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San Antonio R.O.C.K.S.: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. is a foster-based rescue that relies on donations to fund our rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Oftentimes, many of the shelter dogs we pull into our foster-based rescue face issues which require immediate medical care, including mange, broken bones, and heartworms, to name a few. San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. used the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant to fund the heartworm treatment for four shelter dogs from our city’s [open-admission] shelter.

San Antonio ROCKS is a foster-based rescue. The majority of dogs in rescue's foster care come from the local [open-admission] shelter. Oftentimes, many of these shelter dogs face issues which require immediate medical care, including mange, broken bones, and heartworms, to name a few. In early 2015, we launched a campaign to raise funds to save a minimum of 50 heartworm-positive dogs from our local [open-admission] animal shelter. This campaign provides homes and medical care for the shelter dogs who are scheduled to be euthanized because of their illness. Often, heartworm-positive dogs at our local shelter are overlooked by adopters and other rescues because of the cost of heartworm treatment and the perceived inconvenience of having a dog with this very treatable condition. We want to give these dogs the second chance they deserve by pulling them from the shelter, treating their heartworms, and finding them loving, forever homes. The funds from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant allowed us to save four heartworm-positive dogs from the shelter and were used exclusively for their post-shelter medical care and rehabilitation.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant allowed us to save and treat four heartworm-positive dogs from our city shelter!

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

Eevie, Shelby, Liberty, and Benji all benefited from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis grant. They were all rescued from our city’s [open-admission] shelter and treated for heartworms. All but Benji have found loving forever homes. Benji is a recent save for our rescue. San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. saved him from the shelter after another rescue backed out on him after he tested positive for heartworms. Benji has undergone heartworm treatment and is on the road to a happy, healthy life. He’s a sweet, 2-year-old cairn terrier mix and is available for adoption. You can visit his pet profile here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34376169

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