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Paws for Life Utah: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The grant was used to pay for the medical expenses for Red, a doberman pinscher who needed emergency surgery for a bilateral perineal hernia. The total cost for the surgery, with our discount, was $2,447.24. Your $1,000 grant saved his life. It made the decision for us to proceed with his emergency surgery possible.

Your grant truly saved Red's life. Without it, we were faced with the choice of putting him down or trying to quickly fundraise to save him. Because he was so urgent, it was critical that we had funding for part of this procedure, as it was beyond our medical budget and obviously unplanned. The original estimate was up to $3,300, which would have prohibited us from rescuing any other pets who needed medical care. This grant allowed us to not only save Red's life, but to continue to rescue at-risk shelter pets in the months of January and February.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Poor Red was abandoned in the middle of nowhere near Heber City, UT, with huge swelling around his anus. When he came into our program, we immediately took him to our local vet, Wasatch Animal Clinic, where they diagnosed him with a perineal hernia and said he was critical. They did not have the capability to perform the surgery and said we needed to bring him to a specialty clinic. He was then rushed to Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City, where they examined him and scheduled the surgery for the following day.

The surgery was a success and Red recovered nicely after spending a night at the clinic. He went into foster following his surgery and the family adopted him! We are so grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for your lifesaving support! We have attached pictures of Red and also of the bill for his surgery. Thank you so much from all of us at Paws for Life Utah!

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