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I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant award was applied towards Ruthie's surgeries on her legs. Her medical-care costs were estimated to be $2,500, which included multiple surgeries and follow-up care.

Through generous donations and the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to afford the medical care necessary to get Ruthie healthy again.

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Ruthie came to us as a pull from a nearby municipal shelter in Detroit, where a good Samaritan turned her in after finding her alone, emaciated, and with two broken rear legs. Once Ruthie was released from her initial surgery, she went into a short-term foster with a volunteer of ours who frequently fosters for us. Not long after, a more permanent foster family inquired about her. Ruthie’s sweet and playful puppy antics seemed to immediately win over the family and their dog. After a few more follow-up appointments and positive recovery progress with the vet, Ruthie’s foster family “failed” and wanted to adopt her, making her a permanent family member. Despite all the pain Ruthie endured, she has shown to be a resilient, loving, happy puppy who got the happily ever after she deserves.

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