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Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Emergency Medical Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was spent on emergency surgery for one of our special-needs dogs, Biscotti, who had 16 stones blocking his urethra. An emergency cystoscopy and urethrotomy were performed. In addition, Biscotti had severe trauma to his right eye, which required enucleation. The emergency surgery cost $3,050.95 in total, and we used the entire $1,000 grant to contribute to this expense.

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

The Petfinder Emergency Medical Grant helped Poodle and Pooch Rescue by allowing us to focus on rehabilitating Biscotti emotionally and physically, rather than worrying about the incredibly high medical bills to cover his surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Biscotti has experienced more strife in his seven years than many do in a lifetime. He was thrown out of a car and left to fend for himself in the wild. He was attacked by another dog so viciously, his eye had to be removed. Sixteen stones blocked his urethra, causing excruciating pain. But none of these hardships, brought about by abuse and neglect, changed his core essence. After we gave him the medical care he needed to recover physically, we placed him in a foster home to help rehabilitate him emotionally. Biscotti was adopted by a wonderful couple who understand that senior and special-needs dogs are true gems. They adopted Biscotti in late July and now his life is filled with new adventures such as going to the beach and visiting family. Each day, he is treated kindly and adored.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Senior Pet Adoption Grants Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from this grant was used to cover Leo’s adoption fee of $200 for the new adopter, and to supply the new owner with seven months of Leo’s heart medications.

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

We believe that, by offering an adopter financial help with Leo’s costly heart medications, we were able to cast a wider net to attract people who would be willing to consider adopting Leo, a senior dog with ongoing medical expenses. With this grant, we significantly reduced the amount of time it would normally take to find a suitable adopter and get Leo in his forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Leo is a special-needs senior Peekapoo boy who came into Poodle and Pooch Rescue’s care on April 19, 2019. His owners had taken him to a boarding facility in south Florida and never came back to pick him up. When the boarding facility finally reached his family, they said they didn’t want him and that if they were forced to come back for him, they were immediately taking him to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Knowing he was a senior dog and very likely to be passed over at MDAS, since they have nearly 400 dogs currently up for adoption, the boarding facility called Poodle and Pooch and asked us to help. We have strong relationships with many Florida shelters, boarding facilities, and vets’ offices, who know we have an outstanding ability and deep experience in taking in senior dogs, providing them excellent medical care, and finding them new forever homes in which to see out their golden years. We often get calls, e-mails and pleas on Facebook to help senior dogs in the state because they know we have the compassion to help seniors in need.

We had Leo transported to one of our vet partners, Chuluota Vet Hospital, where Dr. Zern (the practice owner) examined him. Leo was aged at 13 years old, weighed 13.4 lbs. (thin), was heartworm-negative, had lenticular sclerosis, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was coughing. His heart murmur grade is a 5 out of 6, he has good joints, his urinalysis was normal, and he had an enlarged heart with marked pulmonary changes due to CHF and a large spleen.

Our goal was to give the appropriate treatment to Leo in order to prepare him for a foster home and, eventually, adoption. After completing his vaccinations, getting a dental and being prescribed the proper dosage of heart medications (Furosemide, Enalapril and Vetmedin), Leo moved into a Poodle and Pooch foster home. Leo needed a special adopter for several reasons: 1. He was 13 years old, 2. he had a serious heart condition that required expensive monthly medication and it was unknown how much time he might have left, and 3. he required a belly band due to frequent urination (caused by one of his meds).

We posted Leo for adoption on Petfinder and are happy to report that Leo found his forever home and was adopted on June 27, 2019. He’s such a sweet, happy and loving boy and deserves to live out his final years as a beloved part of a family.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used towards the medical bills incurred on intake – to cover an exam, a dental, spay/neuter, Heartgard, Nexgard, standard vaccines, urinalysis, blood work and, in many cases, radiographs or other medical services needed.

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

Any money we get from donations or grants is helpful to cover our vet bills, as it requires a lot of care to prepare a dog for adoption and ensure that he/she is in the best shape for a new forever family.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

The donation was for Ricky, a dog who was ultimately adopted. Ricky was an older Cavalier King Charles mix with some health concerns who found himself homeless when his owner passed away. He was in search of a new family to love him, but we knew that would be tough to find since he was 13 years old. To our pleasant surprise, Heidi read about his story and knew she had to help. At just 28 years old, Heidi opened up her heart and her home to adopt this special-needs senior boy. His new name is Cooper (he doesn’t mind the name change, as he can’t hear!) and, man, is he living the good life! He goes to cafes with mom, gets to play with his new big brother and he even got to enjoy the strawberry festival in his very own stroller! Heidi didn’t scoop up a puppy; she knows how special seniors are and how much love and life they have to offer.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was applied towards a mastectomy for April, our sweet little Dachshund girl.

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

Helped pay for surgery for April.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped one very special girl in need.

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

April was a breeder throwaway. She was used for as long as she was useful, then dumped at animal control. She is an absolute sweetheart! April is 7 years old and has mammary tumors up and down both sides and needs two mastectomies. April had a great recovery from her first mastectomy and her second will be in May. We’ll clean her teeth at the same time. She’ll be ready for a home in June. She’ll spend the rest of her life as part of a family instead of an asset in a business!

April is being spoiled in foster care and learning to love, trust, enjoy stuffed animals and soft beds. She’s a special girl and this donation helped to heal her. We couldn’t be more grateful.