Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Funds were used to help make Monte, one of our senior dogs who had been with our rescue for over a year, more adoptable. Thanks to the grant received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to cover the cost to his adoptive family of five months of Adequan Canine shots and the following supplements: Platinum Performance, Movoflex joint support, and Pain Plus.
This grant helped us promote Monte’s adoption by allowing us to offer potential adopters assistance in covering the cost of the medications and supplements he needed to manage the pain and discomfort caused by an old, untreated injury. Also, by helping us get Monte adopted, we’ll now have additional resources available to help other dogs.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Monte first came to our rescue a little over eight years ago and we helped him find what we had hoped would be his forever home. Sadly, after about two years, his new mom, who had loved him dearly, passed away and he was returned to us. Monte was adopted a second time, but after five years he was once again returned to our rescue, this time as a senior with some health issues.
When Monte came back to us the second time, we were told that he had suddenly begun to have “accidents” in the house. Upon examination, we found that these “accidents” were due to crystals in his urine and a UTI, which we were able to treat through medication and a special diet. Sadly for Monte, a UTI was the least of his problems. He was also found to have damage to his left hip, right knee and an old fracture that hadn’t healed properly, leaving him with ongoing discomfort and pain. His condition could not be treated surgically, so we’ve had to manage it through medication, supplements and therapy. Due to his age and the cost to cover the lifelong care Monte needs, we received little interest from potential adopters and he remained with our rescue for over a year.
Thanks to the funding received from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to offer assistance to his adoptive family in covering the cost of his care. He has now finally been adopted and will live out his years with a wonderful family.