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Metro East Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The $450 grant from the Petfinder Foundation was used to offset the costs of surgery for one of the cats in our shelter. Billie required surgery on her eyelids to remove several cysts.

In June 2017, an animal eye specialist performed a conjunctival resection and superficial keratectomy on both of Billie’s eyes. They also did a liquid nitrogen cryosurgery on Billie’s left eyelid in an effort to remove the hair follicles and prevent the growth of additional cysts. Billie’s left eye is now perfectly clear and, while the vision in her right eye is impaired, her quality of life is greatly improved. Before being made available for adoption, all animals at MEHS are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have their vaccinations brought up-to-date. The additional costs incurred for special medical needs such as Billie’s are often prohibitive. Without support from the Petfinder Foundation, we would not be able to meet these critical medical needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant provided the necessary medical care for one cat.

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

Billie is now approximately 14 months old and still waiting for her forever family. Despite limited vision in her right eye, she is a typical mischievous young cat. She is frequently found in the director’s office or “helping” at the front desk. Billie’s profile is available at:

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