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West Columbia Gorge Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The grant money received was used to cover emergency dental surgery to wire Skinny Tail's jaw, as well as the follow-up dental procedure needed to make him healthy and available for adoption.

The emergency medical grant helped West Columbia Gorge Humane Society provide the needed immediate medical care and follow-up care for Skinny Tail. Because his emergency veterinary care was covered by the grant, it allowed our organization to take in other medically needy animals.

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Skinny Tail came into our care as a stray on Feb. 18, 2020. During his stray intake exam, we realized that he was severely injured. We rushed him to our veterinary partners, who diagnosed him with multiple broken teeth and a jaw that was fractured in multiple places from trauma from being hit with a blunt object.

Skinny Tail was in need of multiple surgeries. The first surgery was to remove the displaced teeth, wire his jaw and place a feeding tube. After six weeks in a foster home, he was healthy enough to undergo a second dental surgery in which his feeding tube and broken teeth were removed. As SkinnyTail was recovering from his second procedure, he suffered a terrible allergic reaction to an antibiotic, which prolonged his recovery for another five weeks.

We are happy to report that Skinny Tail made a full recovery and was adopted on June 23, 2020, by the wonderful patron who found him as a stray back in February.

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