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Valley Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The funds from the grant were used to pay for emergency medical procedures for our shelter dog Calvin. He had paraphimosis, which caused a swelling of his penis. He was unable to retract his penis back into the sheath and required emergency surgery to correct the problem. The total bill for Calvin's surgery was $528.

The funding for our shelter comes from donations and grants. We are a relatively new shelter and have very limited funds available. The costs for Calvin's surgery definitely put a very tight pinch in our very small budget. This grant gave us back some breathing room.

How many pets did this grant help?

The entire amount of the grant was used to help Calvin.

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

Calvin was adopted from our shelter as a puppy. After being with his new family for approximately nine months, he was returned to our shelter, as the family could no longer provide proper care for him. It took Calvin longer than usual to readjust to shelter life. The barking of the other dogs caused him an excessive amount of stress, which in turn caused his issue with the paraphimosis. Calvin’s surgery was a success and he was adopted into a new loving forever family approximately 30 days after his procedure. Calvin is doing well with his new family and they provide us with updates on him regularly.

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