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Hope Animal Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

We rescued a beautiful big girl named Lettie who we knew was heartworm-positive and was at risk of euthanasia due to her heartworm status. We used most of the funds to pay for her heartworm treatment, and she is now with her forever family after completing her treatment. The remainder was used Samson, a small puppy who lost his battle with an illness he was too weak to fight.

It helped many more than just the two that the funds went directly to -- it allowed us to care for others that we wouldn't have had the funds to provide care for.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two directly, but the funds allowed us to direct money that would have been spent on them to the many others that also needed care.

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

Lettie is a sweet and happy 2-year-old girl with a gentle disposition who was heartworm-positive. She had been in the shelter for two months and was on the euthanasia list. A family wanted to adopt her, but they decided against adopting her after finding out she was heartworm-positive. We rescued her and took care of her during her lengthy treatment (which is a difficult thing for dogs to go through, especially dogs with energy to spare). She has since found the most wonderful family who loves her so much!

Samson was a dog rescued after being in a hoarding situation with 91 other animals. He got very sick very quickly after being rescued. He spent time in the ICU trying to get better and was brought to a second vet for additional care, but it was more than he could battle. He passed away in the arms of a foster who loved him. We were so grateful he knew some love in his short life.

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