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Lucky Pup Dog Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

Our grant money was used to provide vet care for our rescued pups, including Banjo, Benson, KC, Sammi, Rio, Sid and Jewells.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our rescue work. We were beyond thrilled to be selected for this grant, as we spent several days in San Monica for the taping of the Cause for Paws!

Lucky Pup Dog Rescue rescues the most desperate of the desperate from San Bernardino County shelters, many times dogs that other rescues don't choose because of the expense of the vetting and health issues. The dogs we rescue tend to stay with us for extended periods of time while they heal. We aren't high-volume, but rather select dogs who have little or no hope of being saved. We pull and transport them to safety in San Diego, about 100 miles away.

There are really no words to express how comforting it is to know that you can take amazing care of the dogs that are in your "charge," to know they have everything they need, from vaccinations to food to grooming, to make them more adoptable. If they have an accident, or come to us with a medical issue, we can provide the care they need to put them on a path to find an awesome home.

Our dream has been to open an adoption center in San Diego, and it looks like that is going to happen this summer! Not on the scale we originally dreamed of, but in a smaller space near our vet's office, near La Jolla. And the BEST news of all is that the space will be donated! We can't even believe this turn of events and how blessed we are. We hope to be open by mid-August.

How many pets did this grant help?

A dozen: the pups we describe below and others with vaccinations.

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

Miss KC, a gorgeous boxer-pit mix with short little legs (first photo), had demodectic mange. It looks awful but is easily cured, and just takes some time, medication and care. She is almost completely clear and looks gorgeous. Her spay had to be postponed and she will be spayed on Aug. 4 and be ready for adoption then.

Benson (second photo), sweet 4-year-old terrier mix, was rescued from San Bernardino City shelter in September after being hit by a car and never picked up by his owners. He was neutered and had a chip. He was on his last day when our puller arrived to save him. In late May, he tore his dew claw and had to be seen by vet. It was a pretty bad and painful tear. He had a great recovery and was adopted about two weeks ago!

We rescued Banjo (third photo) from San Bernardino City Shelter, where he was left by his previous owner. He was taken to the shelter’s adoption event, but not adopted. He is gorgeous 2-year-old spaniel mix with beautiful auburn fur. He has two severe cherry eyes; we had them repaired at our vet. Unfortunately, after just two weeks, the repair failed and they have returned. We knew that was a possibility, but had hoped for the best. Our vet has offered to redo them; however, they are so severe they may not be repairable. He is here in the rescue with us and can stay as long as it takes for him to be adopted.

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