Due to Covid, all fundraising had to be cancelled, yielding big bills for the rescue, with minimal income for months. This grant allowed us to maintain a high quality of vet care, including spay/neuter, heartworm-prevention, eye surgeries, and rehab for our special-needs bulldogs.
Our dogs in the rescue are of bully breeds and many have some special-care item, whether it is surgery to fix breathing, rehab for hip issues, or allergy relief. We could not have helped and provided the services without help from this grant. The alternative would have been to go seek individual donations during this hardship time.
Maize and Rebel came to us from a breeding house that discarded them when they were found to have medical issues. Maize, the blue-and-white little girl, was 3 months old, had a significant heart murmur, and was not in the best condition. Her limited ability to make it through a day without multiple long naps, and a respiratory infection, made her unadoptable to most people.
Utilizing the grant money, we were able to get her the scan she needed to ensure her prognosis was baselined, meds could be administered, and we were aware of what rehab we could perform to build her stamina. After some hard work by our foster, Maize began the progress towards being a happy, typical puppy.
Adopters came from far and wide, even with the knowledge that Maize would have a limited lifespan due to her heart. Today, Frankie (her new name) has more than doubled in height and weight, plays like a normal puppy, does zoomies, and gets regular check-ups with the vet team. Her adopters love her and this would not be possible without the grant to help us help her.