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Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue (SSR): Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

Your generous $1,000 grant was used for medical expenses related to Mango's surgery: approximately $5,600 for three days of acute care, $4,100 for surgery, plus about $2,000 for boarding in Texas, transport to Virginia, and physical/water therapy in Virginia for several months. All the while he was in a loving and caring foster home.

This grant enabled SSR to rescue one more dog and give him a chance to have a long, wonderful life, rather than be euthanized because his injuries were too costly to fix.

How many pets did this grant help?

one: Mango

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

Mango, a 9-month-old shepherd mix, was hit by a car in Texas and brought in to an emergency vet by a good Samaritan. He was minutes away from being euthanized when a vet there contacted SSR in Virginia and SSR agreed to stabilize him. If they could not find a local rescue, SSR would move forward with his care. At that time, we were quoted $1,000-1,200. The final bill escalated to over $5,000 (not including and additional $4,000+ for surgery done by our regular vet in Texas). It was much more than we had bargained for. He was 9 months old and his prognosis was very good; he would be ready for adoption once he was strong and healthy enough to travel to Virginia.

Once in Virginia, he received physical and water therapy for several months. Mango will always walk with a slight limp, but otherwise is a very happy, healthy, and active puppy (now about 15 months old) who loves the water and his toys! Mango was adopted in late July by a loving young teacher and renamed Hexham (there is a back story to his new name). He joins a four-legged sister as well. He has integrated quickly and happily into his new family and forever home. Happy tails, Mango/Hexham!

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