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AdoptMe Bluegrass Pet Rescue: Bar Dog Operation Grant Report

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

The money from this grant went directly to fund our increased medical costs lingering from this December’s cold snap, when Adopt Me! Bluegrass Pet Rescue had to take in more puppies than usual in a short amount of time as temperatures dipped well below zero.

As a humane, no-kill rescue, we often accept pregnant dogs from rural, overcrowded Kentucky county shelters. In these poorer counties, canine viruses are prevalent due to the lack of vaccinations, due to either the families' inability or unwillingness to obtain veterinary care.

This grant will help us cover the required diagnostic blood tests that ensure that pups who have had canine viruses such as distemper are healthy and cleared to go home with their adoptive families.

Each critical test costs anywhere from $110-200 depending on the pup’s weight and the lab performing the test. Nineteen pups required testing in February at a total cost of $2,060. In the next two weeks, we must test eight more puppies, for an anticipated cost of up to $1,600. Your help enables us to ensure that these puppies can be cleared to go to their fur-ever homes.

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We would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us the 2023 Bar Dog Operation Grant! This funding helped cover the medical expenses of several very sick puppies by covering the required diagnostic blood tests to ensure the pups were healthy and cleared to go home with their adoptive families.

Ajaxx and Lola are two cuties of many who directly benefited by being cleared for adoption after they recovered from distemper.

Ajaxx (first photo) is an adorable 17-week-old male hound mix who is patiently waiting for his forever family. You can meet Ajaxx here.

Lola (second photo) is a female beagle mix puppy who will be available for adoption soon.

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