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Ready 2 Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

Dental surgery for a senior dog

This grant helped us to provide a much-needed dental surgery for a senior dog whom we were having trouble getting adopted. With the dental work already done, he became a much more adoptable dog.

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

When Dallas police raided a drug house, they came upon a German shepherd dog whom they were uncertain about. Once they spoke to him, he wagged his tail and approached them. He was skin and bones, and obviously needed some help. They took him to Dallas Animal Services to get that help. After a couple of days, George (as the police had named him) became depressed and refused to eat. Having already become attached to him, the officers brought him into their office at the shelter, and began trying to get him to eat. Slowly but surely, he began to eat and was less depressed. Each day, they worked with him and he began to gain a little weight. The new concern was that he had been at the shelter too long and needed a rescue or adopter to step up for him before he ended up on the euthanasia list.

As it turned out, Ready 2 Rescue was at the shelter and the rescue coordinator asked if she could show us a dog. We agreed, and once we met George, we knew we needed to take him into our program. We had George neutered and, once he’d recovered, tried him out with some other dogs. Unfortunately, he was less than friendly with other dogs, which makes it difficult to find a family for him that didn’t have another dog already. We posted and networked him, but had no luck in finding a family for him.

He was also in need of some serious dental work, and we thought perhaps that might make him more adoptable, having had it already done. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to get his dental work completed! During the dental work, the vet discovered a suspicious growth on George’s foot, removed it and sent it off for a biopsy. Thank goodness it was not cancerous, even though it had appeared it might be.

George healed from all his surgeries and finally found the perfect home with adults, kids, and a grandpa who wanted to walk him every day. The family only wanted one dog, so George fit the bill! He now lives indoors with all the walks and love he needs!

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