2 Hands Saving 4 Paws Humane Society: Bar Dog Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Medications, vaccines

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

We were able to receive compounded ponazuril, metroniazole, and vaccines to keep the rescues healthy and rid of coccidia. With a recent coccidiosis outbreak in a litter of puppies, we were able to obtain a prescription that helped treat those pups and the pups they were in a play yard with. All the pups were treated and had been given ponazuril compounded medication, which is a fast-acting medicine that kills the coccidia. Treatment was three days rather than the typical 10-day regimen. Two trays of vaccines were also purchased to vaccinate 50 pups in rescue. We thank you for helping us help the voiceless animals.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

This is the remarkable story of Fallon the Fighter. She just found her forever home, and she will have a wonderful life. Her eight siblings were not as fortunate, but I’m sure they will all be watching over her as she experiences her new healthy, happy life.

On July 1, 2021, 2 Hands Saving 4 Paws Humane Society, Inc., received a plea for help from a resident within in our community. They had a litter of puppies that needed to be surrendered due to a family member being unable to care for them.

Upon viewing the initial photo we received (first photo), and the deplorable condition the pups were living in, we immediately took the puppies into rescue.

When we received the puppies, they were extremely dehydrated and infested with fleas. Their tiny bodies were bloated with worms; they had skin issues and weeping sores all over their bodies; they were lethargic, lacking a proper food source; and several had neurological issues, as evidenced by their tremors and shaking.

We immediately bathed, wormed, and settled them into our indoor quarantine area (second photo).

Over the next several days, we rushed them one by one to our veterinarian (third photo) for declining health and an overburden of intestinal parasites like nothing we’d ever seen.

The director of the organization watched them around the clock, giving them supportive care, subcutaneous fluids, vitamins, glucose, probiotics, and wet food by hand to help them gain strength. The puppies were diagnosed with several different parasites, coccidiosis, giardia, and skin infections. One by one, they started to pass away, leaving just one survivor, whom we named Fallon the Fighter.

Like her siblings, Fallon had enormous abscesses develop all over her body as a result of living in a crowded crate and sleeping in her own feces and urine. Some of the abscesses needed to be drained several times a day and have warm compresses applied to help keep them from hardening.

Unfortunately, the initial treatment for the coccidiosis and runny stool was not working.

The grant we received gave us the funds to purchase a stronger, compounded medication that immediately helped kill the coccidiosis that was ravaging Fallon’s body. We ordered and received our ponazuril overnight, along with a compounded metronidazole prescribed by our veterinarian. After the first couple of doses, we noticed an immediate change (fourth photo). Fallon was eating more, and no longer having watery, greenish stools.

Fallon the Fighter was living up to her name: She started to bloom and grow (fifth photo). She no longer weighed just a few ounces. She become playful and found her bark rather than only crying and whining. Vaccines were given every two weeks and in late August 2021, she was healthy enough to be spayed.

Just this past week, Fallon the Fighter was cleared for adoption, and we transported her to New Jersey (sixth photo), where we host adoption events monthly. This past Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, she found a wonderful forever home (last photo). We told her new dad her story and the fight she fought to thrive and survive the horrific start to her life.

We know her eight siblings will be watching over her from beyond the Rainbow Bridge and cheering her on as she gets to experience a full, healthy, happy life.

We are thrilled with this “happy tail” ending for one very special little fighter who was determined to live on.