This generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation supported medical care for animals rescued during our disaster-relief efforts following Hurricane Florence.
Disaster relief work is some of the most expensive work we do, but also critical to saving lives. When animals are rescued from floodwaters like what we saw after Hurricane Florence and brought into our care, they often require urgent care as they heal from injuries and illnesses.
Grants like this allow us to act quickly to save these vulnerable lives.
Ahead of Hurricane Florence, we organized several transports of animals out of coastal areas that were expected to be hit the hardest to partnered shelters in the northeast. Each of these transports stopped at our Adoption Center in Asheville, N.C., to be loaded onto another van and to give the dogs time to stretch their legs.
During one of these transports, we met a dog named Hutch, who had obviously been neglected in his previous shelter. Even though he had been with them for months, he was severely underweight, with his ribs and hip bones sticking out, and had a large amount of parasites in his frail body.
We could see right away that he needed immediate care, so we pulled him off transport and rushed him into our medical room. After an exam, fluids, a dose of dewormer, and a generous meal, we placed him into a loving foster home.
In November, after being in our care for just over two months, he had gained 22 lbs. and had turned into a happy, healthy puppy!
In early December, Hutch was adopted by a terrific family who will love and spoil him for the rest of his life. Thanks for helping us give Hutch the life he deserves!