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Center Valley Animal Rescue: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant Report

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

This grant provided needed medical care for seven animals in our care. We also used some of the funds for medical supplies for our low-cost spay/neuter clinic as well as medical supplies for our animals.

This grant helped seven animals directly and provided supplies and instruments needed to perform low-cost spays and neuters as well as surgical supplies for our animals at CVAR.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Yarrow (first photo) was part of a puppy-mill operation that we teamed up with Animal Control to handle. We took in 11 Anatolian shepherds, 11 goats and 17 chickens from this rescue, all needing a lot of rehab and TLC. The dogs were feral and starving; some had bad injuries needing to be addressed as well. Yarrow was skinny and had major lameness problems with both back legs; he was about 9 months old or so and totally feral as well. It took us a while to get him to the point where we could assess his lameness issues, but when we did, we found that he needed surgery on both hind legs. He needed ligaments in both knees fixed, as well as his knee caps stabilized, as they were popping in and out as he walked. This surgery needed to be done by an orthopedic surgeon and only one leg could be done at a time. Our volunteers raised $1,500 to go towards his surgery and the Petfinder Foundation grant came at a great time and was able to cover the rest (about $5,000 altogether). Yarrow’s first leg is done and has healed great and his next surgery is scheduled for April 11, 2017. Yarrow is now with a foster family that will be adopting him after his final surgery. His new family saw the other Anatolians on Petfinder (he was not up for adoption yet) and, when they came to meet the dogs, fell in love with Yarrow!

Angus MaGee (second photo) came to us as a transfer from another shelter, where he had been for a few months. Angus had a four-inch untreated, infected wound as well as a heavy flea load. He needed lots of TLC! He was started on pain medication, antibiotics and daily bandage changes right away. After about a month, he was a new cat and is waiting for a forever home. He is one of our FIV+ cats and is listed on Petfinder. Meet Angus:

Skyler and Madison (third photo) are two baby pigs who came to us from Animal Control after they were found running loose at a local state park. Although we were hoping they were teacup or young potbelly pigs, as it turns out, they are baby big pigs! They are very sweet and love belly rubs, and if our vet is correct, they will be about 400 lbs. as adults. These two were our first pig spays at our new medical clinic. They did great and are now going to be up for adoption. They will be listed soon on Petfinder.

Sparkle (fourth photo) came to us as an emergency with a badly broken paw. Her owner had no money for medical care for her. She needed an emergency amputation. Sparkle is a Russian dwarf hamster and was to be our tiniest patient in our new clinic. Our doctor was up for the challenge (fifth photo). Sparkle was a wonderful patient, very sweet and loving. She soon found a new home with a young couple that saw her on Petfinder. They love her dearly!

Cadbury (sixth photo) is a longtime resident in our FIV+ room. He is a wonderful cat who has had his share of problems. He has had inflammatory bowl disease for years and is well-maintained on medication. In the last year, he has had a new problem pop up: stomatitis, a mouth condition that ended up requiring him to have all his teeth removed. He had his oral surgery in January at a local vet hospital and has recovered wonderfully and is happy back in his room with his buddies. Cadbury would love a home of his own and is listed on Petfinder. Meet Cadbury:

Louie is a sweet, playful little kitten who also came in as an emergency with a broken leg. He was stabilized and given pain medication at our medical facility and was then transported to a local vet hospital for x-rays. It was determined that the kitten’s best option for recovery was to keep his leg splinted and recheck in a month to see how he was healing. He just had his one-month recheck x-rays and, although he was able to get his splint off, he still needs more R&R, as his leg is not completely healed. He will be with us at least another few weeks, after which he will be reassessed and may at that time be able to go up for adoption. Look for him in the future on Petfinder.

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