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Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

This money went directly to the vet care and medical expenses of labradors pulled into our rescue.

Without this grant and charitable contributions like it, we could not survive as an organization. LRROF is 100% volunteer. We have no paid staff/employees. Every dollar donated/raised goes directly to the care and medical expenses of our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Too many to count.

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

Wilbur is a 6-year-old black Lab who was confiscated as part of a hoarding case by Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville, FL. When ACPS contacted LRROF about helping this boy, he weighed in at a shocking (and devastating) 198 lbs. (first photo). His ideal weight is 75 lbs. We pulled Wilbur from the shelter in April 2015, but honestly didn’t know how his system would handle all the stress. With the dedicated care of our vet partners and commitment by one of our fosters, Wilbur began his amazing weight-loss journey.

In November 2015, Wilbur was adopted by a lovely family that is equally dedicated to his continued weight-loss journey. Today, Wilbur is 111 lbs. and looks amazing (second photo)! He is able to go for long walks with his mom, play ball in the backyard, and generally enjoy life.

Mario is a 3-year-old black male. Animal Control in Tampa was called to pick up a dead dog in an abandoned house. Mario whimpered when officers approached and he was barely alive (third photo). We rescued him and he received round-the-clock care to restore his health. He was adopted and celebrated Christmas in his new home (fourth photo).

An [open-admission] shelter in the Orlando area contacted LRROF about a 7-year-old chocolate girl named Jasmin. She was turned in by her owners. They said she was obese and looked like a pot-bellied pig. LRROF picked her up and within 30 minutes she was being evaluated by one of our vet partners. Her condition was one of total neglect. All of her toenails were so long they were curling backwards. Her skin was in terrible shape and she was fat. The vet took one look at her and said we needed an X-ray. Poor Jasmin was not obese but rather had an enlarged spleen. She underwent surgery and the vet removed a 5-lb. spleen (a normal spleen is 2-3 ounces). Luckily there was no malignancy. She looked like a different dog and can you imagine how much more comfortable she was after healing from surgery. We truly saved this girl’s life. She was adopted after healing completely by a wonderful retired couple.

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