Mercy Fund Animal Rescue: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Funds from the All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration were used toward veterinary bills ($2,181) and to purchase food for dogs in foster care ($819). Mercy Fund Animal Rescue (MFAR) recently received four dogs with severe, painful injuries due to physical abuse or car strikes. All four dogs needed extensive veterinary care, including surgeries. MFAR used $2,181 of the $3,000 toward veterinary bills to help these injured dogs. The remaining funds ($819) were used to purchase dog food.
The funds enabled MFAR to provide veterinary care for four dogs with severe injuries and to feed 60 dogs in foster care for two weeks. MFAR will not euthanize any animal unless it is beyond veterinary care; thus, members of the community, including the local sheriff’s department, often contact MFAR to assist with injured animals. This places a tremendous financial burden on MFAR due to the cost of veterinary care for injured animals. Grant funds enable MFAR to provide the necessary care for these injured animals while continuing to accept other unwanted or stray animals who only require routine vet care (e.g., vaccinations, worming, health checks, etc.) before they are ready for adoption into their forever homes. Without grant funds, it is difficult for MFAR to accept additional animals into foster care due to the costs associated with veterinary care for injured animals. MFAR is an all-volunteer organization that relies on fundraising for its all operational expenses.
How many pets did this grant help?
Four dogs received lifesaving veterinary care to treat painful physical injuries. Sixty dogs in foster care were fed for two weeks.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
These were the four dogs who received veterinary care for their injuries: Miracle (first photo) is a 3- to 4-month-old puppy with a fractured femur and jaw and head trauma. She was hit by a car and the local sheriff’s department called MFAR for assistance. Her broken femur required four cast changes and will also require a pin removal. She had two surgeries to address her injuries. Once she has fully recovered and is spayed, she will be eligible for adoption.
Randolph (second photo) is a border collie who was hit by a car. Once again, MFAR was contacted by the local sheriff’s department. Randolph had severe injuries to his rear leg and foot. Three of his toes had to be amputated. He is recovering well and will be neutered soon. Once he is fully recovered, he will be available for adoption.
Rascal (third photo) was about 2 months old when he was accepted by MFAR. He suffered physical abuse from his previous owner and had a fractured femur that required a pin to set it properly. He has recovered, although he still suffers from a stiff leg. Rascal’s adoption is pending. His new prospective owners, a mother and a daughter, found him through the Petfinder website. Once Rascal is fully recovered, he will be neutered before he goes home to his new forever family.
Bruno (fourth photo) is an adult dog who was in a bad owner situation. MFAR was contacted by the sheriff’s department after Bruno was hit by a car. The owner agreed to surrender him to MFAR. Bruno’s pelvis was fractured in three places and he required surgery to repair his injuries. Bruno also suffers from heartworm. Once he has recovered from his pelvic injury, Bruno will be treated for heartworm before he is ready for adoption.