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Old Dog Haven: Shelter Challenge Grant Report

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

Veterinary expenses, which are 73 percent of all our costs.

Because we spend nearly $40K/month on veterinary expenses and medications, it allowed us to provide one more needed medical procedure to a senior dog in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

We will consider it to have helped Satchel, an adoptable dog who had surgery and a dental the day after we realized we had won this grant.

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

Our example is Satchel, a 10-year-old black Labrador mix. He was taken to a shelter as a stray after the 4th of July; his owners declined to reclaim him and he stayed for nearly two months before ODH was asked to take him into one of our foster homes. He fit in immediately, received a thorough veterinary exam with lab work, and a perianal tumor was found along with a few teeth needing extraction. The procedure to remove the mass (which was benign), clean his teeth and do extractions with dental radiographs plus pain medication and antibiotics cost $1229.60 including the 20% discount from our vet. Our grant covered most of this procedure. He has recovered well and will be posted for adoption very soon. UPDATE as of 1/26/14: Satchel has been adopted!

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