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Corridor Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The grant we were awarded was used to help with a lifesaving surgery for a puppy, Jeremiah, whom we rescued off the streets of Houston.

This grant helped defer monies needed for a lifesaving surgery for a puppy rescued by Corridor. With the grant funds and other donations, we were able to cover a portion of the surgery costs. This allowed us to continue to help another street dog in need.

How many pets did this grant help?

One directly, two to three indirectly

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

Jeremiah was rescued as a stray with his siblings off the streets of Houston. Very quickly, we realized that Jeremiah was not well. He was vomiting and not gaining weight and acted as if something was stuck in his throat. When he was seen by a specialist after the general vet said there was nothing stuck, he was diagnosed with persistent right aortic arch (PRAA). It is a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart that can affect esophageal function in some dogs. Basically, an embryonic branch of the aorta fails to regress and is wrapped around the esophagus when the dog is a puppy.

The only way to resolve this is to surgically remove the embryonic branch. Due to the stricture, Jeremiah’s esophagus was enlarged where food would become stuck. This enlargement did not completely rectify itself after the surgery, so Jeremiah now suffers from megaesophagus. This, however, is a manageable special need.

Jeremiah has had a Bailey’s Chair donated to him (third photo) that will continue to grow with him. Should he outgrow it, they will replace the chair and we will pass his on to another dog in need. Other than having to eat a soft diet in a special chair, Jeremiah is a typical 7-month-old puppy. He loves to play with other dogs and loves to be with people. Meet Jeremiah here.

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