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Equine Aid: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

It was used as a part of the payment to have a diseased eye removed from a pony we took in in March 2017.

We fundraised the balance of the eye removal fee. With the grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to avoid dipping into our general or veterinary funds. Grady feels much better without the diseased eye, and funds for further herd care were preserved.

How many pets did this grant help?

In essence, 25, as our entire herd benefited from not using our budgeted funds for this unexpected and expensive surgery.

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

In early March we were told that Braydy, a miniature donkey, and Grady, a miniature horse, were in rough shape. When I first visited, the owners were not interested in assistance and would not allow me to meet the animals. A few days later, they called and we left to pick up Braydy and Grady. Their condition was alarming: Their feet curled up and above the hairline, and they were scurfy and matted with burrs. Worst of all, Grady’s right eye was a sunken hole filled with pus.

When they arrived at the farm, we cleaned them up and had their first hoof trims on day one. We also realized that Braydy needed to be gelded. We soon had our vet out for exams. Her conclusion was that Grady’s eye was painful and should be removed. We scheduled the eye removal with a wonderful vet hospital. While we waited for “the day,” we had Braydy gelded and began worming them according to our vet’s protocol. They went to the hospital together, as the vet had realized that Braydy acted as Grady’s guide and comfort.

The surgery went very well and the boys were treated like visiting royalty. Grady recovered quickly; his stitches dissolved in about 10 days. Once he was stable, it was time for much-needed dental care. They are now both healthy, charming and looking for their forever homes! Meet them both:

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