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Pet Friends, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The grant money was used for enucleation surgery to remove a nonfunctioning eye of a cat rescued by Pet Friends.

The grant helped us provide much-needed eye surgery for one rescued cat. Without the grant, it would have put a strain on our funds and there is the possibility we would not be able to help any of the other cats at the location where Sadie was living. To date, one female cat was spayed and returned to the location where she is being cared for. Five cats from this location have been adopted. Four are in foster care, including Sadie.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped one cat directly, and indirectly helped several others who are adoptable.

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

The grant helped us provide the medical care/surgery Sadie needed. Sadie was living outside with a group of other cats. They took shelter in abandoned buildings. A Pet Friends volunteer was trapping in this area with the intent of at least TNR of some of the cats. Sadie was spotted occasionally. The reason she stood out was her right eye. Even from a distance, her eye was a bright red. Traps were set day after day. There were days when there was not even a sighting of her. Then one lucky day she went into a trap. By then her eye was an opaque white color. She was spayed, and it was the opinion of the vet that her eye had ruptured and healed that way. The eye was nonfunctioning. Once we got the grant, her surgery appointment was scheduled. She stayed overnight at the vet and came home the next day.

Since the surgery, Sadie is a different cat. She plays and looks forward to attention. She reaches out with her polydactyl paws and rolls over in her bed. During the surgery, the vet found numerous adhesions. This was probably painful for her. It was truly a blessing we could do this for Sadie, since it not only improved her appearance but also her general well-being. Sadie’s sutures came out and she is healing nicely. She is now ready to go to her special home.

Sadie and Pet Friends will be forever grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for this financial help. Meet Sadie:

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