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Peak Lab Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

Veterinary care and surgical expenses for Tuffy.

As the largest foster-based dog rescue in North Carolina, Peak Lab Rescue feels a responsibility to save dogs with illnesses and injuries that other smaller rescues cannot. We depend on financial support from generous funders like the Petfinder Foundation to help us continue this important work. We could not afford to treat costly emergency cases like Tuffy without your help!

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Tuffy was tearfully surrendered by his family at a small, rural North Carolina shelter for euthanasia after he was struck by a car. The family did not have the financial resources to cover the expensive treatment that Tuffy required.

Unfortunately, X-rays revealed that Tuffy had two fractures of his right rear leg and a crushed pelvis that would never be able to support his femur, even if his leg was repaired. The best course of treatment was amputation.

Tuffy’s surgery and recovery were both successful. Best of all, Tuffy was adopted by a family who had recently lost their young tripod Lab to a sudden, unexpected illness. His new mom, Jessy, reports, “I’m so happy and sad at the same time. I adopted Tuffy after losing my special dog, Pickles. Tuffy is much different, maybe even the exact opposite, but he brings so much joy to my life and has helped me heal.”

In addition to Tuffy’s orthopedic expense, he required neutering and heartworm treatment. Tuffy has rebounded from all his medical procedures and is now living his best life. Now that’s a happy tail!

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