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Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

This money was used to help provide emergency vet care for two of our rescues who were both saved hours from being euthanized in Chicago.

The $1,000 grant helped Mit Liebe to pay off vet bills that were incurred by Lilly and Coco. The dogs were both treated for pneumonia, ear infections and kennel cough.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two dogs

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

Coco was rescued from a Chicago shelter, literally hours from being put to sleep because she wasn’t eating and seemed to have given up on life in the 30+ days she had been sitting in the shelter. Illness at the shelter can be deadly, meaning they are overcrowded and the sick and long-term animals are the first to be added to the euthanasia list. Mit Liebe was able to secure a foster home and raced to get her out of the shelter and directly to the vet, fearing she was exposed to the canine flu, which could be deadly to a dog of her age — which, by the way, was noted as 7 when her owner surrendered her and turned out to really be 13.

Anyway, after several tests, fluids and x-rays, Coco was cleared to go home that night, but not before we found out she had pneumonia, a severe ear infection, kennel cough, and two large masses thought to be cancer growing on her lungs. The medication prescribed helped to cure her pneumonia, kennel cough, and ear infections, but due to her age, Mit Liebe opted not to operate on Coco’s lung mass and instead chose to just let her live out the rest of her life in hospice care.

The first photo shows Coco the day she was rescued (top) and then six weeks later. She’s been putting on weight and getting more lively. She even attended a barbecue with her foster mom and was quite the hit. Thank you for the funding that helped us rescue such a great gal and give her a chance at a happy life.

Lilly, the other dog we rescued from the same shelter, also hours from being put to sleep because of the amount of time she had spent there, is also happy, healthy and has a potential adoption lined up. She came to the shelter with an infected tail that they ended up amputating. After sitting there for 30 days and becoming ill from kennel cough and pneumonia, she was also added to the euthanasia list.

Mit Liebe was able to rescue her, place her in foster care and provide her the emergency vet care she needed. She has spent over four months in foster care getting better and enjoying her freedom. Lilly is a sweet girl and will do well in her (potential) new home. The second photo shows Lilly with her foster sister, Skype.

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