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Pug Rescue of Austin: All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Grant Report

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

Emergency veterinary care for our pugs in need

We were able to provide emergency surgeries to two dogs and give a 10-week-old puppy distemper treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Ebenezer (first photo) entered the rescue after being relinquished by his owner, who reported finding him several months earlier. When our doctors examined him, he was found to have severe dry eye, an eye infection, vision loss, an infected nose and the worst-grade periodontal disease. He had severe bone loss in his upper and lower jaw, his teeth were mobile and rotated and the roots were exposed and incredibly painful. He had difficulty closing his mouth because the teeth were jutting out. Thanks to the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to give him the dental procedure he desperately needed, which ended up being over three hours long, and during which he had to have all his teeth extracted. After his mouth heals and the infection resolves, he will have additional jaw x-rays and the doctors will decide if he will need additional surgery to repair the jaw fracture. Ebenezer had been living with this pain and infection for years, and the cost of his dental procedure was higher than expected, so this grant made a huge difference in his life.

Darth (second photo) was abused at his home to the point where he had a femoral head necrosis, fractured ribs, and a broken front leg — unbelievably, three separate injuries verified by a radiologist due to their degree of, or lack of, healing (third photo). We were able to provide him with surgeries to get him back on his feet again and he is living the life of luxury in his forever home now.

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