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Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

See below.

This grant allowed us to get Shatto the hip surgery that she badly needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six total: Shatto and her five sweet babies that she was pregnant with!

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

Who remembers Shatto? On Dec. 27, 2020, We received an urgent message from a vet tech at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital. Shatto had been brought to the vet by a good Samaritan who found her in a ditch on the highway. She was severely injured and unable to walk. She had a pelvis fracture and fractures to her hips on both sides.

She had surgery to repair the worst injury to her hip last month and has been healing nicely. She is in foster care and her foster plans to adopt her.

On Feb. 6, 2021, we got a call that she was in pain, panting a lot, and seemed to be very uncomfortable. So we called our amazing friends at Crest Animal Hospital, who did her surgery, and asked for more pain medication for her. Another experienced foster picked up the medicine to take to Shatto’s foster. When Madison arrived, she could not believe what she was seeing.

Shatto wasn’t in pain. Shatto was in labor! She was leaking milk and having contractions! This was definitely not the Saturday morning that we had planned.

We immediately called the amazing Dr. Lyle at Crest Animal Hospital and let him know what was happening. He looked at the x-rays from her surgery and said that due to her injuries, there would be no possibility that she would deliver these puppies safely. Despite his already overbooked Saturday, he told us to bring her in right away for a C-section. We were so incredibly thankful to have Dr. Lyle as one of our vet partners; he saved six lives!

Thanks to Shatto’s attentive foster, Madison’s quick action, and Dr. Lyle and his staff, we had five new puppies and momma was doing well! If all of these pieces had not come together, mama and babies very well could’ve died. We could not believe that these babies survived getting hit by a car, a serious surgery, and then a C-section. They were already little fighters!

All five beautiful puppies have been adopted.

Shatto hasn’t been adopted yet but her foster does plan to adopt her when she’s adoptable! She’s needing a second hip surgery and then will be adopted.

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