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Saving Shepherds of Minnesota: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The money was used to help pay for a femoral-head ostectomy surgery on a young new mother whom we had recently taken into rescue.

The money awarded through the grant helped us tremendously. We are a small, breed-specific rescue that has only been in operation for 16 months. Without the grant, Maddie may have had to wait longer, and in pain, to get the surgery she needed to correct her hip dysplasia. Correcting the issue means Maddie is now on her way to healing and hopefully will be ready to be adopted in the near future.

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We were notified about two stray German shepherds who were in a shelter in Texas and told the mother dog was currently in labor, giving birth. We immediately started working to secure a foster in Texas so the dogs could be pulled. We welcomed mama Maddie, her newborn pup, Fischer, and a young female believed to be an older pup of Maddie’s named Mia into the Saving Shepherds of MN family on Jan. 6, 2017. When the trio made their way up to Minnesota, it became apparent that Maddie had significant pain while walking. We scheduled her to be spayed and to have x-rays done. We discovered two things that day: First, that Maddie’s uterus had ruptured while she gave birth to Fischer. There were likely more puppies who didn’t survive, and the veterinarian was amazed that Maddie had made it through the ordeal. Second, Maddie had severe dysplasia in one of her hips.

Femoral-head ostectomy surgery is very expensive. Maddie is the sweetest dog and has had so much working against her in her young life (we believe she is around 2). We were committed to helping her feel the best she could and to helping find her the perfect home. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation’s Orvis Operational Grant, Maddie was able to have surgery and is recovering very well. We are hoping she will be ready for adoption in the near future once her rehabilitation is completed.

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