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Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The emergency medical grant was used for Little Stevie's intensive surgery in which his shattered pelvis was rebuilt, a three-day emergency-room stay, the medications he required, follow-up appointments with his specialist, and physical therapy.

The emergency medical grant that the Petfinder Foundation provided helped lessen the blow of such a large expense for us right as the new year was starting. We have many dogs in our care on our campus, and medical bills that reach into the thousands of dollars are a constant strain on our finite resources.

How many pets did this grant help?

One special little guy!

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

On New Year’s Eve, we received a call from a motorist who had just picked up a Shih Tzu from the road who had been hit by a car. The motorist had stopped when the little dog ran in front of his car; unfortunately an oncoming driver did not, but ran over the little dog and sped ahead. Our good Samaritan drove around the block to rescue the little dog from oncoming traffic and was surprised to find him alive. He googled Shih Tzu Rescue, called us, and asked if we’d help. We asked him to take the poor little dog to the hospital, where he arrived in 24 minutes, unable to move around. The vet told us that our dog appeared to be a young male, but he was so severely matted they’d have to cut some hair away before they could determine the extent of his injuries.

The Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are probably the most frightening holidays of the year for dogs, many of whom are absolutely terrified of the noise of fireworks. Poor Little Stevie, obviously the victim of horrific neglect, was likely trying to get to a safe place without fireworks. It is a MIRACLE that an individual, with plans of his own on the holiday, intervened so that Stevie didn’t die scared and alone on the side of the road. Meet Stevie:

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