Second Chance Pets: Emergency Medical Grant

What was the money or product used for?

These Emergency Medical Grant funds were used by Second Chance Pets to help offset the cost of orthopedic surgery that was required to save Skipper, a stray puppy who was rescued by SCP volunteers on January 4, 2021, after he was hit by a car. Skipper sustained bilateral breaks in his rear legs (one tibia was broken; the other had a hairline fracture) along with a broken pelvis. He had major orthopedic surgery on January 8, 2021, to repair the damage. The surgery was successful and Skipper made a full recovery thanks to the skills of his surgeon and medical foster mom.

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

In addition to the baseline veterinary care that Second Chance Pets provides for each pet in our foster program (including alteration, vaccines and microchip), we also rescue multiple animals each year who, like Skipper, have more extensive medical needs such as surgery or other specialized treatment due to injuries, past neglect, and/or major underlying health issues. Vet bills are always the highest expense category in our annual operating budget, so we truly appreciate this Emergency Medical Grant, which helped offset the cost of Skipper’s expensive orthopedic surgery and allowed him to become adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

In early January 2021, Skipper was dumped in the middle of two very busy streets along with his mother and brother. The puppies were hit by a car or cars, with Skipper sustaining major injuries to his rear legs and pelvis. SCP dog volunteers were contacted on January 4, 2021, and immediately picked up the little family and placed them with one of our skilled medical fosters.

Skipper’s successful orthopedic surgery was performed on January 8, 2021, and, thanks to the care of his dedicated foster mom, he made a full recovery and made his adoption debut in early February.

Skipper quickly caught the eye of a wonderful family who had adopted another SCP dog during the pandemic and they decided to open their home and hearts to Skipper, too – his adoption was finalized on May 8, 2021, after his neuter surgery and he is very happy to be safe and loved in his forever home.

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