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Green Mountain Pug Rescue: Grant Report

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

Vet bills

$1,000 is a huge help to us. Our vet bills average from $60,000-80,000 each year. GMPR is a fairly small rescue group compared to other national groups, but we are 100% committed to each and every dog we rescue. We rescue approximately 100-120 dogs yearly. All are fully vetted and surgical or medical issues are taken care of before they are adopted. We typically have 6-10 pugs in our hospice program at all times. These pugs stay in a permanent foster home and all their needs are met until it is time for them to cross the bridge. They are much loved and cared for. As you can imagine, these hospice dogs are expensive to care for.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least one in a major way, but in the overall scheme of things, it helps all the pugs we take in.

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

We rescued Fergus from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter on Aug. 8, 2015. Fergus had been found wandering as a stray along with another female pug. It appeared to Animal Control that both dogs had been dumped on the back road. Fergus is blind and about 85% deaf. His eyes looked like they were caked in mud. He had suffered from severe dry eye for a long long time. It is estimated that Fergus is about 5 years old. At his initial vet visit, the veterinarian suggested that both eyes be removed. We wanted to give him a chance to retain his eyes in the hope that there was some vision underneath all the crusts. He was taken to visit Dr. Sarah Hoy, DVM, MS, DACVO, at Vermont Veterinary Eye Care. After a thorough examination, Dr. Hoy determined that Fergus has very slight vision in both eyes. Because of his hearing deficit, she felt that saving his eyes was extremely important.

She placed Fergus on a high dose of Tacrolimus twice a day and Optixcare four times a day. If he responded to these medications, then she would perform three surgeries. His lower eyelids roll up into his eyes about 1/2 an inch. So he would need entropion surgery. He will also require a buccal mucosal transplant for each eye and a scraping of each cornea. The estimate for the surgeries was $2,441.92.

We are committed to helping Fergus and having the surgeries done. At his six-week checkup, much of the crust on his eyes had dissipated and he was producing some tears! He will be scheduled for his surgeries in the next couple of weeks, and this grant from the Petfinder Foundation will go a long way towards helping GMPR pay for it. Once Fergus has had his surgeries and is cleared for adoption, he will be going to a home in Nova Scotia. He has a family waiting for him and they are committed to his long-term eye care.