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Black Dog Animal Rescue, Inc.: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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

The money granted by the Petfinder Foundation was used to pay for extensive surgery to repair injuries to the mouth of a geriatric hound who was stray and got his muzzle stuck in a can. By the time he was brought into the shelter, the wounds were severely infected and required a hefty surgery and some moderate aftercare.

This grant not only allowed this senior dog the opportunity to have a pain-free existence, but it allowed for additional funds to be utilized for other animals in need by helping with the urgent expenses associated with Trapper's surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Trapper is elderly coonhound who was in foster care with us four years ago when he followed his nose to some far-off place and disappeared entirely. Then, out of the blue, he was picked up as a stray and found at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. He’d been seriously injured by what appeared to be the result of getting a can stuck around his top jaw. Trapper’s nose and lips were saved after an extensive surgery and recovery from infection. Soon afterwards, we also received an emergency medical grant from the Petfinder Foundation to assist with the costs of Trapper’s surgery and recovery.

As you can see in photos of him, he’ll have scars forever, but he’s very much on the mend. Trapper is a shy boy, but he comes alive around his trusted foster family, enjoys basking in the sun, and routinely takes all the toys from the toy basket and leaves them lying about the house.

Trapper is now available for adoption and is looking for a forever home! This boy is a true survivor. Wondering how he came by his name? When he was first found in Rawlins all those years ago, the big guy was caught in a leg hold trap laid by a hunter looking to catch a coyote or similar fur-bearing animal. Trapper has the scar on his foot to show for that misadventure. He’s had quite the life, but we’re sure he’s ready to settle down now. Meet Trapper here.

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