$2,500 in grant funding was received to support pre-adoption veterinary care for shelter dogs, including vaccinations and routine care by a veterinarian contracted to visit the shelter twice per week, spay/neuter surgery, external veterinary services and in-shelter dog training to remedy and prevent behavioral problems to improve adoptability and ensure that adoptions are successful.
The pre-adoption spay/neuter and veterinary care program is the heart and soul our organization. Routt County Humane Society is committed to providing unowned animals with the care they need to make them adoptable. So far, the grant funding from the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration has helped us to find forever homes for 37 of the 43 dogs who came into our care between April 27, when we received the funds, until today, July 22, 2016. Nine of those dogs required spay/neuter surgeries prior to adoption and grant funds contributed to the pre-adoption care of all of them.
43: All received routine care and training, and some extraordinary care.
Here are the stories of two dogs who received a great deal of help from the Petfinder Foundation grant: Marble (first photo) was transferred to the RCHS animal shelter from [an open-admission] shelter in Texas. She is a pit bull mix and came to us with her four puppies. Once she was in our care, we discovered that Marble was positive for heartworm, which is very rare in this part of the country. Her puppies, however, were negative. As soon as the puppies had been weaned, RCHS started Marble on the long and rather difficult treatment protocol to free her of heartworm, using grant funds to support the cost of treatment. Following a course of steroid treatment and Heartgard, she had her first injections at 60 days and was kept very quiet for a week. More injections were given at 90 days. At 120 days following the beginning of treatment, she will be tested to ensure that she no longer is infected with the parasite. Once clear, Marble will be spayed and will be adopted by the family where she is currently in foster care. All four puppies were adopted right away.
Gidget (second photo), a 6- or 7-year-old miniature poodle, was picked up (after several failed attempts) as a stray and brought to the RCHS shelter on May 2. She was extremely shy, thin and ill. It was determined that Gidget was diabetic and insulin treatment was started right away. But then she developed pneumonia, followed by a bladder infection. Gidget never spent the night at the veterinary hospital, however, because one of our shelter technicians took her home every night during her recovery. Just last week, after 10 weeks in our care and a lot of veterinary treatment provided through the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant, Gidget was adopted!