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Stray Hearts Animal Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The $600 emergency medical grant was used to save the life of a pregnant dog.

The grant paid for the bulk of a $770 vet bill. Stray Hearts had a month to pay the $770 in full. We scraped together $100 in donations, but could not pay the rest in that timeline. The grant was a godsend to our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

One mother dog and her eight puppies.

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

Baby Girl was a stray who was taken in by an older couple. On April 1, 2017, Baby was pregnant, and was attacked by a dog or dogs who came into the yard. She was taken by Stray Hearts volunteers to Country Hills Vet Clinic, more than 45 minutes away, for emergency treatment. Dr. Melanie Greene came in late to care for Baby. Baby had multiple deep bite wounds on her rump and stomach (including a mammary gland that was torn open), and a canine tooth that was ripped from the socket. Baby Girl was in great pain and shock when she arrived at the clinic, but Dr. Greene gave her a pain shot and began IV fluids. Baby Girl stayed at the clinic for three days to get stabilized. She had several drain tubes, and then a final surgery to remove the canine tooth and have her gum sewn back in place.

A week later, Baby Girl had eight beautiful puppies, all healthy. Baby Girl is recovered and the couple have enclosed their yard with fencing to keep Baby Girl safe. Baby’s puppies will be sent to rescue, where they will be vetted and adopted. In addition, Baby Girl will be spayed, using funds a relative gave to have her vetted. A very happy ending for all. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

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