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Lending Paws A Hand, Inc. (LPAH): Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

Lending Paws A Hand, Inc. (LPAH) utilized the money from the Orvis grant to assist animals currently in the care of LPAH. The grant was used to provide basic vetting to animals, including vaccination updates, wellness checkups, and spay/neuter services. This grant was also used to provide emergency vetting for injuries and illnesses that affected some of the dogs in the rescue.

The Orvis Grant helped LPAH lower some high vet bills that resulted from the treatment of animals currently in the care of the rescue. All of the dogs helped were rescued from a small, rural shelter and were at the risk of being euthanized before LPAH stepped in and saved them.

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Jewel (first photo) is a 1-year-old blue pit bull who was rescued by LPAH after arriving at the shelter with a large ball of flesh hanging out of her, which turned out to be a prolapsed uterus that she developed after having puppies recently. The shelter that Jewel found herself at provided no vetting care, so LPAH moved quickly to save her from the shelter and get her the veterinary care that she needed. Several months following the initial prolapse, Jewel unfortunately experienced another unexpected prolapse, but she received the care she needed to correct the issue and is now waiting patiently for her furever home! Meet Jewel:

Barron (second photo) was a stray brought into the small shelter in Lee County from a horse pasture. He came in with his brother and they both had a very mysterious past, but it was obvious they had endured some abuse in their short time on this earth. The ear flaps on both boys were hardly existent. It was obvious that someone had taken it upon themselves and attempted to “crop” their ears, but failed, leaving the boys with permanent damage. The shelter staff also noticed that Barron was not putting much weight on his rear right leg, which was another mark against Barron. The shelter that Barron found himself in provided no vetting, but LPAH did not hesitate and moved quickly to rescue Barron and his brother and get Barron medical attention. Upon arriving at the vet, both boys received a full workup. Barron received x-rays and it was discovered that his rear leg was fractured; the vet believed it was from a horse kick. Barron was placed in a loving foster home where he was given the proper follow-up vet care and a loving environment where he has completely healed from his fracture. Since coming to LPAH, Barron was adopted by his foster mom and now spends his days with his other fur brothers and sisters.

Lily (third photo) was dropped off at the Lee County shelter with a skin condition that her previous owner had let get out of control. Her skin was in an awful condition! She was suffering from hair loss and open, oozing wounds. LPAH moved quickly to get her out of the shelter and to our vet. After receiving vet attention she was transferred to a loving, caring foster home where she continued to receive care for her skin condition, including medicated baths and medication. After some time in her foster home, Lily’s skin started to show a drastic improvement and we were able to see the beautiful pup she once was before her previous owners failed to give her proper medical attention. Today Lily lives with her foster family as a happy, healthy pup with a beautiful coat and markings! Meet Lily:

Sadie was found with a severe rectal prolapse and a case hookworms. She was immediately taken by LPAH to a vet for surgery to correct the prolapse and to begin treatment. While recovering from her surgery, Sadie found a wonderful foster home, where she was placed to rest and recover. Due to the severity of the first prolapse, Sadie is now prone to prolapses and suffers from them from time to time. Sadie is currently in her foster home until the perfect family can be found.

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