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Casa del Toro Pit Bull Rescue: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

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

We purchased food and veterinary services for the pit bulls in our rescue.

We used the grant monies to provide lifesaving surgery for Gronk, Lenny, Poppy, and Rufus. All of these pit bulls were on the rescue-only list at the shelter and were not considered adoptable pets. Thank you so much for your generous gift. Your gift not only saved the lives of these four dogs, it lives on in the impact these dogs will have on every person who meets them.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

We rescued Gronk (first photo) from the shelter when he was five months old. He came in as a police confiscate because someone abandoned him in a garage and a good Samaritan called Animal Care & Control. We used grant monies to repair the luxating patella in Gronk’s rear right leg. This is his first of two surgeries, as he will require surgery on his left rear leg too.

Lenny (second photo) came into the Indianapolis shelter as an injured stray. This handsome guy has such a sweet personality. We used grant monies to help fund Lenny’s heartworm treatment, dental and neuter surgeries. Lenny began his treatment in February and will be available for adoption next month. Meet Lenny:

Poppy (third photo) is a pup who just doesn’t give up. In Feb. 2014, Poppy was surrendered to the shelter by her owners because they were moving. Upon intake, the animal control officer noticed Poppy had an injured front right leg. Unfortunately, Poppy’s leg had been broken and set improperly, so the surgeon had to remove the leg in order to provide her with better mobility. Poppy, now a tripod, was adopted in March 2014 and returned to the shelter in April 2015 because her owners “didn’t have time for her.” Upon intake, the shelter noticed that Poppy was now having problems with her rear legs. They feared this would require surgery and the use of a wheelchair for recovery and therefore put Poppy on the rescue-only list. We rescued Poppy and used grant monies to provide surgery to repair ligament damage in both of her rear legs. Poppy is such a resilient pup! She didn’t require a wheelchair during her recovery; instead, her foster home helped her walk with the use of a sling. We are happy to report that Poppy was adopted this week!

The last pit bull who benefited from your generous grant was Rufus (fourth photo). Rufus was found as a stray by a good Samaritan. That person took him to an emergency vet, who performed Rufus’s first surgery and then surrendered him to the shelter. We rescued Rufus in order to provide him with the continued medical care that he required. We used grant funds to purchase food, vaccinations, neuter surgery and more to help Rufus on the road to recovery and adoption. Meet Rufus:

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