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Humane Society of Lincoln County: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The funds were used to offset the cost of Bella's, a senior dog's, eye-removal surgery. The grant funds allowed us to provided medical treatment for both a dog and a kitten.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation's Emergency Medical Grant, which offset the cost of Bella's surgery, we were able to assist two other animals with medical emergencies. The grant also facilitated a positive outcome for Mila, a pregnant pug, who, after giving birth to a litter of three pups, none of whom survived, developed a severe case of mastitis. It took repeated visits to the veterinarian to get the infection under control, only for us to discover that she was heartworm-positive. With the grant covering her mastitis treatments, we were able to provide the funds for her heartworm treatment. I'm happy to report that she has been adopted and is doing well.

Nubby, the kitten, was turned in to the shelter with a badly mangled tail. Funds from the grant covered the cost of having Nubby's tail surgically removed. She is now a happy kitten and doesn't even miss the tail.

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Bella was turned in to the shelter as a stray (first photo). Upon initial examination, it was obvious that she had been neglected. Not only was her fur matted and her nails overgrown, her right eye was matted with discharge and her hair was so long, it was difficult to examine the eye. Amazingly, even in her poor condition, she was as friendly as they come and very spunky for a senior dog. In spite of being a senior dog with a costly medical problem that would need to be addressed before she could be considered for adoption, the decision was made that she was worth trying to save. After several attempts to try and save her eye, it was determined that in the best interest of Bella, the eye had to be removed (second photo).

It took her a little time to adjust, but overall she did well. Being a senior dog, now with one eye, we knew it would take a special person to provide Bella with a loving home, and Sonia was that special person (third photo). She had seen Bella on Petfinder and she knew she had to make her part of the family. Sonia already had one senior dog at home and felt that she needed a friend. It all worked out wonderfully and their family is now complete (fourth photo).

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