Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland: Emergency Medical Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
$1,000 was used to help pay for surgery to save the leg of a young beagle who had been shot. The leg was shattered in one spot and it was touch-and-go, even after the surgery, while he was healing. He had to remain in an exoskeleton brace for six weeks.
We struggle to come up with the funds to help all these dogs. We are known to the shelters as the group that takes the sickest dogs. $1,000 is a wonderful donation to help with the costs. This particular dog was only about 1 year old, so we were thrilled to be able to save his leg so he can chase squirrels the way he was intended.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
In March, we were called upon by one of our local shelters for urgent help with a 2-year-old beagle, Odie, who had been brought in by Animal Control. He had been shot in the front leg and initial exams indicated amputation. Because he was just a youngster with a lifetime of squirrels to chase, we sought a second opinion. The second surgeon saw hope for saving the leg, but made no promises.
Odie struggled (as did foster parents) with an uncomfortable exoskeleton for months during the healing process. It was expensive and we couldn’t have done it with our supporters and a $1,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation.
We’d like to take a moment to thank the Petfinder Foundation for its help with Odie, who seems to be as good as new. He was adopted last month and his new family is totally in love with him.