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Santa Rosa County Animal Services: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The funding was used towards a medical procedure for one of our kittens. This is a surgery we could not have provided without assistance. Thanks in particular to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to do major surgery on a kitten to save her life!

This grant was able to help one of our pets to have a major surgery. This was a big assist to our organization, as we could not have paid for the surgery without help. This allowed us to give top-tier care to a pet while she was in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Cleo was the recipient of this procedure. She was found when she was about 3 weeks old, outside with her siblings and mom. We soon realized she needed further medical care and she was sent to a specialist.

It was determined that Cleo needed to have surgery to treat a persistent right aortic arch, a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart that can affect esophageal function. It is not very common in cats. One of the branches of the aorta was wrapped around her esophagus.

We were able to pay for this with donations as well as the shelter’s funds and the Petfinder Foundation grant.

During Cleo’s recovery care, her foster mom fell in love and has since adopted Cleo. She is now leading a happy and healthy life!

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