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California Miniature Schnauzer Rescue: Grant Report

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

Veterinary expenses for rescued dogs

Veterinary bills are by far our biggest expense. The Adoptions Options In Action grant was an immense help and let us rescue more dogs than we would otherwise have been able to afford.

How many pets did this grant help?

We rescued more than 100 dogs during 2016. Thus, if the grant money is divided equally among those dogs, the grant helped about 100 dogs.

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

Nathan was a 10-year-old schnauzer-poodle mix who we rescued from the North Central Los Angeles shelter. Nathan had a broken leg. We like to rescue dogs with broken legs and fractured pelvises because they are in high danger of euthanasia and few rescues are able to pay for their surgeries and care for them through their convalescence, which usually lasts eight weeks or more.

When we took Nathan to the surgery center, we learned that, besides his broken tibia, he also had a detached Achilles tendon. Furthermore, rather than being already neutered, as the shelter had told us, Nathan was an inguinal cryptorchid. His surgery thus came to more than $4,600, making Nathan the most expensive dog we’ve ever had.

After Nathan recovered from his surgery, we were able to place him in a great home where he is bringing great joy to his adopter. Needless to say, Nathan’s expenses put a giant dent in our finances, a dent the Petfinder Foundation grant helped to fill. For that, we are most grateful.