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Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

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Adopter receives funding to assist with the cost of medication, prescribed food and supplements for the duration of the adoptable senior pet's lifetime.

From the grant application: "Brynn is an 8- to 9-year-old pit mix who was rescued in June 2017. Brynn came from a local town shelter as a stray. When she arrived at Little Shelter, she was diagnosed with heartworm, had mammary tumors, and had BB pellets lodged in her body. Brynn came to Little Shelter through our Municipal Shelter Program, where we rescue dogs from high[-intake] shelters on Long Island and in New York City.

"Although at the time, her health was very poor, she was still loving, gentle and sweet. Brynn was treated for heartworm and had the BB pellets removed from her body. Brynn has been at Little Shelter for almost two years and has been diagnosed with arthritis and kidney disease. Brynn has a friendly, outgoing personality and can often be seen strolling around the shelter with her favorite staff and volunteers. Brynn also loves playing with toys, sunbathing and going for rides in the car for a 'puppuccino.' She is a longtime shelter favorite, and we are baffled as to why this beautiful brindle girl is still here.

"Little Shelter has tried several different ways to highlight Brynn. We are stumped as to why this lovely senior girl is being overlooked. If Little Shelter could offer to pay for Brynn's medication for a year, we are hoping that Brynn will find her forever home. Brynn will be on the following medications for the remainder of her life:

"Gabapentin 300 mg/1 per day - to help with Brynn's chronic pain that is associated with arthritis
Essentia Pet Omega 3 - for brain and heart health
Dasquin - comprehensive joint supplement for the relief of pain and inflammation
Carprofen 100 mg - non-steroid anti-inflammatory used to treat pain and inflammation due to arthritis
Azodyl/3 pills per day - nutritional supplement for cats and dogs that reduces azotemia, an increased concentration of compounds that impair the kidneys' ability to filter and eliminate waste"

This grant provided incentive to a potential adopter to offset medical costs for a senior dog who had been at Little Shelter for almost two years. Brynn was on several medications and supplements for kidney issues. Little Shelter was able to alleviate the expense of Brynn's medication for almost a year to her new family.

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We are so happy to be able to share with you that Brynn has been adopted! When Brynn first arrived at Little Shelter two years ago, she was very ill. This poor girl’s body was riddled with mammary tumors that encompassed every nipple on both sides of her belly. Mammary tumors are a common problem with unspayed females, but this was one of the worst cases we had seen. Through the determination of Little Shelter’s staff and Brynn’s own will, she made it through all her treatments and was declared cancer-free.

The only thing left to do was to find Brynn the perfect home. During her time at Little Shelter, Brynn made friends with every staff member and volunteer. She spent her days hanging out in the adoption office or sunning herself by the front gate, where she could greet visitors in hopes of finding a family of her own. Brynn quickly became a favorite and would enjoy home-cooked meals that volunteers would bring in, as well as occasional car rides, which she loved. One day a family came in looking for a senior dog and Brynn came right up to them, wagging her tail and looking for love. Needless to say, they fell in love with the senior pitty on the spot.

A few days later, staff and volunteers gathered to say goodbye. Brynn was excited to have all her friends come to give her attention, and even more excited when she realized she was going for a car ride. Staff brought her to her new home and helped her family get her all cozy and comfortable. Now she is enjoying the life she’s always deserved – a life of luxury and being spoiled like the queen she truly is. Congratulations, Brynn and your new family!

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