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Fresno Bully Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

The money from this grant was used to help pay for medical bills for dogs who were rescued with urgent needs.

We are a non-profit, no-kill shelter for bully breed dogs and rely on donations from our community to keep us going. We can only rescue dogs in need if we have a kennel, a foster home, or the financial backing to pay for that dog, so we cannot always help. This grant enabled us to rescue more medically needy dogs and give them second chances.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped us pay for six different very medically needy doggies!

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

Fergie (first photo) was spotted by a local bus driver in a field in Madera, Calif. She was hunkered down in 100-degree heat with no food or water. She only weighed about 35 pounds and her body was covered in scabs and open sores. Fergie was rushed to the vet. She was diagnosed with severe dehydration, mange, and a secondary skin infection from the untreated mange. The vet said that she had probably had the mange since she was a small puppy and that, because it had been left untreated for so long, it would likely take more than a year for her to completely heal.

We’ve had Fergie for a little over three months now and she has made amazing progress. Her scabs are all gone and she has grown back about 50% of her hair already! Fergie is a little timid at first, but her foster sister has really helped her come out of her shell. They love to do zoomies in the back yard and go to greet the horses. Fergie is full of personality and we like to call her “grumpy cat” because she is always giving a grumpy face in photos (second photo) — except with her foster sissy! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help save her! Meet Fergie:

Hawk’s story: We got a desperate call from our vet’s office about a dog who had just been surrendered for euthanasia by his family. Hawk had been hit by a car more than a year earlier and his family never got him treatment for his wounds. His right front leg had been severely injured in the accident (third photo), and since then he had been using that leg as a cane instead of as a functioning leg. He had been in a great deal of pain since the accident, but still was just a happy, lovable dog.

We couldn’t say no to Hawk. The vet recommended that the leg be amputated due to all the scar tissue, so we went ahead with the surgery. After just a few days, Hawk was up and walking around, getting a feel for his new body (fourth photo). Now Hawk gets around just as well as any other dog and loves to romp around with his two foster sisters. Hawk is such a resilient dog and, amazingly, holds no grudges. We love our tripod boy! Meet Hawk:

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