Second Chance Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant

What was the money or product used for?

The funds received were used for transporting five dogs from a shelter in Georgia. The municipal shelter was overcrowded, understaffed, and under-resourced due to COVID-19.

Each dog costs $125 per crate to transport from Georgia to New York state. The remaining funds were used to help treat heartworm. Two out of the five dogs were heartworm-positive. One of the dogs had a severe head wound and required intensive medical care.

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

In light of the current events, the messages were pouring in from our shelter partners, pleading for help. They are in desperate need of rescues to step up and help them. They were overwhelmed, and running out of time and space. They were heartbroken about what was to come for all the animals who wouldn’t have a chance at being saved. Many of the shelters were forced to close their doors to the public, which meant fewer visits and animals not being adopted. Many of the animals had no options other than rescues that were willing to help.

We had been saving a lot of dogs from as many shelters as we could. Then we received a plea to save five dogs from one municipal shelter. Receiving funding from the Petfinder Foundation helped us say yes to these dogs that had no other option but to be euthanized.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

One of the five dogs this grant helped was a puppy named Bundy. She was found by Animal Control lying virtually lifeless near a fence. They noticed that her head was incredibly swollen and she could not walk. The swelling of her head may have been from a bite wound or significant head trauma. It was significantly infected, and her temperature was dangerously high.

Bundy had only been at the Atlanta shelter for a few minutes when we got the call and some harrowing footage of her in the shelter. We immediately agreed to take her into our rescue and she was rushed to our vet partner, Blue Pearl Specialty, in Atlanta, GA. After she received urgent care and was medically cleared, we had her transported to New York.

Bundy has gone home to her forever family! They have renamed her Maya. So far, she fits in at her new home wonderfully. It is because of our supporters like you that we were able to provide Bundy (Maya) with the medical care she needed to recover from her horrific wounds. Now she can live the life that all puppies should have the right to live: frolicking, basking in the sun, and surrounded by love.

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