The grant money from the Petfinder Foundation was used to assist our dog rescue in paying for the veterinary care for the dogs we took into our rescue in August. During that month, we took in 45 dogs and our veterinary bills totaled close to $12,000.
About half of the dogs we take in are retired breeder dogs from puppy mills and they need extensive dental care as they are older and have not received any dental care during their lives. In many dogs, it is necessary to remove all of their teeth; some cause nasal fistulas and some broken jaws. These procedures are time-consuming for the vet clinics and are expensive. Our average cost for this is $350 for each dog.
This grant paid for the veterinary care of six of these dogs.
Lexie came into our rescue on July 24, 2015, from a puppy mill. Her age was estimated at 7-8 years old and she had her veterinary care done on Aug. 4. All of her teeth were extracted and she was spayed and vaccinated. She took antibiotics to cure the infections in her mouth and started to feel good and was a happy girl. At our adoption event on Aug. 8, Lexie was adopted by a wonderful woman who was lonely and needed a companion. She now reports that they are both very happy! We like to say: Who rescued whom?