologist said the damaged eye must be removed immediately, because the pain must be terrible. Little Patches needed to get his surgery fast! Because of the Petfinder Foundation grant, his eye was removed immediately. He is now fully recovered; he has VERY limited vision if he’s not blind; and he loves to play with his foster buddies. He is happy and ready for a forever home.

Timmy Tiptoes (fourth photo) is a tiny 1-year-old Chihuahua. He had been hit by a car and left to roam the streets. His front leg was broken in several places, and he had a punctured eye and road rash on parts of his body. He was terrible to look at but was still a very happy guy. The Petfinder Foundation grant was an amazing gift. Timmy needed surgery on his leg to repair the breaks or an amputation would be done.

Because of the grant, we were able to have his leg repaired and his eye removed. We were the only rescue contacted that was willing to help this little guy. After eight weeks of crate rest, Timmy can use his leg, has one big, beautiful shiny brown eye, lots of scars from the road rash and walks with a very silly bow-legged gait. For all he has been through in his young life, he is a happy, bossy and playful typical little Chihuahua. There is no way we could have saved his leg without this wonderful grant, and definitely not as quickly. Meet Timmy Tiptoes:

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