Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to pay for medical expenses for a puppy who contracted the Parvovirus.

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

The grant saved this puppy’s life; without the funds she would have died.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped one puppy.

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

We received a phone call from a former adopter, stating that a neighbor of hers was having difficulty paying for dog food. We have a program called the Animal Soup Kitchen (A.S.K.), which provides sick, disabled, impoverished and elderly pet parents with free pet food, vaccinations, spay/neutering and medical care for their animals. We went to deliver the dog food and we found 15 puppies and two adult female dogs in the man’s yard. It seems that his two female dogs had recently delivered the pups. The pups were all skin and bones and needed immediate medical care. We evaluated the situation and decided it was best that we take the pups to our shelter. We provided the man with food and set up an appointment with our veterinarian to get his dogs spayed.

The pups were given fecal and blood tests and appeared to be in good health except for being undernourished. They tested positive for parasites and negative for Giardia. They were treated for the parasites and have responded well to their meds. Three of the puppies became lethargic, were vomiting, and had diarrhea. They were brought to the veterinarian for evaluation. They were diagnosed with Parvovirus. They were hospitalized for two days and received the appropriate course of treatment. They were discharged and returned to our shelter. They were placed in our isolation unit, receiving medications prescribed by the vet. The total cost for their care was $4,210.78. Puppy C’s cost was $1,853.39.

We are happy to report that Puppy C, along with her siblings, recovered. Puppy C was adopted soon after and found her forever home. Carly and her new family are very happy.

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