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Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

We used the money we received for Heidi to get her the ear-ablation surgery she needed. She came to us emaciated and thin, with a severe abscess on one side of her face.

We used the $1,000 toward the first of her two ear surgeries. She continues to struggle with infection and is in a foster home.

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Heidi is such a sweetheart and had severe infections in both her ears and in her mouth when she arrived at SPARC. Due to the severity and depth of the infections, she had to have her ears ablated, which means the ear canals were completely removed. One of her ears has healed well, but the other ear still shows signs of infection and, despite antibiotics, continues to be a problem for her.

When she arrived at SPARC, Heidi was emaciated and starving. That, of course, has been remedied, but she still suffers from the terrible allergies she already had. We sent her to see Dr. Greek, a veterinary dermatologist and allergist, who is going to test her for everything to alleviate her skin irritation and hopefully allow her to grow fur again on her huge bald spots! She will also have her ear flushed and cleaned and will possibly be put on new antibiotics.

EVERY animal, no matter how sick or injured, gets a second chance at life, unless a vet tells us there’s nothing else that can be done for an animal. Heidi is currently in medical foster care and we believe that her foster family will adopt her once she is healthy and her allergies are under control.

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