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Valley Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The $1,000 grant was used to pay for part of the surgery needed to repair Gracie's ear and ear canal. The surgery cost nearly $3,000, so the Emergency Medical Grant helped offset that large medical bill.

This grant helped us in several ways. First, it helped offset the large medical bill that the organization incurred as a result of the necessary surgery on Gracie's ear and ear canal.

Second, it allowed the organization the ability to develop a plan quickly that was not just about the surgical bill, but also an aftercare plan that could be discussed with potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Gracie was a puppy who had been found at 4 months old, injured and in need of advanced medical care for her left ear. She was found with a rubber band tied around her head, and her hair had grown over the rubber band.

Because Gracie was so young, there was plenty of concern about her chances to keep her ear, as well as the risk of infection due to the length of time that her injury had been left untreated.

Our call to action for help with medical costs during the early stages of the pandemic helped us develop a strategy to provide different levels of care. First, the rubber band had to be removed and Gracie had to heal from that procedure. Subsequently, she had to have costly surgery to repair her ear canal. That surgery was successful and Gracie’s hearing was fully restored.

Thanks to an Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, Valley Humane Society medical staff was able to seek the proper care needed to treat Gracie’s ear. The $1,000 Emergency Medical Grant covered a portion of Gracie’s surgery that allowed Valley Humane Society to successfully repair her ear.

She spent her recuperation with a wonderful foster family, and she entertained them with her goofy antics. She blossomed into dog who was ready to start the next chapter of her life!

Gracie is now Maya Moore Treats, and is living her best life, one that includes trips to the beaches, socially-distant walks with her “furever” family, and enjoying the world with full hearing.

The pictures provided show the full transformation of Maya. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation.

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