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Bark n Rest Retirement Center, Inc.: Shelter+ Challenge Grant Report

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

Vetting needs for six senior/special-needs dogs: neuter surgery, two major dental surgeries, vaccines, allergy medications and nail trims -- all enabling them to live a much better quality of life!

This granted allowed us to provide much-needed vetting to six senior/special-needs dogs in our care. We take in the forgotten ones; the old, sick and disabled who have been neglected or abandoned. The vetting that was enabled by this grant provided a much better quality of life for six dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Chance is 8 years old and was born with a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia. He was abandoned at the Ft. Worth shelter and was hours away from euthanasia. He is missing a majority of his cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement and fine motor skills. Chance is defying the odds against him! His life is chronicled on his Facebook page, Chance’s Story.

Bailey is a middle-aged senior who was abandoned at an Oklahoma shelter. Her behavior was misunderstood as aggression. She has mental meltdowns that are neurological in manner, but not aggressive. She also had very bad mouth issues. Thanks to this grant, she had her dental surgery done, losing 20 teeth, but she does have a healthy mouth now. We also found out the cause of her neurological issues during her dental surgery: It was found that she was a past distemper survivor. Bailey will always have her neurological issue, but she is living a better quality of life now due to her dental surgery.

Sugar Bear is an 18-year-old bulldog mix. She was neglected and abandoned at the Wise County Shelter. Sugar suffers from arthritis and had an infected mouth. Thanks to this grant, we were able to provide her with much-needed dental surgery and refills for her arthritis medication. She had many abscessed teeth that were pulled. Sugar now lives a better quality of life with her arthritis medicine and a healthy mouth!

Sally, a 12-year-old senior, was abandoned in the Dallas shelter. She suffers from severe skin allergies and early-onset spinal stenosis. Thanks to this grant, we were able to give her the vetting she needed to get her skin allergies under control! Sally no longer itches to the point of insanity, but now has a much better quality of life.

Mr. Moose is a 13-year-old Chihuahua mix. He was abandoned at the Garland shelter. He is quite the odd, eccentric little old man. With this grant, we were able to give him the much-needed vetting to get his overgrown nails under control. Mr. Moose has a much better quality of life now!

Jordan is a 20-year-old Chihuahua mix. She was abandoned at an East Texas shelter. Jordan came to us through another rescue. She is super tiny, blind in one eye and missing her lower jaw. But that does not stop her one bit! She is quite the diva! This grant enabled us to provide a much-needed nail trim. A diva has to look good! Jordan has a better quality of life now!

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