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The Washington County Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

Medical bills for Grace, a pit bull mix who was hit by what we believe to have been a snow plow.

Grace's bills topped out at almost $4,000. The $1,000 that we received paid for a portion of her surgery to have her eye removed.

How many pets did this grant help?

Just one - this was specifically for Grace

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

It was a cold winter Wisconsin day when a woman came into the shelter telling us of a dog in her car who had been hit by a truck or car. We assume it was a snow plow because of the hole that had penetrated her head. The dog was covered in blood, but her tail never stopped wagging! We couldn’t see much physical damage to her but knew her injuries were severe. She had major road rash on her legs, hypothermia had set in (she had been nearly frozen to the ground) and she had a perfectly round hole near her eye. Her poor head and eyes were swollen, but all she wanted to do was give kisses and be next to you. We struggled to get her to relax as we tied her to a dog bed and drove her to the emergency vet. Grace received lifesaving treatments there, but it was going to be touch-and-go for the first 36 hours. She pulled through and proved just how strong her will to survive was.

After she’d had some time to heal, we could tell something further was wrong with her eye: It was cloudy and not moving as it should. Grace was losing sight in her eye due to the muscular damage and it would be in her best interest to remove the eye. Grace was adopted the day after she was on her adoption floor and even has her own Facebook page ( Every time we look at her photos, we realize this is why we do what we do: We are truly the voice of the animals!

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