Canine Companions Rescue Center: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The money went towards Tula’s vet bill for her emergency C-section.

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

The grant allowed us to cover an unexpected vet bill, which in turn allowed us to continue to take in adoptable dogs and dogs needing additional medical care beyond vaccines and sterilization surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

17 were directly impacted.

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

The grant was instrumental in helping us to care for Tula and her family. Tula was pregnant when we received her, and the x-ray showed about 13 pups. Taking in a pregnant mom does come with some expected expenses, but finding out that she needed an emergency C-section and that she would be giving birth to 16 puppies was very unexpected.

Tula gave birth naturally to 11 pups and then required an emergency C-section to deliver the remaining five pups. It was a tough surgery, but she pulled through. It became apparent that she was in no shape to care for 16 puppies. We immediately called on our incredible volunteers who bottle feed and sent half of the pups to several foster homes to be bottle-fed around the clock. Meanwhile, three pups were not doing well and our incredible vet team did everything they could, but unfortunately, we lost three sweet pups, Firestone, Dex and Harold. They are forever in our hearts.

Our organization had a nursing mom, Penny, who had just weaned her pups days before Tula gave birth, so we decided to see if she would take in the remaining half of the litter. Supermom Penny was willing and able to care for the remaining pups just like her own and took care of them until they were ready for adoption.

Our team did everything it could for this family. This grant was greatly appreciated, as we are still able to take on additional medical cases and continue taking in dogs needing homes with the assistance provided for Tula’s medical bill. The 13 surviving puppies have all been adopted into wonderful forever homes and momma Tula is available for adoption.

Meet Tula here.

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