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FIDO's Companion Rescue, Inc.: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

To assist with dogs with significant medical and/or training costs

It allowed us to help more medically and behaviorally challenged dogs so they can have a good quality of life and thrive.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

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

Little Man Parker (first photo), in a consultation with a specialist, was found to have three fractures of his hip socket and iliac wing to his right side and the back half of his pelvis/hip socket is fractured on his left side, with the fracture crossing his sciatic nerve. Surgical intervention would be needed on both sides of his back end to allow him a good quality of life. The other option was to euthanize him, and euthanizing a 6-month-old baby did not sit right with me. Some of you will wonder why I would decide to put so much money into one dog. The thought crosses my mind all the time. We invest so much medically and behaviorally in the dogs we save. The money I decided to put into Parker could save probably a dozen healthy dogs. But the day we started FIDO, we decided the quality of care we give to the dogs in our program would always outweigh the quantity of the dogs we save.

FIDO does put dogs to sleep. We have an intimate understanding that we cannot save them all. We understand that sometimes the damage done to the dog before he or she comes into our care is more than our rehab capabilities will allow us to fix to make the dog safe or to have proper quality of life.

Our orthopedic vet, Dr. Kane, is confident that, with the two femoral head osteotomies he will perform and the three plates he will put into the hip socket/pelvic area, Little Man Parker will have a good quality of life, free of pain, and will thrive. The cost to FIDO for this pup’s normal vet care plus surgical intervention and post-operative hospitalization and water rehab is just under $5,000.

Krenzley (second photo) came to us as a 6- or 7-month-old boy who was parvo-positive and was brought to the vet clinic by owners who could not care for him. FIDO started aggressive treatment and we are praying we can save his life. But this boy also has a double whammy: Dr. Jen found out he also had a terribly fractured elbow that healed incorrectly, causing him pain. So once we know he is able to survive his parvo treatment and he is well enough to withstand surgery, his leg will also need to be amputated. We are estimating costs for this boy to be close to $1,800.

Noshi (third photo) came to us from Cleveland Animal Control completely shut down and with no hair. His body was ravaged by mange and his personality stunted from extreme neglect. Noshi has been going through months of mange treatment and intervention from dog trainers so that he can trust people and learn to be a well-balanced dog. Meet Noshi: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35177842

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