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Liberty Acres United Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

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

The money from the grant was used to purchase insulin for a diabetic dog named Nick.

Having his insulin costs covered made him much more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Nick was saved from being chained in the yard of an owner who suffered from dementia and often forgot he had a dog. When Nick was rescued, he had little to no hair and was skinny and blind. Thanks to the rescue group that took him in, he was gaining weight and getting his hair back. They had him placed in a foster home and Nick was finally living a good life. Then Nick’s foster became terminally ill and could no longer keep him. Nick was once again homeless, and that’s when we heard of his situation.

Nick would not make it in a traditional shelter setting. Though he was blind, he hit our sanctuary grounds running. If he bumped into something, he would just shake it off and try a different direction. This silly boy loved water. It didn’t matter if it was the pond, the pool, or a mud puddle. He also loved playing in the hose. He would have both you and him soaked by the time he was finished.

After some blood work, we learned that Nick was also diabetic. He took his injections like a champ, but who would want to adopt a blind, diabetic dog? We adored Nick but really wanted him to have a real family. He seemed to be doing well with his insulin and we were so excited when we got the grant to pay for it. This grant renewed our hope that Nick would find his forever home.

Then, just a few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer that stemmed from his not being neutered when he was younger. This past weekend, our dear, sweet Nick crossed the rainbow bridge in our arms. Nick was a volunteer and staff favorite. His tail would wag like crazy every time he heard them say his name. He will be missed by many. Though he was never officially adopted, he now has a forever home at the rainbow bridge. Run free at the bridge, old friend.

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