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St. Joseph Bay Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the $750 to pay for two dogs to complete heartworm treatments.

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

We are a very small no-kill animal shelter in the panhandle of Florida. This grant helped us pay for two dogs to have heartworm treatment because they tested positive for high heartworm. Our local vet gave us the price at his cost, which is $388 per dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two adult dogs

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

Chipmunk was a stray who was brought in from Animal Control. He tested high-positive for heartworm. The length of time for heartworm treatment is 90-120 days and the dog really needs a quiet, low-key home in which to recover from the shots. We posted him on our website and a wonderful family from Miami, FL, offered to “foster to adopt” Chipmunk through his treatment and then adopt him. They flew up from Miami and rented a car to take him home!

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation generously gave an Emergency Medical Grant to our shelter for a young dog named Star. Star needed urgent medical care because of a lame front foot.

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

This Petfinder Foundation grant allowed our shelter to schedule major surgery for sweet Star, a young pup who desperately needed a better quality of life. Without the Petfinder Foundation’s generosity, our shelter would have needed to do special fundraising to help cover the cost of Star’s surgery. This would have delayed her operation and medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Star was an adorable and friendly 6-month-old Australian cattle dog mix who was brought to our shelter as a stray. She had what we thought was a broken front foot because she was unable to use her paw. Her poor paw was covered with wounds and sores from Star dragging it on the ground while she was homeless. After a full examination at the vet, we learned that her lame foot was due to irreversible nerve damage. It is possible that Star had a birth defect. The vet recommended an amputation. He felt it was the only long-term solution to provide Star with a “normal” and happy life. Sadly, the day before surgery, Star unexpectedly passed away. We were all heartbroken, but had faith that Star was running freely on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. So twinkle, twinkle, little Star, like a diamond in the sky. Show us your light, and twinkle, twinkle all the night. We will miss you.