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Richardson Rescue: Disaster Response and Recovery Grant Report

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

In the middle of the night on Feb. 18, 2015, several buildings at Richardson Rescue, including the rescue office, laundry room and storage building, were engulfed in flames. Sixteen animals were killed.

After the devastation of the fire, we were able to rent and have delivered a temporary office trailer so that we could continue to rescue and adopt while we rebuild. The grant also enabled us to repair and replace destroyed kennels, tarps and shelter frames. We were also able to purchase a large storage building. There was also a pit bull badly burned by the fire, and she spent two weeks at the veterinarian's office. The grant helped cover this bill, and she is now doing well in a happy, loving home. We had also rescued an abused poodle whom we had just removed from the office the night before the fire. She had rubber bands wrapped around each leg, which caused a terrible bone infection in her right leg. The grant enabled us to have x-rays and treat this sweetie for one month for the infection. We were also able to purchase vaccines and tests that were destroyed in the fire.

This grant enabled us to make repairs and get equipment to clear away the rubble left by the fire. We were able to continue our lifesaving work almost without any interruption. We treated two very needy dogs and kept our remaining pets as healthy and happy as possible during the crisis using the much-needed funds this grant provided.

How many pets did this grant help?

In addition to the two already mentioned, the grant helped us to continue to care for the 75 other pets in our care.

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

Sweet P is a beautiful, sweet pit bull who suffered from a severe case of Demodex. On the morning of the fire at our rescue, she received second- and third-degree burns over most of her body. She stayed at the vet’s office for two weeks to receive daily cleaning and treatment of her burns. When she returned to us, we had a couple visit with their rescue dog previously adopted from Richardson. It was love at first sight. Sweet P now lives in a home filled with love and kindness. She is completely healed and her hair is growing back beautifully. She is the first two pictures.

We also rescued a poodle who was horribly matted, with rubber bands wrapped around both front legs. She actually had dents in the bones of her right leg. It was determined she had a bone infection in her right leg. She was treated for one month for this condition and made a full recovery. She now has a loving and happy home. She is the last two pictures.

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