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Paws Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The funds were used to pay for medical expenses for a rescued dog, Ester, who needed surgery to amputate her injured front leg. The veterinarian believed the damage to her front leg was caused by a steel trap. Ester was found by a family one evening and we arranged for her to be taken to the vet the next day for an exam and surgery. Ester fully recovered from her surgery.

The grant helped Paws Rescue cover expenses related to the amputation that were not “planned” expenses. The expenses for the surgery were above and beyond the usual vaccination and spay or neuter that most of our rescued cats and dogs require upon intake. The surgery helped restore Ester’s health and allowed to her to continue growing and developing, as she was only 3 months old when she was found. In turn, by our rescuing Ester and having the surgery performed, she was far more likely to be adopted.

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

During a severe thunderstorm on the evening of Feb. 28, 2016, Ester was found by a family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The family heard a whining cry coming from outside, and they found Ester in their driveway. She was soaking wet and severely injured. Part of her front right leg was missing and she was not able to walk on it. The family called Paws Rescue to see if we could help the dog, and they offered to foster her until she could be adopted. We made arrangements for them to take Ester to the veterinary clinic the next day. The veterinarian examined her and determined she was only 12 weeks old and that the injury to her foot was not recent. Based on the nature of the injury, it appeared that her leg had been caught in a steel trap at some point during her short life. The vet recommended amputation of the leg since she was not able to use it. They performed the surgery that same day and everything went well. Several days later, when she was ready to leave the veterinary clinic, Ester went to stay with her new foster family for the rest of her recovery. Ester fully recovered from her surgery, and by late April, she was spayed, fully vaccinated, and ready to be adopted. However, her foster family had fallen in love while taking care of her, and they decided they had to adopt Ester. It was a truly a happy ending for everyone!

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