St. Clair TNR & Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

This Emergency Medical Grant was used to help cover the cost of Zeus’s femoral head ostectomy (FHO) surgery.

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

This grant helped Zeus get the FHO surgery he needed to save his leg!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Zeus was hit by a car in the middle of the night. Thankfully, police officers found him and called us immediately. We rushed out to pick him up and took him to the nearest emergency vet clinic (naming him Zeus on the way). The vets made sure he was not bleeding internally and gave him some medication for pain management.

A few hours later, we took Zeus to our regular vet. That is when we found out that his back leg was fractured. We thought amputation was the only option until our vet told us of a surgery that was new to us. He said that if Zeus had the FHO surgery, he should heal and be able to live a normal life, run and play, and not have any long-term effects.

Although it was much more expensive, we opted for the FHO surgery for Zeus. He did not choose this fate. He deserved to be given the best chance at a great life! We did fundraisers and begged, pleaded, and even borrowed from our own pockets since this was an unplanned expense.

We had a consultation with the vet and surgery day was upon us! Zeus had the surgery, spent one night at the vet clinic, and then was right back up to his old tricks at the shelter!

Of course we were extremely careful when we took him for short walks, and then longer walks, and then even longer walks. We were terrified that we were going to “break” him. But as time went on, Zeus healed and started to become more and more active. He now runs around the play yard, chases toys, jumps up to visit people, and is living the life he deserves!

He had a potential adopter, but unfortunately, that fell through. So now we are searching for Zeus’s very special furever home. He has remained a loyal, loving companion to all shelter volunteers throughout this process. He deserves a special person to call his own, and that is exactly what we will find for this sweet boy! You can meet Zeus here.

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