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Rescue the Underdog: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

Rescue the Underdog (RTU) is a small San Francisco-based, volunteer-run organization that saves dogs from being euthanized in high[-intake] shelters. We are part of Center for Animal Rescue and Education in Solano ("CARES"), a 501(c)(3) organization. Many of our dogs are rescued hours before being put down. Some are strays, some are seniors, some need special medical care, some come from neglectful homes. We take dogs that no other rescue will take. These dogs live with our network of dedicated foster parents until a lucky adopter can bring them to their forever home.

RTU/CARES relies on donations and adoption fees to pay for vet bills and other operating costs, and each surprise emergency surgery strains our budget. The Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant covered 90% of the surgery costs for one of our senior dogs, leaving our organization some much-needed financial flexibility.

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

August is a 10-year-old terrier mix who loves routine, slow strolls and sniffing. He enjoys leisure time and snuggles, but while on walks, his youthful energy has led to him being mistaken for a puppy.

On July 21, August underwent surgery to remove a mass in his groin. The mass had begun bleeding as a result of ulceration under the skin and was causing August discomfort, as well as reducing his chances for adoption.

After recuperating in his foster home, August was adopted in the month of August! He is now healthy, comfortable, and living a life of leisure in his forever home.

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