The grant awarded was used for veterinary care for outsourcing health certificates and emergency care due to the closing of our veterinarian of record. This allowed us to continue to adopt out the animals in our care and follow Department of Agriculture and State regulations that all animals adopted must have a health certificate.
We had several emergency vet visits, saving the lives of pregnant mama dogs in labor, allowing puppies to be placed in adoptive homes, and not having to hold them in the kennels for longer than necessary.
Among puppies and kittens that had to get health certificates at outside locations, this is an example of one of our emergency situations where we had to outsource to a different vet: This is mama Marlee and her two surviving puppies. She ended up with a life-threatening internal infection and had to be rushed to the vet for an emergency C-section. (This was NOT an easy task, as three vet offices would not or could not help, or were closed because they had given up all their supplies to hospitals.)
The vet who was found that could help was an hour away. The vet thought all the babies would be dead and that we might also lose mama Marlee. With a very attentive foster mom, Marlee’s life and two of her wee ones’ lives were saved, and they are now on meds and being closely being monitored.